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Jul 18, 2015 - Halifax, Nova Scotia

Halifax was established as a military base in 1750 because of it's deep water harbor, the second largest in the world after Sydney, Australia. The Citadel is no longer a military base but is well preserved for it's history. The harbor is still the headquarters for Canada's navy, with 80% of it's ships based there. Halifax is a good sized city with lots of history. The eastern shore of Nova Scotia was mostly settled by English immigrants, with lots of New Englanders taking advantage of the generous land grants and subsidies offered to those...

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Jul 18, 2015 - ships and wine

One of the largest tall ship replicas ever built sailed into Lunenburg today. The French ship L'Hermione is a replica of General Lafayette's 18th century ship that carried him to the United States from France to announce his country's support in the fight for independence. After crossing the Atlantic, L'Hermione began her journey up the east coast of the United States in June. The ship was led into the harbour by another famous replica — the Bluenose II. And we all sat on a hill overlooking the harbor, a short walk from the campground and...

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Jul 8, 2015 - Halifax, Nova Scotia

Our caravan group has had a marvelous time here in Halifax, N.S.! Yesterday, we toured the Citadel Fort & National Historic Site. Even though this 1828 built fort was never involved in a battle, they still carry on the traditions it started with. It is a training ground for college students when they are not in class. They wear identical uniforms to the original military based there which includes kilts and the full Scottish regalia. They constantly walk, whether on or off duty, in strict military fashion. It is great to see young men and...

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Jul 5, 2015 - Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

First thing we did in Halifax was to have a Fourth of July hamburger and hotdog picnic, followed with root beer floats. Next day we took a bus trip into Halifax to see the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, the Fairview Cemetery "Titanic" and the Citadel National Historic Site. They also took us on a city tour of Halifax.

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Travel 2015

Jun 22, 2015 - Newfoundland

June 22nd: Finally got on the ferry about 10:30pm. Once on board and parked we had to leave our coaches and go to the lounges. First stop was the bar, killed a little time until we got under way. We had all reserved "recliners" to be able to sleep as we crossed. Most of them didn't work properly, and, didn't fit our multi shaped/sized bodies. Thanks to a very calm crossing, we did get a few hours of sleep. Unloaded in the rain, and made our way to the campground by a little after 8:00am. Beautiful drive from the dock, and it surprised us to...

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Jun 20, 2015 - Bras d'Or " Arm of Gold" town

June 19th: Another cold and windy day. Our plans for today were to visit the Fortress of Louisbourg, originally built in 1745, at a time when the French and English crowns fought for control of the New World, and all of Nova Scotia was a battleground. The fortress is the largest historical reconstruction in North America. Actors/workers dressed in the costumes of that period, described what life was like back then, and demonstrating all aspects of life in a fortress. The bakery staff, using a wood fire, showed how bread was made for the...

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Jun 16, 2015 - Linwood, N.S.

June 16th: Still a little chilly, but a sunny morning. We left about 9:00am to take the coast highway around St Georges Bay, planning to do a little of the Cabot Trail, named after John Cabot who landed in Atlantic Canada in 1497. This very scenic road on Cape Breton Island is a 185 mile loop along the northern end of the island. As with most best laid plans, we didn't actually get to it today. After stopping at several scenic spots, a museum or two, and the Glenora Inn and Distillery we only made it to Inverness, the south west corner of...

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Jun 13, 2015 - Halifax, day 3

June 13th: Woke up to pouring rain, so several of us went to the Dartmouth Farmers Market located in the Ferry Terminal. Bought a few homemade goodies, and marveled at the prices of some of the fruits and veggies. After lunch at the campground, we went into Halifax to find out where to go tonight for the dinner theatre. Found the building, and then visited the Farmers Market nearby. Lots of European and Asian food vendors. This is truly a very diverse city. Came back to camp in Brilliant sunshine. Sat out enjoying the warm afternoon until...

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Jun 11, 2015 - Halifax

June 10th: Woke up to rain. Lately, it seems every travel day has been in the rain. Not far to go, but in this weather it takes a good bit longer. Arrived at the campground to find the sites quite small and not very level, we also had to wait until after 1:00pm to check in. By the time we all arrived in shifts it was late afternoon, so several of us went to the Welcome Center in Halifax, to gather information about tours, day trips, etc. Found out that there again, we're ahead of the summer schedules. Oh well, there's still enough to keep...

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Sep 14, 2014 - Halifax

Today is Gary and Edie's last day and we went to Halifax harbor walk. They will begin their 850 mile trip home in the morning and we will miss them. The harbor seems pretty vibrant, just not very picturesque. There is also a farmers market there where we bought some local vegetables and some steaks for dinner that where great. Talking about food, the prices at restaurants seem pretty normal, gas is also about 3.50 per gallon, but the food in the stores is really high. Cereal $5 per box and up, hotdog rolls $3, boneless breast of chicken on...

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Aug 27, 2014 - We will return to cape Breton

I must admit that I had expected that the pilgrimage to Prince Edward Island would be the highlight of our time in the maritimes, but this week in Cape Breton Island upset that expectation. Oh, if you have not yet visited this province, put it on your list today and plan to spend more than the paltry week we had allotted. First, the campground was about 5k from the small town of Baddeck (pronounced b'deck). The town is the start and finish of the Cabot trail and the home of the Alexander graham bell historic site/museum. There were two...

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Lavender's Travels

Jul 23, 2014 - Halifax again

Another wonderful day! We drove downtown and enjoyed walking the docks of Halifax. We took the Harbour Hopper tour, which is an amphibious military vehicle from the Vietnam war that has been refitted for touring. There were 900 of them made originally at a million dollars each for the military. We had taken a similar tour in Boston and found it very interesting. We were told half of Canada's navy is stationed here at Halifax, and the other half in Vancouver. That puts six ships at each port, if they are not at sea. The campground ( Shubie )...

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