Tom & Charlene's Excellent Adventures travel blog



Ferry from Dartmuth

Monday, August 29, 20

Visited Pier 21 along the Halifax Harbor. Pier 21 is the equivalent to Ellis Island. Immigrants to Canada passed through Pier 21 waiting for acceptance or rejection. Pier 21 is a well-planned impressive museum. Beatrice, a native of the Congo, was our tour guide. After Beatrice fled the Congo she spent 4 years in Thailand then emigrated to Canada 2 years ago. English has become her 5th language. We were very impressed with her confidence and knowledge of her subject. She offered a few remarks about her experience going through the immigration process. We spent almost 3 hours at the Museum.

A Farmers Market and Many small boutique shops are also located at the pier. The Farmers Market was almost deserted with only a few food vendors and 2 produce shops open. Weekends are the busy time. The Boutique open times were posted to coincide with the arrival of the cruise ships. No shopping for us this day . . .

We headed back to the Wharf for dinner. Ate bayside at Gahans. Tom tried their pulled pork sandwich and a local pilsner. I had the quesadilla with vegetables. Must have a sheltered palate. It was the first time I’ve had purple and yellow carrots – tasted a bit stronger, were very good.

Stopped at Kent’s (think Menards) and Canadian Tire (Menards with tires) looking for a new outdoor mat for the RV. Ours was left at Rockwood Park – need to check the checklist before we leave! Finished our shopping with mini DQ Blizzards!

Pulled into Walmart and 3 class B campers were parked in a row. Our closest neighbors were out to greet us. They were impressed with our PW. Michel and Manon from Quebec are traveling in a Volkswagon Westfalla. We spent over an hour sharing our experiences on the road and getting travel tips from them. Manon almost wept when she saw our complete bathroom (they have a compost toilet) storage cabinets, furnace and full closet. They must pop the top of the camper and expand it upwards in order to stand up in the van. We felt very blessed with our rig after comparing.

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