Sunday, June 20, 2010

Bay of Fundy - Nova Scotia

For years I wanted to see the Five Islands Provincial Park and the exciting coastal rock formations. The Bay of Fundy is famous for its highest tides in the world, up to 40 feet. Thank goodness it was low tide when I arrived there, allowing me to take photos of the red rocks.

There is more to see than stunning landscapes:
- lots of stunning fossils
- semi-precious stones such as Agate and Amethyst,
- cute antique shops, friendly locals and quaint little towns
And you can learn to paraglide along the cliff.

The Fundy Geological Museum in Parsborro displays an ancient world and some of the oldest dinosaur bones in Canada.

Don't miss the amazing Bare Bones Restaurant / Bakery in Parsborro.

Cape Chignecto Provincial Park

Further west this provincial park lays on a dramatic coastal peninsula with 600ft high towering cliffs.
Cape Chignecto Provincial Park is located in West Advocate Harbour. It is approximately a 90 minute drive from Amherst or 40 minutes from Parrsboro.

Light house Cape d'Or

Advocate Harbours light house, on Hwy 209, west of Parsborro, offers delicious food and even accommodation.
The Guesthouse, located just a few steps from the Lighthouse, is the converted Lightkeeper's
residence. Great dining room with 15 windows on 3 sides, overlooking the Bay of Fundy. Watch the tides come and go while you enjoy lunch or dinner of seafood, vegetarian and meat entrees.

Few tourists, at least in early June when I was there, and an area with laid back, friendly folks. I only regret to have this part of Nova Scotia not discovered earlier, but I will be back soon.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Most beautiful villages of Quebec

One of my favoured travel routes is along the St Lawrence river. I wish I would have the time to travel this historic route one day on a bicycle or by canoe.

No matter if you drive the small country roads on the south or north shore between Montreal and Rimouski, you will discover numerous gorgeous towns on your way.

Many of them belong to "a network of authentic heritages villages, located in remarkable landscapes", the "Les plus beaux villages of Quebec".
This week I explored one I haven`t seen before: St.-Antoine-de-Tilly

Located 25 km from Quebec City, a real gem with it`s beautifully restored heritage homes, surrounded by quaint farm country and apple orchards.

A small park dotted with picknick tables on the river shore allows you to watch big ocean freight liners on their way to and from Montreal`s port.

The Manoir de Tilly, built in 1786, serves fine local cuisine, the Bergeron fromagerie offers tastings and tours.

Take your time to explore this and many more beautiful villages along the mighty St Lawrence.