On the way we did see the longest covered bridge in the World in Hartland, New Brunswick. The bridge is 1,282 feet (391 m) long and was originally opened in 1901 and then covered in 1922. There have been a number of changes including replacing many of the wooden piers with concrete ones.
Our main stop in Nova Scotia was Halifax on the Atlantic coast. The city seems to be undergoing a resurgence with lots of development along the waterfront, walkways, restaurants and housing. We enjoyed visiting the Halifax Maritime Museum which shows the history of Halifax as well as having a major exhibition on the Titanic – Halifax was the closest major port to where to Titanic sank. There are lots of historic boats and displays but the one that struck us was on the great explosion on December 6th, 1917 in Halifax Harbour.
The most disappointing part f our visit to Halifax was the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. From their website, it looked like a great gallery but in reality it is very poor with lots of blank walls and not very good art, despite there being lots of excellent artists in Nova Scotia.
The coastline south of Halifax is very scenic. Peggy’s Cove is one of the most visited places in Canada. It’s a small fishing village with a lighthouse but it’s the unique rocky landscape that is the most fascinating. Initially, the rocks were formed by molten lava and then the area was covered by glaciers – the boulders are 415 million years old but who is counting.From there we drove to Lunenburg which is a UNESCO listed village. OK, some of the houses were historic and wonderfully restored but how can a place be listed when every street is dominated by telegraph poles covered with lines and cables, seriously it looked like a developing country – very disappointing and UNESCO should revisit and make them lay the cables underground!!! We thought some of the other places such as Mahone Bay and Chester were much prettier. The coastline is picture book stuff with continual bays, inlets, islands and great houses overlooking the ocean.
We had three nights in Halifax and went to three excellent restaurants, the Five Fishermen and the Argyle Grill for dinner and The Bicycle Thief for light lunch during our walk on the waterfront – all had good food and great atmosphere.
Next on our way into the United States.