MY SUMMER ROAD TRIP, TORONTO TO HALIFAX & BACK AGAIN – 4,500 KILOMETRES (2,800 MILES)

TRIP11   If you really want to see Canada, you’ve got to do some driving. I’ve done this trip many times, and I’m still not tired of it.

TRIP5 First night out – Berthierville, Quebec, about halfway between Montreal and Quebec City. View from the motel window <ABOVE> and the check-in desk <BELOW>

TRIP8After breakfast, the drive through Trois-Rivieres to French Canada’s walled capital city, Quebec – magnificent cathedral, Lower Town, Upper Town, happy to see Le Vendome sign is still intact, although the restaurant is gone.

TRIP16TRIP17From Quebec along the mighty St. Lawrence, past Montmagny, La Pocatiere, Kamouraska, Riviere du Loup, St. Louis de Ha Ha, Degelis, and into New Brunswick.

TRIP18If you like rocks, trees, wide open spaces and little traffic, New/Nouveau Brunswick is a pleasure. Hartland boasts the longest covered bridge in the world, there’s Fredericton’s Art Gallery, the Saint John River, Magnetic Hill, Moncton’s antique shops and bars, Mount Allison’s Owens Art Gallery (the oldest university gallery in the country), and the spectacular Tantramar Marshes.

TRIP10Into Amherst, Nova Scotia, where I got my start in radio broadcasting in the 1950’s. <ABOVE> David March, town councillor and morning man at CKDH-FM and myself. Graduates of this small radio station include CBC’s Ian Hanomansing, infamous Senator Mike Duffy, and CBC’s Joan Watson.

TRIP22Halifax, capital of Nova Scotia, is worth much more time than I gave it. Bars and restaurants everywhere, as well as a first-rate theatre, the Neptune, several museums and art galleries, remnants of the Titanic, etc. Many of the bistros and dining establishments would be right at home in Toronto or Montreal. Highly recommended – the Wooden Monkey on Argyle Street and the Brasserie on Agricola.

TRIP19<ABOVE> Lots of cranes in Halifax these days. This monster (a convention centre with attached tower) is now looming over old Argyle Street. Sorry to see that.

TRIP9<ABOVE> the new Halifax Central Library. <BELOW> Lunenburg Harbour and St. John’s Anglican Church, 1753. The church was nearly destroyed after a catastrophic fire on November 1, 2001. Within 5 years it was rebuilt both inside and out. Even some of the floor board squeaks are intact. The stained glass windows were painstakingly pieced together. Thanks go to many Nova Scotia artisans and woodworkers for putting St. John’s back together again.

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TRIP18TRIP20On the drive back we passed through Montreal on Highway 40, a racetrack if ever there was one <PHOTO BELOW>, up to Ottawa, the Nation’s Capital, and its wonderful Bytowne Cinema and the National Gallery of Canada. <BELOW> ceiling of the Rideau Street Chapel in the National Gallery.

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TRIP27TRIP26Highway 417 to 416 to the 401 and within 5 hours the towers of Scarborough appeared, meaning we were roaring back into the Big Smoke (aka the City of TORONTO).

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