Day 29

Drove down to see Peggy’s Cove lighthouse today, and to visit the UNESCO heritage village of Lunenburg. Lots of really nice houses in Lunenburg, all dating from between 1750 and 1890. Staying tonight in Bridgewater.


Day 28

Visited the citadel this morning, caught a tour just as it was leaving, and managed to see the changing of the guard ceremony. Lots of bagpipers and people wearing the kilted uniforms of the 78th highlanders. Also took the ferry to Dartmouth, but there wasn’t quite as much to see over there as we initially expected. Tomorrow we’re heading down to Peggy’s Cove and Lunenburg.

Day 27

Took the FRED bus (Free Rides Everywhere Downtown) to Pier 21 today, and while we were there got some information about when my grandfather came to Canada from Britain. Then headed around Halifax for a while, visiting a few places and checking out the Maritime Museum later in the evening. Lots of information about the Halifax Explosion and the Titanic disaster.

Day 26

We spent almost all of today driving from Cape Breton to Halifax. Toured the Alexander Keith brewery, and looked at an old cemetery dating back to 1749; but otherwise drove the rest of the day.
Hoping to start seeing more stuff in Halifax tomorrow. :)

Day 25

Visited historic fort Louisbourg today. It’s one of the largest fort reconstructions in North America, and was once a main port for New France and Canada. A lot to see there, and it took most of the day to go through and see all of the recreated buildings.
Spending tonight just across from Cape Breton, and heading in to Halifax tomorrow.

Day 24

Drove around Cape Breton today, passing through Baddeck to see the Alexander Graham Bell musuem. This area is very much Scottish, and every town we passed through seemed to be having a “ceilidh”, which is a musical social gathering with fiddle music and dancing (pronounced “kay-lee” apparently). Managed to get down to Louisbourg, which we’re going to tour tomorrow (and it has some internet ^_^).

Day 23

Made a slight change of plans today, drove from PEI down to Nova Scotia to see Joggins, which was declared a UNESCO heritage site less than a week ago. Supposedly a lot of fossils there, I could only see rocks with rock-shaped patterns on them. :(
Drove to New Glasgow to get a hotel, and learnt that every hotel from New Glasgow, Pictou, Antigonish, and most of the upper mainland was booked solid. So we drove for another few hours to Cape Breton. Essentially, we drove nearly from one end of the province to the other today looking for a place to stay.
Nice little cottages here, but no Internet access (thus backdated) :(