Happy trails!

Do you know where to find Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum Falls? Have you heard of the Dragon’s Tooth? These are just 2 of the 50 Amazing places you can find to explore around the Fundy Biosphere Reserve. “As a non-profit organization, the Fundy Biosphere Reserve is a community-based initiative comprised of individuals and representatives of various stakeholder groups, organizations and local communities working to promote the sustainable development of the region by enhancing the research and innovation capacity and by creating a forum for various groups to share information, knowledge and best practices.” The UNESCO-designated biosphere comprises  442,250 hectares in the upper Bay of Fundy coast, stretching from St. Martins to the Tantramar Marsh near Sackville and inland to Moncton. As Dr. Jennifer Dingman, the Executive Director of the Fundy Biosphere Reserve, explained in part of the talk at the Riverview Winter Carnival this past weekend “Engage with Nature”- it is all the watershed that falls into the upper Bay of Fundy area including the Petitcodiac and the other little estuaries that contribute to the Bay.  This biosphere is unique and was nominated by the planning committee to be a UNESCO site back in 2007 ,after 8 years of planning ,because of these 3 reasons:

  • Recognition of a special piece of the Atlantic Canada maritime landscape and the uniqueness of the Bay of Fundy;
  • Recognition of the area’s history and its cultural identity in the region and within Canada;
  • Recognition of the past and continued commitment of residents, policy makers, resource sectors and scientists to seek continued improvement in intergenerational sustainability.

It was the hope that being designated as a UNESCO site would also bring local and international investment and interest to the area. At this time many organizations we heard from at the workshop are hoping that the Tourism department will see this designated site as a worthwhile investment for our province to engage people to visit our province. There are 18 designated areas in Canada with 3 right here in Atlantic Canada- 1 in New Brunswick with the Fundy Biosphere and 2 in Nova Scotia.

The Fundy Biosphere Reserve designated 50 Amazing Places to explore ,that are found along many already established trails and destination spots. The 2 places I mentioned above were ones I had never heard of so I had to look them up!  Wouldn’t you know they are on the most strenuous trail in the area- the Fundy Footpath. Have any of you hiked this strenuous trail?  Don’t be discouraged if you’ve heard how daunting it is! There are many other beautiful accessible sites like Dickson Falls in Fundy Park or Cape Enrage and of course our beautiful Waterside and Dennis beach made the list!  You can see the whole map on the Fundy Biosphere’s website along with videos and articles about some of the areas.

I encourage you to look them up and tell me how many you have been to! If you don’t know where some of them are or how to get there- check out Hiking New Brunswick’s website– a great resource for all trails in New Brunswick. Here are some photos of some of the places we’ve been on the list:

Hopewell Rocks in Hopewell Cape.

Mary’s point in Harvey.

Squaw’s Cap Look-off on the Coastal Trail in Fundy.

Dickson Falls in Fundy.

Herring Cove Beach in Fundy. 

Sea Caves in St. Martin’s.

Speaking of trails, we also had the pleasure of hearing from Marc Leger, the new Regional Trails Coordinator for the Southeast Regional Service Commission. Marc has a long history with trail making with his Dad Alonzo on the Fundy Footpath and Dobson Trail. He gave us some interesting insights about trails that I had never thought of. Not only are trails great for connecting us to nature, relieving stress, and helping us stay fit  they also connect people, communities, culture and businesses. Using the example from the Trail Town program of the Buddha Bear Cafe in Riverview, he showed how a trail can get people in touch and investing in small business right off the trail and making a huge difference in communities when the trails are accessible and easy to use. According the Trail Town philosophy , a trail is successful if they have the following qualities: 1) It creates economic growth, 2) Grows local business and creates jobs, 3) Compounds the trail’s economic potential, 4) Improves infrastructure in rural areas, and 5) Protects the trails and surrounding nature. Buddha Bear Cafe is right on the Riverfront Trail facing the Petitcodiac river. It is easy access for people to stop for a drink or bite to eat while they are also using trail. I know they have even had events where people come for a drink while watching our famous Tidal Bore. This kind of use of trails attracts locals and tourists alike to invest in our small businesses and communities!

