The capital of Nova Scotia and the largest city in Canada’s Atlantic Provinces, Halifax was once Great Britain’s major military bastion in North America. The beautifully restored waterfront buildings of Halifax ‘s Historic Properties recall the city’s centuries- old maritime heritage. Stroll the waterfront, and you may find Nova Scotia’s floating ambassador, the schooner Bluenose II, tied up to Privateer’s Wharf, just as old sailing ships have done for over 200 years. Halifax is also the gateway to Nova Scotia’s stunning scenery, including famous Peggy’s Cove, where surf-pounded granite cliffs and a solitary lighthouse create an unsurpassed scene of rugged natural beauty.
What a fabulous day! It is beautiful. We certainly aren’t needing our cool weather clothes.
We got off the ship in Halifax right into the terminal which was also a market with lots and lots of shops and vendors with local products to sell. It was a shoppers paradise. There was a big tent near the terminal yesterday in Saint John. These Canadians know what they are doing.
Again many of us were off to do shore excursions. Each day is busy. There is so little time to enjoy what the ship has for us to do. Many of our people did Peggy’s Cove & Coastal Scenic Drive; Peggy’s Cove, Historic Fortress, Titanic & Lunch; Peggy’s Cove & Hop On/Hop Off Bus Tour; and Historic Halifax Sites Scenic Drive. Some relaxed and some went shopping. Norita met up with a friend in Halifax and Myrna went to church and met some local people who showed her some of the sights. So everyone was busy.
Peggy’s Cove was the high light or at least the most popular. It was pretty cool. A light house surrounded by rocks with lots of “retail therapy”. It’s actually a little village where in season they do lobstering. They have a population of 35. Not sure it’s the place to live!
Sue’s tour guide shared a lot about the royal family and many stories were pretty interesting. Did you know that Queen Elizabeth will not use a toilet that someone else has sat on? When she came to Halifax for a big celebration, they had to replace the toilets in the Government house.
Once again we gathered for dinner. Some of us were just getting back on board. Tonight was Italian night. Our wait staff was in their red and green stripped shirts. Good food and fun conversations. We are looking forward to a great day tomorrow.