You might be wondering how you can plan a vacation when most countries have restricted both international and domestic flights in a bid to flatten the COVID-19 curve. Don’t worry; all hope is not lost. A staycation might just be your perfect escape this summer. Think of it as the perfect combination of staying at home and vacationing. Yes, it is better than no vacation at all, and it can be a lot of fun.
Do you live in Canada’s Maritime Provinces? Think about it, can you say you’ve done and seen everything your province has to offer?
The Maritimes Staycation Guide This Summer
New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island, which constitutes Canada’s Maritime Provinces, are known for their beautiful Atlantic coastlines, laced with sandy beaches, tall cliffs, and attractive bays.
The perfect staycation might just be a few miles away. Each province will give you an outdoor experience that helps you relieve the stress of everyday life, leaving you energized and refreshed.
1. New Brunswick
As much as New Brunswick has several amazing things to offer visitors, it has even more exciting offers for its residents. Below are a few places you can take advantage of this summer:
- Grand Manan Island: Close to the mouth of the Bay of Fundy is this little fishing community known as Grand Manan Island. Home to bird watchers, the island hosts about 240 species of birds. Its rugged cliffs and scenery also offer inspirations to artists, no wonder art galleries and studios are scattered across the island. Visit now.
- King’s Landing: The history of New Brunswick comes alive in King’s Landing. Looking for a proper historical village experience? King’s Landing, located in Prince William has just what you need. Walkthrough the farms and traditional homes or get a wagon ride to a blacksmith. You can also help tend gardens and assist with tasks. The villagers always have time to explain and talk about their community life. Visit now.
- Boyce Farmers’ Market: Spread across two large market halls in Fredericton, there are about 300 local farmers, craftsmen, and women from all over New Brunswick. This market sees a steady stream of locals who come to chat and buy several products the market has to offer. Visit now.
2. Nova Scotia
It’s a known fact that this province holds some of the most beautiful sights in Canada.
- Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site: If you’ve never been to a living history museum, now is your chance. This site is a recreation of the fort life of the mid-18th century, in Louisbourg, Nova Scotia. The French originally built the historic site in 1713. It was partially reconstructed in the 1960s with pieces of the original stonework. It’s now filled with interpreters in their costumes going about their daily lives, just like the original residents did back in the days. For a more robust experience, you can spend the night in a tent or a recreated period-style home. Visit now.
- Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens: This is a well-structured garden that spreads over 10 acres of land, showcasing horticultural and historical beds. One of its top attractions is the Fort Anne National Historic Site, which was built in 1643 by the French. Visit now.
- Shubenacadie Provincial Wildlife Park: Home to a variety of exotic and native animals, this 40-hectare park makes an excellent staycation. Visit now.
3. Prince Edward Island
Just because its Canada’s smallest province, it doesn’t mean there are no staycation opportunities available all over the province. Prince Edward Island (PEI) hosts several historical and natural attractions for visitors and residents alike.
- Confederation Centre of the Arts: Sitting on a full city block, this center comprises of five theatres and an art gallery. For an original PEI experience, watch Anne of Green Gables or catch the Charlottetown Festival in the summer. Visit now.
- Prince Edward Island National Park: This park offers so much to visitors that you might not be able to finish in one day. Besides hosting the Greenwich Interpretation Center, you can go hiking, cycling, geocaching, swimming, and even golfing. Visit now.
- West Point Lighthouse: Looking for something different and unique in your staycation this summer? The west point lighthouse is a makeshift inn that gives you a unique feel. Originally built in 1875 to help guide ships and planes to safety, it now provides unique sleeping arrangements for visitors. Visit now.
Prepare for Eventualities with Higgins Insurance
A staycation can be a great avenue for families to bond and make fun memories. However, planning a trip, no matter how short, can be a daunting task. It is always best to plan carefully and prepare for any eventuality.
Let us help you prepare for your staycation this summer. Contact us for more information on how we can help you stay safe in your province.