Canadian Maritime Provinces Lodging

A trip through the Canadian Maritime Provinces was full of surprises, one which was lodging. Inexpensive and classy……….for the most part set the tone for the trip. Our first stop Quebec we stayed at a B&B in the heart of the city, within walking distance to the old city center. The room, was unique to say the least. The room was dominated by a large queen size bed, with a deep Jacuzzi tub equally as big!! The shower, with no curtains was smack dab above the tub. Showering in Quebec offered us an unique “show” that thankfully was limited in its audience. The toilet is a story into itself!!! Best left for another time.
Our next stop was St John in New Brunswick, a lovely B&B that has been in existence since the 1800’s. Stopping there provided us with the opportunity to speak with someone from China to get some insights into our future travel to that country. Wrapped in a soft fluffy bathrobe provided by the B&B was a nice end to a long day of driving. Hometown B&B hosts were gracious and accommodating and it was a lovely night in St. John’s.
The next day we set off early to take the 0700 ferry to Halifax. We visited the NP and hiked in both fair and foul weather, enjoyable all the way around. After a long day of hiking though we needed to find another place to stay. We lucked out and picked the low cost Worthington Oceanside Resort and Spa in Musquodoboit Harbour where we had the place to ourselves. The spa featured hot tub, steam room, sauna, free kayaks, pool table, drums, and a screened in porch where we had a lovely view of the loons on the lake.
Next stop we stayed in our very own little cabin at Igonish in Cape Breton. Our cabin located a short walk to the beach where we strolled on the beach and dodged the waves coming into shore. We hiked a trail that meandered through pine forests, open fields, and to the edge of the ocean where the forest met the sea in a stunning fashion.
An overnight accommodation on the ferry that took us from Nova Scotia to Newfoundland was not glamorous or especially comfortable, but traveling at night on a boat was a novel way to get from point A to point B.
Out last bit of sleep on dry land in Canada was located in Gros Morne National Park where we stayed for two days. The most traditional lodging during our trip, a regular hotel, but it did boast our own little deck easily accessed from an outside door in our room. Convenient access to watch the sun set over the water and one of the most beautiful sunsets during our entire trip.
Another overnight trip on the ferry rounded out the last night in Canada before we set off to head back to the states. A long drive to Maine was our next to last stop on our trip. We knew we were in America where the prices were high and the accommodations not as nice. Still felt good to be home where gas was cheaper and money did not look “funny.”
Our last night was spent at the Waybury Inn in East Middlebury, VT famous for the Newhart Show. In the show Bob and his wife leave a hectic life in NY and buy a beautiful inn in Vermont. The inn lived up to its reputation, the beautiful winding stairs, amazing decor, beautiful woodwork and gardens made it a memorable stay.


First day on our trip to Canada. Our first stop on our journey is the lovely city of Quebec. After checking into our hotel we toured the old city including the old world style chateau, the citadel, and saw the Parliament Building. A stop for “pizza” and a drink at an Irish pub rounded out the first few hours. We tried to get into Notre Dame Cathedral the oldest parish north of Mexico, but it was closed for the evening. We did tour the grounds of a 350 year old seminary.

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