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There are quiet a few things that I learned traveling this summer that would be useful to know.
1) Newfoundland (NL) is not included in the "maritime provinces". I guess that it joined Canada too late to get in on that
2) In NL they don't have "lakes". Everything is a "pond" even if it is huge.
3) Eastern Canada is really, really pretty. I had no idea. I didn't know that NL had fjords... It's like BC but with a LOT less people.
4) Moose are pretty laid back. They won't run off like deer will, they're chill while they eat and walk past you.
6) In Nova Scotia they call scenic views "lookoffs" where in Ontario I'm used to calling them "lookouts"
7) In NL: the roads are as bad as they say (or worse) and the people are as friendly as they say (or better).
8) In every prov east of Ontario, provincial pride seems huge. People fly their prov flag and identify with being from "Nova Scotia" or "Newfoundland" or "Quebec". In Ontario, I only see the Canadian flag, never the prov.
9) I never want to travel again without a Lonely Planet travel book. We ended up buying one from a used book store about 3/4 through our trip.
10) Icebergs are full of bubbles. They make a fizzing sound as they melt if you get close enough to the small ones. The big ones are dangerous since a large piece and break off and swamp your boat. It's also really hard (compressed) ice. Great for keeping your drink cold. ;-)Posted by jim at June 25, 2007 08:49 AM