Barb and Garnet Hart from Weyburn decided that an excellent way to celebrate Canada’s 150th was to travel in Canada. They figured their best option was to sign up for the WestWorld Tours Maritimes All Coach Tour.
“Garnet and I saw so much of Canada in one trip,” commented Barb. An epic journey that she felt started in Ottawa with visits to the Library of Parliament and to Parliament Hill, for the Northern Lights Sound and Light Show projected 30-storeys high on the backdrop of the Parliament Buildings. “After the show, we spontaneously stood up and proudly sang, O Canada,” said Barb.
The adventure continued in Quebec City followed by a scenic drive along the Gaspe Peninsula to New Brunswick. “In Fredericton, I enjoyed the most delicious bowl of clam chowder soup,” commented Barb. At Hopewell Rocks, Barb was amazed as she stood on the ocean floor during low tide. She also witnessed the Reversing Falls in St. John - a result of the incredible rise and fall of the tides of the Bay of Fundy.
Crossing the Confederation Bridge, Barb and Garnet journeyed to Prince Edward Island (PEI), a picturesque province with its colourful fall foliage and well-kept houses. The Anne of Green Gables home was beautiful, as well as the beach at Cavendish where you could literally see for miles in both directions. Garnet remarked that the traditional PEI lobster dinner at New Glasgow was delicious.
“I loved Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia,” commented Barb. “The accommodations at Baddeck were cozy and it was so lovely there.” The Alexander Graham Bell Museum contained artifacts, exhibits and photographs of the renowned inventor. Garnet enjoyed the Cabot Trail excursion while Barb shopped around town. One of the many highlights was attending the local Cèilidh - a traditional Scottish or Irish social gathering with live music and plenty of dancing.
On Barb’s must-see list was the stunning Halifax Public Gardens. The long walk to the Halifax Citadel rewarded the couple with a spectacular view of the city and harbour. On a guided city tour, they learned about the history of the Halifax explosion and the sinking of the ill-fated Titanic. After a visit to Peggy’s Cove, they headed to Niagara Falls after several days travelling through the New England States and New York. Garnet was in awe of this remarkable force of nature. Watching a ship pass through the locks at the Welland Canal was another highpoint of the tour.
Here’s what Barb and Garnet had to say about their WestWorld Tours experience:
“The tour director, Kari Carpentier, was wonderful and made everything fun. She had a great memory for names and faces, and was detail-oriented. Our coach driver, Dennis Day, was good-natured and helpful. He also had nerves of steel. On our way to Baddeck, a bear ran across the highway directly in front of us. Dennis handled the situation skillfully - the bear was not harmed and neither were we. I would recommend travelling with WestWorld Tours. You truly get value for your travel dollars and you can enjoy so much more with a guided-tour than you could travelling on your own.”
Barb and Garnet were so impressed with WestWorld Tours that they have already booked another tour and can’t wait for the next adventure to begin!