It occurred to me as I was walking around Rockwood Park’s lovely display of the Canadian provincial flags that I couldn’t actually name all 10 provinces. And then I thought that perhaps some people might not know much about the Canadian Maritimes where I’m traveling for the next several weeks.
If you’re Canadian, you can skip the rest of this post (unless you want to read and then correct my inevitable errors!) If you’re not Canadian, and you have no idea where Nova Scotia actually *is* on a map, this post is for you.
This is Canada. It’s a huge country. It’s actually slightly larger than the United States. And if you want details on a comparison between the two countries, then this Index Mundi page will totally geek you out. (For the record, now I do know the 10 provinces by heart.)
The Canadian Maritimes are comprised of three provinces: New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island (PEI).
After a brief stay in New Brunswick, I’ll be spending the next several weeks bumming around Nova Scotia and PEI before returning to New Brunswick on my way to spots in Quebec.
Nova Scotia looks small on a map, but it’s different in real life on narrow, slow roads, so I am not even going to try to see all of it on this trip or I’d be driving hours every day. I’m choosing to spend my time in the area below so that I can explore and get a sense of the place.
I’m a bit constrained in connectivity, so I’m thinking the majority of my experiences will be posted later, perhaps as a “28 Days in Nova Scotia” series of posts or an ebook. I’ll be sharing the weekly updates and some interesting shots as they happen, to whet your appetites for more, later.
The study of geography is about more than just memorizing places on a map. It’s about understanding the complexity of our world, appreciating the diversity of cultures that exists across continents. And in the end, it’s about using all that knowledge to help bridge divides and bring people together.