After 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.
If 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.
Into 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.
Halifax, 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.
<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.
On 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.