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Sep 11, 2015 - foggy halifax

Much better day today. Booked the van in on Monday at Jeffs old volks home!!!!! Seriously. Woke up to pea soup fog. Left the van at Walmart and took the bus downtown. Took almost an hour. Couldn't see anything in the harbor it was so foggy. Did the maritime museum and walked around and checked things out. Fog finally lifted but we didn't get rained on. Supper at Montanas . Tomorrow we hope to go to Peggys cove. Hopeto get into a campground.

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Sep 10, 2015 - change of plans

Day started out good in charlottetown, went for a tour through town and then inthe harbour. Bumpy ride so not many pics. Ferry to nova Scotia where we had planned to head to cape Breton, but the forecast was nasty and a tropical storm was coming so thought it best not to be on the coast. So we headed to Halifax. It poured most of the way and the fan that cools the engine when it gets too hot doesn't seem to be working. It makes it hard when we hit rush hour traffic, stop and go. So we looked for a hotel close to where we were but everything...

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Aug 29, 2015 - Canada on the MS Veendam

We embarked the MS Veendam, Holland America Line, for a short cruise up the North American Eastern seaboard, into Maine, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia. We were pleasantly surprised by the small size of the Veendam - which carries only about 1200 passengers. There were very few lines, deck chairs were readily available, and there were no queues at the gangways and tenders. I'm certain the folks in port appreciated it, too - not being overrun by tourists. Having just spent a week in the Portland, Maine area, we chose to stay on board ship...

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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 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 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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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 - Halifax Citidel, Nova Scotia

We decided to make a last minute decision and stop at the Halifax Citidel. Were we ever pleasantly surprised. We ended up spending our entire afternoon exploring and learning about the history of the area and taking part in various activities such as the noon gun.

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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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