44. My amazing vacation in Nova Scotia. (Part 2)

I left my stuff at hotel and went to explore the city. First, I went to the waterfront that is  just 2 blocks from my hotel. What a great feeling it is just to walk near the ocean, breath salty fresh air. I miss it a lot in Montreal (I grew up on shores of Black Sea).

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A beautiful 1866 house that is now an hotel. Irish poet Oscar Wilde has stayed here.
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It is nice both outside and inside

Halifax is totally different from Montreal. It feels in many aspects. It is much smaller, has different architecture, different cultural heritage. It is really great to experience a different part of Canada.

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Halifax architecture is very nice
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Ocean!
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Halifax harbor walk is super nice!
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Lots of small private boats

Halifax was established by British in 1726 in attempt to colonize Nova Scotia. It was immediately under attacks from local Mi’kmaq people, then it was an important fort for British Empire during French and Indian War of 1754-1763, the American Revolution and Napoleonic Wars.

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Halifax historic properties. 1800-era warehouses.
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Halifax Old Town Clock
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Halifax City Hall
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Looks like inspired by Greek architecture

Halifax is a maritime city. It has one of the best natural harbors in the world. It is ice-free in winter, it is over 18 meters in depth allowing ships of almost any size to visit it, it has only one entrance that is good for military, and it is located only one hour from Great Circle route between America and Europe (which is the fastest maritime route). It was playing important role in Canada’s international trade since it was established as well as being a base for Canadian navy. It has played an important role during many wars and especially the First and the Second World Wars, as it was a port of departure for many convoys with supplies for Europe.

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Monument to Samuel Cunard, the founder of Cunard Line, one of the biggest passenger ship companies in the world. He founded Cunard in Halifax in 1840. Now the company is famous for its ships Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and others.
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Halifax Cable Wharf. It was a base for ships that laid first transcontinental cables that connected Europe to America
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Warships at Royal Canadian Navy base in Halifax
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This chopper was flying low and often reminded that over 40% of Canadian armed forces are located in Nova Scotia. To me it looks like Sikorsky SH-60 Seahawk.
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Halifax pays a lot of tribute to sailors, both navy and merchant.

In 1917 Halifax have seen one of the greatest disasters in Canada’s history. The SS Mont Blanc, a French cargo ship carrying munitions collided with Belgian ship SS Imo, which resulted in huge explosion that destroyed big part of Halifax killing over 2,000 people. It was the most powerful man-made explosion before nuclear weapons.

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Halifax was in ruins after 1917 explosion
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The area in red was destroyed

Halifax has been an entry point to Canada for over a million immigrants who arrived on ships from Europe.  There was a special terminal for immigrant ships, Pier 21, that was operating between 1928 and 1971. It has the same importance to Canada as Ellis Islands in New York has to the United States. In 1997 the facility reopened its doors as immigration center, but as an immigration museum. And it is one of the best museums I have ever visited! It deserves a separate story.

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Pier 21, a former arrival berth for immigrant ships, now immigration museum that I consider as must-visit for every immigrant.
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“The pain of separation he overcame, with faith and hope his heart aflame”. This amazing monument is a tribute to all immigrants who leave their homelands having little more then hope and dreams of better life.

Halifax has more interesting places to offer a visitor, like Maritime museum or Citadel Hill. And and there is so much to see around Halifax, both nature and historic places. I spend next several days exploring area around Halifax. I have seen the famous Peggy’s Cove lighthouse, a town of Lunnenburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, I have seen world’s highest tides in the Bay of Fundy and admired beautiful Nova Scotia countryside.

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The Citadel Hill.
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It always amaze me how history and traditions are preserved in Canada.
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Cannons and citadel’s signal masts.
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The Citadel still flies the Union Jack. God save the Queen!
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Main gate
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This cannon still fires every day at noon, just like 200 years ago. I love it.
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Citadel guards room
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The Crimean War monument is Halifax. It commemorates British victory in Crimean War of 1853-1865 and Nova Scotians who have fought in th war. It was especially pleasant for me to see a piece of my homeland’s history here, as city of Sebastopol and Crimea are part of Ukraine (temporarily occupied by Russia)
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Peggy’s Cove lighthouse, possibly the most famous in North America and iconic Canadian image
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The town of Lunnenburg, a UNESCO heritage site
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Fishing industry in Lunnenburg
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Low tide in Halls Harbor, that is located in the Bay of Fundy, the area with highest tides in the world.

Do you remember Titanic? It sank less then 1000 km from Halifax. There are some artifacts from Titanic in the Maritime Museum, but also, there is a cemetery with remains of people who died in Titanic disaster.

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This grave belongs to a guy who perished in Titanic disaster
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Graves are shaped as ship’s bow
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The alley on a cemetery. I have first seen this image in Charley Boorman’s amazing “Extreme Frontiers: Canada” and wanted to visit it since then.

In my last day in Halifax, I got a present from Mexican government. No, they did not send a beautiful girl to be my wife, but they sent a tall ship to Halifax and it was open for visits!

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A beautiful Cuauhtemoc
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Beautiful little details
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Masts are gorgeous

 

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Happy tourist

Halifax gave me a very good impression. It was one of rare cases when I did not want to leave, I wanted to stay there longer.  I will definitely be back to Nova Scotia. There is still so much to see, a lighthouse trail, Yarmouth and south shore, Annapolis Royal, Cape Breton and other… Nova Scotia is amazing part of the world that is definitely a must-visit.

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Beautiful residential street
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Halifax suburbs
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Halifax seen from Dartmouth at sunset.
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Halifax has a gorgeous Point Pleasant Park
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This is not a spaceship, this is a Halifax Public Library
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Halifax Public Gardens is a place worth visiting
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This solar clock is very accurate!
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This Oak tree was planted by His Majesty King George VI in presence of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth in 1939.

But I had a long drive home to do. I followed almost the same route, except for detour to Confederation Bridge. The total distance was 1220 km which I covered in one day, which is the longest distance I have ever driven, especially it is hard to do alone in one day.

I am looking forward to my next trip to Nova Scotia! It is kind of a place that you would want to visit again and again.

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Lower St. Lawrence river on my way home.
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This rest area is too good to be true
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In last minutes of my roadtrip I have seen this beautiful sunset. There will be another sunrise and another adventures on the road!
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5 thoughts on “44. My amazing vacation in Nova Scotia. (Part 2)

  1. It looks like you discovered most of the highlights in Halifax and beyond. Your post makes really happy to be living here. It is quite a magical place. Thanks!

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