Halifax has many colourful, well-preserved Victorian mansions. In early evenings, to work up an appetite for supper, we often took walks in places such as Young Street (which leads to Point Pleasant Park) and Jubilee Road (which leads to Regatta Point Park) and stopped at nearly every home.
If you like architecture, especially of turn-of-the-century Victorian style, you simply must check out these houses/mansions. I feel they are best discovered on foot, since bikes and cars go too fast... not to mention they require you to keep at least one eye on the road.
If you're driving from New Brunswick to Halifax, you're going to pass by the town of Oxford, Nova Scotia--aka, the Blueberry Capital of Canada. Because of this designation, we just had to stop, not knowing what we'd find here. Sure enough, there's a giant "statue" of a blueberry--a happy blueberry at that--in the gas station parking lot right off the exit. I discovered later that this isn't just any giant blueberry, it's the largest blueberry in the world!!!!!!! How exciting!
Though we didn't explore much, I'm about positive you can buy blueberries here...though not as large as this one, I don't think.
Considering where most of the population lives in North America, it's hard to believe you have to travel all the way to Nova Scotia to be "halfway between the Equator and the North Pole". But you do. A town called Stewiacke (between Truro and Halifax) holds the title as being on the exact spot in the middle of the 2. Bobby and I were both very interested in this place--geographically it's significant to be here. So, we stopped off here and got a picture. It's a cute little town--what we saw of it--with a nice visitors center and a great place for a photo opportunity. Bobby wasn't expecting this particular one, but it's a good shot of him anyway. What a cutie;-)
Unfortunately, as I was looking this place up online, I found there is a giant statue of a Mastodon in a field here as well. I'm deeply saddened we missed it. I never thought a place could have 2 great roadside attractions (never in my wildest dreams did I think such a place existed)...but we'll get that when we return.
June 2001 Water front Claudette and Simonne in front of the "Concordia" which had just docked on our visit last year with all the teen age girl students. This is a UNIVERSITY ship and goes around the world taking a year to do so.
Most tourists aren't interested in the city itself, just the attractions it offers. That's a shame, really, especially when the city is Halifax. The South End - the vast neighbourhood to the south of downtown - is full of beautiful Victorian wonders and it's a chance to experience everyday Halifax life. Wind through its streets, especially along Inglis, admiring the fine craftsmanship that went into these houses dating back to the 1850s. Work your way south along Young Avenue, admiring the mansions, until you arrive at Point Pleasant Park. You can either stroll through this beautiful park or catch a bus back downtown.
Ok I am biased but one should see the Valley where I grew up. Rising majestically from the shores of the Minas Basin, Blomidon Provincial Park is renowned for its spectacular views. Blomidon's 759 ha (1,875 acres) include 183-metre (600-ft.) high cliffs, a variety of habitats, striking natural features, abundant wildlife -- and the world's highest tides wash its shores. These natural attractions provide excellent opportunities for camping, hiking, beachcombing, or just appreciating nature.
Blomidon Provincial Park is open from mid-June until mid-October and offers a 70-site campground, two picnic areas, an unsupervised beach, and hiking trails. A group campsite, with kitchen shelter and fire grills, is available by reservation only.
Camping reservations can be made once the park has opened for the season.
This park is located along South Park Street near to the Halifax Public Gardens and Lord Nelson Hotel. Good place to relax while you are exploring the city by foot.
This was taken at a local yacht club, Shearwater, of course, in November the boats were all out of the water. .
June 21st and 22nd, 2001. On this trip a second visit to HALIFAX we spent a lot of time on the board walk on harbor front. Great restaurants and stores. Picture is of a sailing schooner docked there.
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