Blogs from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, North America


North America » Canada » Nova Scotia » Halifax June 8th 2022

We took the train from Quebec City to Halfax in a sleeper car. It is about a 19 hour trip, so the ability to lie down when we arrived at the train station at 10 pm sounded appealing. However, the idea that the train would rock you asleep is a fictional idea. It actually rocks you awake! We arrived in the early evening the next day and stayed at the Lord Nelson. Found out our room had been upgraded and that we are across the street from the Halifax Public Gardens. Seventeen acres of beautifully maintained gardens. During our time here, found out some more about Canadian history. The Halifax explosion that occurred during WW1 and killed approximatly 2000 and injured 9000 due to 3000 tons of explosives igniting that were aboard a ship. It was ... read more

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North America » Canada » Nova Scotia » Halifax November 24th 2021

Le 24 novembre 2021, Mais qui a donc la drôle d'idée de partir en week-end romantique à la fin du mois de novembre en Nouvelle-Écosse? C'est nous!!! Pourquoi? Simplement parce que c'est le seul week-end qui coincide à la fois avec des congés pédagogiques pour les filles ET la fin de semaine de congé bi-hebdomadaire de Carl-Philippe... C'est donc en fin de matinée que l'on se rend à l'aéroport, bien tranquilles. On laisse la voiture et, armés de nos petites valises de cabine, nous nous dirigeons vers l'aérogare. On peut constater que l'offre de restaurants ne s'est toujours pas diversifiée depuis notre dernier passage ici, au mois d'août. On finit par dîner d'un classique sandwich au Tim Hortons puis on embarque dans notre petit avion qui nous mènera, en 1hre30, à Halifax. Quelle n'est pas notre ... read more
En été, ça doit être vraiment sympathique ce quai!
Polly's Cove

North America » Canada » Nova Scotia » Halifax October 1st 2019

We did a short tour of Sydney. We found 2 old houses to tour. One was built in 1786 and the other a year later. They are both decorated with furniture from that era and we had docents in costume show us around. We went by 2 old churches in the neighborhood, but they were closed. A lot of the town stays closed this time of year until a cruise ship comes in. We found a small museum about Sydney and looked at that. It turns out that Sydney had a steel mill that was the largest in North America for a while. It slowed down after the war and closed in the 60's. We still had a lot of time left in the day so we found a miner's museum about a 30 minute drive ... read more
Inside the mine
Inside the Governor's apt. at Louisbourgh

North America » Canada » Nova Scotia » Halifax September 27th 2019

Last Day in Canada: Well, technically we are leaving Canada in the morning as tonight we fly from Halifax back to Montreal this evening. Then tomorrow, an early flight to Minneapolis on to Salt Lake City and finally Fresno, California. We have loved this trip. This morning we went back over the bridge to the wharf area of Halifax and the Maritime Museum with its amazing artifacts from shipwrecks to sailboats to just about anything on the water. We were most interested in the Titanic Exhibit. They have so many artifacts from the ship itself and the story of course, is sobering. It is a world class museum and everything was so interesting including the couple of films on the Titanic and the Cape Breton area. After the Titanic exhibit we walked down the wharf are ... read more
Titanic Exhibit
Original Deck Chair
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia from our hotel room

North America » Canada » Nova Scotia » Halifax September 1st 2019

August 31-September 1, 2019 – Halifax, Nova Scotia – (Day 1) Weather: 77°F/25°C, sunny with scattered clouds, wind 11.4 mph, humidity 38°; (Day 2) Weather: 72°F/22°C, sunny with scattered clouds, wind 22 mph, humidity 46°. After running along the edge of the tropical depression we awoke to clearing skies and sunshine accompanied by 64°F/18°C temperatures. What a pleasant change! On our revised itinerary we are scheduled to enter the harbour at around 1:00 pm and be dockside by 2:00, actually it turned out to be 2:04. We have nothing planned for today other than to walk along the Boardwalk to the Maritime Museum & H.M.C.S. Sackville. A friend from the area just contacted B and said that Halifax is having a concert tonight along the Boardwalk. On leaving the ship we took advantage of the fact ... read more
2_H.M.C.S. Sackville
3_Chief's Mess for 12 men
4_Engine room

North America » Canada » Nova Scotia » Halifax August 29th 2019

Well, we made it to Halifax. We did take a slow route. Sacramento to Denver. Then Denver to Chicago. We only had a 51 minute layover in Chicago and our plane from Denver was late. When we landed in Chicago, we had 15 minutes to get to our plane to Halifax. We landed on the farthest runway from the terminal and parked at the farthest gate from the runway. Then we had to run past 10 gates, go thru a long hallway to the next building and up to gate 6, where they told us we needed to go to the next building and gate 25. I ran ahead and everyone was already on the plane except us. We had to wait for Stacy. When we got to Halifax I got a text that one of ... read more
Sailboat on harbor

North America » Canada » Nova Scotia » Halifax August 21st 2019

Returning from Peggy's Cove, we had a driving tour of Halifax. The Halifax Citadel has overlooked the city since 1749. The present concrete star fort, a National Historic Site of Canada, was built In 1828-1856. Halifax has been associated with a number of disasters. The recovery of bodies from the Titanic in 1912 was staged from here. Those individuals who could not be identified were buried in Fairview Lawn Cemetery. In 1917 an ammunition ship exploded in the harbor, destroying a good portion of the city. On a lighter note, out in the harbour was Theodore Too. This is a sightseeing boat decorated to look like Theodore Tugboat from the children's TV series. Along Hollis Street downtown were Province House (the Nova Scotia House of Assembly), built in 1819, the Boer War Memorial, Halifax Town Clock ... read more
Halifax Public Gardens
South African War Memorial
Halifax Town Clock

North America » Canada » Nova Scotia » Halifax May 21st 2019

Dear Friends (and others!), This blog will be about our 2 month adventures traveling across Canada from Halifax to Vancouver – mostly by train, with lots of stops on the way. Some of you may have subscribed to our previous trips to follow along on our Caminos, and may not be interested. It’s okay if you unsubscribe – my feelings won’t be hurt. Maybe next year for our next Camino. I won’t be writing every day – maybe just every Provence. Halifax, Nova Scotia An uneventful flight from Austin to Halifax after 2 hours of sleep. The highlight was using one of our United lounge passes in Newark. Free buffet, good coffee and a relaxing place to wait until our connection. I could get used to that! We landed to find rain, cold and a strong ... read more

North America » Canada » Nova Scotia » Halifax December 27th 2018

I traveled to Halifax to attend the Canadian Association of Labour Media conference from May 10-12, 2018. I stayed at The Lord Nelson, a fancy, old hotel immediately across from the beautiful Public Gardens. When I arrived, it was raining and not very conducive to roaming around the city. I did walk around a bit the next day and came across the impressive Common Roots Urban Farm. I would love to have seen the urban farm during the growing season. There was a couple social nights at bars down on Lower Water Street during the conference. One was particularly fun because there was a live local band. My partner joined me for the weekend once the conference ended. The Lord Nelson was too expensive for us to stay at once my employer wasn't fitting the bill, ... read more
Common Roots Urban Farm
Halifax Seaport Farmers Market
Peggy's Cove

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