The Blogging from A to Z Challenge 2013 – Road Trip! {Letter “Q”}

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I am very excited to be taking part in the Blogging A to Z Challenge 2013.  This is actually my third challenge; the first year I featured a recipe for each letter and last year I drew on  my nursing background and used “parts of the human body” as my inspiration!

This year I have decided to change things up a bit.  I live in Canada and believe it is one of the most beautiful countries on the planet; so I have decided to feature a different Canadian “place”, for each letter of the challenge.

I am very much looking forward to seeing how everyone interprets the Challenge and I would love to have you join me, as I crisscross this vast country on my Blogging from A to Z Challenge 2013 – Road Trip!

So, without further ado, “Q” is for Quispamsis, New Brunswick (My hometown!)

The letter “Q” is one I usually find difficult in these challenges, but this year it was simple, Quispamsis is my home town!  If you have been following along with the this year’s “road trip” , this is where we are stopping to replenish supplies, do some laundry and have a home cooked meal!

A to Z ChallengeQuispamsis:  pronounced kwɪs-pam-sɪs, is a suburban community in Kings County, New Brunswick. It is located 20 kilometres (12 mi) northeast of Saint John, in the lower Kennebecasis River valley.

Population: 17,886 {2011 Census}

Some Notable Residents: (from Quispamsis and surrounding areas) –

  • Laura Calder, chef, cookbook author and television personality is originally from the Kingston Penninsula
  • Louis B. Mayer, Hollywood producer of MGM fame, was born in the Russian Empire but raised in Saint John.
  • Stompin’ Tom Connors, musician was born in Saint John
  • Donald Sutherland, actor was born in Saint John
  • Walter Pidgeon, actor born in Saint John
  • Randy Jones, NHL player
  • John Peters Humphrey, one of the drafters of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Hampton

History:  The original inhabitants of the area were the Maliseet First Nation, part of the Algonquin Federation. The name, “Quispamsis” was translated from the Maliseet language and means, “little lake in the woods”, the lake being present-day Ritchie Lake. Acadians, British pre-Loyalists and Loyalists settled in the area around 1783, with many receiving land grants along the Kennebecasis and Hammond Rivers.

Quispamsis amalgamated in 1998 with the nearby communities of Gondola Point and Wells to form the present town, covering an area of 60 km² and bordering the town of Rothesay to the southwest with the Hammond River along its northeastern boundary. Quispamsis is the fastest growing town in the province of New Brunswick.

Parks:  There are many ways to keep fit and busy in Quispamsis. There is a wide variety of recreational parks which offer beautiful scenery and unique amenities.

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 Both ferries at Gondola Point in Quispamsis {Photo attribution: Catherine at Oak Lawn Images}

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Sailboats on the Kennebecasis River at Quispamsis {Photo attribution:}

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Beach in Quispamsis during last fall’s Great Canadian Beach CleanUP

It has been wonderful to be home for a day, see my family and catch up on some laundry.  But, it’s early to bed tonight because we have a very, very long drive tomorrow if we hope to make our next stop on the Challenge – Road Trip!  It is somewhere beginning with the letter “R”, any guesses?

Past visits on the A to Z Challenge 2013 – Road Trip:

Complete listing of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge 2013 participants.

CREDITS – Map source –  (altered to add place name).  Information contained in this post was obtained from Wikipedia and



  1. Another great post – gotta get my ass to Canada soon! :)

  2. Great write up about Quispamsis. You didn’t mention the lead singer and writer of most of the songs in ‘Wind Broken Stones”, Jarod Parlee. I hear he also hails from Quispamsis.
    Great ‘Q’ word. Have a read before your next long trip to…?Regina?
    Kathy at Oak Lawn Images

  3. Sugar & Spice & All Things ? Nice says

    How fortuitous to live in a place with such a unique name for this A-Z challenge. Love the photos and as always the info-facts are educational. Great post. Now, will have to ponder what the “R” word will be.

  4. Very pretty! Really have to check out NB one of these days.

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