Category Archives: North America

You may think that North America means United States, Canada and Mexico, but there are plenty other sovereign states and dependent territories there to justify a category dedicated to them. If you want to visualize the geographical area of North America, it’s everything north of the Panama-Colombia border, and the islands of the Caribbean.

Weather in Canada on the East Coast: Myth versus Reality

I’m pretty sure most of you have heard the jokes about weather in Canada. Having lived there for almost 2 years I think I can honestly say most of the myths about Canadian weather are just exaggerations. See, I didn’t say they’re complete lies lies, as there’s a seed of truth in every lie, but if weather is the thing stopping you from visiting the home of the maple syrup then you might want to read on to see what I have to say. Continue reading

CN Tower Dominates Toronto’s Skyline

Probably one of the most recognizable city skylines in the world is Toronto’s if it includes the CN Tower landmark. It was one of our objectives during the Toronto trip and to me was the second tall building I’ve been into, after the Taipei 101 (story to follow soon). The 553.33 metres (1,815.4 ft) tall building dominates tourist’s pictures and by browsing today through our photo-journal I’ve seen that we haven’t deviated much from the norm.
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Cabot Trail scenic roadway in Cape Breton

One of our favourite travel attractions are scenic drives, and if you ask motorists in Canada they tell you about the Cabot Trail, a 298 km (185 miles) long loop on the northern part of Cape Breton island in Nova Scotia. Driving through the Cabot Trail took us roughly 6-7 hours and not because we’re slow drivers, but because they’re so many look outs where you can take a breath of fresh air, shoot some pictures and admire the beautiful untouched nature of Cape Breton. Continue reading

OakLawn Farm Zoo

OakLawn Farm Zoo in Annapolis Valley: Largest Zoo in Nova Scotia

One of the attractions I loved when I was a child was the Zoo. We didn’t have too many Zoo parks in Romania, but those we had were interesting enough, especially since as a child I didn’t have any kind of comparison term. As I begun to travel all over the world I’ve started to realise what a serious Zoo like the Tiergarten Schönbrunn in Vienna means, but we’re talking probably about the best Zoo in the world.

Anyway, when I’ve found out about the Oaklawn Farm Zoo in Annapolis Valley, the biggest Zoo in Nova Scotia and Atlantic Canada I thought this is a place me and my girlfriend need to visit. As the name suggests, it’s a small zoo, family friendly, with a relaxed atmosphere that stretches on an area of just 50 acres. Continue reading

World's largest fiddle in Sydney, Nova Scotia

Sydney Nova Scotia: One of Cape Breton’s Destinations

If you ever travel to Cape Breton the must see destinations are the Cabot Trail scenic drive, Baddeck and Sydney, Nova Scotia’s third largest city. We went there on a nice Saturday drive and spent a few hours on the waterfront, marina and nearby park.

As you walk through the city it becomes apparent that not so many years ago this was an important industrial centre with coal and steel being playing the most important part in the local economy. Times have changed and the city had to adapt, so now it’s a popular destination for cruise ships that have at their disposal quite a few facilities. Continue reading

American Classic Cars on Cape Breton’s Cabot Trail

We love cars and we love driving, so it was quite a pleasant surprise to see a few American Classic cars during our Sunday drive on the Cabot Trail, an excellent driving road on Cape Breton’s highlands. If you’re anything like us you must drive the full length of the Cabot Trail, which is a few kilometres shy of 300 (185 miles).

Even if you’re a slow driver or stop at every point of attraction you’ll be able to complete the ride in just one day. We were lucky enough to get there on a sunny day, and so did the other motorists, but not to a level where you could call it a busy road. Continue reading

American Classic Cars

A few classic American muscle cars we’ve seen on our Cabot Trail trip.

To tell the truth, I wasn’t a fan of classic american muscle cars, but that totally changed when I saw these beauties in person. It’s unbelievable what american manufacturers could do in the 30’s up until the 70’s when everybody else was just building general purpose cars. There’s no comparison with cars the same age from other countries.

This situation shifted 180 degrees probably starting with the 80’s, but there’s still hope for modern american muscle cars, if you look at the redesigned Dodge Challenger, Chevrolet Camaro and the iconic Ford Mustang, don’t you think?

Alexander Graham Bell Museum in Baddeck: not just telephones

During our trip to Cape Breton we couldn’t help but notice a road sign near Baddeck which pointed towards Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site, a museum of the famous telephone inventor. We took notice and on our way back we stopped in Baddeck, a beautiful little town overlooking Brad d’Or Lake.

As you’ll see in the pictures it’s no wonder Graham Bell chose Baddeck as a second residence, after Washington D.C. The Museum lies in the centre of 10 hectares land near Bras d’Or Lake and it’s a gorgeous building with a modern architectural design. Continue reading

A magnificent view from Kejimkujik

Kejimkujik National Park and Historic Site: Pick Your Activity

On our way back from the Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens we chose to go back to Halifax via a detour so we’ll get the chance to explore the Kejimkujik National Park and Historics site (a two-in-one unique combination). Plus we also like to drive. We had no idea it’s such a huge place, split in two completely separated areas: the main park inside Nova Scotia province (borders with Queens and Annapolis county) and the seaside unit, a much smaller park on the coast of the Atlantic. In total the two parts that make Kejimkujik measure 404 km2. Continue reading

Halifax view from Alderney Landing

Halifax view from Dartmouth: Alderney Landing and Ferry Park Terminal

Here in Halifax there’s a saying that goes something like this: the best thing about Dartmouth is it’s view of Halifax. To me this is a little mean, so I thought of investigating the claim by crossing the bridge to Dartmouth and taking a few pictures from Alderney Landing and Ferry Terminal Park, two points that I though appropriate for the task.

Alderney Landing is the ferry boat terminal, one of the ways to cross from Halifax to Dartmouth and back (the others are MacKay and MacDonald bridges) while Ferry Terminal Park is a nearby public park where you can sit back and relax a little bit after a hard day’s work.

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