Day 4 – September 1, 2014
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Four Points by Sheraton Halifax
The forecast for today was rain, rain, rain, not really surprising in this area but did put a bit of a damper (ha!) on our plans. We got up early to try to beat the rain and were treated with a foggy morning that rolled through the harbour, eventually clearing to a bright and sunny day.
We visited the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic to get a better feel for the history of the area as they have sections on large and small craft, the Navy, the Titantic and the Halifax Explosion, as well as a big old lighthouse lens from 1906.
With the entrance to the museum we also got entrance to the CSS Acadia, a survey ship in the harbour that dates to 1913. The Acadia is now retired, but well preserved and provided an awesome view of the harbourfront.
In the afternoon we made our way to the Public Gardens, a really beautiful Victorian garden in the heart of Halifax.
There were all sorts of exotic species (like pineapple?) and a really beautiful exhibit on dahlias, featuring many cross-breeds and hybrids.
We were lucky the weather held out today as much of Halifax’s charm is in its outdoor spaces. Our last stop of the day was a quick visit to the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market and Garrison Brewery. The market was mostly winding down by the time we got there (4pm), but it looked like it would have been a great spot for local produce and handmade items. Garrison doesn’t serve food (major bummer) so we grabbed an assorted six pack to take with us back to the hotel and maybe even our next destination (if it lasts!).