Shaped by the Sea. That was the tagline of Nova Scotia’s tourism campaign a few years ago. Nothing could be closer to the truth. All of the Maritime provinces have been shaped by the sea. For those of you who don’t know, the Maritime provinces include Nova Scotia (NS), New Brunswick (NB) and Prince Edward Island (PEI), in this vast and beautiful country we call Canada. With populations of less than 1 million in both NS and NB and under 200,000 in PEI, we are not a force to be reckoned with on the worldwide stage with regard to business. We don’t mind though. With a backyard like ours, who wants to work? No matter where you live in the Maritimes, you are but a short drive to the Atlantic Ocean. Kilometers and kilometers of rugged, rocky coastline mark our borders. Along the shores of the Bay of Fundy, tides rise and fall meters a day. You can literally walk for miles on the ocean floor in some of our parks when the tide is out. With all this rugged coastline you can expect to find quaint and colourful fishing villages along the shorelines. The freshest seafood can be purchased directly from fisherman.
Life in the Maritimes is a little bit different. We live by a slower pace of life. Our people have been shaped by this environment. The ocean has a soothing effect on the soul. There is great comfort in the predictability of the rise and fall of those giant tides. I cannot imagine ever living in a place where I couldn’t see this ocean or feel its effects. But do not be fooled; even in July and August, the waters of the Northern Atlantic would grow hair on an Eskimo’s chest. It’s that cold.
This environment has created a hardy people. Winters are harsh; hurricanes are frequent in the fall. In some areas, summer is thought of as the fog season. Most of us wouldn’t have it any other way, however. We love this land and we love these salt-of-the-earth people. This blog is dedicated to all things Maritime. Share in my adventures discovering all the Maritime’s have to offer: the food, the beauty, its people.