Karen and I have been so incredibly fortunate over the last several months exploring areas of Canada we have never been before and we have been able to wrap this chapter of our travels up in fantastic form here in Halifax, Nova Scotia. After Montreal I thought we had hit the historical jackpot, however Halifax has shown us there is so much more to see.
Also well worth a visit is the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. Even if you are not a fan of maritime history or lifestyle you would be well served by spending some time poking around the displays here. If you are a fan it is an absolute must see and you could get lost for hours.
We were brought to Halifax by the opportunity to do a three week house sit. To make the experience even better the very generous home owners allowed us the use of their vehicle. This allowed us to venture a little bit out of town to see some iconic sights. Not too far though, as we discovered the very easy going beagle we were caring for is not a fan of winding coastal roads. Poor fellow.
As Halifax has such a wonderful natural deep harbour it has always been a central player in the developments and conflicts that surround the settling of the area.
We felt we put a serious dent in the list of things to be seen here in Halifax and successfully ticked off everything on our initial list. However we also found that once we started talking to some of the locals our list started expanding rapidly and we are definitely going to have to return. Admittedly the tragedies that Halifax has been part of can be a bit depressing, The Halifax Explosion, The Swissair Flight 111, and the shipping off of thousands of young soldiers and seaman to war. Also there is a sense of amazing hope and perseverance to improve and acknowledge all who have contributed to the history of this area.
Thank you Halifax and we look forward to visiting again.