In June, summer feels endless, but the Labour Day long weekend comes along quickly. This year, I’m promising myself I’ll experience everything summer in Atlantic Canada offers.
On the East Coast, you’re never far from a provincial or national park. We’re lucky to live in a place so filled with abundant greenspaces to hike, swim, camp, and connect with nature.
An addition to abundant parks, our region is rich in history. National Historic Sites like Citadel Hill, Dalvay-by-the-Sea, Cape Spear Lighthouse, and Fort Beauséjour-Fort Cumberland let us take a daytrip to the past. From intricate architectural details to what’s growing in the heritage gardens at these sites, there’s a lot to inspire our own homes.
While parks and historic sites are best visited on a sunny day, there’s still plenty to do when it’s overcast.
Our region boasts an abundance of independent breweries, cideries, distilleries, and wineries. Many offer samples and facility tours so you can learn how they craft their wares. Don’t forget to take home a bottle to pair with a favourite recipe (you’ll find hundreds at eastcoastliving.ca). Whether the spot you visit is down the road or a province away, always nominate a designated driver before sampling.
Seeing local art is another interesting way to spend a day. Meeting the artisan behind a piece makes it that much more interesting to display in your home.
The Cape Breton Centre for Art and Design offers a map listing shops and studios open to the public all over the Island. In New Brunswick’s Fundy region, you’ll find a similar trail of artisans ready to show you what they make and how they do it. Check your local craft council’s website for a list of local workshops and artisan boutiques.
In this issue of East Coast Living, we’re getting outside to get the most out of summer. And if you share my desire to do more this season, read on, because this issue is packed with ideas.
On the DIY side, we create an outdoor dining area for entertaining and transform your garage into a useful, tidy space. In our features section, we go in depth on property boundaries and how to use shingles and shakes to achieve a classic Atlantic-Canadian look.
Our cover story takes us to P.E.I. to visit a family home with a long history. Architect Greg Munn moved to Murray River to live and restore a cottage that’s been in his family for generations.
You’ll find even more Atlantic Canadian homes, DIY advice, and recipes on our blog and in our free archives.