The Citadel in Halifax is a great place to visit if you like history. Built in 1856 this was the forth British fort on this site.
Watch the pageantry of 78th. Highlanders and listen to the bagpipes.
The only down side for me was lack of accuracy in describing the Union Jack in the Cavalier building - sorry the Scottish Flag is not a Scotch Jack, but known and loved as a St. Andrew's Cross or Saltire. I'm surprised at this mistake as the Nova Scotia flag is made up with the Scottish Saltire.Related to:
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The historic town of Lunenburg is noted as a UNESCO World Heritage site, and it is the only one in this region of Canada. This fishing and ship-building town was settled by Germans, Swiss, and French in the mid 1700s. The town became a center for trade with the West Indies.
Today Lunenburg retains its charm in the Old Town, and visitors flock to this colorful town to see its maritime roots.
There are several sites of interest to tourists, please read my following tips for ideas.
Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic
This museum in Lunenburg pays homage to Atlantic Canada's long-withstanding reputation as home to many ship-building communities.
The museum houses many old tall ships, an aquarium full of local sea creatures, films, and replicas of life in fishing communities exhibits. There is also a memorial to all the fisherman who've lost their lives at sea.
Knaut Rhuland House Museum
This historic property exemplifies Georgian Architecture (british classicism) from 1793. The builder, Benjamin Knaut sold the house to Conrad Rhuland in the 1800s (hence the current name of the property). The house held significant importance in political, social, cultural, and commercial life in Lunenburg's past. You can enter the house and get a tour from an interpretive guide dressed up in a tacky costume if you so desire (just $2 CDN).
VISIT NOVA SCOTIA WELCOME CENTER
The first thing we did when we entered Nova Scotia, was to visit the NOVA SCOTIA WELCOME CENTER. Got lots of brochures and information. The center is divided into sections - Purple - Bay of Fundy - Yellow - Yarmouth & Acadian Shores - Orange - South Shore - Blue - Eastern Shore - Green - Cape Breton Island. Also be sure to get your copy of the "Doers and Dreamers" book as it is such a valuable resource for finding accommodations, restaurants and things to do during your visit to Nova Scotia. I used it a lot for finding a motel, as you look up the area you're visiting - go to accommodations - program the address into my GPS and we're good to go.
Also got lots of brochures for my scrapbook.
VISIT PICTURESQUE PEGGY'S COVE
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
A small community, PEGGY'S COVE is located on the Eastern Shore of St. Margarets Bay and 43 kilometers southwest of Halifax. Peggy's Cove is one of the numerous small fishing villages located around the Chebucto Peninsula. Many artists and photographers flock to Peggy's Cove as do tourists and Bus Tours.
The village's famous Lighthouse with its classic colors of red and white, marks the eastern entrance of St. Margarets Bay. Situated on a granite outcrop, the lighthouse is officially known as the Peggys Point Lighthouse.
Visitors may explore the granite outcrop around the lighthouse , despite numerous signs warning of unpredictable surf and slippery rocks. There have been many injuries and even death for some who do not heed the warnings.
The current lighthouse, octagonal in shape, was built in 1914 and is made of reinforced concrete. It stands almost 15 meters (50 feet) high.
From the beginning, the community's economy revolved around the fishery. Today tourism has overtaken fishing in economic importance. I have to say, I was soooo looking forward to my visit to Peggy's Cove and I was not disappointed. It was one of the highlights of our East Coast Road Trip.
For more information see my Peggy's Cove pages.
A quaint fishing village (approximately 60 residents) just 30 minutes south of Halifax, Peggy's Cove has become one of the most famous fishing villages in the world. The lighthouse on the town's rugged coast is the most photographed in the world. The wave-worned granite rocks on the coast are just beautiful.
This monstrous "Gingerbread" schoolhouse was the third school constructed in Lunenburg. The original Lunenburg Academy was soon replaced by two different buildings, with the photographed one being the latter of those built. The school operated as a K-12 academy between opening (1895) and 1965. Now it houses elementary school.
