In Saskatchewan, Ontario and Quebec are considered "Eastern Canada" and many people I've met say that Toronto or Montreal is the farthest east they've ever been. A lot of them imagine Canada's actual East Coast to look like the seaside towns of the U.S. Northeast, such as Cape Cod or Bar Harbor. I've never been to Cape Cod, and it's been years since I took The CAT to Bar Harbor, but I think it's safe to say that there are a lot of similarities in both the geography and the residential architecture. Colourful shingle siding, white trim and carefully curated gardens dominate the ocean-flanked landscape.
Josh and I went for some lovely strolls in Chester and Mahone Bay, and here are a few of the beauties we came across:
This gorgeous garden could be yours with the purchase of "Morning Tide" - the symmetrically spectacular home below. It's currently listed at $749,000 - and if you're nosy like me you'll want to check out the beautiful interior here.
Morning Tide looks right out onto the harbour, so this would be your view everyday....
Just down the road you'll find a dockside seafood restaurant...
...and quaint local artisan shops.
And buoys - don't forget the buoys.
Another glorious garden
The Chester Playhouse
Just a short drive down the coast is majestic Mahone Bay.
The cottage below can be rented out and the interior is just as lovely as the exterior. See more at www.cottageonmain.ca
Many stately old homes line the street along the bay. You'll notice similarities in the detailing around the doors below.
I hope that's enough to convince a few Prairie dwellers to venture a bit past Toronto. :)