Jim and Anne return to Canada travel blog

Blazing autumn colours

Land of the long front yard

Ride ons the boy toy of choice here

This one's for you Jenny

Ants on the ridge

Now we're the ants

Stunning sunset views

Sunset reflected in the fir tree

Amazing sunset

Sunset over the Gulf of St Lawrence

Vehicles of our fellow motel guests

Amazing tides of Fundy bay

45 mins later and the water's all gone

Left high and dry

Air BnB Armherst

Living/bedroom

Kitchen

Neighbouring homes

No. 2

No. 3

Not meanIng to be sizeist but some very large visitors dwarfing Halifax

The Halifax citadel

Halifax skyline

Halifax public gardens

Happy 150 th Canada

Mr. Romance


We've left behind the land of the jig and cod and now we're in the land of the long front yard and blazing (autumn leaf) roadsides.

They are experiencing something of a heatwave here. We seem to be bringing it with us and the daily maximum is around 30 when the average is usually more like 17. They're all enjoying summer’s last hurrah.

We've found Nova Scotia to be something of an anti climax. We remembered the Cape Breton trail as the best coastal road in the world but it's a long second after what we've seen in Newfoundland.

Mr Romance however still had a card up his sleeve and suggested we do the Skyline Trail at sunset. Seeing people doing this walk was a little daunting. Seen from the road below, the people up high on the ridge appeared like tiny ants walking along the spine of the ridge with no visible safety barriers. And how did they climb up so high? Knowing there are moose, coyote and black bear in this National Park added another degree of apprehension. It wasn't long however before we were the ants up on the ridge with not much effort at all and 3 kilometres later we were enjoying the spectacular sunset over the glassy waters of the Gulf of St Lawrence. As it turned out there was a wide boardwalk and we were safely away from the edge. No danger at all. A Parks Canada ranger was on hand to escort those requiring it back to their cars after the sunset. A magical moment. That night we had secured accommodation at a motel and were a little surprised to find the drivers of 12 dump trucks parked in front, were our fellow guests for the night. However being Friday they were all collected in a mini bus leaving the motel deserted save for us and one other room.

Our Air BnB in Armherst was a wonderful find. In an amazing street of large Victorian homes we had a lovely self contained apartment at the back, formerly the servants quarters. The host, a fairly recent widower had done an amazing job of setting it up. The linen sheets and quilt covers a welcome touch after the polyester sheets of Newfoundland and no noisy plumbing or people getting up in the middle of the night in a room above us. We liked it so much that after a day of exploring the Fundy Coast we came back for two more nights for some downtime and small town tourism before heading for our last stop in Nova Scotia, Halifax.

Autumn has arrived. What was previously uniform green, along the highway is now every conceivable shade of red, yellow, orange and pink. So beautiful!!!

We have been surprised on so many occasions but Halifax delivered the biggest surprise by far. We were walking the last few steps to the immigration museum when the heavens opened. We have never experienced anything like this before. It was as if someone had tipped a bucket over our heads. We were carrying our raincoats and didn't even have time to put them on. We were soaked to the skin. No warning whatsoever!!!! Many of the people around us had just arrived on two massive cruise boats and were much less mobile. What a welcome to Halifax!!

This was the centre of years of skirmishes between the French and English, hence the well preserved citadel in a strategic location overlooking the city. The harbour here is one of the best in the world, 75 metres deep in parts and 25 kilometres long, so after the British left it became the Eastern base for the Canadian navy. Today as the smell of marijuana wafts through the air there is a massive building boom in full swing and the most obvious boats in the harbour are two massive cruise liners which seem to dwarf the whole city. Every day another two appear, sending thousands on their way for a day in Halifax.




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