Below is a reprint of a letter to the editor (The Northern Light, October 10, 2013), from Linda and Jess Chanan, visitors from London, England.
To the Editor:
My daughter and I decided on a trip to Canada for a special celebration. Last year, I donated a kidney to my daughter as she had chronic kidney disease. Luckily it was possible for me to donate and we are both now very well.
My daughter, Jess, had always wanted to visit Canada so we decided to do it.
I love travelling by train so we planned the trip by train.
When we planned it we decided that we wanted to see smaller towns, rather than just the cities. So after New York, Niagara, Toronto and Montreal, we took the overnight train and stopped in Bathurst. It was a random decision based on wanting to see something of New Brunswick and to be by the coast.
We have been welcomed with open arms by everyone here. We enjoyed the Heritage Museum and spoke to two very friendly volunteers. So we have learnt a lot about Bathurst.
The lady at the tourist info office was also very helpful and suggested a couple of ideas to us. Firstly Daly Point, which have thoroughly enjoyed. It was very peaceful to be in the woods, by the shore and we took lots of photographs. Thanks to Janet, we had a very warm welcome here.
We are looking forward to the second suggestion. We have tickets for our first hockey game.
So thank you Bathurst for giving us an insight into New Brunswick life and for welcoming us so warmly.
Tomorrow we get back on the train for Halifax, our final stop before flying back to England.
Linda and Jess Chanan