July 16, 2010
The east coast has a magnetic pull. I was in Newfoundland in May and had a craving to return to where the water gets salty. I did just that last week and spent my vacation driving to the east coast. We ended up on the north-east coast of New Brunswick in a place called Caraquet on the cliffs of Chaleur Bay (see picture). Soaking up the Acadian spirit, we drove back through Quebec along the north shore of the St. Lawrence, stopping off in Ottawa to check out the Pop Life exhibition at the National Gallery.
I was surprised by the ease of getting camping spots. In many cases, we were the only ones at the campground—we owned the place. It seems like the days of the “staycation” have ended and Canadian tourists are travelling abroad rather than staying home. The round trip was 3300 kilometres and my car’s first road trip proved very fuel-efficient—getting just over 5 liters per 100 kilometers. Very affordable, even with the recent HST gas hike.
Let me know if you’ve gone on your vacation yet and what kind of experiences on the open road you’ve had recently. Are you planning to travel around Canada or to go elsewhere?