Living in Toronto, we’ve had a few cold winter days in the 2015 season, hitting well below the -20 degrees Celsius mark with a good foot or so of snow. And despite the troubles and woes of a typical Canadian winter, it reminded me of how gorgeous this country becomes in times when the weather isn’t perfect and sunny. It reminded me of the optimism surrounding a Canadian winter, where my neighbours pull out their cross-country skis to commute through a snowed-in city.

Beyond snow, I thought back to my family vacation last summer out on the east coast of Canada and New England, aboard a cruise ship (I know…couldn’t be more pampered than cruising through the cool Nova Scotian summers). Despite the rain, wind, and fog, there were still plenty of picture-perfect moments that prove how gorgeous nature is!

Bar Harbor, Maine

Fog really gives these east coast scenes an ethereal feeling, making anything and everything disappear into the white air.

Photo Essay: New England and Canada’s Sublime East Coast - Maine

Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia

The historic town of Louisburg blends perfectly into the landscape as storm clouds begin to roll in. I absolutely loved the red gate overlooking the water!

Photo Essay: Canada’s Sublime East Coast Louisburg

Photo Essay: Canada’s Sublime East Coast Louisburg

Prince Edward Island

Fun fact: PEI is completely flat, and made of this gorgeous red clay! Incredibly, the coast is slowly moving inward as the waves wear away the clay sediments.

Photo Essay: Canada’s Sublime East Coast PEI

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Peggy’s Cove is a must-see when visiting Halifax — it’s a rugged community both in rain and shine. However, be sure to come back to the city’s boardwalk for when the sun sets! “Red sky at night – sailor’s delight!”

Photo Essay: Canada’s Sublime East Coast Peggy's Cove

Photo Essay: Canada’s Sublime East Coast Peggy's Cove

Photo Essay: Canada’s Sublime East Coast Peggy's Cove

Photo Essay: Canada’s Sublime East Coast by Calculated Traveller

Have you experienced the east coast of Canada and New England? What were some of your favourite sites?