Nova Scotia: end of a holiday

Our last full day was spent driving back to Halifax. Thing’s 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!

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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.

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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).

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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!

Halifax and Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia

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(For more photos, see my Nova Scotia Pinterest Board and John’s photo journals.)

Halifax is just over an hour’s flight from Montreal. We arrived on a balmy Saturday evening to find the Tall Ships in town. After a stroll along the waterfront, we ate Thai in a lovely little restaurant called Gingergrass just a few doors from where we were staying, the Waverley Inn. This is a place of Victorian charm, built in 1866 and a hotel since as long ago as 1876, but still very comfortable.

The next morning, we set off to walk around town and were just in time to catch the changing of the guard at Government House.

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This was only the first bit of Scottish culture we encountered. At the Citadel, there was a lot more. Nova Scotia is obviously a whole lot more Scottish than we are back home! I wasn’t sure if I wanted to visit the Citadel – I’m not really interested in army history – but because there was so much live action I enjoyed it.

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We found a great place for lunch – the Wooden Monkey, very near the Citadel and specialising in organic food, humane meat, gluten free and vegan dishes. I had a delicious chickpea salad, and the beer was good too. (So far, we’ve tried beer from three Halifax breweries – Alexander Keith, Propeller and Garrison – including blonde, amber and IPA – what a brilliant place to stay!)

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Afer lunch, we did some more strolling and ended up in the Public Gardens, which, according to the guide book, are considered to be the finest Victorian city gardens in North America. I can believe that – they were just beautiful, and as an added bonus there was a band playing because it was Sunday afternoon.

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After that, it was back down to the Waterfront to look at more Tall Ships before heading back to the Inn for a rest before dinner – pizza at Piatto with more beer and a free dessert because our pizzas were ready at different times. Thanks guys!

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On Monday, we drove down the coast to Peggy’s Cove, a lovely little fishing village with a much photographed lighthouse:

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For dinner, we returned to the Wooden Monkey because we liked it so much the first time. And that is the end of our brief stay in Halifax. We’ll have one more night here at the very end before we fly home, but for now we’re off to Annapolis Royal.