• The Ultimate Road Trip: Day 3: Monday

    May 1, 2011
  • We did have a great nights sleep in the king size bed, a vast upgrade from the night before. Breakfast was pretty good with scrambled eggs, bacon, sausages, ham, toast, muffins, pastries, cereals, milk juices, coffee, tea and hot chocolate.

    View From our Room at the Best Western in Edmunston: A Very Residential Street in the Backyard of the Hotel

    We decided to book a hotel for Day 3 before we left. You can get a better rate on www.hotels.com using your Netbook rather than by booking over the telephone. We booked the Best Western in Edmunston which is near the border of New Brunswick and Quebec. The room rate was $119.00 per night which seems to be about the going rate for hotels and motels in Atlantic Canada. The weather was quite nice, around 20C so we decided to go for a walk before starting on our day long journey in the car. One advantage of a road trip is that you can control your itinerary and its good to start your morning road trip with a walk if the weather cooperates and it helps you fell better for the rest of the day. After the walk we checked out and hit the road. From New Glasgow west to the New Brunswick border, the TCH is in good condition, twinned, four lanes. The posted speed limits are 110km/hour which make for good travel times (in Newfoundland the speed limits are 100km/hour).

    We reached the New Brunswick border around 2:00PM. It was time for lunch so we stopped at a Wendy’s/Tim Hortons restaurant in Sackville. The Tim Horton’s offered chilli served with toasted bread which was really good for a change. Hubby made the mistake of selecting the Wendy’s Alaskan Cod Filet Sandwich, not as good as the chilli which I had to let him eat because he would be starved otherwise! Before lunch we had stopped at a Tourist Information Centre which we though would be open but was not! In April the Tourist Information Centres are not open in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. In Quebec however, they have rest stops which are not fully operational but are open for bathroom breaks and have vending machines available.

    The Goobies Irving Moose on the Way to Port-aux-Basques

    The TCH from Sackville up to Moncton is in bad shape. Lots of broken pavement, potholes, bumps, etc. After Moncton and west to Fredericton, the road was better, but it was a boring drive across New Brunswick. Nothing but woods to see. The road was twinned with four lanes. The posted speed limit was 110km/hour here also.

    The TCH north of Fredericton to Edmunston is one of the best stretches of Highway we encountered on the entire trip. The road parallels the USA Border with Maine all the way. We listened to the Maine radio stations which were entertaining and different to what we hear on radio stations in Canada. They are very focused on the Towns that they broadcast from and around and therefore tell you about events, sales and local entertainment that we have never heard of. Quite interesting and the music they play is a cross from soft rock to country. Very enjoyable. We were running low on gas so we ducked into Woodstock, New Brunswick, a very pretty little town for sure. We were close to Houlton, Maine, the border town that I highlighted in my book “The Holiday Killers” and while, I wanted to go and explore for sure, it was not in the cards right now. I will be back though to explore all the little towns in Maine, USA where my book has its origins!

    The Reason for the Ultimate Road Trip: Our Little Man

    We reached Edmunston, New Brunswick, the border town with Quebec around dark, 8:00PM. The hotel was easy to find as the signs were right off the highway. The Best Western in Edmunston is a beautiful, modern hotel, less than a year old. It looks like an old castle but it is new! The room was large, with a fridge(convenient to keep our beer and wine cold), a microwave (with popcorn packets for the kids and bottled water), queen size bed, the ultimate modern bathroom as well, a good deal for $119.00 per night (tax included). This hotel also has a pool and slide for the kids to enjoy.

     A great feature about the Best Western in Edmunston, is that all the hall floors and the floors in the hotel rooms are of fiber/vinyl floor which means no carpet and therefore no allergy reaction I think? So clean and crisp. We ordered in a healthy Boston Pizza Rustic Italian Pizza with lots of tomatoes and veg on top. It was great, a definite improvement over our last two evening meals.

    The Best Western Edmunston: Another View from our Room

    The Boston Pizza in Edmunston is just down the street from the Best Western and so is a local Shoppers Drug Mart, gas stations, other eateries. Such a great spot to stay off the TCH on the way out of New Brunswick. Many of the people speak both English and French, but I think that most have French as their main language, but they are so friendly and speak English as a courtesy to tourists. We really enjoyed our stay in Edmunston and we walked the Town in the evening before going to bed.

    MK

    Date Posted: May 2011