11/18/19: Hello, adventure reader, how are you doing? I want to thank you for taking the time to embark on a journey across my homeland of Canada. The consensus of the trip was to see my country and all the beauty that resides within it. My passion for landscape photography has inspired me to have taken several months to myself back in the summer of 2017 to pack up all my gear in my car, and drive over 4800 kilometers (2982 miles) from Edmonton, Alberta, to my hometown of Clare, Nova Scotia.

Article #1: My Starting Point- My hometown in Nova Scotia, Canada.

Six months of planning while working through the winter season on an oil refinery, and eventually storing all my belongings away to take off on a road trip for three months has been a fantastic way to spend my 2016 summer. I’m sitting at the right Tim Hortons where I started writing the layout that would be the Canadian Cross Country Road Trip. I sat here with having no clue what was in store for me. All I could do was try my best to plan this upcoming adventure as diligently as I could.

I tried to figure what my expenses would be, what my travel time and the amount of distance that I would be covering, and have no ties left behind and make sure that my vehicle, my camera, and camping gear was ready for the trip. It was a hectic schedule, to say the least. My days off consisted mostly of getting this trip ready with as little hang up as possible. By the time May came along, the countdown for the start of the trip began. After I had got a chance to wish my dear friends a great summer, I made sure I had everything lined up so that the morning of June the first would be a very smooth departure. That morning eventually came, I left my key on the island in the kitchen of where I lived for three years and got into my car and took off towards this unknown journey I finally had the opportunity to embark onto.

Starting from Edmonton in Alberta, I headed straight to Nova Scotia. It took me five days to get to the East Coast. I averaged about one thousand kilometers (six hundred and twenty-one miles) a day which would span anything between ten to twelve hours a day, depending on whether there was construction, inclement weather, or different posted speed limits. I was surprised that I managed as well as I did with the amount of time spent behind the wheel. I got home in June the fifth just a little after supper. Seeing my hometown after being away for a year was great, nothing beats being home. I got to see my parents that evening. We took some time to catch up. I was home.

The next day I did something I planned for several months which was to surprise my grandmother at her home. My aunt knew I was coming, so she tagged along with the plan. The objective was we would Skype and have our regular conversation, then I would say that the connection was poor so I’d drop the call. That would be my cue of getting into the house, go to the living room and surprise her. She was under the impression that she was going to have someone else visit her that afternoon so when the house door opened, she wouldn’t think of who was coming in. Little did she know that it ended up being me. She was pleasantly surprised.I stayed for a month in Nova Scotia with my family and a few of my good friends. I spent a good deal of time with my grandmother, got a few opportunities to go biking with my dad, spend some time shopping with my mom, and went on little adventures with my aunt. This trip reminded me so much of how important family is. When you live away from home, you tend to set into your life, your routine, which is normal. It does come a time where you have to take the initiative to go back home, not because you have too, but because you need too.

Your family is the backbone of who you are. I can’t count how many times I’ve been told by people who know my parents tell me how much I remind them of either my mother or my father. I have living examples right in front of me of what I truly believe is a beautiful family. This was a great month that I wished would have lasted longer, but I had an opportunity facing me to take advantage of, so with saying my farewells to my amazing family, I was on the road to what was the start of my Canadian Cross Country Road Trip.

Location: Mavilette, Nova Scotia, Canada.

  • -The coast views on the south-west shores of nova Scotia are astounding. The beautiful, tall cliffs alongside the powerful Atlantic Ocean is a piece of nature I will always be proud to call my home. 

Location: Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada.

  • Lupins along the coastlines in the summertime are beautiful to admire. The backdrop of the lobster shack was a perfect setup for a Maritimes photograph. 

Location: Belliveau’s Cove. Nova Scotia, Canada.

  • Lighthouses and tidelines are quintessential images of the maritime landscape. This particular lighthouse isn’t functional anymore, but its structure is a symbol of how life looks and moves around these parts. 

Location: Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada.

  • Growing up in Nova Scotia, there are things you get used too. The summer fog that takes away your sunny weather. The freezing rain in the wintertime that builds up on power lines and knocks power out for your home for unknown stretches of time. The big winds that’ll toss the landscape around with everything on it. Minor natural adversities that you eventually get used too while living on the East Coast.

Location: Saint Alphonse, Nova Scotia, Canada.

  • The rough, jagged stone landscape on the shorelines of my hometown symbolizes a sense of strength the landscape can endure.

Location: “La Montagne” Clare, Nova Scotia, Canada.

  • This incredible waterfall is roaring along maybe a five-minute drive from where I grew up. I always admired this river for its beauty. The waterfall is the cherry on top of this wonderful piece of landscape.

Location: Saint Alphonse, Nova Scotia, Canada.

  • The summer fogs is always a blanket of disappointment when I was a kid. I loved the sunny weather, and when I would make my way out to the beach and the fog was settled in, I’d wait for a little while until the fog finally burned off.

Location: Wedgeport, Nova Scotia, Canada.

  • Abandoned lobster crates will wander from time to time towards the shorelines. This one, in particular, was used as reclaimed wood to build picture frames.

Location: Meteghan, Nova Scotia, Canada.

  • The sunsets after a storm are incredible to spectate. A massive rainfall came down early in the evening By the time I got access to the shorelines, the storm was going south, leaving me with a view of the over Saint Mary’s Bay. 

Location: Bangor, Nova Scotia, Canada.

  • There were a lot of water-powered sawmills back in the day in my hometown. These particular styles of sawmills eventually became obsolete with newer technology. Now a museum, this is one of the last functioning sawmills of this kind in North America.

Location: Church Point, Nova Scotia, Canada.

  • Remains of old vessels can be found occasionally on your strolls on the shorelines in Clare. This one, in particular, seemed like its been around for quite some time.

Location: Mavilette Beach, Nova Scotia, Canada.

  • Fishing is a big part of the identity of the Maritimes, and especially prominent on the south-west shores of Nova Scotia. Once in a while, a piece of debris will float onto the shores like this fishing net at low tide. 

Location: Mavilette Beach, Nova Scotia, Canada.

  • These walkways from the parking lot will stay in my memory for as long as I’ll live. As you park your car off the shoreline, you walk up a boardwalk that brings you to one of the soft sand beaches on the South-West shores of Nova Scotia.

Location: Smuggler’s Cove, Nova Scotia, Canada.

  • Getting its name from the rum runner that used to smuggle barrels of alcohol throughout the 1900s, this location was another playground for me when I was a kid. A dear friend of mine lived close by. We would spend a lot of time exploring the landscape when the tide was low, sometimes even attempt to get to the cave to see if we could find anything interesting. 

Location: Smuggler’s Cove, Nova Scotia, Canada.

  • As a rainstorm slowly makes its way towards the southern coastlines, the sky opened up over Smuggler’s Cove, providing a great photograph to end my day.

Location: Smuggler’s Cove, Nova Scotia, Canada.

  • Scenery like this is a part of what brings value to my life. I’m so proud to be able to call this home. Every time I visit Nova Scotia, I always find myself visiting all these wonderful locations. Being raised by a wonderful family and hanging out with incredible friends, Nova Scotia is by far the dearest place in my heart. 

Travel Vlog:

The Start Of A New Adventure: Leaving my hometown of Clare, Nova Scotia.


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