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Two Weeks in the Maritimes: New Brunswick and Nova Scotia

posted by Courtney Jones August 1, 2017 0 comments
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There’s no place like home.

I grew up in a small town in rural New Brunswick, so was excited to get back after nearly three years away! Living in Charlotte, we’re a whole lot closer now that we were when we lived in Australia, but unfortunately, there are still no direct flights to that part of the world (one of the drawbacks of growing up in a province with limited international flights!) In order to get home, we flew to Portland, Maine, rented a car and then just drove across the border. The whole journey took about seven hours, which is definitely quicker than the 30+ hours it took from Sydney!

We arrived at my parents around dinnertime, and I was SO excited to see my family! I’m might be biased, but I’m pretty sure I have the best family ever 🙂

Here’s what I got up to over the couple weeks in Canada!

Family Photos, Hiking and Boating

A few years ago, we decided to start taking family photos. Not just any family photos though, we wanted to take a photo holding the photo from the year before (we basically plagiarize the Modern Family intro.) My mom is obsessed with these photos, so has been talking about it for months. In order to ensure we got the whole family together, she coordinated a photo sesh on our first morning home! We all went to my sister’s house for breakfast, and then I put my camera on a tripod and controlled it with a remote (if you look closely, you can see that I’m pressing the remote in the photo! Also, my shirt is from Zara and I love it.)

Out of the 20+ photos that we took, we only had one that turned out semi-decent. If you knew my family, you’d understand that we’re not an easy group to get a classy photo of! Here’s the good one, and an example of the ones the didn’t quite turn out:

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I was using a Nikon 1.8 prime lens, and a tripod that I’m fairly confident was bought at Kmart (does the trick though!)

Following the photo session, we all went for a family hike to the Sussex Bluffs. It’s a relatively easy trail, and the view looking out over the farmland is fab. As usual, I was in full-on selfie mode, so we got our second family photo of the trip (this one was taken with a GoPro Hero 5 on a cheap selfie stick – I control the GoPro through the Capture app on my phone.)

Family Photo Sussex BluffsIt was late spring and we were lucky to get some warmer days. My family loves being out on the water, so we gathered up all the boats we could find, and headed out to the river. My parents are avid kayakers, so they showed up with their boats. John and Jamie took the canoe, but decided to put a trolling motor on it instead of paddling. Cheryl and I were more interested in drinking beer than paddling, so we tied an inflatable boat to the canoe, and let the boys tow us. If you’re wondering what life is like in small town Canada, this picture basically sums it up…

This was also taken with a GoPro on a selfie stick, controlled by my (non-waterproof) iPhone.

Nova Scotia

John, dad and I spent a few days at my parents’ cabin in Nova Scotia. John has never been to Cape Breton before, so I was so excited for him to see where I spent so many summers as a kid. The cabin is on Big Bras D’or Lake, which really is a special place.

Big Bras D'or Lakes

John and dad spent some time building a gazebo, which turned out to be a nightmare as the black flies were UNREAL. I mowed the lawn with a ride-on (so fun!), and then we enjoyed the sunny spring days. We bought a bunch of lobster straight off a fishing boat, and had a feast that afternoon!

Cape Breton LobsterThe sunsets were stunning every single night, painting the sky in gorgeous pastels. We had campfires on the beach every night and drank our body weight in homemade wine and twisted tea.

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It was an amazing trip, and I can’t wait to get back to New Brunswick in September!


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