Halifax, Nova Scotia
Sep 14, 2007
|The forecast for today was warm and sunny and we were not disapointed. A perfect day for exploring Halifax.
We rode down to the ferry terminal in Dartmouth and boarded the little boat. In less than 10 minutes we were disembarking on the other side of the harbour in downtown Halifax. It was more like taking a quick bus ride; in fact the service is part of the city transit system.
The waterfront is a lively place with interesting boats of all sorts moored at the warves. We walked the pier taking in the sights and at one point we were looking over a Corvette (a small world war II warship), that is moored here as a vetrans memorial, when a black limo pulled up. All the people on the ship saluted and the Liutenant Govenor of Nova Scotia emerged from the car and boarded the ship for a ceremonial inspection.
We also got a close up view of the Bluenose II that was moored here this week. It is an exact replica of the original Bluenose. I took out a dime to compare it to the boat. I think they have done a good job of building it to look just like the picture on the dime.
There is a free bus service that circles the downtown area. You can get on and off anywhere and the driver maintains a running commentary so you get a good feel for the city. Instead of taking the tour of the Citadel, we got off at Pier 21 to view the exibits there. The Citadel is an old french fort on the hill overlooking the city. We have toured every other fort in Atlantic Canada and figured we were just about "forted out".
Pier 21 is the building that all immigrants from Europe went through upon arriving to Canada from about 1920 to 1971. It is Canada's Ellis Island. I believe my mother arrived from England through this facility when she was a little girl.
One of the highlights was a multi-media presentation displayed on a 60 foot wide screen in a sort of 3D style. Excellent presentation that gave a good overview of the trials and tribulations of the people who arrived here as well as the troops who left through here to go to war.
From Pier 21 we walked down to Alexander Keiths Brewery, which is located near the waterfront in the same building it has occupied since 1820. We did not take the tour but did have a couple of Keiths Red with our lunch in the old brewery building. It was a nice relaxing day in downtown Halifax.
On Sunday, the remanents of another tropical storm are expected to hit the Halifax area bringing with it high winds and heavy rain. We have decided to stay put in Dartmouth tomorrow (Saturday). Sunday, which is forecast to be clear and sunny, we will then head west along the south coast to Peggy's Cove and Lunenburg. We have a reservation to take the ferry from Yarmouth, Nova Scotia to Bar Harbour, Maine at 4:00 PM Monday so the one day rain delay here in Dartmouth works into our plans nicely.