Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Canada's East Coast

A little while back Liisa and I went on a trip to the east coast of Canada. We decided to rent a car and drove out Halifax, going through Souther Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and finally making it to Halifax. In Halifax we stayed with my friend Dallas who's currently finishing his Master's Degree at Dalhousie University. I'd never been to the east coast before so it was really nice to see part of that part of the country which was a lot more interesting that I originally thought it may be. In particular New Brunswick was really pretty, although incredibly empty. Driving on the Trans-Canada highway for a certain stretch we went almost 1 hour without having a single on/off ramp, essentially there was nowhere to go for 100kms.

Halifax was a great city, lot's of history and a vibrant art scene. Halifax was the first place that a lot of Canadian immigrants came to up until the 1970s when immigration changed from boats to planes. My family arrive in Halifax from Sweden in the early 1950's and there is a really interesting museum at Pier 21 that documents a lot of the stories of new immigrants to Canada, some of the stories are incredibly interesting and heart wrenching.

We did a number of day trips to Peggy's Cove, Lunenburg, Wolfeville, the Bay of Fundy and other places. There were almost no tourists there but that might be something to do with the really rainy weather we had.

On the way back we drove through the U.S. for a bit of a change. As always crossing the border was fun, for Liisa at least, nothing like fingerprinting a reminder that we're not in Canada anymore to make you feel welcome. We drove through Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont until we crossed back into Quebec. Saw some of the mountains and a lot of the road. All in all we logged 5000kms over a 1 week time period. Needless to say I didn't feel like driving much after that trip.

If you want to see some pictures have a look at the set just below. The captions are in Swedish thanks to Liisa.


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