Amish horse and buggy in upstate New York. Photo taken yesterday.
Where are Kevin and Ruth right now? Ithaca, New York.

Where are they going next? Beavertown, Pennsylvania... hopefully today!

And after that? Heading towards Lexington, Kentucky.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

New Brunswick - Canada's only bilingual province

Canada is an officially bilingual country, but each province can choose whether or not to be provincially bilingual. Yes, it's all very complicated! There is only one province that has chosen to be officially bilingual, and that province is New Brunswick.

New Brunswick is a province that we haven't spent much time exploring. Much like Saskatchewan is a province that many people drive through while on their way west, New Brunswick is the province many people drive through to get to the east coast. And we are guilty of that as well!

New Brunswick has a total population of about 750,000 people. The largest city is St. John with a population of about 75,000. The greater St. John area is about 127,000.

Location of New Brunswick.

One of the most popular New Brunswick tourism sites is the famous "Hopewell Rocks". The area of the Atlantic Ocean near Hopewell Rocks has some of the highest tides in the world, and the erosion in that area has made the rocks a really interesting site...

Ruth, at Hopewell Rocks.

But when the tide comes in twice a day, Ruth would be under water!

And so would all of these people!

And, the highest tides in the world are at the Bay of Fundy which separates New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The water can rise as much as 50 feet! As much as a five story building!

It takes only six hours for the water to go from low tide to high tide.

As I said, New Brunswick is a province that we need to spend more time. One of these years we will take an RV trip to Newfoundland and include a little more time in New Brunswick along the way!

Next up... Prince Edward Island.

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15 comments:

  1. We really enjoyed St. Andrew, and also the Fundy Trail. The road we took north out of Fundy Trail back to Route 1 was Mexico quality though, if you know what I mean. Like you, we coulda spent more time in NB...

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    1. We didn't spend much time in St. Andrew's but remember it being a pretty place. Loved the Fundy Trail and Fundy National Park. We took that road as well and definitely know what you mean about it being Mexico quality! ;-)

      We have actually spent more time on the two coastlines in New Brunswick but very little time in the interior of the province. We are going to have to fix that one of these days.

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  2. I read a lady's blog called Of Pedals and Wool. She lives near St. John. I love to read her blog about change of seasons including winter and flooding in spring. Her flower beds are beautiful. I have a diary farm and she shows pictures of calves being born, her barn, etc. Love her blog.

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    1. p.s. They have a diary farm...I don't have a diary farm lol

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    2. We wouldn't have been surprised if you did have a diary farm Rita! :-)

      This lady sounds a lot like one of Kevin's cousins that lives in British Columbia, except instead of cows, she has horses and beautiful gardens.

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    3. just as long as you don't have a Diary-A farm all is well.
      cheers!

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    4. Haha, too funny! You know when I wrote my comment I had spelled it the proper way but then I changed it when I looked up and saw Rita's comment and didn't even notice, silly me! :-)

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  3. So many interesting things to see and do in New Brunswick, I explored most of the province one a few years back in the 1970's. so beautiful.

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    1. Glad that you have gotten there and explored it! You need to get out again in your motorhome and visit more of Canada once again. I remember you and Suzie planning drive out west a couple of years ago before turning the coach south unfortunately that got put on the back burner because of necessary repairs to your coach but you haven't mentioned about rescheduling it since then.

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  4. Just like your photo. Northern coast of Spain has lots of erosion. Big tourist spot. Cathedral beach.

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    1. Guess we are going to have to go and check out the Northern coast of Spain next time we head to Europe. It is actually on our list of places to visit anyways, seeing that we only got to see a small part of Spain in January and February this year.

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  5. We've only followed the southern coastline, like many people. Right now, Jimmy and I are looking at traveling up NB's eastern coast to the Gaspe Peninsula and follow the Seaway into Quebec or down into Maine. I hope we don't get into trouble w/o knowing more than two words in French. I know, the province and its people are bilingual. Have you and Kevin been into the Gaspe?

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    1. Yes, we have been to up along the eastern shore of New Brunswick and then crossed over into Quebec and up and around the Gaspe Peninsula and then along the St. Lawrence Seaway into Quebec City. We did that back in August 2008. You shouldn't have any problem with the language in New Brunswick, it will be a little more difficult in Quebe. Just try your best along with a lot of smiling and hand gestures. In the bigger towns you will find people that can speak English out in the country it might be a little harder. The scenery on the Peninsula is beautiful and along the seaway.

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    2. Thank you! It's in the plan for next year. That would be the "tentative plan!"

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    3. Isn't that how all plans work when you are thinking that far in advance! ;-)

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