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   EXPLORING HALIFAX HARBOR: THE POPULAR 
SEAPORT FARMERS' MARKET, TALL SHIPS, & MORE

SATURDAY, AUGUST 16

 
"Because of the harbor that extends inland 26 kilometers (16 miles), Halifax . . . was one of   
the first English settlements in Canada. It was founded in 1749 by Edward Cornwallis,
who recognized the site's potential as a naval and military depot . . . [Today] museums,
shops, and galleries lure locals and visitors to the city's waterfront boardwalk."
 
~ AAA Tour Guide/Atlantic Provinces & Quebec, 2013 edition, p. 152
 
 
We weren't sure what all we'd find along the Halifax waterfront but we knew it would be interesting and we picked a pretty morning to do it. The weather was beautiful -- bright sun, lots of billowy white clouds, a little breeze, and temps in the low 70s F.

We left the campground about 9:15 AM and drove downtown to the waterfront.

First on our agenda was a visit to the popular Halifax Seaport Farmers' Market at the former Pier 20 building:

The market is open daily in the summer but reportedly has the most vendors from Friday-Sunday.

We found a parking spot nearby and spent about an hour wandering around inside the large building, filled with displays from over 150 vendors:

 

 

There was quite a crowd inside -- it was a Saturday, traditionally the busiest day -- and we had to wait in line at a few of the booths to purchase what we wanted.

We had a great time looking at all the locally grown fresh fruits and veggies, flowers and herbs, meats, seafood, baked goods, and various kinds of ethnic foods to eat. We got some bread and cookies from one vendor and fresh corn, two kinds of green beans, and tomatoes from another.

 

 

We chose some African food for an early lunch. We shared a yummy chicken kabob and a sampler of eight or nine different vegetable and meat dishes, then went to another vendor for a disappointing strawberry-rhubarb turnover that had no fruit inside. 

When we were done eating we walked several blocks along the waterfront boardwalk:

 


"Emigrant" sculpture by Armando Barbon

The Port of Halifax is a deep, natural, ice-free harbor that has played an important role in the history and economic development of eastern Canada. It's on an international shipping route and is a popular destination for large cruise ships from all over the world. We didn't see any cruise ships in port today but they might have been docked farther up the harbor where we didn't walk.

It was very interesting to see all the watercraft. Here are photos of some that caught my eye:

  • The Lord Nelson, a tall ship from Great Britain that is having some repair work done on it:


What's everyone looking at, up high??

 


This is what everyone was looking at -- workers hanging from the high masts!

  • another three-masted ship:

  • two Canadian naval ships:


The CSS Acadia

Above and below:  the HMCS Sackville was commissioned in 1941 and served
in WWII.  It is a naval memorial that is open for pubic tours now.

  • smaller tall ships used for harbor cruises (the Silva and the Mar):


The Mar

  • small sailboats and other pleasure craft:

  • and a very large "super-yacht" owned by the CEO of Carnival Cruises, the Sirona III. I didn't take a picture of it because someone was polishing its shiny hardware on deck when we passed by. If you want to see what it looks like, do a quick web search.

I went into the Halifax visitors' center, which is right along the waterfront, to get more information about the area:

There were several musicians in the farmers' market and along the waterfront. Jim gave some money to one of them that he particularly liked. This pair was just outside the Maritime Museum:

There were lots of folks walking along the waterfront, enjoying the great scenery and weather.

I was tempted to join this group doing yoga in such a beautiful setting:

We sat on a bench in the shade for a little while and soon a retired couple asked if they could sit next to us. Sure! It was easy to talk with them. They live in St. John, New Brunswick and are in Halifax for a wedding this afternoon. They gave us lots of information about things to do and see in St. John, talked about the recent rough winter in the Maritimes, etc.

We've heard and read that Atlantic Canadians are very friendly and we've found that so far.

 

We passed several small food shacks, including this one for poutine, a very popular dish in Canada:

We first encountered poutine when we went through northwestern Canada two years ago on our way to Alaska. Even McDonald's has it. We didn't try it then, and we didn't try it now! It pretty much turns our stomachs just to think about it, let alone to look at it. I think you have to grow up eating something like that to enjoy it.

Maybe we should just try it, then judge it, eh? I'm sure there are some foods we're used to eating that would gross out folks from other countries.

So what is poutine, anyway? It's a dish that originated in Quebec. The basic combination of French fries, a light brown gravy-like substance, and cheese curds has many variations. Even the version with bacon didn't appeal to Jim today when we passed the little shop in the photo above. (Jim loves bacon.)

Poutine aside, we thoroughly enjoyed our walk along the harbor today. It's a must-do if you visit Halifax.

ENVIRONMENTAL PRIDE

We drove by the Citadel and the public gardens on the way back home. I'll show photos from there in the next entry.

I just love all the flowers in bloom around the Maritimes. Lilies, hydrangeas, and other flowers grow to be very large because of the long summer daylight hours this far north. There are bulbous rose hips on numerous rose bushes in the cities/towns (next photo), and many yards are beautifully landscaped.

I've noticed very little trash along the roadsides in the Maritimes and most houses/yards are very well-kept. We observed the same thing through Alberta, British Columbia, and the Yukon when we drove to Alaska two years ago.

Canadian residents obviously care about their surroundings. It's too bad so many Americans think littering is acceptable.

Next entrya busy day visiting some other Halifax landmarks -- the Old Town Clock (1803), the beautiful Halifax Public Gardens, the historic Old Burying Ground (1749-1844) & other cemeteries, Pleasant Point Park, Prince of Wales Tower National Historic Site (1796), and the tower at The Dingle (Sir Sandford Fleming Park)

Happy trails,

Sue
"Runtrails & Company" - Sue Norwood, Jim O'Neil, Cody the ultra Lab, and Casey-pup

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