I was excited to hear about the most recent project Marc is working on. I had heard rumours about it lately but Marc confirmed the rumours are true! He is working on a huge project called The Shore-Line trail. It is a proposal to join Alma to Shediac via a 150 km trail. It would connect the provinces 3 largest attractions- Fundy National Park, Hopewell Rocks and Parlee Beach – as well as all the attractions along the way. Here is a little description of the trail from their proposal : The Shore-Line could be almost entirely off-road and will utilize abandoned rail corridors, dykes, undeveloped Department of Transportation and Infrastructure corridors and Crown Land wherever possible. Every possible effort will be made to locate a route that will follow coastline and waterways because trails users generally prefer trails to be close to water.  Isn’t that awesome!  How many have cringed when they hit the 114 outside Riverview? The narrow road with no margins makes us nervous in our cars let alone ever trying to walk, run or bike there. If you have been following my blog since last year, you remember the story of meeting a lady from Alberta who biked all the way to Newfoundland. She said the stretch from Hopewell Cape to Moncton was one of the scariest stretches she had driven in her whole drive across the country ( Thankfully she did get picked up for that stretch and didn’t have to drive it). It would be wonderful to have a trail that is safe, accessible and easy to manage for the average person. 

For those who are interested in this trail or anyone who lives along this route, there is a meeting Feb 26th at the Riverside- Albert Recreation Centre with a drop in from 1-4 and information meeting from 6:30-8:30.  Representatives from The Fundy Biosphere Reserve, Nature Conservancy of Canada and Regional Service Commission will be there for the presentations. 

The last person we heard from at the workshop was Sarah Lord. Sarah has been the wellness coordinator at Jean Coutu in Riverview for the past 10 years. She has a passion for helping people get active and lead healthier lives. She has led various groups for walking, nordic walking, hiking, snowshoeing, etc. She has started her own business to lead people on tours and hikes especially if you are nervous about going alone. You can find her on her Facebook page Maritime Detours for all her latest news.

I had such a great time meeting some new people in the world of outdoor trails and pursuits. Other honourable mentions I heard were the Outdoor Enthusiasts Club and the Women of the Wilderness if you are looking for groups to join- they are on Facebook as well. 

Next week will be 1 year in the blogging world. It has been fun to share places, businesses and creativity along the Road to Waterside. Be sure to tune in next week for a chance to win a Valentine’s basket to thank you for all your support!!

Fundy for all seasons

Just when you think you can’t take the weather and the roads anywhere, you take a break in the weather and head to Fundy. What Mark and I found this weekend was a renewed hope for enjoying more of winter. Since the kids have gotten older and my hands have gotten worse in the cold with Raynaud’s disease, we really have gotten away from doing anything outside in the winter. This past weekend though was gorgeous and tolerable! I could actually see myself enjoying it (when the temperature and wind were just right 🙂 ).  We wanted to show you this week all the ways Fundy is making it more inviting to enjoy the park in all seasons. Enjoy some of these photos Mark took while we explored all the options available to you.

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Generations of Hardware

I have been wanting to write about this next business for a while now. I heard about this unique business back a few years ago when I heard on the news that the owner was going to have to put it up for sale after being in his family since 1922. You can see that news story here. Sadly this owner passed away while it was still for sale but it has been rejuvenated in the past year by his niece and great granddaughter of the original owner Sterling Moffett. I asked Natasha to share some of the history and story behind her family’s store and how she came to be a part of it. Here is her story behind Moffett’s Hardware Store in Sussex, New Brunswick:

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The Italian neighbour

I hope you enjoyed our last post from the German bakery in Hillsborough and that you got to enjoy his baking even more!  This week we are jumping across the street from the bakery to the new Italian offering in Hillsborough called Rocco’s Cucina ! Rocco’s opened late November to a warm welcome from the community. Going to Rocco’s is not only a feast for the taste buds but experiencing Rocco’s enthusiasm and personal service makes your visit even more memorable.

