Trip with kids to the east coast

Jun 20th, 2012, 07:41 AM
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Trip with kids to the east coast

We are planning a 2 week trip from Ontario to pei nova Scotia and new brunswick this august, with 2 adults and 2 kids under 10 years. Any recommendations?
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Jun 20th, 2012, 11:14 AM
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I've made the drive from Toronto to the Maritimes on many occasions. If you are driving, the quickest way to get from Ontario to NB is through the U.S, heading south near Montreal and through the mountains in Vermont and into Maine. It's definitely more interesting than driving on the 401 & Trans Canada for hours on end. Plus, gas is cheaper through the States then in Quebec or NB. You'll want to fill up when you drive in and drive out.

Some great spots to visit for families:
1. St. Andrews by the Sea - a coastal resort town that has The Algonquin Hotel and some great inns and B&Bs. Has different types of boat cruises for whale-watching - I think the Zodiac boat with the Fundy Tide Runners is the most fun. There are nice shops and restaurants in town or you can stop by the Save Easy (part of Loblaws chain) to pick up snacks, etc.

2. Near Fredericton is Kings Landing Historical Village - kind of like Pioneers Village in Toronto.

3. Beaches and more beaches - in NB, near Shediac or the beaches in PEI are the best. The kids would definitely love it.

4. Driving on the Cabot Trail is awesome, if you can get out that far. Beautiful views of the ocean and lots of places to go for short hikes. Keltic Lodge is a great spot to spend the night.

5. You must go to a Lobster Supper in PEI if you like seafood. My favourite one is New Glasgow Lobster Supper and the PEI Preserve Company is just down the street. You'll get more food than you can possibly think to consume.

6. There's something called singing sands in PEI. Apparently, something in the sand at the beach sounds musical. I have never been but other friends with kids checked it out and they thought it was kind of cool.

7. There's lots of kids activities such as go-karts, mini-golf, playgrounds,etc in the Cavendish area in PEI. If your kids are girls, they may also enjoy seeing the Anne of Green Gables production in Charlottetown. I loved the stories as a kid and still go back every few years to see the show. The Bottle Houses in Cap-Egmont were fun and quirky if you happen to be driving around that side of the island.

8. Must partake in Cows Ice Cream as much as you can. It's a Maritime institution (even though you can now get it in Banff and Niagara on the Lake).

9. Halifax has a great waterfront to stroll around. Often have buskers and other entertainment outdoors.

10. Lunenburg, NS is beautiful as well. Definitely not something we have in Ontario and the kids might learn a bit about Canadian history.

Hope that will get you started. You'll have a great time.
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