March 18, 2020
Small but mighty, what the Maritimes lacks in size we make up for in character. Many things make us thankful to live in this neck of the woods, and we want to share a few of them with you. Here are some of our favorite things that will have you ready to plan a journey on the ferry to your next Maritime adventure.
An adventurer’s paradise — there’s no shortage of incredible landmarks to see when you visit each Maritime province. Whether you’re looking to go on a memorable hike or catch one of the wonders of the world, you’ll find what you’re looking for on Canada’s East Coast.
From Cape Split to the Cabot Trail and everywhere in between — there are plenty of trails for hikers of all ages and skill levels in Nova Scotia. Locals and visitors alike hit the trails daily for a great source of exercise and spectacular views — from lighthouses to extraordinary coastlines (and so much more). Come see for yourself why Nova Scotia has some of the best hiking trails around!
In New Brunswick, make your way to Hopewell Rocks, where you can catch the world’s highest tides and walk along the ocean floor. The stunning red cliffs here are not only nice to look at, they also happen to be millions of years old — making this a fossil hunter’s dream. A spot where beauty meets history, visiting this landmark never gets tiring!
When we think about Prince Edward Island, the first things that comes to mind are the beautiful beaches. Warm red sand and breathtaking sandstone cliffs line the Island’s shorelines — providing spots to relax, as well as perfect photo opportunities. The pristine beaches of Prince Edward Island are something that locals love, and once you see them, you’ll understand why!
Foodies rejoice! In the Maritimes, we love our food, and with a plethora of fresh seafood surrounding us, there’s always time for a bite to eat. No one knows seafood like a Maritimer. From lobsters and mussels, to clams, oysters, and more — Maritimers pride themselves on having some of the best seafood around! Seafood not your thing? No worries, there’s so much more on the menu in the Maritimes — starting with the iconic donair. Originating in Halifax, the spiced meat and sweet-milk sauce of the famous donair is a crowd favorite among locals, and is one treat you’ve got to taste. Whether you’re enjoying a traditional donair, donair pizza, donair poutine, or any of its many other variations — this Maritime classic is always a hit.
There’s no greater potato than a Prince Edward Island potato — something Maritimers know for sure. With over 200 years of high-quality growing history, you could say that Islanders have perfected the potato. The red, iron-rich soils of the Island create ideal growing conditions, a difference that can surely be tasted! Prince Edward Island is Canada’s number one producer of potatoes and it is the Island’s largest commercially grown crop. With over 100 different varieties — you’ll have a chance to peel back subtle differences between each type as you sample them along your adventure.
In the Maritimes we benefit from being able to experience all four seasons, each one distinctly different and beautiful.
Even in the cold winter months, Maritimers thrive and aren’t afraid to bundle-up, grab their skates and head outdoors. Hockey lovers benefit from an exciting season where spectators can come watch their favorite teams like the Halifax Mooseheads, Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, or Moncton Wildcats. If hockey isn’t your thing, be sure to catch a lively basketball game with the Maritimes’ professional teams, including the Halifax Hurricanes, the Moncton Magic, and the Island Storms. Those with a sweet tooth can visit one of the Maritimes’ maple syrup farms, such as Sugar Moon Farms in Nova Scotia, MacPhee’s Orchard on Prince Edward Island, or McCrea Farms in New Brunswick.
The spring sees blooming flowers, and just so happens to be one of the best times to explore the Maritimes. In fact — the springtime is the perfect time to hit local festivals, hiking trails, and wineries before the busy summer months!
There are plenty of things for people to do and be grateful for in the summer months here as well. Warmer temperatures with a cool salty breeze make for epic beach days, lobster cookouts, kitchen parties, and legendary Cape Breton Ceilidhs.
Perhaps the most beautiful time in the Maritimes — autumn brings changing colors across the Maritimes’ many vast and beautiful landscapes. In late September through October, watch the leaves change from dark brick reds to stunning golds, rusts, and coppers. The many forests and hiking trails in our region showcase these changes best and offer sights that never cease to amaze us.
Maritimers have a well-earned reputation for being friendly — even by Canadian standards! In fact, when you visit, you might just find yourself welcomed into the dwellings and communities of the people who call them home. Full of friendly faces and plenty of smiles, visitors will have no problem feeling like a friend in this part of Canada.
Finally, we’re thankful for the MV Fundy Rose and the Northumberland Ferries. With so many convenient crossings, there is truly no better way to journey the Maritimes than by sea. Discover why the ferry is a Maritime tradition when you book your next ride with us!