From Saint John we sailed to Halifax in Nova Scotia, arriving early morning and giving us the whole day to explore the city.
Halifax, an Atlantic Ocean port in eastern Canada, is the provincial capital of Nova Scotia. A major business centre, it’s also known for its maritime history. The city’s dominated by the hilltop Citadel, a star-shaped fort completed in the 1850s. Waterfront warehouses known as the Historic Properties recall Halifax’s days as a trading hub for privateers, notably during the War of 1812.
It was an easy walk into town from the seaport, past some historic buildings and Government House then stopping briefly at the Old Burying grounds.
We visited St. Mary’s Basilica then headed up the hill to the Halifax Central Library from a recommendation by a tour guide at the seaport.
The Halifax Central Library is a modern glass building and from the roof garden you got a good view of the city.
Halifax Public Gardens
The Halifax Public Gardens are Victorian era public gardens formally established in 1867, the year of Canadian Confederation. The gardens are located in the Halifax Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia on the Halifax Peninsula near the popular shopping district of Spring Garden Road and opposite Victoria Park.
Citadel Hill is a hill that is a National Historic Site in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Four fortifications have been constructed on Citadel Hill since 1749, and were referred to as Fort George—but only the third fort was officially named Fort George.
After visiting The Citadel we headed back downhill towards the seaport and had lunch at the The Five Fishermen Restaurant and Grill.
The waterfront is a lovely area to explore but due to the impending Hurricane Dorian which was approaching the floating harbour-walk bridge had been removed and we saw restaurants removing their windows.
Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
We visited the Maritime Museum which highlighted Halifax’s rich maritime history.
A walk along the boardwalk completed our walking tour of Halifax and brought us back to the seaport where we boarded our cruise ship again.
Leaving Halifax we were preparing for the incoming Hurricane Dorian which had moved rapidly north up the Atlantic coastline from Bahamas and was now due to hit directly over our planned cruise route. We had to abort visiting the two next ports of Sydney and St Pierre Miquelon and take refuge close to and around Anticosta Island for the next 2 days.
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