For the past week I’ve been on a road trip – down through Atlantic Canada and into Maine.
On a whim, my parents bought a pop-up camper trailer and decided we would start camping, something I haven’t done since I was a child.
Within 24-hours (seriously!) we were packed and ready to go on a weeklong adventure.
We started our trip five hours from Sydney in Shediac, New Brunswick. The small town is located close to Moncton but it has all you’d ever need for a perfect beach-filled vacation.
I managed to mix work and play while on the beach, taking turns reading my summer course book and swimming… I have sand in every crevasse of the book to prove it!
After a few glorious days in Shediac, it was time to continue on our way. Our next stop would be Saint-Jacques, New Brunswick. My dad took the “Scenic Route” rather than the speedy highway, so the drive was well over five hours.
It wasn’t my first time in Saint-Jacques, as I had camped there when I was younger. We choose the area because it is only 45-minutes to Fort Kent, Maine, a town I lived in during elementary school.
A view from Fort Kent, overlooking the US-Canada border
We spent two days at the campground, traveling back and forth to visit friends in Fort Kent. I know many prior CBU students have been to Fort Kent too, since it was formally a university town where students could get there Education degree (as my Mom did). Nevertheless, the maritime population at the school is almost non-existent now since more Canadian universities created their own programs, like CBU.
For those familiar with the town, nothing’s changed!
The visit was so nice, reminding me to keep in touch with friends and family near and far.
From there, we drove down to Bangor, Maine – a popular stop for shoppers. Unfortunately, (or fortunately for my bank account) we didn’t arrive until the afternoon. So, not so much shopping was done. The shopping there was good, but not great – so don’t go jumping in your car
Bangor was our last scheduled destination, and we traveled back to Cape Breton over the next day and a half. A lot of travel – that’s for sure.
Going on the road trip was a lot of fun, despite the hundreds of kilometers traveled. It was laid-back, and we got to see a lot – stopping in little towns along the way for coffee breaks.
All in all, it was a great experience… one I’d highly recommend. If you don’t have the luxury of a camper, tent!
Whatever your summer plans are – I hope they’re fun. I’m off to enjoy mine now!