Atlantic Provinces and New England 2018 travel blog

Halifax Harbor

MacKay Bridge - We weren't expecting an unmanned toll. Gave a toonie...

Sculpture at Fort Needham

One of the ships

Benches showed the explosive cargo. Each slat showed the details of each...

One of the ships

Bell Tower











Century Plant


Beautiful phlox








Jubilee Fountain






Ruskin Diane


Trooper Dan

Mary's Jomanda

R Mona

Hi Sockeye

Cobequid Daphne

"Halifax was devastated on 6 December 1917 when two ships collided in the city's harbour, one of them a munitions ship loaded with explosives bound for the battlefields of the First World War. What followed was one of the largest human-made explosions prior to the detonation of the first atomic bombs in 1945. The north end of Halifax was wiped out by the blast and subsequent tsunami. Nearly 2,000 people died, another 9,000 were maimed or blinded, and more than 25,000 were left without adequate shelter."

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You can also read more details about Fort Needham Memorial Park at

Additional site regarding Fort Needham Memorial Park at—fort-needham-memorial-park

"The Halifax Public Gardens is the oldest Victorian Garden in North America. Officially opened in 1867, the Public Gardens has retained the original Victorian character thanks to a series of talented superintendents, chief horticulturists, and gardeners. Through their efforts our 16-acre oasis, in the heart of downtown Halifax, was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1984."

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The drive to Halifax was about 75 minutes. It was a beautiful day for visiting both of the above sites. When we arrived at Fort Needham Memorial Park, we only found handicapped or residential street parking. Once we were on the hill, we could see a parking lot. Siri didn't take us to the parking lot. : )

While we were at Fort Needham, we were approached by a young man carrying a television camera. He asked us if we'd be willing to do a weather spot and give a "shout out" to the weather man and ask about tomorrow's weather. Roland thought, "Why not? We don't know any of these people." So, on their 6 o'clock news we made our television debut. Mark it up to one of those unique experiences!

Our next stop was the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site which is on a hill overlooking the city. As three tour buses arrived and uncertain of our plan for the day, we parked there (free) and walked downtown to eat lunch. The Halifax Public Garden was across the street from us. A leisure stroll through the gardens was very enjoyable, and the display of flowers was delightful.

We returned up the hill to the Citadel. It was nearly 3:30 and a decision had to be made. The Citadel would likely take two hours. The Maritime Museum, a must do on our list, could take two hours or two days!! We decided to go home and start fresh tomorrow (Wednesday).

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