I’ve always considered the Maritimes to be home — I spent my first 18 years growing up in rural New Brunswick. The Maritimes is also home to my closest friends and family, countless memories, and a landscape I’ve yet to fully explore. It’s easy to take for granted the natural beauty and hidden gems of the place where you grew up.
It’s been six years since I’ve lived on the East Coast, and I’ve been itching to go back, especially since I am getting ready to move to Vancouver at the beginning of August. I figured it was time to go back and focus in on the beauty that Eastern Canada has to offer.
My itinerary is simple, from July 1st until July 31st I’ll be taking the train from the East Coast of Canada to my new home in Vancouver, British Columbia. I bought a train ticket, sold my car, quit my job, signed a lease on the West Coast, and started my journey with #VIACanada150.
I’m currently sitting comfortably on a train bound from Moncton to Montreal after spending a week in the Maritimes. Here are some of the best spots that I visited while I was travelling through Eastern Canada:
Prince Edward Island is one of the most picturesque places on earth. Every turn yields a new scene that takes your breath away. From rural countryside and beautiful ocean views to downtown Charlottetown, P.E.I. has so much to see on such a compact island. One my favourite places in P.E.I. was Stanhope Beach. Incredibly charming and much less crowded than Cavendish Beach, Stanhope was the perfect place to relax for the afternoon and take in the sunset. It’s also right beside the P.E.I. National Park if you ever need a break from the beach!
New Brunswick is home to the Bay of Fundy, one of the natural wonders of the world, but the best parts of this province are far less talked about. I spent the majority of my time at a cottage on the Belleisle Bay, but if you’re looking for fun things to do, there are countless spots to go swimming, hiking, or exploring. A few of my favourites are swimming at Quiddy Falls, kayaking at Cape Enrage, exploring the caves at St. Martins or spending a day in the beautiful town of St. Andrews!
Seeing the Maritimes after a long time away reminded me just how gorgeous the East Coast of Canada is. Growing up, I didn’t fully appreciate how much this region had to offer, whether that be beautiful landscapes, world class food, or some of the kindest people you’ll ever meet. It took some time away, and a new perspective, for me to realize how proud I am to call the Maritimes my home!
If you want to stay up to date with the rest of my train trip across Canada, as well as the many other Canadian youth travelling this July, make sure to follow along on instragram with #VIACanada150.
You can also follow my adventures on my YouTube channel.
Cameron Jones, Photographer/YouTuber