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Aug 1, 2018 - Halifax Citadel and Maritime Museum

"It’s not an exaggeration to say Halifax, a city on the sea, owes its existence to the Citadel. It was the large hill overlooking the easily defended harbour below that led the British military to found the town there in 1749. Among the first buildings constructed was a wooden guardhouse on top of what would eventually be called Citadel Hill, with Halifax’s first settlers building their homes at the base of the hill, closer to the water. Over the years, as the fort grew, so too did the town, with much of Halifax dedicated to supplying the...

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Jul 31, 2018 - Halifax Memorial and Gardens

"Halifax was devastated on 6 December 1917 when two ships collided in the city's harbour, one of them a munitions ship loaded with explosives bound for the battlefields of the First World War. What followed was one of the largest human-made explosions prior to the detonation of the first atomic bombs in 1945. The north end of Halifax was wiped out by the blast and subsequent tsunami. Nearly 2,000 people died, another 9,000 were maimed or blinded, and more than 25,000 were left without adequate shelter." You can read more at...

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Jul 30, 2018 - Peggy's Cove

"On September 2, 1998 Swissair Flight 111 crashed into the Atlantic Ocean southwest of Halifax Stanfield International Airport at the entrance to St. Margaret’s Bay. All 229 people on board perished. The crash site was 5 miles from the shore, not far from Peggy’s Cove in the South Shore region. A short walking trail (160 m) leads to a monument in memory of the people who lost their lives can be found at the Swissair Memorial Site." "The remains of the passengers & crew are buried at the Bayswater site. At the request of family and community...

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Jul 30, 2018 - Mahone Bay and Lunenburg

"Picturesque Lunenburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, National Historic District, winner of the Communities in Bloom most beautiful small town in Canada, Prettiest Painted Places in Canada, Port City of the Year and Society of American Travel Writers’ awards, lies nestled along the scenic shores of southern Nova Scotia." "It is the second urban community in Continental North America to be included on this list (the other is old Quebec City)." "One of the most photographed views of Mahone Bay is of the Three Churches that overlook Mahone Bay...

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Jul 29, 2018 - Sunday at Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia and a Bike Ride

We worshipped with the Christians at Mill Village for the final time. Last night was much quieter here at the campground. : ) When we returned from Mill Village, the campground had cleared quite a bit including the offensive campers. After lunch we took our bikes to a trailhead in Truro to ride part of the Great Trail of Canada. It was a lovely ride along the Salmon River most of the time. When we reached Old Barns, we rode a graveled road in search of the Shubenacadia River where it entered Cobequid Bay. This road was dotted with several...

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Jul 28, 2018 - Bore Tide and Victoria Park - Truro

"Even if you’ve never previously been to the Bay of Fundy, you may have heard about the phenomenon known as the tidal bore; outflowing rivers flowing back upstream as the tide comes in. Folks who have never been to Fundy before tend to take our 15 m (50′) tide measurement and combine it with the bore concept — then end up thinking that we have a 50′ (think: tsunami!) bore twice a day, which we do not. The actual rapids of a tidal bore are between 10 to 12′ high, which is still pretty cool — and on really high tides, the tidal bore is like a...

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Jul 27, 2018 - Driving to Brookfield, NS

Although our move today only took us 62 miles, it has us better positioned for the remaining activities in Nova Scotia. We moved southwest of Pictou. We plan to do day trips to Halifax, Peggy's Cove, and possibly Lunenburg. It made more sense for us to do day trips rather than move the camper to Halifax only to retrace that route when we move to New Brunswick next week. Scotia Pines is a HUGE campground. We are in the area with tall pines that provide shade. There are seasonal sections as seems to be the norm up here. There are A LOT of...

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