Experiencing Bay of Fundy Tides

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The northwestern edge of Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley, along the Mina Basin, has a unique feature that makes it a particularly interesting destination–the largest tidal variations in the world. Although these variations differ depending on the alignment of the sun and the moon, they average 12 meters and can exceed 16 meters (over 50 feet) [Read more …]

Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley and the Mina's Basin

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Our next stop in Nova Scotia was the Annapolis Valley, a 150 km-long valley that runs along the Mina’s Basin, an estuary that is separated from the body of the Bay of Fundy by the mountainous Cape Blomidon. The region is notable for a number of reasons, including; It’s geology and microclimate, which makes it [Read more …]

Checking into Halifax, Nova Scotia

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Halifax, Nova Scotia, founded on 1749, was one of the first English settlements in Canada. Initially created as a naval and military base, it is dominated by its Citadel. Its subsequent role as a shipbuilding center created much of the wealth that funded the building of many of the city’s grand buildings. True, many such [Read more …]

Nova Scotia: At Last, At Last

We have wanted to get to this scenic Nova Scotia peninsula for decades. But despite having lived more than 20 years in Boston, it wasn’t until we moved to San Francisco that we finally got around to taking this trip. This introductory trip effectively took us three-quarters of the way around the peninsula (excluding only [Read more …]

Toronto: Queen Street Chronicles

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Toronto has gone through a revolution over the last decade. From a rather sleepy, even provincial city, it exploded during the boom years and continued growing (albeit at a much slower rate) during the Great Recession. Rapid population growth, and projections for much more of the same, prompted the city to proactively encourage (and in [Read more …]

Syracuse Revisited–with a Thousand Islands Treat

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Since we were already in Boston, we decided to take a slight detour on the way back to San Francisco, stopping in Syracuse for our annual trip to our home town. (See our 2011 Syracuse blog for some of our favorite Syracuse activities and restaurants.) Creatures of Habit While our primary [Read more …]

Niagara Falls Redo

The falls have, by now, become almost a social parody: The cities that surround them (especially on the American side), rather tawdry tourist traps. But for all derision, the falls and the downstream rapids continue to be beautiful, powerful and even awe-inspiring. So, whenever we’re in the area, we try to find time to partake [Read more …]

24 hours of Tastings at Niagara-On-the-Lake

Niagara-On-the-Lake (NOTL) is located about a half hour north of Niagara Falls and an hour and a half south of Toronto), at the point at which the Niagara River meets Lake Ontario. This location, by the deep lake, sufficiently moderates temperatures to give the region a short, but still productive growing season for a wide [Read more …]

Vancouver Restaurants

The Vancouver Restaurant Scene As is the case with virtually all our trips, we packed as many interesting restaurants—not to speak of local wines—as possible (at least within the context of our business obligations on this trip) into a short June 2011 trip to Vancouver. How do we determine where to eat? It starts with [Read more …]

Vancouver as a Walking City

Over the last 30 years, we have made a number of fast stops in Vancouver Canada on our way to other destinations such as Alaska, Vancouver Island (Victoria, Torino, etc.), Whistler, and the Okanagan Valley wine country. Although we have walked some of the highest-profile tourist neighborhoods and seen some of the premier sites, we [Read more …]