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.
It was over a year ago when I started filming the Routes to Your Roots video for the Nova Scotia Archives. The Archives is located at the corner of University Ave. and Robie St., just on the edge of Dalhousie campus. The NS Archives is the largest archives in the province boasting more than 1.8 Km of textual records. It's also a fascinating building with vault after vault of historical treasures.
Filming the Routes to Your Roots videos allowed me the privilege of seeing some of Nova Scotia's most important relics. I've seen Mi'kmaq contracts written on sheep skin, Acadian land grants, slavery documents and more than I could ever possibly realize. I've seen Joseph Howe's signature countless times and thousands upon thousands of great photographs. There were paintings, drawings, designs and maps. Also: school books, written histories, shipping lists and hundreds of years of census records. History is the accumulation of everything so there's certainly something for you at the archives.
The My Nova Scotia Contest Audition Bus is pulling in to a town or city near you. We are reaching out to Nova Scotians across the province to join the My Nova Scotia fun! We want to make sure we hear from people from all areas, so we're coming to you. Here's what to do!
The Irish have been part of Nova Scotia since Roger Casey arrived in the 1660s, married an Acadian, and began the Caissy family. There were Irish at Louisbourg and at the founding of Halifax, and so many Irish were employed in the annual summer fishery along the province's Atlantic coastline that the entire region was known to them for centuries as Talimh An Eisc ('The Land of the Fish'). You can find the Irish among the first settlers in almost any community in this province.Most people connect Irish emigration to North America with the Potato Famine of the late 1840s. The majority coming to Nova Scotia, however, arrived in the mid-1700s or between 1815 and 1845.
My first memory of celebrating St. Paddy's Day in Nova Scotia comes from when I was in university at St. Francis Xavier in Antigonish. I remember being in awe as some people lined up before 6:00 at the campus bar, but I soon understood why. You don't want to miss happy hour, which seems to carry on into the wee hours and there was no getting in anywhere after 8:00 PM!
And if you want to know why we celebrate with such fervor, just read fellow blogger Lauren Oostveen's post, The Irish in Nova Scotia. We come by it honestly, the Irish culture is one of our founding cultures. And of course Nova Scotians love a celebration. We celebrate with refreshment, parades, and toe-tapping music, but most importantly, we celebrate with friends!