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Family Road Trip From Montreal to Our Roots in Bay St. Lawrence, Nova Scotia – Remembering The Past, Making New Memories

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Family Road Trip From Montreal to Our Roots in Bay St. Lawrence, Nova Scotia - Remembering The Past, Making New Memories

You have not truly taken a Road Trip until you have driven from Montreal to Bay St. Lawrence, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia with your Mom, Sister, her twin sons, and your nephew. We spent a total of 20 hours on the road, made some great memories, had a few laughs, and managed not to have any meltdowns along the way! Overall our trip was a great success, and I got to spend time with my family, as we traveled to visit more family!

Family Road Trip From Montreal to Our Roots in Bay St. Lawrence, Nova Scotia - Remembering The Past, Making New MemoriesAfter a few hours on the road, we made our first official pit-stop in Quebec City – the capital of the province of Quebec, and one of the largest cities in Canada. It makes for a perfect pit-stop if you are ever road-tripping through Canada, and there is some beautiful architecture there to enjoy while you are stretching your legs or grabbing a bite to eat.

Family Road Trip From Montreal to Our Roots in Bay St. Lawrence, Nova Scotia - Remembering The Past, Making New MemoriesOnce we were back on the road, we had to travel through New Brunswick – which is known for its moose population, and they are rough on cars! Imagine hitting a deer, and multiply it by about 10. My nephew Jayden has never been outside of Montreal, and he was gobbling up the sights.

Family Road Trip From Montreal to Our Roots in Bay St. Lawrence, Nova Scotia - Remembering The Past, Making New MemoriesJayden was desperate to see a moose, we drove extra slow and kept our eyes peeled, there were no elusive moose – however, we did stumble upon a sign for Potato World and decided to investigate. After all, that’s what road trips are all about, being spontaneous and experiencing new things! The potato industry has been a huge part of New Brunswick, they don’t call it the French Fry Capital of the World for nothing!

Family Road Trip From Montreal to Our Roots in Bay St. Lawrence, Nova Scotia - Remembering The Past, Making New MemoriesAfter snooping around Potato World, learning about the French Fry making process, it was time to hop on the Causeway and make our way to Nova Scotia. The Causeway connects Nova Scotia to Cape Breton, and once we reach the end and drove under the worn down green Cape Breton signs, everyone in the car got a little misty-eyed, because we were HOME. No matter how old you are or how long you have been gone, there is always something emotional about returning to your roots.

After a long day of driving, we were all exhausted and decided to call it a night, we checked in to the Cambridge Suites Sydney. Everyone got a good night’s sleep and slept like babies, we woke up rejuvenated and energized, ready for another full day of driving and activities before we could make it to our final destination – Bay St. Lawrence, Cape Breton.

Family Road Trip From Montreal to Our Roots in Bay St. Lawrence, Nova Scotia - Remembering The Past, Making New MemoriesAfter breakfast, we packed up the car and everyone climbed in, then we headed for Kelly’s Mountain. We decided to stop at St. Anne’s lookout and take in some of the majestic scenery. Seriously, if you are ever driving through Nova Scotia, it’s a must-see!

Family Road Trip From Montreal to Our Roots in Bay St. Lawrence, Nova Scotia - Remembering The Past, Making New MemoriesWe arrived at the Englishtown Ferry, and of course had to sit and wait to get across. The cable ferry transports vehicles, bicyclists, and pedestrians across St. Anne’s Bay and the swift moving waters. Once you are actually on the ferry, it only takes a couple minutes to get across the channel.

Family Road Trip From Montreal to Our Roots in Bay St. Lawrence, Nova Scotia - Remembering The Past, Making New MemoriesOnce we hit land, we traveled via Cabot Trail up Smokey Mountain. Smokey truly is an exhilarating experience. And, I definitely would only advise taking the drive if you are a skilled and experienced driver. The curvy road seems to be taking you straight up into the clouds, my nephew Jayden was freaking out over “how high up we were.” The sharp turns and rocky cliffs are unnerving, but I was pretty confident in ourFamily Road Trip From Montreal to Our Roots in Bay St. Lawrence, Nova Scotia - Remembering The Past, Making New Memories driving abilities and the fact that we had just put some new Michelin Premier Tires with EverGrip Technology on the car, and they made it much easier to grip the pavement on the curves. And, there are A LOT of curves!

