Saturday, September 16

Adventures in Nova Scotia

We're on holidays in Nova Scotia. Unfortunately, we got off to a bad start. Our first full day began with rain so bad that my husband was drenched to the bone when he tried to go out.  I woke to this scene out our hotel room window:

In case you can't tell, that's two cruise ships in the harbor. And it's raining. Pouring, actually. Margie, I wish I could have sent some of this your way.

In the spirit of making lemonade out of lemons, we decided to do a few things very close to our hotel in downtown Halifax. All the people on the cruise ships had the same idea, making the Halifax Farmer's Market one crowded place.

Since outdoor pursuits were soggy, we decided to stay indoors and visit the Pier 21 Museum. Pier 21 is one of the places in Canada where immigrants came to on their way to becoming Canadian citizens.

Wall of Ships at Pier 21 Museum. Pictures of the ships that brought immigrants to Canada

And if all else fails, you can always sit in a pub and drink beer. Which we did.

A fine selection from Garrison Brewery.
Fortunately, the weather cleared and we were able to do a lot of fun stuff in Halifax, including going to a distillery to sample their rums (I detect a pattern here), and listening to live music at a downtown pub. So much fun! We went on the Harbor Hopper which is an amphibious vehicle that takes you from the streets of Halifax right into the harbor. It was a hoot!

Next we visited Mahone Bay and Lunenburg. My friend Janet, who also happens to be my editor on my current self-publishing project, lives in the area. It was so great to catch up with her. She showed me around her beautiful corner of the world, and of course we got to talk about writing which is always fun.
Our horse-drawn tour of Lunenburg. Our horse was named Ernie.
We're currently in Cape Breton just outside of Sydney, Nova Scotia. Yesterday we toured the Fortress of Louisbourg, an 18th town/military post established by the French in 1713. If you're interested in learning about that period of history in North America, Louisbourg is a fabulous place to go.

One of the "French soldiers" at Louisbourg. He told us to look out for English spies.
Next on the agenda is driving the Cabot Trail through Cape Breton. I'm hoping to take in a ceilidh or two. And perhaps there's more craft beer tastings in my future! I'll report back in future blogs.

What do you like to do on vacations?


  1. Replies
    1. It's been a lot of fun, Liz. We'll have a lot of good memories from this vacation.

  2. How fun! have a good time (and I hope the weather stays clear for you)!

    1. So far the weather is mostly cooperating. But I think there's some talk about the remnants of Hurricane Jose hitting Nova Scotia. I hope I'm gone before that happens!

  3. Almost the end of our adventures here. Then it's back to reality. Lots to do when we get home.