Saint John, New Brunswick (for the
Bay of Fundy):
Saint John, Canada's oldest settlement is the gateway to the scenic
wonders of New Brunswick. One of Canada's oldest provinces, New
Brunswick remains remarkably unspoiled: 85 percent of the province
remains unsettled. New Brunswick boasts vast forests, purling streams,
gentle hills, rich farmlands, and a spectacular coastline dotted by
historic towns. Nature also blessed the area with one of her most
astonishing phenomena: the reversing River Rapids. The fierce tides of
the Bay of Fundy rise with such force that they actually cause the St.
John River to reverse direction and its waters to flow upstream. Saint
John's history dates to 1604, when the Sieur de Champlain landed nearby
on the feast day of Saint John the Baptist. After the American
Revolution, American Loyalists flocked to the area. Saint John became a
thriving industrial port. But the catastrophic fire of 1877, declining
commerce and decades of neglect gave the town a sad and careworn look
for decades. That changed in recent years. Redevelopment of the
waterfront and the old district has restored Saint John's charm and its
sense of history.
The Bay of Fundy is renowned for its tides that rise to over 48 feet, or
the equivalent of a four-story building. Twice daily its tidal flow
surges inland with enough power to reverse the natural flow of the St.
The capital of Nova Scotia and the largest city in Canada's Atlantic
Provinces, Halifax was once Great Britain's major military bastion in
North America. The beautifully restored waterfront buildings of
Halifax's Historic Properties recall the city's centuries-old maritime
heritage. Stroll the waterfront, and you may find Nova Scotia's floating
ambassador, the schooner Bluenose II, tied up to Privateer's Wharf, just
as old sailing ships have done for over 200 years. Halifax is also the
gateway to Nova Scotia's stunning scenery, including famous Peggy's
Cove, where surf-pounded granite cliffs and a solitary lighthouse create
an unsurpassed scene of rugged natural beauty.
Halifax was the closest major port to the tragic sinking of the
"Titanic" and all of the recovered bodies were brought to Halifax, along
with many pieces of wreckage. Your travels will take you by the church
where memorial services for the Titanic's dead were held as well as the
location where temporary morgues were set up to gather the victims,
before you stop at Fairview Lawn Cemetery.
The cemetery is the final resting place of 121 of the ship's victims,
more than any place else in the world. Here they are memorialized with a
small gray granite marker giving their name and date of death. Some
families paid for larger markers with more inscriptions. The occupants
of a third of the graves, however, have never been identified and their
markers contain just their date of death and marker number.
The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. Among its many historic exhibits
you'll find the world's foremost collection of Titanic memorabilia,
including the ship's only surviving deck chair and an intricately carved
door topper copied for the movie "Titanic.
Cape Breton is fabled as a magical travel destination and the Port of
Sydney is the gateway. Known for its beauty and unique Celtic music and
The city of Sydney has a deep history and was originally founded in 1785
by British Loyalists fleeing the perils of the American Revolution. The
rich natural resources led these new settlers to establish prosperous
coal and steel industries, which attracted immigrants from a myriad of
ethnic and cultural backgrounds. To this day, Sydney remains a haven of
Charlottetown, Prince Edward
While Prince Edward Island is Canada's smallest providence in
terms of area and population, it more than makes up for this
with the friendliness of its people, its natural beauty, and for
being known as the birthplace of Canada.
The island's landscape is dramatic and features rolling hills,
pristine forests, reddish-white sand beaches, ocean coves and
the famous red soil. The capital of Charlottetown offers a small
town feel and a relaxed atmosphere with a cosmopolitan flair.
The town has evolved into a dynamic city without sacrificing its
historic charm. One certainly cannot think about Prince Edward
without mentioning the author Lucy Maud Montgomery who once
lived on PEI and drew inspiration from the land during the late
Victorian Era for the setting of her classic novel "Anne of
Green Gables." PEI also has another claim to fame with the
Confederation Bridge built in 1997. The world's longest bridge
over ice-covered waters provides a connection from PEI to the
To visit Québec is to experience France without crossing the
Atlantic. The architecture, the ambience, and the animated conversation
on the street confirm the impression that a bit of France has been
permanently imbedded in North America. Stroll along the streets of the
atmospheric Latin Quarter and explore the historic stone and brick
houses of Old Québec, the only remaining walled city north of Mexico.
Visit the Place Royale and Notre Dame des Victoires, the oldest stone
church in North America, and marvel at the turreted Château de