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Lobsters and Lighthouses, an illuminating tour of mid-coast Maine

Lobsters and Lighthouses, an illuminating tour of mid-coast Maine

Troy Media – By Peter Wilson

Gently stroking the long antennae of the two 3.5 pound lobsters he’s holding, Buddy Hall offers up some sage advice on what to look for when selecting a prospective dinner in his restaurant.

“See how long this guy’s antenna is. He’s good and healthy. If he’d spent any time in a tank with other lobsters, they would be beaten up and chewed down because these fellows are cannibalistic,” he says, gingerly offering up close-up views of his monster catch. Dining at Anglers Seafood Restaurant means you get to share the owner’s expertise on the local ocean harvest.

Knows a lot about lobsters

There’s not a lot Hall doesn’t know about lobsters. After spending the best part of his working life running seafood restaurants along mid-coast Maine, Hall can look a lobster in its beady eyes as his flavour test.

A short walk from the museum, the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse is located at the end of a mile long granite breakwater. The historic 25-foot tower is made of wood and brick and built over a fog signal. The lighthouse was built in 1902 and the original Fresnel lens was replaced in 1965.

The lighthouse is a neat attraction, but the long walk along the breakwater, being entertained by sea birds, seals and hard working lobstermen hauling in their traps from their small boats, is a great experience.

If you’ve ever seen the movie Forrest Gump, you might recall the scene where Tom Hanks waves his arms in the air as he reaches a lighthouse in Maine, finally completing his epic cross-country run. The scene was filmed at the picture-perfect Marshall Point Lighthouse, a 25 foot white granite tower with attached footbridge, Situated on the rocky point at the entrance to the harbour of the fishing village of Port Clyde, Marshall Point Lighthouse also offers it visitors a vivid peak into the life of a Maine lighthouse through tours of the keeper’s residence and museum.

Samuel de Champlain visited Owl’s Head

The coastal charm at Owl’s Head Lighthouse in Owl’s Head State Park makes a visit to this silent ocean sentinel a must on any Maine lighthouse itinerary.

Marshall Point Lighthouse was featured in one of the scenes from the movie Forrest Gump.

Standing strategically on the St. George Peninsula, the 20 foot brick conical tower is built on the peak of the headland and stands 87 feet above sea level.

Visited by Samuel de Champlain in 1605, Owl’s Head was then known as Bedabedec Point, an Indian word meaning “Cape of the Winds.” It’s an apt moniker if you check some of the weather history of the region. But on a warm, sunny day, the panoramic views from the tower are so extraordinary you could well imagine the tower was built just for tourists to enjoy the Maine coast.

IF YOU GO: The centre of mid-coast Maine is about 100 miles from the state’s largest city, Portland and about a four-hour drive south from Fredericton New Brunswick. There are many accommodation options to suit any budget. I stayed at Point Lookout Resort and Conference Center, a lovely retreat overlooking the picturesque Penobscot Bay. The resort combines 379 acres of natural splendour with upscale cottage accommodations.

Charming and rustic, each cottage has spacious layouts set in the one, two and three-bedroom guest cabins on site. The log cabins feature screened porches with Adirondack-style furniture, kitchenettes, living areas with leather chairs, television and individual Wi-Fi for each cabin – all nestled in the wooded tranquility of Ducktrap Mountain in Northport, Maine.

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RBC poll finds young travellers taking risk without travel insurance

RBC poll finds young travellers taking risk without travel insurance

A new survey finds that almost half of young travellers going to the US do not invest in travel insurance. That’s risky behaviour, says a travel insurance expert.

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WestJet forecasts more sun for more Canadians this winter

WestJet forecasts more sun for more Canadians this winter

WestJet announces additional flights to sunny destinations from Kelowna, Victoria, Winnipeg, London and Thunder Bay, and plans to resume non-stop seasonal service to Hawaii from Calgary and Edmonton, as part of its winter 2011-2012 schedule.

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Caving For All – Above and Below the Ground on Vancouver Island

Caving For All – Above and Below the Ground on Vancouver Island

Horne Lake Caves aims to educate Canadians about the country’s caves

Horne Lake Caves is opening Canada’s first fully wheelchair accessible cave theatre, an interpretive centre on site with support from the B.C. Parks Community Legacy Fund.

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Absolutely Alberta: More Than You Can Imagine

Absolutely Alberta: More Than You Can Imagine

A Great Blue Heron glides above the waters in Camrose

Travel Alberta issued recently the following travel advisory: The best part of Alberta is the great outdoors. Have you seen all these natural wonders? Continue Reading

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RBP poll says newcomers should be emotionally prepared

RBP poll says newcomers should be emotionally prepared

Newcomers to Canada advise fellow immigrants to be mentally prepared and to make sacrifices involved in settling in the country, according to an RBC poll.

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Culinary delights await in town famous for footbal

Culinary delights await in town famous for footbal

Troy Media – By Peter Wilson

I wasn’t arm-wrestled into sampling the regiment of award-winning beers on the bar, but I did think it was my duty to soldier on through the entire flavour test. Continue Reading

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Make better travel photos – while you’re there

Make better travel photos – while you’re there

By Dave Blaine, photographer

Not to make your big vay-cay into a working holiday (although that pretty much is exactly what happens to me every trip), but try to make the most of your time. It’s really no secret to photographers that the best light is found early in the morning or late in the afternoon when the sun is low; so do your best to shoot those scenics and building exteriors first thing in the morning or later in the afternoon.  That way you can save shooting interiors or close-ups (not to mention retouching, e-mailing and blogging), or maybe just generally enjoying your trip for the middle of the day. Continue Reading

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The cost of a Royal Canadian trip for newlyweds

The cost of a Royal Canadian trip for newlyweds

The BMO Bank of Montreal conducted recently a survey on the cost of a newlywed trip equivalent to that of royal couple Will and Kate.

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TRAVEL: Branson, Missouri, is the flip side of Showbiz City

TRAVEL: Branson, Missouri, is the flip side of Showbiz City

Troy Media – By Peter Wilson

Over decades, this city has grown into a major destination for music lovers from across North America, but there’s another side of Branson that provides an equally powerful  lure for folks like Chad Phillips. Continue Reading

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