Day-tripping In Nova Scotia – Joggins Fossil Cliffs

Day-tripping in Nova Scotia - Joggins Fossil Cliffs

The Joggins Fossil Cliffs are located in Joggins, Nova Scotia, at 100 Main Street. This is a great day trip from Moncton, NB at just over one hour's drive. We spent hours on the beach after exploring the interpretive centre.  (more…)

The Discovery Centre- Halifax, NS

As part of our Halifax weekend getaway in April, we visited the Discovery Centre for the first time in it's new location. WOW!!

"The Discovery Centre is a not-for-profit registered charitable organization whose mission is to bring STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) to life through fun, interactive learning experiences." ~ thediscoverycentre.ca (more…)

Visiting the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Halifax NS

Visiting the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Halifax NS

The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic is a regular stop for us when visiting Halifax, NS. I can't count how many times we have visited, and each time we all have a good time reading, watching, playing and exploring. (more…)

Day Tripping – Kingsbrae Gardens in St Andrews, NB

Day Tripping - Kingsbrae Gardens in St Andrews, NB

Kingsbrae Gardens in St. Andrews NB is a beautiful place. I have been to St. Andrews many times over my 40 + years and only last summer did I get the opportunity to visit the gardens.

Our family took a day trip from Moncton, with my kids and nephew, and headed to St. Andrews to visit the Huntsman Marine Science Center. On the way, I was looking at the NB Tourism Guide and trying to figure out what else to do when we got there. (more…)

Day Tripping – Fundy Trail Parkway

Day Tripping - Fundy Trail Parkway

The Fundy Trail Parkway is the perfect spot for families with any age children. There are hiking, biking and auto routes, making this ideal for anyone to enjoy.

We went and explored a few trails, down to waterfalls, across the suspension bridge and also drove the length of the trail. We also visited the interpretive center at Great Salmon River. My history loving hubby and older son have to read all about everything! We will be headed back this summer to check out the beaches and the extension to the route since we last visited. (more…)

Day Tripping – Cape Jourimain Nature Centre

Day Tripping - Cape Jourimain Nature Centre

Looking for a beautiful view, eco friendly site, walking trails and educational experience for the family?
Cape Jourimain is such a gem. We only discovered it in the past few years and have visited 3 times already.

Cape Jourimain Nature Centre is located just at the start of the NB side of Confederation Bridge. You turn off for the Tourist Information center just before going onto the bridge. Once parked at the tourist info center, you go through the back doors onto the wooden boardwalk that takes you to the Cape Jourimain Nature Centre. (more…)

Day Tripping – Huntsman Marine Science Center

Day Tripping - Huntsman Marine Science Center

Our first visit to the Huntsman Marine Center was years ago, when they were renovating. While it was a great experience and Lorne enjoyed it, we really wanted to experience the new Science Center! Last summer, while visiting St. Andrew's on a day trip with my family, husband, son 12, nephew 12 and son 2.5, we had our chance to visit. The same day we packed a picnic lunch and enjoyed the park, visited the Block House and Kingsbrae Gardens.

Upon entering the facility,there is a small gift shop and a large area with information about the Fundy coastline. Did you know that if you are anywhere in New Brunswick, you are never more than 200KM from the ocean?

The most impressive structure meets you as you enter the center. The glass column of water and fish, pictured below with the boys having a look, reflects the height of the Fundy tides.

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The touch tanks are a huge hit with kids, and there are a variety of marine life to touch and see in the large touch pools of the main floor. Downstairs you can see various marine creatures including the blue lobster pictured above. There is also a children's play area on the bottom floor.

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Don't miss watching Snorkel and Loki, the resident harbour seals. They will put on a little show for you. There is a large viewing area on the main floor, an outdoor viewing area and also, downstairs is an underwater viewpoint. They are sure to entertain both children and adults alike!

At the Huntsman Marine Science Center  you will enjoy seeing sturgeon, seahorses, salmon, intertidal creatures, and underwater viewing of Bay of Fundy fishes. There is also a Café & Gift Shop, children's play area, feature films, interactive displays, the walking path to the beach to explore while on site.

This aquarium is worth adding to your day trip list, if you are headed to St. Andrews. We will definitely visit again.

Visit them online at: www.huntsmanmarine.ca

Day Tripping – Hopewell Rocks

Day Tripping - Hopewell Rocks

Have you ever walked on the Ocean Floor? I am not talking about a beach, we are talking an actual ocean floor. The tides in the Bay of Fundy are the highest tides in the world. Hopewell Rocks, located in Hopewell Cape on Route 114, is the perfect spot to experience the difference between high and low tides. Kayaking around the flowerpot rocks at high tide and walking on the 2 kms of ocean floor when the tide is out. (more…)