Here We Began
Just inland from this place, Chebucto Landing, 2576 first permanent settlers of Halifax came ashore from thirteen small ships in June 1749. Here, you are at the shore of one of the great natural harbours of the world, the focus of Halifax's existence.
Look to port (left), to container piers; the Canadian Immigration Heritage Centre at Pier 21, where close to a million immigrants, refugees, war brides and children began their lives in Canada, and almost half a million Canadian troops departed for World War II and returned; the cruise ship pavilion, Tall Ships quay, and waterfront boardwalk; the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic; historic George's Island fortifications, and dynamic Dartmouth across the harbour.
Look to starboard (right), to the Law Centre, Canada's East Coast Navy ships and headquarters, Halifax Shipworks; the location, between the two bridges, of the devastating harbour Explosion of December 6, 1917, the most violent man-made explosion before the atomic bomb; more container piers, and Bedford Basin, where convoys assembled in two world wars to carry personnel and materiel from the New World to the Old.
Halifax is very proud of its waterfront, one of the best natural deep-water harbors in the world. All of these scenes are near the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. The stones are reminders that merchant seaman also lead dangerous lives, not just those in the navy.
We were able to get tickets on Bluenose II, the queen of them all. She is a replica of Bluenose, which held the International Fisherman's Trophy from 1921-36. Sadly, because of the dense fog, the captain cancelled our cruise. This is how Bluenose II looked returning from a previous cruise, with some of the crew and passengers.
H.M.S. Sackville, adjacent to Bluenose II at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. This is the last remaining corvette from the Battle of the Atlantic, maintained in 1944 configuration. In better weather, she flies the Canadian ensign of that period, which is similar to the older Canadian flag except that the field is blue instead of red.
The seahorse is in the Dartmouth ferry terminal.
Halifax has been the scene of many "firsts" in Canada. These eighteen acres, comprising one of Canada's most attractive Victorian public gardens, derived from an earlier site, part of the original Common, chosen for the Gardens in 1841, the year of incorporation as a city. It was the fashion of that time to be seen walking in the Gardens and enjoying the music supplied by military bands. About 1859, a further attraction was added: the first indoor skating rink in Canada was erected where the pavilion now stands.
A public lawn tennis court, again the first of its kind in Canada, was established in the Public Gardens, and the first of many public concerts was held, as they are still held today. Deer, which were then numerous, were relocated, and the handsome wrought iron gates at the main entrance, bearing Halifax's original coat of arms, were installed in 1890.
Trees are treasured in Halifax, The Public Gardens have been the supply source for many trees that now beautify public spaces in Halifax. Some trees planted by the earliest settlers are still thriving today, to the city's joy.
Erected by the Commissioners of the Public Gardens
In Commemoration of the Services of our Citizen Soldiers in the South African Campaign
Signs around Digby, N.S. We were there for the Scallop Days festival.
Bear River is also called the Town on Stilts because so many buildings are set on property that's flooded at high tide. In the Stilts Cafe, you can see the water right below the floorboards when the tide is in. Knowing the condition of one of the braces (second photo), maybe it's better to visit at high tide.
Oddacity is a design shop.
Before you click – this photo is very wide. There's a smaller version
The tide rises and falls forty feet at Cape Blomidon. We walked out about half a mile from the high water point to the water's edge at low tide.
on to L'Anse aux Meadows