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When we finally made it down the mountain, we decided to treat ourselves and grab some lunch at The Coastal – which is well-known for its famous burgers and cinnamon roll skillets. Of course, I had to order their iconic burger, “The Ringer,” which put the place on the map and actually got The Coastal featured on The Food Network! The cinnamon roll skillets were SO GOOD! They were fresh out of the skillet, still steaming, and covered in ice-cream and caramel sauce!

Once our bellies were full of amazing food, it was time to get back on the road for the final leg of our trip. We drove the final 1.5 hours and finally reached our destination, St. Bay Lawrence, Cape Breton in Nova Scotia. Our family was waiting for us, and after lots of hugging, introductions, and a few tears – they surprised us with a box of fresh snow crab! Even though we had just stuffed ourselves at the restaurant, who can resist fresh snow crab?

Family Road Trip From Montreal to Our Roots in Bay St. Lawrence, Nova Scotia - Remembering The Past, Making New MemoriesWe sat down for dinner with all of my cousins, and my nephew Jayden went on and on about how many “Firsts” he had experienced in the last 20 hours on the road with us. Just seeing his face light up as he chatted away about the ocean, whale watching, moose-hunting, Potato World, the ferry, and the mountain made it all worth while. After all, making memories and “firsts” is what road trips are all about!

Family Road Trip From Montreal to Our Roots in Bay St. Lawrence, Nova Scotia - Remembering The Past, Making New Memories

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Family Road Trip From Montreal to Our Roots in Bay St. Lawrence, Nova Scotia - Remembering The Past, Making New Memories

Family Road Trip From Montreal to Our Roots in Bay St. Lawrence, Nova Scotia - Remembering The Past, Making New Memories

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46 Comments

  1. Alli Smith says

    Road trips are so much fun! And having family waiting at the end is the icing on the cake. Looks like you all had a great time and made some precious memories. I would love to visit Nova Scotia – maybe one of these days.

  2. Robin Masshole Mommy says

    I love Montreal. I haven’t been in many years, so I am sure it has changed a lot. I would love to get back.

  3. Jeanette says

    I have never been up that way. It looks like it was a beautiful drive. I know a part of any vacation the first thing we do is check the tires. If there’s anything wrong with them or if they’re wearing down and we replace them before we go.

    1. Pam Wattenbarger says

      My car eats tires so it’s really important that we always check our tires before a road trip. we go on lots of road trips!

  4. Jenn @ EngineerMommy says

    It’s so much fun to go back and visit places where I used to live or have made memories. Whenever we’re doing a road trip, we always make sure our car is ready with good, safe tires.

  5. Paula Schuck says

    This sounds like it was an amazing trip! There’s nothing better than a road trip for family bonding and adventure!

  6. Sarah says

    What a remarkable journey to have with family. The photos are gorgeous and I am glad you were able to do this. Thanks for sharing your family road trip, I really should take a road trip sometime!

  7. Francisca Ramos says

    I have never been to Montreal. Looks like you had a wonderful family trip. That’s right you need great wheels to take you there safely. I know Michelin are great wheels that kept your family safe. Thanks for sharing your family trip.

  8. Pam says

    Sounds like you had a great road trip and made lots of memories. That snow crab is so big!

  9. Tiaras & Tantrums says

    I have only ever been to Vancouver (which is beautiful) and Niagara Falls – but would love to travel through Canada. My SIL is Canadian and loves to go back all the time.

  10. lisa says

    I have never been to Canada. These pictures are all amazing. I would love to go and visit!

  11. Heather Lawrence says

    We had the chance to spend a little bit of time this summer in Quebec and it was absolutely beautiful! We took a boat tour down the St. Lawrence river too. I would have loved to go to Nova Scotia but we ran out of time 🙁

  12. Jeanine says

    Looks like some great fun! What a road trip this would be to take. I’ve only ever been to Nova Scotia once but loved it when I went. Would love to go back!

  13. Nancy @ whispered inspirations says

    Looks like you guys had a blast! I love road trips! Haven’t ventured that way yet but We’d love to one day! Great pictures too!

