Tuesday, August 16, 2011

HALIFAX

We are in Atlantic Canada, exploring and discovering places we have not visited before. The smell of the sea was familiar to me but the ocean coastline of eastern Canada is a new experience.





After a full day of traveling by air we were happy to settle into the lovely Waverly Inn, a boutique hotel, circa 1876.





From the antique furnishings greeting us in the hallways to our four poster featherbed and a complimentary hot breakfast, it was a delightful stay.







Government House, the residence of the Lieutenant Governor.



The Old Town Clock





The Halifax Citadel stand on a grassy knoll above the city, with a
commanding view of the harbor. It provided protection for the city from invasions in the early years of Canada's occupation.







Henry House built in 1834 was once the home of William Alexander Henry, one of Nova Scotia's Fathers of Confederation. It now is a quaint pub where I enjoyed a bowl of seafood chowder, the first of many seafood dishes I plan to eat here in the Maritimes.





Along the Halifax waterfront



A highlight for me was touring Pier 21, Canada's Immigration Museum. Between 1928 - 1971 over a million immigrants, refugees, troops, war brides and their children entered Canada through the doors of this pier. In the research center we found the names of Wally's grandparents and their family who came via the port of Quebec city. I was excited to see a photo of the ship Montcalm on which my Dad came with his family to the port of Montreal.





The Montcalm



Antique trunks and suitcases were just some of the poignant reminders of these people who left their countries of birth behind to seek refuge and hope in our welcoming nation.


"O Canada, we stand on guard for thee"



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1 comment:

heidi said...

Ohhhh Trudy,

How exciting, I love this post, I've always wanted to see Eastern Canada, you've inspired me!
I didn't get to call, I took my sister home and just got things back to normal, will definitely call in six weeks, HAVE FUN!
love and blessings
heidi