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One Week in Eastern Canada

My obsession with the East Coast of Canada started when I was watching a Stephen King mini series called "Haven" on the syfy channel (nerd alert). I HAD to go to the cute little fishing village where the series was filmed because those opening scenes looked like heaven on earth! I did some googling and found that it was filmed in a town called Lunenburg outside of Halifax in Nova Scotia.

I made the decision to plan a trip and while doing my research came across photos of Newfoundland and added that to my itinerary as well because they had ICEBERGS!! I am a total California girl, so to some of you this may sound like no big deal, but to me I thought it was the coolest thing ever.

This was my first solo trip ever, and I wouldn't have had it any other way! I got to do exactly what I had been wanting to do and stop and take as many photos as I liked! It was also empowering and made me feel confident and that I could take on the world!

I wish I had more time to explore, but I only had one week....Here is a day to day itinerary on exactly what I did and how to see the best that the East Coast of Canada has to offer!

Day 1 (Mahone Bay, Lunenburg, Blue Rocks): I got in to the Halifax airport in the morning after a red eye flight. I rented a car and drove straight to Mahone Bay, which is a small town of 900 people. The three churches are an iconic photo in that area and the streets are lined with cute shops! I got coffee at a place called The Barn and it did not disappoint!

After an hour or so of walking around the town, I was on my merry way to the town of Lunenburg. It was SO CUTE!! I stayed in my own little tiny house/cabin at the Atlantic View Cottages and the drive up to check in had the most scenic view of the town...this was the view that I came for!

After grabbing a few photos, I went into town. My first stop was poutine and a flight of local beer (super healthy, I know) from The Grand Banker, a restaurant on the waterfront. It was the best poutine I had on my trip! I spent the next few hours walking around town taking pictures of the colorful and beautiful architecture.

I took a side trip to a town called Blue was a photographer's dream! I mean just look at these pictures! I was pulling over every 2 feet!

Day 2 (Peggy's Cove and Halifax): I woke up early to head to Peggy's Cove to see a lighthouse, and if you know me, you know that I love lighthouses, so it was like Christmas morning waking up and heading out here! I had originally planned on going for sunrise, but let's be real, 4:30am is way to early to be waking up on vacation! I got there around 8:30am and was the only person there. This was my favorite lighthouse that I saw on the trip and the fact that I had it all to myself made it that much better! If you only have time to do one thing while visiting Halifax area, do this!

After I had spent my time admiring Peggy's Cove, I went into Halifax to meet two new friends for an engagement shoot (which you can see here). Afterward, they showed me around the waterfront area and we enjoyed lunch at Gahan House. I spent the next few hours walking around the city and explored the public gardens. I asked a local what I should do that evening and he suggested taking the ferry over to Darmouth. It was OK, but I could have done without it as most everything near the ferry drop off was closed. I walked around downtown Halifax a bit more and felt completely safe even at night. The downtown reminded me so much of Wilmington, NC where I used to live, so I felt a bit at home!

Day 3 (Off to Newfoundland): I stopped by a juice bar (helloooo basic Orange County girl) in Halifax on my way to the airport that was on the waterfront. It was healthy, delicious, and the morning views of the water were so peaceful!

I caught an easy flight from the Halifax airport to St. John's Newfoundland. I got my rental car and checked into my hotel - The Courtyard by Marriott. The front desk associates were so helpful and full of suggestions for things that I should do. They raved about the iceberg tours, but unfortunately I got in too late to catch the boat (don't worry...icebergs to come!). Instead I went to Quidi Vidi which is a tiny little village right outside of St. John's. There is really nothing there but a brewery so I had to go in and take a tour and try their famed Iceberg Beer. It was a short event and was really fun!

After my tour at Quidi Vidi Brewing Co., I went for a hike (backwards, I know) at Signal Hill. It was an insanely gorgeous view and a fairly easy hike, so I would recommend this for anybody as it's the best place to get a view of the city!

I wanted to fit everything possible in on my trip so I was pretty on the go the whole time! After my hike I hopped in the car and drove to Cape Spear which was probably about 30 minutes away. It's the Easternmost point in all of North America so being there for sunset was pretty awesome! There is also a lighthouse there as well. If I had more time I would have loved to walk around a bit more as there were trails overlooking the water, but it was getting dark and I was freezing!!