We flew into Halifax late morning and were able to park at our hotel, popped out for lunch then checked into our room. Our plan for the afternoon was to visit the Citadel and the Public Gardens.
The Citadel was very interesting and we walked around and explored every nook and cranny. It was really an impenetrable fortress of a building and we learned a lot about the history of Canada and specifically the Maritimes in WW1 and WW2. My favourites things at the Citadel were the exhibit of a “trench” and how they used trenches to minimize damage (e.g. should a grenade be launched, the damage radius would be smaller than out in the open). The info about the Halifax Explosion was also quite good and one event that I didn’t know very much about. Seeing all the artillery, and the ambiance bits (bagpiper, change of the guard) added to the experience.
After the Citadel we headed over to the Halifax Public Gardens to rest our feet on a bench and people- and nature-watch. We were amazed at their collection of dahlias – so many varieties, each one more dazzling than the last.
After the gardens, we stopped for dinner at 2 Doors Down (featured on You Gotta Eat Here) and had an amazing dinner and we vowed to return before we left Halifax.
Food List Items: Fish and chips, Fresh fish (Arctic Char)
Today was our day trip to Peggy’s Cove and Lunenburg (and a drive through Mahone Bay). We got an early start and were one of the first to arrive at the most iconic lighthouse in Canada (possibly North America?). It was a gorgeous sunny day and we were able to get some great photos. I went right up to the lighthouse (had to touch it!) and saw the ominous sign warning visitors to be safe and stay back from the rocks/water. It was easy to see how it could be dangerous on windy days when the sea was more turbulent.
Empty parking lot when we arrived:
Lunenburg was a pretty fishing town and we had lunch overlooking the water. We got to see the Bluenose II – she was sailing and giving tours that day. Afterwards we strolled the streets of the town and shopped, stopped in a café for a bite, then drove back through Mahone Bay and back to Halifax.
Since Day 3 weather was a bit iffy, we decided to explore the Halifax waterfront in the afternoon of Day 2 and walked all along the boardwalk in the sun. We had dinner at the Stubborn Goat near our hotel.
The drive in the morning was very scenic (and gave new meaning to a winding road – holy moly the twists and turns didn’t stop) with pretty water views at every turn. Really beautiful.
Food List Items: Lobster salad, scallops
Bluenose II coming in to dock:
View from the restaurant patio (Dockside):
Loved the door knocker:
And the colorful houses:
Today we explored Halifax some more and it was cloudy in the morning so we headed to the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic down by the waterfront. We were both pleasantly surprised at how good the exhibits were from actual small craft boats to the huge number of model boats, to the Halifax explosion and Titanic exhibits – it was a great museum. If you visit one museum in Halifax, this should be it. We popped over to the Fairview Lawn Cemetery to visit the Titanic memorial as well and returned to 2 Doors Down for diner.
A lot of good information about the Titanic including menus for the different class passengers, the passenger list (including who was/wasn’t saved) and the transcript of the communication that night. Very well done.
At the cemetery, it was sad to see the large number of tombstones without a name. The inscription below was particularly moving, and he was only 20 years old…
We noticed this one as well but it’s not the J. Dawson played by Leo in the movie Titanic, even if the name was the same.
Food List Items: Lobster roll.
Tomorrow we are headed to New Brunswick!