A friendly maritime welcome!

Traveling Group
  • John Engineer (59)
  • JoAnne Law Enforcement (58)


Preferred Exchanges

  • Open to Any Destination
  • Open to Any Dates
  • France

    March 1 — June 30, 2017 These dates are flexible

    Non simultaneous exchanges preferred. Come to Nova Scotia in the summer or fall when the weather is fine! This is our second home. We have one exchange planned for Switzerland in Spring 2017 and we are looking for other exchanges in Southern Europe during this period.

  • Italy

    March 1 — June 10, 2017 These dates are flexible

    We hope to visit Italy in 2017, especially a place with a nice terrace and a table to sit at with a glass of wine. We have an exchange organized for Switzerland during this season as well

  • United States

    November 1 — May 31, 2018 These dates are flexible

    Someplace warm in the winter in exchange for a Nova Scotia vacation in the spring, summer or fall!

  • Victoria, BC, Canada

    October 1 — December 31, 2020 These dates are flexible

    Victoria anytime. My mother and lives there and we like to visit as often as possible.

  • Iceland

    June 1 — September 1, 2017 These dates are flexible

    We would like to visit Iceland in the summer months for a week, sometime in the next few years, and possibly with our daughter. She has visited there and wants to experience it again.


  • Golf
  • Scuba Diving/Snorkeling
  • Swimming
  • Culinary Travel
  • Historic Sites
  • Museums
  • Shopping
Especially Passionate About

We are planning trips for our retirement in a few months. The whole world interests us.

We enjoy short city stays, but prefer life in towns and villages. John particularly loves the mountains and auto shows but we enjoy the seaside, farms or just about anywhere! We retire within the year!

Vacation Type

Exchange Reviews

November -1

Having stayed in this cottage and Reviewing the listing as ...

Belinda and Colin
Belinda and Colin from New Zealand said

Having stayed in this cottage and Reviewing the listing as posted by JoAnne and John we found the information they have provided is spot on. From our initial arrival and the warm welcome provided by JoAnne and John we had no doubt we were going to enjoy our stay. The cottage is spacious, very clean and well equipped and its location cannot be beaten particularly if your looking for peace and tranquility (if your looking for loud parties and noise traffic this is not the cottage for you!). We enjoyed watching the array of birds, squirrels and chipmunks feeding from the bird feeders, or chasing each other up and around the trees as we ate our meals on the deck or in the covered porch. Travelling on the traffic free backroads to the Bay of Fundy and the Annapolis Valley was a treat as the trees changed from green to red and gold. While the south shore coastline from Peggy's cove to lunenburg offered quaint fishing villages and historic homes. For seafood lovers you cant beat the Chester Golf course (casual diners welcome) fresh, reasonably priced quality food served overlooking the Bay. With so much to do and see we found our time at Chester was short and we were hesitant to leave.

John and JoAnne
What we said about Belinda and Colin's house:

Colin and Belinda were wonderful hosts and they provided us with excellent information on their cottage and the surrounding area. We fell in love with the breathtaking landscape in Matapouri, and did the 2.5 kilometre walk around Whale Bay, the Lookout and back to Matapouri Beach almost every day. The beach was a perfect curved crescent of white sand with crystal clear water and interesting seashells. The cottage was very comfortable, roomy, clean and equipped with good appliances, kayaks, beach towels and toys. The covered patio was our dining room for every meal and we enjoyed a lemon off their tree. We took our hosts suggestions for a day trip to Paihia, where we caught the little fast passenger ferry to Russell. Charming Russell had great shopping and lovely cafes and restaurants. We also cruised on the "Perfect Day" tour boat out of Tutukaka to the Poor Knights Islands. Near the Marina was a great restaurant, Schnappa Rock. Amazing snorkelling there. The local people we met were very friendly, the stargazing and birdwatching were amazing, and at night it is quiet and peaceful. The perfect relaxing vacation spot.