We’ve been wanting to create this video since we ended our road-trip in December. This is the order in which we visited every State, Province, and Territory in Canada and the United States as controlled by YOU, the followers of alexandluke.com.
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PS: The First Band/Person to create a YouTube video of them covering the song used in this video gets an alexandluke.com prize.
We had a really nice time exploring Eastern Canada and still have some videos of Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island to share with you. We are bunkering down in a Portsmouth coffee shop to get them done for you, but until then we have some things to share:
1) We had CBC’s Jennifer Hollett join us on the road for 3 days in Newfoundland last week. We had a lot of fun travelling with her, and she shot a really great piece on us. It can be seen by clicking here.
2) We made a video a couple of weeks ago about the world’s largest lobster in Shediac, New Brunswick. That video had an original song it, the video below is a behind the scenes look into how the song was created. Big thanks to Paul Brown and Stu Macphee for their help.
These videos are both from Lunenburg Nova Scotia, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Centre, and one of the most beautiful seaside towns we have ever visited. It was established in 1753, and maintains its original layout at a planned British colonial settlement. The wooden architecture of the homes (many of which date back to the 18th century) have been maintained by the inhabitants of the city, which makes walking down one of its beautiful streets seem like you have just strolled onto a movie set, or better yet, back in time.
We never would have driven down to this amazing place if it wasn’t for the suggestions of our followers, so thank you to anyone online who told us that Lunenburg was a “must-see” and we have to agree that it was well worth the trip. As for what we did once we got there, well, we took the real-time suggestion of a local that we encountered as we wandered, and made a new friend in the process. This is what happened:
Bruce Parsons is a Marine Consultant and Researcher who is probably more at home on the water than on land. It was obvious that he has a lot of passion and love for sailing and Nova Scotia, and it was a treat being able to spend the day with him.
He is actually looking for a new assistant, so if anyone is interested in filling a volunteer assistant role, which involves being trained as a sailor (he mentioned that he works from a 1930’s training manual in order to maintain and pass along traditional sailing practices), contact us and we will get you in touch with Bruce.
The Maritime provinces are treating us so well. The people are kind and so generous, and our welcome has been so warm. On top of everything, the culinary delights that have come our way since arriving in the Maritimes have been exceptional. Thanks to everyone for your suggestions about where and what to eat! It has been a huge help!
From fresh seafood at Shaw’s Landing near Peggy’s Cove (best lobster roll Alex has ever had), to local New Brunswick cheese, we have certainly not had a shortage of great food. We are not eating “gourmet” by any stretch (our road tripping budget doesn’t allow for that), but thats the great thing about our experience with food out here. It seems that even a slice of “meats” pizza at The Wheel in Antigonish is treated with such care that the bacon and pepperoni and sausage are all made in-house and the difference is noted and delicious!
Eating local food is always a great way to explore the tastes of your own community, promote the local economy, and even help the environment. We would love to have the chance to eat local food wherever we go, but unfortunately for two road trippers, it’s often too expensive and, sometimes, it’s just a matter of being too hard to find. But thanks to Taste of Nova Scotia and NovaScotia.com, we had the opportunity of tasting some local treats while we were here. Check out the videos to see what kinds of local food we tried, and how Alex’s long awaited first cheese in five months went down.