The Great Maritime Stay-cation

Sand. Ocean. Sun. Fresh air. Cavendish Beach is a haven for relaxation, warmth and feeling the ocean breeze. When the weather is good – as it has been – it is also so great for camping. There is nothing quite like reading a good book, stretched out on the hot sand, then jumping into the salty ocean for cool relief.

April at Cavendish, PEI

Greenwich is a hidden jewel in PEI National Park. Near St. Peters on the north shore, a 30-minute hike through a historic homestead takes you to a protected marshland where you’ll probably see beavers building dams, or colourful birds catching insects in the air. At the end of a hot walk, and a hike up a steep sand dune, we were rewarded with a breathtaking, serene beach. If only we had brought our swimming gear.

Greenwich, PEI

After three years of living in New Brunswick, I recently made it to Grand Manan island, a sleepy place steeped in fog and history. Here, fishermen circle the island, gathering their lobster traps as you snap photos of paint-chipped lighthouses – some with working fog horns that might scare you off the side of a craggy cliff. This place is a real Maritime treasure, and I can’t wait to go back and spend more time camping, hiking and perhaps biking or kayaking.

Swallowtail Lighthouse, Grand Manan, NB

During a five-day trip to Nova Scotia’s south shore, my boyfriend and I meandered along the shores of Mahone Bay. We ate amazing seafood chowder at the Seaside Shanty in Chester Basin, we cycled and old rail trail from Chester to the village of Mahone Bay, and we strolled the UNESCO-preserved streets of Lunenberg, a town filled with more bright colours than you’d find in a Smarties box.

Mahone Bay

There is so much to do in our lovely part of the country. We both feel like we could use all of our time off to keep touring locally and finding more adventures close to home.

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April C

Writer, editor and mom in Saint John, NB.

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