Saturday, November 13, 2010

A Few of My Favourite Things Part 1

This will be the first of a few blog entries about something special happening next year. Something I am very excited about. Some of you will probably figure out where I’m going with this. If at the end of this blog, it is still all a mystery, stay posted. More will follow and all will be revealed at the end.

1. New Brunswick Indian Summer
No one will ever be able to accuse me of being impartial when it comes to New Brunswick. I was born and grew up in Fredericton, have oodles of family still living there and continue to visit regularly. Check out my blog dated July 15, 2010 on my most recent visit home. New Brunswick’s nick name is “The Picture Province”. It is beautiful everywhere, any time of year. New Brunswick is crisscrossed with rivers and streams too numerous to count - the Saint John River Valley is beautiful beyond description, the Mirimichi is heaven on earth for salmon fisherman. It is dotted with hundreds of lakes - my favourite of course Grand Lake (see my blog Butterflies and Other Bugs dated May 3, 2010 ). Bays and Straits off the Atlantic Ocean surround over half the province - Bay of Fundy and the smaller Passamaquoddy Bay to the south and southeast are scenic, popular tourist locations. New Brunswick does not have any true mountains (although a few big hills try to trick skiers by calling themselves mountains), just lots and lots of big rolling hills. Most of New Brunswick is heavily forested with a mix of coniferous and deciduous trees. Spring and summer, the forests are a beautiful thick lush green. The rivers, streams and lakes are a clear, unpoluted blue. The ocean is mesmerizing. The foliage season in New Brunswick has to be seen to be believed. There are not enough superlatives to describe the beauty of the fall scenery. Clear blue waters and foilage colours, in particular the maples which turn every shade of the yellow, orange, red portion of the colour wheel. Consider yourself very lucky if you have had the opportunity to experience a New Brunswick Indian Summer, that last hurrah of warm weather in late September, early October, just before the snow starts to fly .

Click on the icon in the middle of this screen for just a few breathtaking pictures of New Brunswick in autumn.
If you would like to explore New Brunswick a bit, use this link to the New Brunswick Tourism Website
2. St. Andrews by-the Sea

New Brunswick is a pretty small province. Nothing is more than a couple of hours away. Any event, or location you might wish to attend or visit, can pretty well be a day trip. Other than visiting my relatives who live all over southern New Brunswick, the only village I have visited and stayed for several days at a time is St. Andrew’s-by-the-Sea. It is very inviting and just seems to insist you stay for a few days to experience the full affect. It is a very old community. The earliest settlers (other than Canada's First Nations) were United Empire Loyalists. It is located in the far south west corner of New Brunswick on the Pasamoquody Bay, a smaller bay off the Atlantic, adjacent to the Bay of Fundy. It has all the beauty and charm one would expect of a small coastal village. It is a popular tourist location in the summer. I love the older central core of the village - lovely heritage type homes that all have little English gardens and look like they were just painted last week. I won’t attempt to list them all here, but for the size of it, St. Andrews has a lot to offer in terms of interesting shopping, history, restaurants and inns, outdoor and nature experiences. If you travel to New Brunswick, don’t by-pass St. Andrews just because it appears to be pretty small (it is), because it has a lot to offer.

The "castle" in behind with the red roof is the Algonquin Hotel. More on that later.

Main Street St. Andrews

Cottage Craft Yarns, established in 1915. It is located on the waterfront, adjacent to the piers.

St. Andrews is home to a large Marine Biology facility. Visitors can arrange to go whale watching on the Bay of Fundy right up til mid October.
For a small village there are several restaurants, inns and tea rooms to enjoy.

The following link will connect you with a tourism site with detailed information on all that St. Andrews has to offer.
3. The Algonquin Hotel

Sometimes when you are travelling, at the end of the day, you just want a clean, comfortable place to get a good night’s sleep. Other times, part of the joy of the trip is the “experience of where you stay”. Given the opportunity, everyone should treat themselves to the experience of a Hotel like the Algonquin. The Fairmont Algonquin is a Tudor style, resort hotel located in St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada's first seaside resort town. (Notice a connection developing here?!) It was built in 1889. The impressive four-storey, half-timbered structure with its castle-like facade has 80 guest rooms, each with its own fireplace and water closet. It officially opened in June 1889. It has been open continuously ever since.

For more on all that the Algonquin has to offer, follow the link below.
These have been just a few of my favourite things. More clues to the SPECIAL SOMETHING HAPPENING NEXT YEAR will follow soon.

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