guess who’s back! back again: east coast edition

I’m back. I’ve been way too busy to sit down and think of something to write, but as I sit here in Eastern Passage with the rain pouring down, I feel like now I have a moment. We made it back to Nova Scotia yesterday morning and our adventure was nothing short of exciting. We left Trenton at 5:20am on Saturday, stopped in Lancaster, Ontario for breakfast, drove into Quebec and ate at a few roadside stops (they are a godsend for road trips!) and made it into New Brunswick shortly before 5pm. We stopped by Grand Falls Gorge and took some photos, and I found some Lupins! They are so beautiful and smell amazing, so they needed to be captured. I haven’t noticed them in Ontario yet, so it was another little piece of home.

Here’s where the fun started. Chris decided we should take a road we’ve never been on before, and I’m always up for something new so I said sure! Oops. The next hour was spent dodging huge potholes, a fox, a moose, and trying to find reception in case something happened. It was actually pretty scary because we were on this road for about 100km. My fear was this would turn into The Hills Have Eyes and our car would break down and we’d be kidnapped by mountain people (not unrealistic in wooded areas, right?). We had to stop to check the car out and we were almost carried away by bugs. I could not wait for this road to end!

After the creepy drive through no civilization whatsoever, we drove through a few little towns and eventually made it to Moncton. We crashed pretty hard after our drive that ended around 930pm and woke up to drive to Halifax the next day. We made a stop at Masstown Market before heading into Halifax for moon mist ice cream and some coffee. It’s literally the only money we spent on the trip other than stopping for gas. Our cooler saved us from spending probably $60-80 on the road for five meals worth of food. Highly recommend a plug-in car cooler if you can get one. We use Mobicool W45 cool/warm box and it is so fantastic!

Anyway, our stay in Halifax so far has consisted of just seeing friends, eating, and buying a few local beers. We walked Fisherman’s Cove and checked out some of the new shops and took photos along the boardwalk which is something I’ve missed being able to do. The ocean makes me feel at home. It’s pouring today, so there isn’t much planned other than a mall date with some friends tonight, and maybe making our hosts eat vegetarian food (I kid, I cook them some meat).

Top 5 Differences Between Ontario & Nova Scotia:

  1. The weather. In Ontario when it rains it only lasts like an hour but here it lasts all day.
  2. The drivers. Ontario is full of speed demons but Nova Scotia is so laid back and chill (for the most part) that no one is trying to drive on top of your car on the highway.
  3. The people. Ontario has nice people, but East Coasters wave to you and say hello even if they have no clue who you are. They are the friendliest people I know.
  4. The food. I didn’t realize this until now but a lot of East Coast food is just deep fried to hell! In Ontario I find I eat more vegetables and grains, but here most things are covered in delicious batter. That could just be me.
  5. The trees and clouds. This one might sound funny, but I’m in love with Ontario clouds. They are massive and look like mountains, and the same goes for trees! They are huge and towering. Nova Scotia clouds are more low lying and the trees here don’t seem to grow as tall, but it is still such a beautiful province.

I love Nova Scotia with all of my being, but I now have a fondness for Ontario that I never expected to have! Both of them are home now, and I’m excited to see all the new things we’ve missed around here.

Here are a few photos from the trip so far!


Grand Falls Gorge


Lupins on the side of the road


The most touristy thing we could think of doing was posing by the Nova Scotia sign


Fisherman’s Cove


Back into the ocean I go


2 thoughts on “guess who’s back! back again: east coast edition

  1. Katie Lee says:

    A friend of mine lives in Ottawa; she is travelling home this week (to PEI) and was so excited to see lupins again. I don’t think they are indigenous to Ontario, by the sounds of it. Or maybe just a few select regions.

    As for the clouds, the likely are different. Like you said, it doesn’t rain for long the rain to stop in Ontario, which means that their clouds are likely puffier than Atlantic clouds, which are full of rain (probably from the ocean).

    But enough faux-science. Yaaaay! You’re baccccck!!


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