It’s a rainy and windy day today in the Maritimes due to Hurricane Arthur making his way up the Atlantic Coast, which makes it a great time to write a post. We’ve been here for a week now and it’s everything we hoped it would be. We pretty much get our breath taken away around every bend in the road.
Our first part of the trip was spent in Halifax, a great city with tons of character and characters. We weren’t there for a long time, but we did get a great taste of what it has to offer.
We attended Sunday Mass at Saint Mary’s Basilica where the parishioners couldn’t have been more kind and welcoming. Afterwards, we made our way to the harbour front where we took in the sights, sounds and smells of a sunny summer day in Halifax.
Then it was time for some boats and beers. We started with the Alexander Keith’s Brewery Tour. I heard it was a must-do when visiting the city. We enjoyed the tour and the beer, but were not that impressed with it. It was too expensive for what you get. After having one beer on the tour, I thought we would at least get to keep the glass, but nope.
What really impressed us was the free tour of the HMCS 330 Halifax ship. It had been docked at the harbour for the Canada Day weekend and you could walk around exploring all the nooks and crannies of this gigantic frigate. The Navy even let you check out their working weapons (no bullets!). Chuck also tried on scuba tanks weighing over 120lbs while wielding a knife like a crazy person. Can’t believe we weren’t kicked off.
And of course Halifax is the first stop on our seafood culinary journey through the maritimes. I’m new to seafood, never used to touch the stuff, but eating it here is a whole other story. The lobster is so sweet it’s to-die-for. We even tried a McLobster and it wasn’t that bad. Another sweet treat was the chocolate bars from Sugah. Locally made goodness.
We ended a fabulous stay in Halifax listening to Signal Hill play outside at The Lower Deck pub. They were absolutely fantastic! We were tired and said we would stay for a couple songs… we ended up staying for the entire set. The crowd at the pub kept getting larger and people started randomly dancing all over the place. Fun!