Community Editorial Panel with Sheila Graham
We're expecting company this summer. Some may actually stick around and talk to us, but the majority, frankly, want to see all the 'merrytimes' have to offer and our abode will be their occasional resting place. Each new visitor finds hubby Ralph and I listing some things there are to see and do within close proximity, but not necessarily something you'd find in a travel book. So it has finally hit me we should have a quasi-permanent list, so you may
want to snip this and hang it on your refrigerator door. Then when Aunt Myrtle and Uncle Fred come for a visit, you can send them away, daily, knowing they'll be having a great time. I haven't included directions nor related info due to space concerns, and certainly suggest people arm themselves with provincial travel guidebooks.
So here we go in no particular order and full in the knowledge, this is in no way all inclusive:
Halifax and area has Pier 21, the docks downtown and Buskers, depending on the time of year. There's the amazing Maritime Museum, Titanic Graveyard, Athens Greek Restaurant on Quinpool Road, the Citadel, Point Pleasant Park, Peggy's Cove, Mahone Bay and the Ferry to Tancook Island (say hello to my Dionne relatives at their museum), Lunenburg, New Ross Farm, Masstown Market as well as Victoria Park in Truro.
Cape Breton and area has the Cabot Trail, Fortress of Louisburg, Rita McNeil's TeaHouse, and multitudeous beautiful drives.
Moncton and area has the zoo, casino, waterslide, Magnetic Hill, Saturday Dieppe and Moncton Markets, Coin Shop on Main Street, gigantic ice cream cones at Four-C's in Riverview, Cape Enrage, the tides at Hopewell Cape, Fundy, Parlee Beach and the drive in theatre, clams at Cape Pele's Chez Camille's, Buctouche Dunes, Le Pays de la Saguine and K.C. Irving church, stone walls and gardens.
P.E.I. and area have your picture taken dressed as Anne at Gateway Village then visit Green Gables, go to the Bottle Houses Rte 1 Wellington, check out Cavendish Beach, visit Cape Jourimain Nature Centre and its Iceboat Restaurant just before Confederation Bridge, have a Cow's ice cream on Charlottetown's wharf, enjoy Saint Ann's Church lobster dinner, and check out Follow the Fiddler at Victoria-by-the-sea.
Amherst and area Breakfast at Brittany's, First Baptist Church tour, Dayles for a coffee and a ride on the freight elevator (just tell them you have a mobility issue! I mean, where else can you ride a freight elevator nowadays?), the Railway Station, splash park at Dickie Park, Pugsley's Emporium, lunch at the Art of Eating Deli, the Bird Sanctuary, Fort Beausejour and Beaubasin, have a picnic and swim at Sackville's Silver Lake, and take a walk around Sackville Marsh (go from right to left. It's prettier), visit Boultenhouse, grab lunch at the eatery counter in the back of Cackling Goose Restaurant/Bakery, take a walk around Mount Allison University, see the birds at Mary's Point depending on time of year, take a drive around Johnson's Point starting from Dorchester, have dinner at the Schnitzel House in Au Lac and finish off with have a really fattening but delicious piece of home made cake from Circle K/Irving, eat and visit the old train in Tatamagouche, think at Thinker's Lodge in Pugwash, tour and hike around Ottawa House area in Parrsboro, visit the little museum of miniatures in River Hebert (a work of love if ever I saw one), tramp the cliffs and museum at Joggins, have an ice cream at the convenience store across from the Drew in Sackville, visit Wild Caraway Restaurant, tour a mine and then the Anne Murrey Centre in Springhill.
And when your friends and family return, pour the wine, steam the clams, sit outside and swat mosquitos secure in the knowledge you have given them a holiday to remember!
Sheila Graham is a member of the Amherst News Community Editorial Panel.