My Canada Entries

I have written five instalments on my journey to Canada in June, 2011 — including a memorable 6,000km drive from Hamilton, Ontario, to Sydney, Nova Scotia, and back. All are consolidated here for easy reading.

Atlantic Canada – Prince Edward Island

We continue with our Canada series, and this time we explore beautiful pastoral Prince Edward Island. It’s the smallest province in Canada in terms of both size and population, and one of the three Atlantic maritime provinces — the other two being Nova Scotia and Newfoundland & Labrador. In 1873 PEI gained independence from England and joined the Confederation (of Canada), although the United States tried to entice it to join them. PEI claims to be the ‘Birthplace of Confederation’. 08 June 2011.

Nova Scotia or New Scotland

After doing the Prince Edward Island circuit, we overnight in New Brunswick before crossing the border into Nova Scotia, the only colony named in Latin (New Scotland) by James I of England (also known as James VI of Scotland) in 1621. By the way, the land was claimed by John Cabot of Genoa in 1497, when he was under the commission of Henry VII of England. 09-10 June 2011.

Driving the Coast of the Gaspésie or Gaspé Peninsula

In the summer of 2011, we drove Atlantic Canada, and one highlight was the very scenic Gaspé Peninsula, in eastern Quebec. It extends into the Gulf of St Lawrence. Our drive began just after Quebec City and ended in Bathurst, New Brunswick, for a distance of more than 1000km.

Ottawa, the Capital of Canada

Canada > Ontario . 04 June 2011 . Today we start our Atlantic Canada journey proper. Soon after picking up our car at Toronto Pearson…