A Ferry Ride to Dartmouth and Saying Goodbye to Halifax

A few minutes further south I reached Lake Banook, a small freshwater lake that holds a 1 km long flat-water paddling course. It is the site of many rowing and paddling competition and has hosted the World Junior Canoe Championships in 1989, the Senior World Championship in 1997 and the World Marathon Championships. Coming up in 2009, Lake Banook will host the World Senior Canoe Championships. It is a very popular recreation area for local residents.

Another view of Sullivan’s Pond

From Lake Banook I turned around and walked northwards again through some of the residential streets in Dartmouth. I passed by two historic cemeteries: St. Peter’s Cemetery and Christ Church Cemetery before I arrived again in the areas surrounding the Ferry Terminal Building. With the sun low on the horizon, I started to make my way back to the other side of the bay and a few minutes later I arrived in downtown Halifax.

Christ Church Cemetery

To get back to my hotel I walked through Historic Properties, a collection of 19th century warehouses that have been converted into a broad range of shops and restaurants. Historic Properties is also a popular spot for wedding photography, and as I was walking through the complex, I saw a wedding party posing for various shots against this historic backdrop.

Wedding photography against the backdrop of Historic Properties

Just up on Duke Street I passed by a pedestrian mall: Granville Mall features a large variety of pubs and is located right next to the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University. One of the pub’s patios was packed with people, and loud music announced that everyone was having a great time.

Granville Mall

I took a brief rest at my hotel and used the convenient in-room Internet connection. There was so much to still see and do here in Halifax, but my time was short and I was rather exhausted from a very long day of discoveries that included a three-hour city tour and a visit to the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, followed by a brief lunch and a walk along Harbourwalk to Pier 21, Canada’s immigration museum. And after my almost two hour long walking tour of Dartmouth I was in dire need of rest, so I decided to simply head downstairs and eat in the Stone Street Café, one of the restaurants located in the Delta Barrington Hotel.

One of the best broccoli soups I have ever tasted…

My initial hunger was quenched by an absolutely delicious broccoli cheese soup, accompanied by freshly baked specialty breads such as apricot and multigrain bread with regular butter and red pepper butter, a tasty start to a nice meal. I continued with a very filling and tasty plate of Pescara Pasta which was composed of sautéed wild mushrooms, sun dried tomatoes and grana padano cheese.

My Pescara Pasta

After this delicious meal I retreated upstairs to the comfort of my hotel room, packed my bags and watched a bit of TV, resting up for my early morning departure tomorrow. I reflected back on the past five action packed days in Nova Scotia and how much I had seen.

And I realized how much I had not seen, that I had literally just scratched the surface of a beautiful province, Nova Scotia, and a fascinating city, Halifax.

A good reason to return again and hopefully soon….


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