Day 24 Halifax, Nova Scotia   Leave a comment

We started our first day of touring in Halifax with a first class motor coach tour. The terrain in Nova Scotia is very different from Gaspe and Prince Edward Island. The Halifax area is very, very rocky.

We stopped at the Fairview Lawn Cemetery, the burial site for the protestant victims of the Titanic, April 15, 1912. Only 700 out of 2,200 were saved. 328 Titanic victims were recovered. 209 bodies were brought to Halifax, the closest port to the area of the sinking. Most burials were men, since woman and children were saved by being put on life boats, but there are 4 women buried at Fairview. The graves are lined up outlining the bow of a ship.

One headstone marked the grave of an unknown child whose remains were recovered after the disaster, but our guide informed us that just a few years ago, thru DNA, they discovered the child’s name. He was a 2 year old boy from England.

Citadel Hill has served as the site of four different forts since 1749. Each was built during a time of perceived threat. The Citadel we toured was the last to be built and took over 28 years to complete, finished in 1856.

During two world wars, the Citadel served as a sentinel on the home front and a symbol for those departing for overseas. In front of the fortress is a beautiful clock/bell tower.

December 6, 1917, a Belgium steamer (Imo) sliced into the French munitions freighter (Mont Blanc) in Halifax Harbor. Mont Blanc blew up and resulted into an explosion that flattened six square kilometers of the city. The blast created earth tremors and a huge wave ripped ships from their moorings, tossing them about like toys. More than 25,000 homes were destroyed or seriously damaged. Casualties were horrific – 2,000 killed and 9,000 injured. The clock is frozen in time to the time of that blast.

Somehow the oldest wooden house in Nova Scotia withstood the explosion.

We toured through the section of most beautiful homes in Halifax. The “castle house” is my favorite.

Built by the Olands of Oland Brewery and the sponsor of the Bluenose II. It’s the most expensive house in Halifax, worth $5-6 million.

We passed the Governor’s house

and an interesting placed called the Toothy Moose

Then it was on to the beautiful downtown gardens.

We had lunch at Peggy’s Cove.

Peggy’s Cove is a picturesque village and lighthouse and is among the most photographed places in Canada. I could spend all day in this town just taking photos. It is an absolutely gorgeous setting. Unfortunately, this year, the fog was in. The photo below top right is from last year. So now we’ve seen Peggy’s cove in its most natural setting–fog.

We stopped at a monumental work of art. Now what would you do with a 30 meter (.01 mile) piece of granite in your backyard? Well in 1977, Artist William deGarthe, age 70, decided to make it a piece of artwork. He chiseled life-size images of hard-working fishermen, their wives, and “Peggy” herself, all watched over by a guardian angel. Unfortunately, he passed away in 1983, leaving his beautiful monument incomplete.

While driving home, we came upon this house completely painted with a Muriel of Peggy’s Cove to remind people of the romantic folk tale about how the Cove got its name. The artist, Ivan Frazier, grew up in this house. It was his grandmothers.

The tale goes, young Peggy was rescued from a shipwreck, settled in this area and fell in love with one of her rescuers. People would often come to visit this famous “Peggy of the Cove,” and the cove eventually became known as Peggy’s Cove.

We understand that Ivan’s grandmother would be rolling over in her grave if she saw this house now. LOL You can visit his website at: http://peggyofthecove.com/

We ended our day with a birthday celebration for Philip, one of our guests

and entertained by Lottie, another guest. Check her out at:

We ended the last three evenings with either food or dessert. I think we are spoiling ourselves.

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