If youre planning to visit Canada then youre going to want to see the Maritimes.
The provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island are collectively known as the Maritime provinces. These provinces are located in the southeastern most part of Eastern Canada in Atlantic Canada. Over 1.8 million people live in this region. Many people mistakenly believe that Newfoundland and Labrador is also part of the Maritimes, but it is only part of the larger Atlantic Canadian group. There are so many things to see when traveling through the Canadian Maritimes – here are just a few of the many places to see and things to do in the Canadian Maritimes.
Charlottetown – The city of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, is most famous for being the home of the Charlottetown Festival, a seasonal Canadian musical theatre festival. The festival runs every year from May to October. Some famous musicals showcased at this festival include Anne of Green Gables – the Musical and Canada Rocks. Performers, designers, playwrights, composers and directors from all over Canada show up to the Charlottetown Festival every year, so if you’re looking for a fresh musical, definitely check out this festival.
Halifax – The city of Halifax is located in the province of Nova Scotia. It’s a city filled with culture and history. Start out your visit at the Citadel National Historic Site so you can get a better idea of the history of this city. There’s an 18th century fort at this site along with really interesting demonstrations such as changing of the guard and firing rifles. Other popular attractions include the Halifax Public Gardens and HMCS Sackville. If you’re into cultural events, there’s the Halifax Dance Association, Neptune Theatre,
Edmundston – Edmundston, New Brunswick may be on the smaller side, but there are still several fun things to check out. Seven hectares of land and over 80,000 plants make the New Brunswick Botanical Garden the largest of its kind east of Montreal. Edmundston is home to two provincial historical sites. The Cathedral of Immaculate Conception is an architectural synthesis of Roman and Greek styles that was built in 1924. The Fortin du Petit-Sault is a small fort that was erected on the border between the United States America and British North America in 1841, and was rebuilt relatively recently in 2000. There’s also the Les Jardins de la République golf course and Madawaska Historic Museum. Edmundston is also well known for its Foire Brayonne festival, the largest French themed festival east of Quebec.
Saint John – Saint John is the largest city in New Brunswick and the oldest incorporated city in Canada. Sports fans can check out the Saint John Mill Rats basketball team and Major Junior Hockey League team Saint John Sea Dogs. There’s usually at least one major sporting event held here each year. Salty Jam, a music festival, takes place every year in Saint John during July. Theatre fans should be sure to check out the Imperial Theatre and InterAction Children’s Theatre.
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