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A German Experience

Welcome back to our 1st real post of 2019!   I’ve been wanting to follow-up on the live Facebook video I did at the beginning of December from Oliver’s German Bakery in Hillsborough. If you missed it you can find it in the video library on my Facebook page “The Road to Waterside“. I hope some of these photos will entice you to visit the Bakery either in Hillsborough, at the Dieppe Market or at various locations in the community that carry his products. When you love bread and baked products it feels so good when you know they are made with the freshest ingredients, whole grains, no sugar ( at least in the bread) ,made by hand and you know they are better for you. What a great way to start the new year!  Oliver along with his helpers Tatiana and Freda are the main bakers and production workers in the bakery and in the market but they do employ other help like some of Oliver’s kids and family when they need it. They start pretty early in the morning and sometimes work through the night but Oliver says he much prefers the pace here than he did in Germany.

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Albert County Gives

It’s that time of year when so many are feeling left out or in need. It’s a hard time of year for people when they feel like they can’t even meet their basic needs such as food let alone think about all the extras that we think about and take for granted at Christmastime. Many communities are doing their part in making sure the less fortunate get an extra dose of love this year.

Since 1991, Sue Stultz and her team have been collecting turkeys for Christmas that go to the Food Depot Alimentaire in Moncton which then distributes food to the food banks throughout Southeastern NB. They exceeded their goal this year again by collecting 4292 turkeys! You can read about the history of the drive and updates on their website here.  The Albert County Food Bank is one of our local organizations that benefits from the turkey drive. For the last 30 years, food boxes have been put together and hand delivered by local drivers, Lions Club and Kiwanis members, local firefighters and others. Debbie Flewelling has been the coordinator of the Albert County Christmas Aid project for the last number of years. I had a chance to speak to her about the history of the project and what it entails. The project started when pastors in Riverview received requests for families in need at Christmas and the project was initiated. With help of donations from local churches, businesses, Lions and Lioness clubs, private sponsors and from the Albert County Action Committee an action plan is put into place when the Aid Committee gets together the 1st of November. Phone lines open for 2-3 weeks for people to register for a box. It serves all of Albert County from Alma to the Salisbury town line and Elgin. In the past they have served up to 350 boxes.

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Christmas Goodies

Well, we are definitely in the swing of all things Christmas! Shopping, singing, concerts, events, tree trimming and baking!  Baking is one of my favourite activities, not only because I like sweets but I like how satisfying the end results usually are.  I baked some of our tried and true recipes this past weekend- family requests and personal favourites. I also tried a few new recipes with a couple that are more on the healthy side. I am going to share them with you here. 

First up is the classic peanut butter ball. What is better than peanut butter and chocolate together? For the last few years I’ve made them with natural peanut butter and nobody has mentioned they taste any different so it’s been nice to cut out some of the sugar in them! I also use the organic brown rice crispies from Nature’s Path to also cut out some of the simple sugars. There is still plenty of sweetness in them!

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My NB Christmas Tree

Good evening everyone! Since I saw Jenna from Pickle Planet Moncton and Ruth from Everything Unscripted sharing their NB themed Christmas trees a couple weeks ago I had to find out what it was all about. It turned out they were sharing for a “My NB Christmas Tree” contest that had been started by Jenna and another Jenna joined as well from There’s a Shoe for That to promote the contest. This looked like something right up my alley.  It didn’t take me too long to come up with a theme. What was more linked to New Brunswick than the iconic maple leaf as well as all the wonderful maple syrup and products we produce. 

I had a litte tree in my dining room I usually decorate so I thought it would be perfect for trying to decorate in a “Maple” theme.  I envisioned maple leaves painted in the new metallic colours that just got released this month from Fusion Mineral Paint. I found some artificial maple leaves that The Hospice Shoppe still had around in their back room and painted them them with all 3 colours- Rose Gold, Champagne Gold , and Vintage Gold. Thank you Front Porch Mercantile for letting me try out these new colours!

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Christmas Crafting 2018

It’s December which means it’s my favourite month to decorate and make new items whether for the house or as gifts. It’s a form of relaxation and an outlet for me to be able express my creativity by making something beautiful with a little recycling , paint and ingenuity. I don’t consider myself naturally gifted but I do like to try my hand at making things.

This year I picked up some items at Front Porch Mercantile like this burlap pillow cover and stencil.  I picked up a piece of pine at Kent and some Fusion Mineral Paint and got to painting. The stencil is from Funky Junk Interiors and it makes a buffalo check pattern!

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