June 6th, 2011 was a calm day on the ocean. Liz, Marc and I took advantage of the calm seas to paddle around Marr's Head a few km offshore of Lower Prospect, NS. Half-way to Peggy's Cove, Marr's head marks the final resting place of the SS Atlantic; the White Star Lines first major maritime disaster.
Full-bodied and lusty, with a hint of impulsiveness...no, this is not how I'd describe myself (...close though). This is the description of the newest wine I had the privilege of tasting recently at Jost Vineyards in Malagash called "4 Skins". It wasn't until I said the name out loud that my face actually turned the color of this fine beverage.
When people think of Nova Scotia, surfing often isn't one of the first things that comes to mind. Surfing in Nova Scotia is a year round event for some hearty locals. Dead of winter, snow, freezing spray and -11C air, sure the waves look sweet! Not interested in freezing? Good news, spring is here.
I was raised in Nova Scotia and have lived in Halifax for the better part of five years. I thought I knew all I needed to know about the area...until I went on the Ambassatours Peggy's Cove guided tour last week.
The whole experience was enriched by the wealth of knowledge and passion for Nova Scotia tour guide Rick Rivers possesses. A Hamilton, Ont. native, he moved to Halifax in 1969 to attend Dalhousie University. He went on to work in Halifax area high schools for 32 years and has been a tour guide for five years.
"I stayed because I love it here," said Rivers.
When you look out Halifax Harbour, you see two islands. The larger island an important part in the history of the early settlements by Europeans. But back in the late 1600's, the island was originally known as Isle Chibouquetou by the French. But it wasn't until 1749, when the British gained control, that the island was important to its interest in protecting Halifax.
This time of year I can't resist reciting one of my all-time favorite poems (which I was so excited to recently learn the second verse to):
Spring is sprung, the grass is ris.
I wonders where d'em birdies is.
They say the birds is on the wing.
Ain't that absurd?
I always thought the wing was on the bird.
Perhaps the best kept secret at the Halifax Seaport is Pavilion 22. And it's now open for the 2011 cruise season!
Pavilion 22 is a dockside, vibrant, open concept market offering a warm and friendly shopping experience for cruise passengers and locals alike. It showcases regionally handcrafted products including jewelry, gifts, apparel, accessories and many other signature items.
Open since 2006, many locals don't realize they even have access to all the great things Pavilion 22 has to offer. Often the point of entry to Halifax for cruise passengers from around the world, there are 21 vendors inside Pavilion 22 that are actually open to anyone on cruise days - not just tourists. It's great to see all the wonderful, quality items being made in our region. Travellers won't have trouble finding a traditional Nova Scotia souvenir to take home as a memento by which to remember the region, nor will locals have a hard time finding a fine, locally-made product to enjoy.
I love it when my mother comes to visit because we always make time to do something a little special. To play tourist in my backyard and to create memories that will last a lifetime. I almost get a little giddy when she comes to visit without my dad. It isn't his fault and, as I write this, we really must change things. But when he comes to visit, somehow we end up finding things for him to do around the house. A trip to the Home Depot or the largest Canadian Tire in Canada (conveniently located at nearby Dartmouth Crossing) is sometimes all the adventure he needs.
Anyone from Lunenburg will recognize this photo. It is the Lunenburg Academy built in 1895. So cool. It is an elementary school that is still being used:) A wonderful old building perched atop Gallows Hill overlooking the colourful town. Click on the picture to see some other views of it.
The loss of the White Star Liner RMS Titanic needs no introduction for anyone alive today. On its maiden voyage in 1912 the great vessel suffered irreversible damage, after a glancing blow from an iceberg at 11:40 p.m. on 14 April 1912 opened five water-tight compartments to the in-rushing sea. At 2:20 a.m. the following day, 15 April, the technological marvel of the Edwardian Age sank.
Hearses lined up on Halifax wharf, near present jetty 4 in HMCS Dockyard to take R.M.S. Titanic victims recovered by C.S. Minia.