Sunday, December 12, 2010

Small Town Treasures

Pond at Mount Allison University in Sackville, NB.
During your Bay of Fundy vacation, don't forget to visit the small towns in the Bay of Fundy region. Too often we don't take time for these hidden Atlantic treasures.  Visit a maritime town like St. Andrews or Sackville in New Brunswick, Wolfville or Parrsboro in Nova Scotia, and you will not be disappointed.  These are surprisingly vibrant and friendly places, and great locations to enjoy Maritime culture and natural beauty.  Most will have markets (sometimes just on Saturdays so check the schedule) that are great locations to pick up local food and crafts.  Most have art galleries that feature local artists, and venues for the rich music of the region. Even if you just want to wander and shop, and enjoy a coffee or tea, you will find a rewarding and restful experience.  Some will have unique stores you just won't find elsewhere, such as the Harness Shop in Sackville, NB. Also, be sure to check out when local festivals and events take place, and almost all offer interesting events on holidays such as Canada Day.  Don't overlook the local parks, such as the Sackville Waterfowl Park, or university related facilities, such as Wolfville's Acadia University Harriet  Irving Botanical Garden.  Finally, small towns often offer the best value in both accommodation and restaurants.

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