What to Pack for ... Atlantic Canada
Pack like a pro with these insider tips.
1. Your Passport: U.S. citizens used to get away with adriver's license for ID, but security requirements have stiffened.Passports will be required for air and sea travel to and fromCanada by the end of 2006, and for land travel as well by the endof 2007. Apply for yours now.
2. Layers: Fog and storms go with this territory. Even warmsummer days can turn into chilly nights. A windbreaker almostalways comes in handy.
3. Outdoor Gear: Nova Scotia's license plates proudly claim thetitle "Canada's Ocean Playground." New Brunswick, Prince EdwardIsland, and Newfoundland and Labrador contribute some marvelousoutdoor experiences as well. Among them, these provinces offerhiking, biking, paddling, fishing, river rafting, golfing, hunting,skiing, sailing, surfing, and exceptional wildlife-watching.
4. Binoculars: These come in handy for checking out seabirdsand whales.
5. Insect Repellent: Why? Because black fly season peaks inJune, and mosquitoes are plentiful and hungry all summer long.
6. Seasickness Remedies: The marvelous high-speed ferry knownas The CAT slices through waves at up to 55 mph as it shuttlesbetween Maine (Portland or Bar Harbor) and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia;catferry.com. But its gentle porpoising motion can unsettlestomachs. Trust us.
7. Auto Insurance: If you drive your own car, then you'llneed proof of insurance. Ask your carrier for a Canadian insurancecard.
8. Guidebook: Frequent updates make Fodor's Nova Scotia& Atlantic Canada (currently in its ninth edition) a goodoverall choice.
9. Tunes: The great fiddlers of Nova Scotia's Cape BretonIsland exuberantly mix traditional and contemporary musical styles.Natalie MacMaster is the most famous and Ashley MacIsaac the mostnotorious (for personal eccentricities, not brilliant playing). Seesfcelticmusic.com/Capebret/cbfiddlr.htm.
1 0. Required Reading: A sometimes bittersweet nostalgia forhis boyhood on a Cape Breton farm imbues Alistair MacLeod's quietlyabsorbing prose. Island: The Complete Stories collectsall of his short stories. He also has written a novel, theacclaimed No Great Mischief, and an illustrated holiday tale, To Every Thing There is a Season: A Cape Breton ChristmasStory.