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Halifax is a major port and a great place to visit.  If you like trivia, it's interesting to note that people from Halifax are called "Haligonians".

We like to stay in the Northwest Arm - a beautiful wooded setting with high hills and lovely homes just a short distance from downtown.

nw arm

We like to stay at the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron - a storied yacht club that's warm and friendly.  They have a very active summer youth sailing program and we could watch little tykes in their bathtub-like Optimist Prams learning to sail and race, as well as older children on 420s and other racing-class boats.  Wednesday night the club comes alive with big boat racing, rain or shine, fog or not.

Halifax has several forts from its days protecting British interests in the 18th and 19th century, but the best one is the Citadel for landward defense.  It's run by Parks Canada and is animated with actors showing life in 1869.  Fabulous!

citadel guard change
citadel bunkhouse

The Citadel was so well constructed and designed that it was never attacked - it was considered too hard a target. 

From there we walked down the hill and explored downtown and the waterfront - there's always lots going on in the harbor. 

halifax downtown

We also made a short side-trip over to Peggy's Cove - a tiny fishing village with a famous lighthouse on a rocky point shaped by the glaciers.  It was getting near sunset, but it felt pretty dark because of a storm front moving in - we could see it coming off the ocean so we couldn't stay long before the rain and strong winds came. 

peggy's cove

We enjoyed our time in Halifax, though the temperatures this summer have been unusually cool and we had a good stretch of rainy weather.  We've had wake-up temps of 55 degrees a few mornings, and with the damp and rain it always feels cooler than the thermometer says.  One afternoon we were waiting for the bus into downtown and we realized that we had missed it.  The next one would be a long wait so we went into the clubhouse to sit and relax.  When we walked in there was a nice fire going in the fireplace, and we gravitated to it immedately.  This was on August 6.

Now that the weather is improving and the winds are laying down out on the ocean, it's time to start heading north to the Bras d'Or Lake in Cape Breton.


 
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