  14. Rachel Langer says

    I absolutely LOVE road trips! The rest of my family does not. Sadly, a road trip alone is just not the same.

  15. rika says

    Sounds like you had an amazing road trip! I have never been to Montreal.

  16. Terri Beavers says

    Wow what a scenic adventure. I love road trips because I can see more along the way. I would LOVE to check out Potato World. Yummy.

  17. Rebecca Swenor says

    It sounds like you had a wonderful family road trip. I used to love the road trips to Ohio from Upper Michigan when we were kids. We used to take a few a year to visit my dads family. When I got married and had kids we loved making that same trip to see my dads family in Ohio. There really is something special about going home to where you grow up when you move away. Thanks for sharing your family road trip.

  18. natalie z says

    How beautiful! I think it is so important to give our kids roots and a look into the past. Looks how such a great trip!

  19. Melanie says

    This looks like such an amazing road trip. Thanks for sharing.

  20. Chavonne Harvey says

    Road trips are a lot of fun especially with the family and yours sounds relaxing and full of really nice scenery. I wanna visit Potato World!

  21. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says

    I’d love to take a road trip through Canada. It’s such a beautiful country. I’m actually surprised that people don’t talk about it more.

  22. Brandy says

    I would love to take my family for a road trip like this! It looks like you guys had a ton of fun!

  23. Kita Bryant says

    What a gorgeous place! There are so many places I want to visit and now this must be added to the list!

  24. Mimi Green says

    That sounds like a lot of fun, we’ve done road trips but we didn’t stop frequently to check out things. I would so love to do that.

  25. Veronica Solomon says

    Very beautiful scenery! I would love to do a road trip like that some day

  26. Lisa Favre says

    What a remarkable journey! I’ve been meaning to take a road trip but have not yet – your post has inspired me, however!

  27. Brianne says

    Absolute love road trips and your trip looked like so much fun! That crab was huge!

  28. MJ.L says

    This road trip sounds wonderful! I would love to visit Canada!

  29. Lisa Joy Thompson says

    This looks like a picturesque road trip! I went to Nova Scotia the summer after I graduated from high school and it was absolutely gorgeous! Glad you all had a great trip with no meltdowns! 🙂

  30. Liz Mays says

    Oh what an incredible adventure. We don’t see views like those around here. I want to go on a trip like that.

  31. Theresa says

    Such a beautiful road trip! We spent a lot of time on the road this summer too, but I don’t think we had views as pretty as yours!

  32. felicia says

    What a wonderful road trip that was. You got some gorgeous shots!

  33. Amanda Love says

    You really can’t miss a road trip with such breathtaking views! It’s quite an experience and I’m sure it was memorable for each and every one of you who went!

  34. Kristi says

    I’ve never been there but you sure make it look amazing. Love a good road trip, never know what adventures will take place along the way and make fabulous memories.

  35. Melissa says

    What a bucket list trip! Your photos are so vivid and truly capture the beauty and breadth of your adventure and what great peace of mind to be able to embark on such a trip with the safety of Michelin tires!

  36. Nikki Wayne says

    Wow, I love the snow crab! I want to go there, perfect for a family trip!

  37. Ann Bacciaglia says

    I love all my memories of Nova Scotia. We have a lot of family there and did a ton of trips when I was growing up. Road trips are the best with family.

  38. Dawn McAlexander says

    It looks so pretty! I bet that it was one wonderful drive. I love to look at all the pretty scenery when I take a road trip. Of course, that means I have to con my husband into driving.

  39. Ora Lee Gurr says

    One of the best parts of a road trip is knowing the tires are built with pride and quality. We’ve never been disappointed by Michelin performance. The trip will be a wonderful memory for all your family for dozens of years. I particularly enjoy all the pictures you shared.

  40. Rosey says

    Oh I agree it can be emotional to return to your roots, your home. 🙂 Love the pics and glad you got to share the trip with us!

  41. Candy O says

    I love road tripping! I cannot get over how large that crab was?! And Michelin tires are awesome!!

  42. Kristin says

    Fun, this looks like such a fun trip. Your kids will always remember these trips!

  43. Tracey says

    Breathtaking! I haven’t been out East in years but this makes me want to plan a trip right now! Thanks for sharing these amazing pictures.

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