Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

We departed Lunenburg at 10 a.m. for a short 52 mile trip to Woodhaven RV Park just outside of Halifax NS.  Our group was the first to arrive and were able to get parked and setup before the heavy rains came. It was a free day, but some folks went to the Maritime Museum today to see its two main features:  1912 Titanic and the 1917 harbor blast, the largest non-nuclear explosion in the world.  Melitta and I kicked back and brought our blogs up to date while it poured.

The next day, a chartered coach greeted the Adventure Caravan group in the park at 8:30 a.m. and took us for a 68 mile tour of the Fairview Titanic Cemetery, the beautiful Public Gardens, & a view from the Citadel Fort in Halifax, and to Peggys’ Cove for lunch.  the weather was in the 70’s but humid from yesterday’s rain.

Guide in Fairview CemeteryOn April 10th, 1912, the Titanic left on her maiden voyage with over 2,200 passengers and crew members on board.  Four days later, she struck an iceberg south of Newfoundland.  She sank in two hours 40 minutes.  Just over 700 survivors in lifeboats were rescued by the Carpathia and taken to New You.  The White Star Line, with offices in Halifax, commissioned four Canadian vessels to look for bodies in the area.  The four ships recovered 328 bodies,  Many were buried at sea, but 209 bodies were brought to Halifax, the closest major port to the area of the sinking.  All victims thought to be Protestant were buried in the Fairview Lawn Cemetery.

Halifax Public GardensThe 140 year old Halifax Public Gardens are more than an open space or park. They are a rare example of a formal Victorian public garden surviving intact and relatively unspoiled in the heart of a modern city. Hurricane Juan in 2003 destroyed close to 100 trees in the garden, but it opened up up more to show the beauty.  Here we see a worker laying down on the job!!!

Peggys's Cove Fishing VillageAccording to legend, Peggys’ Cove was named after the only survivor of a schooner that ran aground and sank in 1800…a woman named Margret. Local folk called her "Peggy" and her home came to be known as Peggy’s Cove. The original lighthouse was built in 1868. It is one of the most photographed lighthose, and has a beautiful fishing village.  Please check out our  Photo Gallery for pictures of the lighthouse and the Halifax area.

In the evening we introduced the Adventure Caravan leaders and many of the participants to "Card BINGO" — a fun evening during a wide spread power failure.

Halifax ExplosionAdventure Caravan had a staff hosted breakfast of pancake, eggs, sausage, OJ and coffee.  Afterwards, four ladies when into town to have their nails done.  In the afternoon, Melitta and I went to the Halifax Maritime Museum.  It was very interesting how pirates were prosecuted and hung (See photo gallery).  Besides the Titanic exhibit (which must people understand), the 1917 Halifax Explosion exhibit was facinating.  A ship collided with an ammunition ship in the harbor, leveling part of the town, killing 1,500 people and injuring 9,000.  13,000 homes and businesses were damaged or wrecked, with 6,000 people completely homeless. See the complete hisory at Halifax Explosion. This was the largest, non-nuclear, explosion in the world.

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