Canada House Sitting travel

New Brunswick

As we approach the end of our time here in New Brunswick I continue to be amazed at the opportunities house sitting has provided us. We have met some great people and had a chance to explore this small corner of another beautiful Canadian province.

We took in Oktoberfest in St. Andrews. What a wonderful time. The entertainment was absolutely first rate as we enjoyed excellent beer brewed at the local brewery who hosted the event.

While enjoying the entertainment we shared a table with some of the locals and ended up being invited to join them for dinner at a local restaurant. Enjoying a meal and soaking in local history from people who have grown up in an area is a serendipity of travel that simply can’t be found anywhere else.

In addition to Oktoberfest, St. Andrews was also hosting their second annual Dragon Boat Race Day. The small town spirit certainly shines through at this type of event.
We had heard there was a decent pub in the neighbouring town of St. George so we popped over there for lunch one day. The main sightseeing attraction in town is the waterfalls by the old mill.
In St. Stephen we learned a bit about the significance of the textile industry in the growth of this area.

The other opportunity we had to explore was driving across the St. Croix River to visit the state of Maine in the United Sates.

The border crossing was quite laid back, which is a nice change from the high volume process we are used to in airports.

The day in eastern Maine was a bit disappointing due to the fact that the autumn colours still hadn’t started to make an appearance and because of the economic effects of COVID. We were unable to find a restaurant open to have lunch in. However we did stop in a small National Park Service interpretive park which, for me, made the trip worthwhile.

Saint Croix Island was the location that the French first tried to establish a year round settlement. It also was a significant meeting place during the war of 1812. The US National Park Service did an excellent job of presenting the history.
Our last bit of exploration was spending a day in St. John. The weather was perfect and the streets oozed history.
We stumbled upon this Martello Tower as we were coming into town. It was built for the war of 1812 with the little box on top added during World War II.
The old historic district in St. John is quite small, but the parks are beautiful.
And of course no trip along the Bay of Fundy would be complete without a shot of the tides. The fellow walking his dog at low tide provides some scope to the shoreline here. We did stop by the Reversing Falls, but it wasn’t putting on much of a show while we were there and we couldn’t stick around until high tide.

We have had an excellent time here in New Brunswick and have enjoyed meeting some fantastic people, but it is nearly time to move on. The joy truly is in the journey and we are ready to continue ours.

Welcome to our travel blog. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to say, "I'm out of here?" Well we did, and in 2013 we made it a reality. We sold or gave away all of our possessions other than what fit in our luggage and we set off on an endless adventure. Part of our goal is to share our experiences with others and hopefully provide some information, motivation, or just a moments escape. The general idea was to look for a place that would be ideal to settle down in. However in the meantime it is about experiencing life in different countries amongst different cultures and learning how to understand and appreciate each other. A large part of our time is spent housesitting which provides an excellent opportunity to experience more of the "normal" neighbourhoods as opposed to the tourist locales. Though we make sure to enjoy those as well. So through plenty of photographs and a running commentary come and share with us our life on the road.

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