Nova Scotia Journals

Nova Scotia

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A travel journal to Nova Scotia by MagdaDH_AlexH

Peggys Cove Lighthouse Photo, Nova Scotia, Canada More Photos
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Harbour Halifax

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Halifax from the ferry Photo, Nova Scotia, Canada
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Halifax, the capital and the largest city of Nova Scotia (where a third of the province’s two million inhabitants live) is situated rather smashingly on the shores of a deep inlet, the second largest and the deepest natural port in the world. It’s still a large port and a very studenty city, with a noticeable bit of a rough edge, but what still seems like a fun place to visit or stay for a while if perhaps not live permanently (the Maritimes are the poorest provinces and have famously high unemployment). Halifax’s attraction are also predominantly maritime and colonial in flavour, with the chief being the prettified and turistified promenade by the harbour.It is all very mariti...Read More

Heritage House Hostel

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Hotel | "Decent hostel, great location"

Heritage House Hostel Photo, Halifax, Nova Scotia
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Halifax has two hostels belonging to the Hostelling International (HI) association, formerly known as YHA (Youth Hostels Association). The better and more convenient of the two is Heritage House Hostel on Barrington Street, located five minutes walk (and that is with rucksacks and after 20+ hours on the train) from the bus and train stations.The Heritage House Hostel occupies an old, restored building and inside feels a little bit labyrinthine, although thoughtfully designed: the corridors for example were thickly carpeted which must have helped enormously with the noise form those returning from late-night partying student cities like Halifax excel at. The common areas are welcoming and p...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 18, 2010

Heritage House Hostel
1253 Barrington Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Old Town Lunenburg

Attraction | "Pretty grid"

Old Town Lunenburg Photo, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
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From the rugged delights of Peggys Cove we are then driven through idyllic landscape of the coastal villages, via lovely Mahone Bay with colourful houses reflected in the water, and to Lunenburg. Lunenburg is one of Nova Scotia's prime tourist destinations, due to its reputation for being extremely picturesque as well having been included on the UNESCO World Heritage list on the grounds of being "the best surviving example of a planned British colonial settlement in North America". Lunenburg was founded in 1753 and for over two hundred , it has managed to keep its original (or original looking) wooden buildings as well as the grid layout. It is a handsome town indeed, and if ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 20, 2010

Old Town Lunenburg

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

Peggy's Cove Lighthouse

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Attraction | "Rugged rocks"

Peggy's Cove Lighthouse Photo, Nova Scotia, Canada
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We drive with our hostess to Peggys Cove from Halifax on what's the first (almost) sunny day for what feels like a week (but it's probably two days). The landscape on the way, once we get past Halifax's sprawl, is almost tear-inducing picturesque, lovely in that cool, sharp, vivid without starkness way that northern places tend to be lovely in. Not that it's that north, after all Halifax is south of Belgrade, Vienna and several degrees south of ALL of Britain. Amazing, really. One of the biggest realisations of the Canadian journey was how far north a lot of Europe is, and how mild our climate is (obviously thanks to the Gulfstream). Nova Scotia looks a bit like Scotland, a bit like Scandi...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 19, 2010

Peggy's Cove Lighthouse

Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia

Bluenose II

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Attraction | "Maritime welcome"

Bluenose II Photo, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
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The original Bluenose was a fishing and racing schooner built in 1921 to compete in races for the International Fishermen's Trophy in which American and Canadian boats competed. For the eighteen years the races were held, she won every single time despite not being just a racing craft but a regular, working fishing boat. The Bluenose became an icon for Nova Scotia in particular and for Canada as a whole and it featured on postage stamps as well as on the Canadian dime (ten cent coin). The original Bluenose was memorialised by a replica, called Bluenose II and built in 1963. She is now owned by the province and works as its ambassador boat from her base at the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 20, 2010

Bluenose II
1675 Lower Water St (at Prince)
Lunenburg, Nova Scotia B3J 1S3
902 634 1963