Last Summer I spent a week vacationing in the Maritimes in a little Acadian seaside fishing village called Cap Pele, New Brunswick.
We’re big on the fisheries down around these parts 🙂 Shediac, New Brunswick, known as the lobster capital of the world is just 20 minutes away by car.
I’m lucky enough to live in what I think is the sweet spot in the Maritimes. I live in an Urban setting but the sea is just minutes away. I can cross the Confederation Bridge and spend time in one of my old Summer haunts, Prince Edward Island, drive down to Halifax, Nova Scotia for some fun or drive through the scenic Cap Breton Highlands and get a little touch of the Gaelic traditions that still flourish in these parts. Feel like travelling to “the Rock”as we like to call it or more commonly known as Newfoundland, hop a ferry and head on over or fly if you prefer. That one is still on my to-do list, I can’t believe I’ve pretty much lived in the Maritimes forevaaaaaaaaaa and I still haven’t set foot on the Rock. That is totally going on the bucket list.
These are just but a few wonders that lay on my doorstep, its just a matter of figuring out which ones you want to experience on any given day.
Vacationing in the Maritimes is awesome, especially when you’re doing it in a seaside cottage a stone’s throw away from the beach. Last Summer that’s exactly what I did, I spent a week in Cap Pele, New Brunswick, in a well-appointed cottage at Chalets de L’Aboiteau , where I could wake up every morning, cross the boardwalk extending over the wetlands and curl my toes in the warm sand. Can you say BLISSSSSSSSS!
The beach is where I love to be, no doubt about it, my mother says I was born a fish. I’m pretty sure I swam before I walked. I get lost in the Sea, in a good way! Don’t get me started on the 5 hours of snorkeling I did in the Bahamas and people probably thought I had drowned I disappeared for so long. 5 hours can seem like 5 minutes when I’m underwater. Yup, I’m a fish.
It was last Summer that I discovered my new favourite beach, Plage de L’Aboiteau, the big draw around these parts is normally Parlee Beach, it’s a Provincial Park near Shediac, NB, boasting some of the warmest waters North of Virginia, it’s beautiful and in the Summer it’s super crowded. If you don’t mind stuff like that than great, but I do. It’s known for having the warmest saltwaters in Canada.
The beach at L’Aboiteau is just as nice, the waters just as warm and on a hot Summer weekend is very full of people, but I still love it more than Parlee. It’s just a little further down the road from Parlee and it is totally worth the extra drive. I love it there <3
I had to travel back home during that week to work. Yah, not exactly my idea of the perfect vacation, but close enough 🙂 The beauty of it was on the days I got off work early or had a day off, I just jumped in my car and drove roughly 30 minutes and I was back to curling my toes in the sand heaven.
I haven’t had the chance to curl my toes at the L’aboiteau beach this year yet. Life is busy, shift work a pain and getting all this to work with the perfect Summer day isn’t always easy. After digging through all the pics from last Summer’s beach adventures, it makes me want to go back all the more. My toes will curl in the warm sand again sometime soon, real soon. You can count on it.