Our last full day was spent driving back to Halifax. Things didn’t go that well – the weather was awful, it absolutely poured, and we got held up at the causeway because a ship was going through the locks. We decided to go the scenic route on the mainland all the same, and left the main road at Antigonish to join the Marine Drive along the Eastern Shore at Sherbrooke. This was a pretty place with another costumed museum, which we didn’t have time to visit, and a good lunch stop in the Village Coffee Grind. The coast was dotted with little islands and certainly attractive, but there wasn’t much to entice us to stop in the rain. An arch at Tangier where one of Queen Victoria’s sons had landed was about as exciting as it got!
We chose to stay in a chain hotel in Halifax so that it didn’t matter what time we arrived, we had plenty of space to spread out and repack all our luggage, now consisting mainly of dirty washing, and a late checkout. This worked, and we would definitely stay in Cambridge Suites again. In the evening, we found the Curry Village, because we had withdrawal symptoms for Indian food, which was absolutely excellent. In the morning, it was sunny again and we took the opportunity to stroll along the Halifax Waterfront without all the crowds who were there last time for the Tall Ships. We got some good pictures of it, including some from the roof terrace of the hotel.
It was also good to see the brewery, Alexander Keith’s, whose beer had been a prominent feature in our travels (along with several other good NS beers and wines).
Then it was off to the airport to return the hire car (we had done exactly 3000 km) and start our long journey home, filled with happy memories.
For more pictures of our trip to Montreal, Nova Scotia and PEI, see John’s Photo Journals. Can’t wait till the next holiday!