The Five-cent Chocoate Nut Bar was invented at Ganong's in St. Stephen New Brunswick

Chocolate Bar

St. Stephen, New Brunswick - Canada's chocolate town sits on the shore of the St. Croix River, 119 km (74 miles) west of Saint John. Ganong’s Chocolates, which dates back to 1873 and remains one of the town's main businesses, is the company that is credited with the invention of the all day sucker, the introduction of the heart-shaped chocolate box in 1932, and first five cent chocolate nut bar. In one version of the story; in 1910, George Ensor, a candy-maker and general manager of the factory and Mr. Ganong would go fishing together and when they'd go they’d take along some chocolate. Because it would melt, George began wrapping it up, and what was left over at the end of the date was passed to local kids. One little girl would say to him "you’re a Pal of mine". To this day ‘Pal-o-mine’ remains Ganong’s best selling bar. The village has a chocolate musuem and an annual chocoate festival.

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Where: St. Stephen is in south-western New Brunswick, 1/2 hour from the resort town of St. Andrews. It is linked to Calais, Maine by the St. Stephen-Calais Bridge. The town has hiking and walking trails, there are scenic cyling routes and you can paddle or kayak along Passamaquoddy Bay's coastline. Quick Tip: St. Stephen is also known for its dragonflies, which can be found around ponds, streams, marshes, golf courses, gravel pits, etc. The unsually high quantity draws amateur and professional etomologists from around Atlantic Canada and eastern USA.

In the News: The 2013 Chocolate Festival in St. Stephen will be held August 3 to 10. Check out Rick Mercer at the Ganong Chocoate Factory on Youtube.


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Canada’s Coolest:

Welcome to a new feature on Canada Cool. I'll be presenting different 'Coolest' lists with my favorites and I encourage you to nominate suggestions from your own experiences. You can Twitter @CanadaCool or email Let me know what makes your suggestion exceptionally cool. Remember, by contributing your comments you are giving Canada Cool permission to quote you. Only a selection of submissions will be included, but all comments and submissions are greatly appreciated!

The first feature is: Canada's Coolest Single Day Scenic Drives

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Icefields Parkway - the world's most accessible glacier

The Icefields Parkway, Jasper National Park, Alberta - This 229 km (142 mi) Rocky Mountain route from Banff/Lake Louise to Jasper passes 100 frozen rivers and nudges the base of the Athabasca Glacier - the most accessible glacier in the world. You can stop and explore it. It spills down from the Columbia Icefield, an area of ice so massive that you could fit the entire population of North America on it with each person getting at least a square metre of space.

Algonquin Moose Viewing

The Corridor, Algonquin Park, Ontario – this 56-km stretch of Hwy 60 cuts through the southwest section of Algonquin Park. Less than three hours north of Toronto the park is a nature-lover's paradise with 7,725 km of lakes, rivers, forest, trails, camping, comfortable lodges and 2000 km of canoe routes. Offers hiking trails to stop and enjoy, but what makes it really cool is that it’s one of the best places in North America to spot moose (especially in May and June). And, on Thursday nights in August up to 600 cars will gather to listen to wolves howl.

Cape Breton Cabot Trail drive

The Cabot Trail, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia – Driving this 303 km (187 mile) route is like riding a roller-coaster: the road snakes around hairpin turns, rises to heights over 365 metres (1200 ft), weaves around headlands revealing spectacular coastal scenery, and plunges down to sea level taking you into the heart of small fishing communities. The most dramatic scenery is between the Cape Breton Highlands National Park entrance near Cheticamp and Pleasant Bay, so go slow. And, plan some flexibility into your schedule, so you can drive it on a clear day.

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