Imagine all that sea air, coastal walks and fresh fish suppers and you’re half way to a healthy and happy lifestyle no matter where you’re thinking of visiting in Canada’s Maritime provinces.
Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick are all ideal locations to enjoy a balanced and restful time away from home and if you’re hankering to get fit and boost your energy levels then there’s no finer place in the whole of North America.
Below are just a few suggestions as to where and how you can indulge all of your senses and maintain a fit and active lifestyle so you can come home from holiday feeling refreshed and revived as opposed to listless and lethargic.
There are some superb walks all over the Maritimes that will take you past an array of quintessential east coast Canadian scenery as well as working your limbs at the same time. Nova Scotia, in particular, has some splendid options with Cape Breton National Park providing no end of trails to keep you happy and active all day long. Most walks in Cape Breton are under 10 miles and the Acadian loop trail is definitely one of the best in the whole of the Maritimes. New Brunswick is also well known as a haven for hikers and the 25 trails that can be found within Fundy National Park are all considered to be up there with the best of them.
Where to stay
All 3 Maritime provinces are blessed with some excellent hostels, hotels and private residential properties which are all ideal if you’re planning on staying overnight. Check out organised tours online with companies such as Grand American Adventures for more ideas. Halifax in Nova Scotia is a thriving city with no end of museums and restaurants to help you while away your time. Prince Edward Island is no slouch either and the capital, Charlottetown, is well known for its arts and literary prowess. Finally, New Brunswick is simply stunning and staying in the seaside village of Alma is definitely going to be a highlight of any trip to Canada.
What to eat
This close to the Atlantic and the obvious answer of what you should be preparing your taste buds for is a healthy portion of seafood. Lobster is definitely going to be on most restaurant menus however, the chance to take in the swells of the ocean whilst enjoying a bowl of chowder on a sea wall is not to be passed by. Aside from the seafood, the Martimes also offers plenty of tasty local specialities with hodge podge stew in Nova Scotia and dried dulse (seaweed) in New Brunswick both considered to be healthy local favourites.
Walking and exploring outdoors is a great way to get fit and healthy in the Maritimes and each province boasts its own special parks and coastal areas where you can do just that. If you’re all tuckered out from hiking or you just fancy doing something a bit different then there are plenty of other land-based activities to keep you happy and active. Mountain biking, lake swimming and beach games are all great ways to enjoy the provinces in the summer and if you’re looking to really get involved then the Maritime Race Weekend in September features a 5k, 10k, a half and full marathon along an exquisite stretch of coastline.
A life afloat
Thanks to the Atlantic location diving in is definitely a great way to keep fit and have fun whilst you’re on tour. Kayaking around the Bay of Fundy, dinghy sailing off the coast of New Brunswick and water sports in the warmer waters of the Gulf of St Lawrence are all on offer during the summer months and even out of season if you’re brave enough. Whale watching is also a great water-based activity if you’re visiting the Maritimes and although you won’t get too tired out you’ll certainly get a fair dose of salty sea air which is always the ideal remedy for working up an appetite or preparing for a good night’s sleep.
Chris can’t wait to sink his teeth into another lobster roll when he next visits Nova Scotia after a good day’s hike, of course.