Outdoor Adventure in Eastern Canada

  

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Outdoor Adventure in Atlantic Canada

Make the most of any visit to Atlantic Canada with some time spent exploring the great outdoors. Whether it be New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, or Prince Edward Island, you'll discover a wide range of parks, beaches, and other outdoor recreation destinations.

Gardens

Halifax Gardens 

Halifax Public Gardens

Enjoy your stay in Halifax and be sure to set aside time for a tour of the Halifax Public Gardens. Typically open from the beginning of May through the beginning of November, this public garden space in Halifax is historic, having initially been established in 1867. 

Spread across 16 acres, the Halifax Public Gardens contains more than 140 species of trees, ornate fountains, a bandstand, and a stunning wrought iron entranceway. Enjoy lunch or a snack at the Uncommon Grounds Cafe, or step over to the Halifax Public Gardens Kids Zone.

Fredericton Botanical Gardens

Ideal for any spring or summer visit to Atlantic Canada, the Fredericton Botanical Gardens yield tranquil strolls, vibrant picnics, and much more. Spread across 22 hectares of land in New Brunswick, these excellent and wide-ranging botanic gardens are a short drive from downtown Fredericton, or nearby Saint John. 

Opened in 1990 within Odell Park, the Fredericton Botanical Gardens feature much to see. Don't miss the Harold Hinds Memorial Garden, the Lilac Collection, the Rhododendron and Azalea Collection, or the Entrance Garden. 

Popular Sites

Magnetic Hill Illusion

Trick? Not this time. Illusion. The Magnetic Hill Illusion is located in the city of Moncton in Atlantic Canada. This optical illusion is caused by simultaneously rising and descending terrain. The site is at the base of Lutes Mountain. As motorists travel uphill, it seems as though they roll backwards down the hill, unless they accelerate.

The site became one of the top tourist attractions in Moncton. Visit this unique to experience it for yourself. Another top tourist attraction in the area is the Magnetic Hill Zoo and Magic Mountain Water Park. Make the most of your next visit to New Brunswick with a trip to one of the most unique attractions in the area.

 

Old Town Lunenburg 

Old Town Lunenburg

Established in 1753, Old Town Lunenburg is set in Lunenburg County on the South Shore of Nove Scotia – just 20 minutes east of Bridgewater.

Both a United Nations Educational, Scientific & Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Site and National Historic Site of Canada, Old Town Lunenburg is a must-see during any trip to Atlantic Canada.

Covering 33 hectares, the historic site was designated by the UNESCO in 1995. Old Town Lunenburg visitors may stop by the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, Halifax & Southwestern Railway Museum, and Knaut-Rhuland House Museum, while the area offers whale watching, walking tours, and sailing expeditions.

 

Confederation Bridge 

Confederation Bridge

Canadian travelers in Atlantic Canada en route to Prince Edward Island will find themselves crossing the world's longest bridge over ice-covered water – the Northumberland Strait. This impressive eight-mile bridge is the Confederation Bridge, and it yields easy access to Charlottetown.

After public debate on whether or not to have a bridge connecting to mainland New Brunswick, the public voted 59.4% in favor of it. Bridge construction was completed in four years, opening on May 31, 1997, using over five thousand construction workers, for a total of one billion dollars.

The three parts of Confederation Bridge are the West Approach Bridge from New Brunswick, the East Approach Bridge from Prince Edward Island and the Main Bridge connecting the two approach bridges.

The bridge features include gentle curves, a long-lasting bituminous road surface, 1.1 metre-high concrete barrier walls, over 7,000 drain ports, a video surveillance system and weather monitoring system. The bridge is intended to last for one hundred years.

St. Dunstan's Basilica

Since the early 1900s, travelers have made their way to Maritime province of Prince Edward Island, in the Atlantic Canada region, for worship. They visited the Roman Catholic St. Dunstan’s Basilica, in downtown Charlottetown, for Catholic church services.

The basilica was named in honor of St. Dunstan, a Glastonbury Anglo Saxon saint. This National Historic Site was completed in 1907, and rebuilt in 1916, after a fire in 1913 damaged the building.

This beautiful High Victorian Gothic Revival style, Roman Catholic Cathedral features pinnacles, twin towers, stained glass, a triple portal entry and large traceried windows. Enjoy a tour of the basilica to admire its beauty and learn more about its rich history, or partake in one of the church services.

Dalhousie Centennial Library

Make your way north in New Brunswick. Visit the Dalhousie Centennial Library to peruse the wonderful selection of books, newspapers, magazines, DVDs and CDs. The current library building was built in 1966 and is located in Dalhousie, a few blocks from the Dalhousie Harbour in Chaleur Bay. The previous library served the community from 1939 to 1966.

The library's Genealogy Research Centre is a great place for researching family genealogy. The library staff is more than happy to assist with reference materials, the computer workstations and Virtual Reference Library. Enjoy your time in Atlantic Canada.