Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Parkland Village Inn, Alma, New Brunswick, Canada

Author: , June 11th, 2015

Parkland Village Inn

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

The Parkland Village Inn on the Bay of Fundy and adjacent to Fundy National Park has been serving visitors since 1949. The Parkland offers a complete restaurant service, a cosy bar and great atmosphere. Some rooms are 2 room suites, most offer outstanding views of the Bay.

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The Bay of Fundy on Canada’s East Coast

Author: , July 20th, 2011
by Ralph Holyoke, Homeport Historic B&B, St. John, New Brinswick, Canada
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Bay of Fundy at Low Tide

Alexander the Great had his Lighthouse. The Greeks had the Colossus of Rhodes. There was the Hanging Gardens in Babylon and of course the Pyramids have been there since time immortal.

But today we have Seven New Wonders of the World or at least we will when the voting is done this fall and the Seven New Wonders of the Natural World will be unveiled for all to see.

A global challenge has been set up to find these new Wonders and the list has been narrowed down to the final 28 candidates. Visit http://www.new7wonders.com/en to view all the candidates and register your vote.

For visitors to North American there are only two candidates with the Bay of Fundy and the Grand Canyon up against the rest of the world

Tops on that list is the Phenomenal Bay Of Fundy. Sandwiched between Maine, USA, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia on the east coast of Canada.

Bay of Fundy at High TideThe Bay of Fundy is an amazing natural marvel for the modern traveller with massive 16 meter or 52 foot tides. These gigantic tides move billions of tonnes of water in and out of the Bay of Fundy twice a day. It creates a spectacular bio-diversity of marine life, amazing geological formations, it stops major rivers in their tracks and sends them back inland, some with thundering rapids as in the Reversing Falls in Saint John and some like the Peticodiac and Maitland rivers that form a standing wave of water called a Tidal Boar that is large enough to surf or raft on for many miles inland.

And the Bay of Fundy creates the largest whirlpool in the world between Deer Island and Campobello Island called “The Old Sow”. The slurping noise that can be heard from afar when it is running at full speed. It really looks like somebody pulled the plug on the ocean and it is draining way. And to this day nobody is sure where the water is going!

Cruise Ship at Saint JohnTie all these amazing tidal features in with some of the most beautiful coast line in the world, a marine biodiversity second to no one, “coal age” fossil cliffs at Joggins and 100 foot tall “Flowerpot Rocks” at Hopewell cliffs.

Add in the miles of hiking, walking trails of the Fundy Trail Park in St Martins, and Fundy National park in Alma, New Brunswick and it forms quite a package for the adventurous or armchair traveller.

Brew all these natural wonders with the captivating history and modern urban chic of Saint John NB, the oldest incorporated city in Canada and you have the makings of a great vacation destination. Saint John is a city of around 150,00 people and is ideally situated as the gateway to the Bay of Fundy. It is a great mix of Victorian architecture and modern charm with fine dining, shops and attractions. And the natural air conditioning effect of the Bay right next door keeps the summers cooler and winters warmer than the surrounding inland area.

Settled originally by indigenous people 10,000 years ago, the first French European settlers landed a mere 400 years ago when Samuel de Champlain sailed into the area on St Jean de Baptist day, thus giving the city and the river the modern name.

In the 1780’s wave after wave of Loyalists moved here to escape the American revolution. 20,000 of them left behind the comforts of Boston and New York, Philadelphia and Washington to set up a new life in the woods and wilds around the Bay of Fundy in Saint John.

They brought along boat loads of family and furniture, the finest china and linens, and even the servants, as most of the Loyalist where of the upper crust of society. They left their mark in the street names and layout of the city we have today.

The next wave of settlers where far less affluent and came as following the Irish Potato Famine in the 1840’s. This has left a distinct mark on the city that celebrates not just St Patrick’s day but St Patrick’s Week.

The city prospered all thru the 1800’s as its key central location made it the fourth largest port in the world for tonnage shipped in the first half of the 19th century. It was a major ship building centre producing one in every four cargo ships needed to supply the colonies and newly founded American States.

Many of the first clipper ships that made settlement possible in Australia and the even the California Gold Rush were built in Saint John. Now Saint John is the port of call for a vibrant cruise industry with roughly 200,000 passengers and some of the most grand ships afloat visit every year.

So for today’s traveller, Saint John is the ideal base to spend several days to fully explore the Bay of Fundy and area. In town the compact city centre offers many places of interest to explore with self guided walking tours, great food and shopping, to the Old 1875 City Market, and the award wining New Brunswick Museum.

Jump on the thrilling Jet Boats or Zip lines over the Reversing falls to get your blood racing. The Bay has among the highest variety of whales anywhere and close to town there are many operators offering whale and nature tours with adrenaline soaked Zodiac tours to more sedate tall ship and pleasure boat tours.

Homeport Historic B&B, Saint John, New BrunswickThere is no better place to relax after a day out on the Bay than the areas only Five Star rated property the Homeport Historic B&B/Inn c 1858. This historic accommodation is housed in a pair of shipbuilders mansions situated on a prominent hilltop overlooking the Saint john Skyline and Harbour, and the Bay of Fundy. With ten rooms and suites to fit any travel budget it truly is an affordable and interesting alternative to the hotel chains. The comfortable bedrooms are filled with history and antiques but it has all the modern conveniences expected from today’s traveller. Ample parking, private bath rooms, Wireless, business centre, TV with DVD and a movie library Each day starts with a full gourmet breakfast with fresh fruit, homemade pastries, juice, tea and coffee and a full hot meal that changes each day.

So come and experience one of the New Seven Wonders of the Natural World for yourself. With Saint John and the Homeport Historic B&B /Inn as a base to rest and rejuvenate you will have a trip to remember.