Located on the South Shore of Nova Scotia just 15 minutes north of Lunenburg and 1 hour south of Halifax, Mahone Bay is a beautiful town. The most prominent feature of this town is the 3 churches lining the bay.
The town has beautiful art galleries and shops that entertain even a city gal like myself.
It's worth a stop here, even if just for a short time en route to Lunenburg.
Lunenburg Fishermen's Tribute and Memorial
Located on the Lunenburg Waterfront, near the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, this well-done memorial has the names of fisherman who were lost at sea between 1890 and 1995 inscribed into these granite rocks. The monument was unveiled in 1996.
Note: this monument is different from the one housed in the Fisheries Museum.
VISIT MAGICAL MAHONE BAY
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
We were told "you're going to love Mahone Bay". Well, we did. It certainly is a Special Place.
Located only one hour from Halifax MAHONE BAY is easily accessible via Highway 103, The Lighthouse Route, on the beautiful South Shore of Nova Scotia.
European settlers arrived here in 1754. The town's heritage homes and original architecture are much photographed and painted making it a popular spot for artists.
Protected waters and magnivicent vistas, make it a popular sailing, kayaking, cycling and hiking destination.
Our first view of Mahone Bay was breath-taking. You see all the sailboats bobbing in the Harbour, then you see the iconic "Three Churches" - St. James Anglican Church, St. John's Evangelical and Trinity United. This wonderful view is on many pictures and postcards from the town.
There is also the Settler's Museum to visit.
For more information, see my Mahone Bay pages.
CAPE BRETON HIGHLANDS NATIONAL PARK
September 12 & 13, 2012
Hans and I entered CAPE BRETON HIGHLANDS NATIONAL PARK at the Eastern Entrance at Ingonish. The Western Entrance is near Cheticamp. Entry Fee for Seniors was $6.80 or $13.60 for the two of us. The Permit is valid for a 24 hour period and the Expiration time is clearly marked on your receipt. You must keep this receipt handy in case it is asked for.
The Park has so much to offer including scenic lookouts such as Lakies Head, Sunrise and Green Cove on the Eastern Side and Veterans Monument, Cap Rouge (my favorite) and Grand Falaise on the western side.
The Park also offers 25 Hiking & Walking Trails, Beaches and Picnic Areas with clean washrooms and camping with 6 campgrounds.
One third of the Cabot Trail runs through the Park.
VISIT CHETICAMP - CAPE BRETON ISLAND
Thursday September 13, 2012
I loooooved everything about CHETICAMP - its location - The atmosphere - the Acadian Culture - the beautiful sunny day we were there.
Cheticamp is a thriving fishing village on the west coast of Cape Breton Island and the western entrance to Cape Breton Highlands National Park. The downtown area overlooks a large Bay.
The population of nearly 4,000 is made up mostly of people of Acadian descent and Cheticamp is the largest Francophone enclave on Cape Breton Island.
Things to do in Cheticamp includes visiting "Les Trois Pignons" and Jean's Gift Shop, both of which display beautiful hooked rugs of which Cheticamp is the Center and well known for.
The locals have a "joie de vivre" - Joy in Living, as the community hosts many concerts, dances and musical events throughout the summer months.
This is why their town motto is "Toujours Chantante" - Always Singing!
Canada's most famous tall ship was the "Bluenose." The ship was built in the UNESCO World Heritage city of Lunenburg. To commemorate the original, the "Bluenose II" was built as a replica and her home port is now in Lunenburg. Visit this famous tall ship.
The Bailly House in Lunenburg looks like a dump at first glance. At least that is what I thought. I was searching for the address to the house and overlooked it because I was expecting some magnificent well-preserved abode.
Although the house has some unique architectural features, it is better known for the art collection showcased here. The former owner, Earl Bailly, lost use of some limbs due to childhood polio but despite this setback grew to be a painter. He died in 1977 and left his collection here for all to view.
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