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Eel Lake Oyster Farm, home of the Ruisseau oyster, Ste-Anne-du-Ruisseau, Nova Scotia

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After a boat ride on the crystal clear tidal lake to see the how their oysters are grown and harvested we returned to feast on not only the freshest raw oysters we have tasted but also some savory ones Kim baked for us. (starting at $30 a person)

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The ultimate road trip in southwestern Nova Scotia

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With the new Nova Star taking passengers and cars from Portland, Maine to Yarmouth, in the southwestern part of Nova Scotia, we decided to take a week-long road trip to explore this end of the province.

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Nova Scotia’s Acadians: The Pubnicos and Argyle

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When the Acadians returned to Nova Scotia after the Great Expulsion much of their former land had been resettled by the New England Planters. They were able to settle in the Pubnicos, which is now the world’s oldest region that is still Acadian.

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VIA Rail: Vancouver to Jasper

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We followed in the pathways of the indigenous First Nations, early explorers, fur traders, fishermen, gold prospectors, pioneers, railroad barons, and lumberjacks. By riding VIA Rail we sat back and enjoyed the ride through some of the most remarkable landscapes in the world.

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A cruise to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia aboard the new Nova Star

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We recently cruised round trip between Portland, Maine and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia aboard the new Nova Star, which began service on May 15, 2014.

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St. Andrews By-the-Sea, New Brunswick

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Would you like to walk on the ocean floor? You can do this as you witness one of the Marine Wonders of the World — powerful tides that rise and fall up to 26‘ twice a day — in a picture-perfect setting with the melodious name St. Andrews by-the-Sea.

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Joie de vivre without crossing the pond: Montréal, Canada

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A warm “Bonjour!” as we entered the auberge reminded us that we needn’t cross the pond
to experience European ambience. A flower-bedecked horse-drawn calèche clip-clopped on
the cobblestone street, passengers rapt with the romance of the moment.

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St. John’s, Newfoundland: City of Legends

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St. John’s is a blend of old and new, city and nature. There are elegant historic homes, colorful wooden houses, brick and stone church and government buildings, colonial shops, and innovative modern museums. Should you want to tour by sea, regaled by songs and stories, accompanied by a Newfoundland dog, the Scademia sails past lighthouses and rugged cliffs to Cape Spear.

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North America’s first Europeans: evidence of Vikings in Newfoundland

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St. Anthony is the gateway to L’Anse Aux Meadows, the first and only authenticated Norse settlement in North America. It was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in recognition of its significance in the history of worldwide exploration and the movement of peoples. In 2000, it attracted attention and large crowds when the landing of the Vikings 1000 years earlier was celebrated.

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Quebec City: French culture without the transatlantic flight

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The flight from Boston was just an hour—and voila! We were sipping café au lait on Grand Allée, this continent’s Champs Elysées, in the capital of the province of Quebec, the cradle of French civilization in the Americas, swept up in the city’s romance and Old World charm.

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Quebec City’s 400th Anniversary Celebration

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We were there for the largest celebration of military music in North America, the 10th Annual edition of the Quebec City International Festival of Military Bands. The world’s best military bands captivated the crowds in a series of special events, concerts, and a military tattoo held throughout the city.

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Ultimate lobsters and extreme tides: Hall’s Harbour, Nova Scotia

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Nova Scotia is the world’s largest exporter of lobsters. It is a place where you can dine with the scent of the sea and the drama of the tides as you watch fishermen unload theirs catch. For the ultimate lobster experience…

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Farm to table: Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley

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It was a landscape of rolling hills, winding roads, and farms as we approached the fertile Annapolis Valley. With apple orchards, vineyards, dairy cows, and the abundant seafood from the Bay of Fundy, it’s an ideal destination for experiencing the province’s bounty.

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Kingston, the Thousand Islands, and The Rideau Canal

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Kingston and the Thousand Islands are at the head of the the Lawrence River and the foot of the Great Lakes.

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Ottawa: Oh, Canada!

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It is British city with a French accent, centered on Parliament buildings replicating London’s Westminster and a turreted hotel in the style of a French chateau. An historic and now recreational waterway of pleasure boats is lined with pathways and winds through its heart.

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BC Ferries: The Inside Passage

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The 240 mile Inside Passage Route between Prince Rupert and Port Hardy travels past soaring mountains, picturesque fjords, narrow channels, and remote islands.

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THE SKEENA: Riding the Rails Across British Columbia

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On our two-day 725 mile daylight land cruise we sat back in our glass carriage and enjoyed the view. We experienced the enormity of mountains and vastness of the Interior Plateau and a forested wilderness from the comfort of our armchairs.

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Nova Scotia’s South Shore

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Nova Scotia is a peninsula bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and the Bay of Fundy, connected to New Brunswick and the mainland by an isthmus less than 15 miles wide.

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Halifax, Nova Scotia

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Wherever you are in Nova Scotia, Canada’s Ocean Playground, you are never more than 35 miles from the sea.

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Where time is measured by the sun and tides: the northeast coast of Maine

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We headed for Northern Maine and visited places with the ambience of a more relaxed era– when time was measured by the sun and tides. We visited tiny fishing villages, met artists in their galleries, dined on the freshest of seafood, went on a whale watch, cruised aboard a lobster boat and discovered more about Native American heritage.

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