Month: June 2014

Cape Breton in the mist

It was raining the day my husband Gregory and I decided to drive the Cabot Trail on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia. We weren’t sure whether to chance it or not, but I’m glad we decided to do it.…

Walking on the ocean floor

The opportunity to walk on the ocean floor (without getting too wet) seemed like a fun thing to do, so while visiting Moncton, New Brunswick, we drove to the Bay of Fundy near Hopewell Cape and waited for low tide…

A lesson in type

While visiting King’s Landing Historical Settlement, a living history museum of a 19th century village near Fredericton, New Brunswick, I learned a lesson in the origin of words. The printer showed us a box filled with metal typefaces used for…

Jailhouse library

Libraries are usually housed in structures specifically built for them. But sometimes they are located in buildings which have had previous uses. The Morrin Centre in Quebec City is a great example of this. The building opened in 1812 as…

Whispering among the books

There’s something about a church that makes people want to whisper, and it seems even more appropriate to do so when a church becomes a library. The Bibliotheque Saint-Jean-Baptiste is located in the former St. Matthew’s Anglican Church on rue St.…

Flowing day and night

The Fountaine de Tourny is stunning any time of the day or evening. It is a recent addition to the Quebec City scene, installed in front of the Quebec Parliament buildings in 2007. It was a gift from Simons department stores to the…

A glimpse of government gothic

One of Canada’s most beautiful libraries is the Library of Parliament in Ottawa, Ontario. I was able to see the reading room during a recent tour of Parliament’s Centre Block, where the library sits at the rear of the main…

Boston’s jewel box

I had heard that the downtown Boston Public Library was one of the most beautiful libraries in the United States (as well as one of the first publicly-funded libraries, founded in 1848), so on a recent trip to Beantown, I headed…

Of coastlines and churches

Along the Atlantic seaboard, two scenic coastlines and two elegant churches caught my eye: in Prince Edward Island, the red sandy north shore near Cavendish and St. Dunstan’s Basilica in Charlottetown, and in Maine, the Congregational Church along the rocky shore of Bar Harbor.