Today marks my one year blogiversary. It’s been one year since I started writing regularly at Maritime Love. It’s been a wonderful year full of self discovery and creative expression. Thank you to everyone who has visited maritimelove.com and read, shared and liked my posts. It’s so amazing when people reach out to tell me they enjoy the site. I really appreciate your support! This has been a labour of love, in an effort to give back in some small way, to a place that has given me so much.
I’ve enjoyed sharing my stories here over the past year and I will continue to post about my adventures around the Maritimes in the future. But this year I want to focus on connecting with people in the region and learning what it is they love about the Maritimes. So, I’m launching the Share Your Maritime Love Project, where I’m inviting you to share what you love about this place and why.
More specifically, I’d like to know:
Do you live in the Maritimes? If so, where do you call home?
What do you love most about life in the Maritimes?
What do you find most challenging about living/doing business here?
What is your favourite place(s) in the Maritimes? Why?
What do you think we can do to build a better Maritimes?
I would like to feature someone new on the website each week. It could be a born-and-bred Maritimer, a new resident, someone who has left the region or a visitor. I want to hear from all of you!
By doing this, I aim to learn more about the Maritimes and the people who live/have lived here and I hope to gain insight into what we can do to improve life for Maritimers.
If you are interested in being featured on Maritime Love, please comment on this post or reach me through social media (links on sidebar) and I will be in contact with you. Please share this post with anyone you think might be interested. I can’t wait to hear from you!
And don’t forget to use the hashtag: #ShareYourMaritimeLove
Those of us who call the Maritimes home know just how beautiful it is here: swallowed up by the chilly Atlantic Ocean, home to the world’s highest tides. From the deep green forests of NB, to the red sand soils of PEI, it’s all so photogenic.
Instragram is full of pictures of our stunning Maritimes. One thing I really enjoy about the app is how it encourages you to take note of what’s around you. To look at the little details, like the way the snow falls in perfect little spheres or the way the evening light filters through the forest trees . There are some Maritime instagramers who are really killing it. They promote our region with their incredible photography and they inspire me to get out and explore the region too.
The following is a list of some of my favourite Maritime Instagramers. It’s by no means exhaustive. If you know of a great Maritime Instagramer that I should be following, please pass their name/handle along!
My Favourite Maritime Instagramers:
Colin Swift (@colinscamera) – In Colin’s bio he says, “It’s beautiful, look around” and that he certainly does. He sets up regular Insta-meets and his explorations around the Maritimes result in some of the most stunning photos I’ve seen on Instagram, or anywhere for that matter.
2. Melinda Foster (@Melinda.Foster) – Melinda takes stunning nature and wildlife photos of southern NB. I am continually impressed by the patience that she must possess in order to get some of her shots. I love her photos because they show the wildness of NB in an up close and personal way that we city dwellers don’t often get to see.
3. Jordan (@fundysnapper) – Jordan takes striking photos around my favourite city on the Bay of Fundy: Saint John. His streetscapes show off the history and architecture the city is so well known for, in it’s very best light.
4. Amy Stackhouse (@amystackhouse) – Amy takes photos around Nova Scotia and I really love her attention to detail in her photography. Her shots are always so interesting and I find myself drawn into them and pausing to study all the exquisite details in each one.
5. Jordy Smits (@JORDY_SMITS) – In his bio, Jordy says he is a self taught photographer from The Netherlands currently based on the east coast of Canada. He does mostly night shots and his photos have a surreal and dream-like quality that I love. It’s a different take on the Maritime landscapes that are so familiar to us in the day.
8. Andrew Ryan Munn (@PORTCITYMUNN) – Many of Andrew’s photos feature one of my personal favourite Maritime locales: The Bay of Fundy. His photos display the raw power of the Bay as well as its calmer, gentler side at sunset.
Well, here we are. 2016. Another year stretched out before us. Another blank slate ready to be scratched upon with indelible ink. So far, 2016 is looking pretty good. I spent New Year’s Eve in Moncton at Casino New Brunswick for a concert featuring two great Canadian bands: I Mother Earth and Our Lady Peace. One thing that’s cool about concerts is that you end up sharing these cool little moments with strangers around you. For a few short moments of time, you share a common goal. The power of music is that it reveals the connections between us. So, thank you to the crew we came with as well as those we met along the way, like cool dude in the Bill Fucking Murray t-shirt who held up a lighter during the show (no one does that anymore!). Or the girl in the hipster glasses and awesome outfit in line at the bar who struck up a conversation with me that continued randomly throughout the evening. These are the kind of unexpected meetings that make a night memorable.
Seeing as we’ve flipped the page on another year and started with a blank slate, it’s appropriate to think about what we wish to accomplish in the coming year. Even if we don’t come close to reaching our goals, they give us focus and something to work towards.
Here are some of my personal goals for 2016:
1. Continue to spread the word about Maritime Love and help others do the same. I’m currently working on a project that will feature people on the blog who have chosen to make (or continue to make) the Maritimes their home, why they love it here and what they think is needed to make it even better. More on that project in the coming weeks.
2. Spend more time outdoors, especially this winter. The winter season has traditionally been hard for me because I end up feeling cooped up but I know it doesn’t have to be that way. If you have the proper gear, you can face almost any weather challenge. So, with my new cold weather gear on order, I’m committing to doing more walking, snowshoe hiking, skating, sledding and skiing in an effort to #makewinterfun.
3. Explore even more of what the region has to offer. There is still so much I haven’t seen. A few of the places I plan to visit this year:
Mount Carleton – well known as the highest peak in the Maritimes, this would be a great hike to accomplish this year.
Ministers Island – this destination has been on my radar since a very cool promotional video on the Charlotte coastal region was released. You reach the island during the summer months by driving over the sea bed at low tide. Once there, you can explore the estate of Sir William Van Horne, former president of the Canadian Pacific Railway. You have to make sure you drive back over before the tide comes up or you’ll be trapped! Sounds like a great adventure to me.
Cape Chignecto Provincial Park – my husband and I had planned to do this 52km loop hike along the Bay of Fundy coast last year but the timing just didn’t work out. This would be an ambitious goal for me as I’ve never done a multi-day hike but I would love to accomplish it.
Cape Breton and the Cabot Trail – I’ve never been to Cape Breton. I don’t even know how I can call myself a Maritimer without having seen it, so this year I’m going. I just can’t decide if it would be better to go in the summer while the weather is warm or wait until the leaves change to brilliant colours. Any advice on what I should see/do while I’m there would be greatly appreciated!
Those are my main goals for 2016! Do you have goals you’d like to reach this year? Let me know, I’d love to hear from you!