Kyle and I decided to make the most out of July 4th - and spend it in Canada! 🙂 All joking aside, July 4th was the perfect time for us to go on a slightly longer trip as we could use the holidays as our day off and could save some PTO. Never having been to Canada's East Coast before, we decided to fly to Boston using the Southwest Companion Pass and drive north to explore the Canadian Maritime provinces - starting with New Brunswick.
We got to Boston late on Friday evening and left the city heading North early the next morning. Having a 7 hour drive ahead and not knowing whether the border crossing was going to add additional travel time, we tried to get out as early as possible.
Of course, we couldn't hit the road without our mandatory stop at Starbucks...
...and some ice cream at Gifford's Famous Ice Cream. I went for the raspberry sorbet and must say it was really delicious.
Once we drove past Portland, civilization began to wane and we were more and more surrounded by trees and nothing else.
Very much to our surprise, we didn't see a single sign indicating that we were about to leave the United States and cross an international border into Canada. until about 1km away. If you weren't paying attention as to where you were driving, you could be in for quite the surprise! I was even more excited when we finally arrived in Canada and were greeted by familiar moose signs. Most people don't know this but New Brunswick is the only Canadian province which is officially bilingual and as such, all signs must be in English and French. "Attention" works out quite nicely for the French and English moose among us. 🙂
Just before sunset, we arrived in Fredericton, the capital of New Brunswick, and wandered around to explore the historic old town. Fredericton is a quaint Canadian city and definitely has a European feel to it.
Shop My Look
My purse is from a Chicago-based online boutique called White Elephant Designs.
My necklace is from GLDN and was a birthday present. I've been wearing it almost every day since.
I enjoyed walking around the old streets, reading about some Canadian history, and watching everyone and their mother gather in the town square, getting ready for the Canada Day celebrations.
We still had a two-hour drive ahead of us until we reached our final destination for the day and hit the road again, but not before stopping by a Tim Hortons and getting an espresso to keep us awake for the rest of the drive.
It was long day of driving but we were sure happy to be back (home) in Canada!
Have you been to the Canadian East Coast? What was your favourite Province? Let us know in the comments below!