This post was originally published on March 31, 2016 (Week 271 of Travel Photo Thursday) and I’ve decided to update it this week for week 362 (3/22/2018) of Travel Photo Thursday, welcome. While spring officially arrived two days ago, I think Mother Nature forgot to include Nova Scotia. The first photo in this essay was not taken in Halifax, but through my balcony door window a couple of hours ago, and the storm continues to rage.
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Today, March 22, 2018, I am in Nova Scotia, but not Halifax. I took this photo from my balcony door window in Annapolis Royal. Even though Spring has officially sprung, Mother Nature is dumping on all of Nova Scotia today. On the bright side, the snow probably won’t last too long (fingers crossed!).
Halifax is famous for its year-round ice-free scenic harbour. For the best views, take a ride on the Halifax-Dartmouth ferry. When I was a kid it cost a nickel, now you’re probably looking at 3 bucks. Go up top for the best views.
I read the other day that Halifax is increasing ferry service to make using the ferry more convenient.
Some interesting vessels dock here. This is the world’s largest solar-powered vessel, or at least it was in 2013!
Be sure to visit Pier 21, the immigration museum. Until 1971, anyone immigrating to Canada from Europe entered through Halifax, Nova Scotia. If you have relatives that immigrated from the “old country” you can search their records here.
You’ll always find a schooner or two docked along the boardwalk. This is the tall ship “Athos”.
You can easily spend a day soaking up the boardwalk ambiance, but there is still lots to see. Next, we’re heading to Spring Garden Road, the longest shopping street east of Montreal, and have the best french fries ever. Bud the Spud is an institution, parked in front of the “old” library, and there is always a line-up at lunchtime. I did a bit of searching to see if Bud is still operating, and as far as I can tell the fryers are still humming. Although, we now have a spectacular new library, located around the corner. Back in the 80s, I worked a block from Bud, and it really was hard to resist these awesome fries. They were a once a month treat to savour!
Sadly, Bud the Spud has retired.
After a bit of refueling at Buds, you could (and still can) continue up Spring Garden Road to the Halifax Public Gardens. These Victorian style gardens are loved and well looked after. Destroyed by Hurricane Juan in 2003, Haligonians rallied and raised the money to restore the gardens in record time. Drop by on a Sunday afternoon in the summertime, and you’re bound to be treated to a big band concert, free of charge!
The Public Gardens is now open during the winter month, weather permitting.
Now, I’m going to take you back down Spring Garden Road, and we’re going to turn right on Barrington Street. Let’s do a wander through the Old Burial Grounds. This a history buff’s paradise. You’ll find grave sites dating back to the 1700s.
Once you tear yourself away from the ghosts and goblins head across the street and take in the oldest United Church in Canada, and Nova Scotia Governor’s House (great harbour view here, and in the summertime they offer free tours).
If you read last week’s Travel Photo Thursday, you’ll know that St. Matthews lost their steeple during a recent nor’easter. While no lives were lost, the homeless, who call the shelter home during the winter months, had to be relocated.
While we could keep on going, I need to call it a day. I’ll leave you with a sunset shot of “The Dingle”, a ten-minute drive from where I grew up.
You can also climb the tower here for spectacular views.
When will you be in Nova Scotia? Let us know in the comments. 🙂
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