Halifax, the capital of the Canadian capital of Nova Scotia, was one of our most interesting
destinaitons.  It's population of 400,000 plus, it's diverse European heritage, and it's thriving
college vibe, not to mention its natural beauty warrant a much longer visit than our one day.  The
Bay of Fundy, which separates Nova Scotia from the province of New Brunswick is the second
largest natural harbor in the world, after Sydney.  An inlet off the bay, the Minas Basin, holds the
record for the largest tides in the world (56 feet).  In 1749, the British established a military
outpost here and ever since, it has been an important seaport and naval base.
Halifax, Nova Scotia
We devoted our Halifax day to
a tour of Lunenburg, a
UNESCO heritage site, about
75 miles along the South
shore of Nova Scotia.The
South shore is dotted with
dozens of small bays.  
Lunenburg began as a British
colonial settlement in 1753. In
the mid-1750s, Lunenburg
saw an influx of German and
Swiss from Europe.  
The colorful architecture of Lunenburg establishes its
unique character and tourist appeal.
Until recently, this was the
K-12 school for the town.
Environmental activists are
everywhere.  To the right, a
classic Lunenburg wooden
house.  The structure displays
Scottish Dormers which are
prevalent in the town.
Churches, mostly protestant, are a big part of Lunenburg life; 80% attend regularly.
This is a memorial to
Lunenburg fishermen
who have been lost at
sea  (Our guide is at
the front).  In earlier
times, some entire
families' male
members were lost in
one accident, so a
law was passed to
limit the number of
family members on
any one boat.
We had brunch at the Savvy Sailor. While
others enjoyed muffins and coffee, I went
for the mussels and a glass of local wine
(Yummy!).
The original Bluenose, a
racing fishing schooner, was
built in 1921.  It became an
icon of the local fishing
industry.  Bluenose II was
built  in 1965 after the original
Bluenose sunk striking a reef
in Haiti.  Bluenose is a
national treasure; it adorns
Canada's dime.  Bluenose II
continues to represent Nova
Scotia's maritime and fishing
history.  
On the way back to Halifax, we stopped at Mahone
Bay, another local fishing village.  The picturesque
town is known for its annual scarecrow festival.  
The scarecrows (some shown here) are very
unusual.
Our last stop is
Bar Harbor, ME
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