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Canadian Maritimes - Day 9
13 August 2016
The final day of our trip was an active one. We took a tour of Halifax and the harbor on the Harbor Hopper, an amphibious vehicle much like the Duck boats in various US cities. We then took a tour of the HMCS Sackville. The vessel also serves at Canadian Navy Memorial. After a lunch of ore poutine, we checked out some more history by taking the long walk up the hill to the Halifax Citidel. We took a guided tour and spent more time walking around the fort by ourselves. As we walked back down the hill we explored more of Halifax and took another stroll on the waterfront. Because the previous night's seafood feast was so good, we did something we don't normally do by going back to the same restaurant and enjoying another meal out on the patio. Then it was time to go pack up for our flight home, but first we stopped at another Cow's Creamery near our hotel for a final taste of ice cream and fresh-made cones.

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DAY 8 | MARITIMES INDEX
9-001 Steamship Acadia 9-002 HMCS Sackville 9-004 HMCS Sackville
The Steamship Acadia on the Halifax waterfront
The HMCS Sackville is a historic ship and also the Canadian Naval Memorial.
The HMCS Sackville is a historic ship and also the Canadian Naval Memorial.
9-005 Donald Duck Painting 9-006 HMCS Sackville Coat of Arms 9-007 HMCS Sackville Stack
Donald Duck has a heavy presence aboard the HMCS Sackville
The HMCS Sackville is a historic ship and also the Canadian Naval Memorial.
The HMCS Sackville wears a green leaf on its stack. The Canadian maple leaf was, at one time, green.
9-009 Theodore Tugboat 9-012 Canadian Sea Turtle Centre 9-014 Harbour Hopper
Theodore Tugboat, a popular children's character
I stopped at the Canadian Sea Turtle Centre and made a donation
We toured Halifax by land and Halifax Harbour by water aboard the Harbour Hopper amphibious tour vehicle
9-015 Halifax Citidel Sign 9-016 Halifax Town Clock 9-017 View from Citidel
Headed up to Halifax Citidel National Historic Site on the Harbour Hopper
The Halifax town clock was built on Citidel Hill in 1830 to resolve the problem of tardiness among the troops.
Citidel Hill offers a great view of the city
9-018 A Murray MacKay Bridge 9-019 Gun Ports 9-023 HMCS Goose Bay
Looking over the city to the A Murray MacKay Bridge from Citidel Hill
Defensive positions atop the Halifax Citidel
HMCS Goose Bay docked at the Halifax Dockyard
9-025 HMCS Fredericton 9-026 Bird on Security Barrier 9-027 Halifax Waterfront
HMCS Fredericton docked at the Halifax Dockyard
Not only do Royal Canadian Naval bases have security booms, they have guard birds.
Cruising along the Halifax waterfront
9-028 HMCS Preserver 9-029 Submarine 9-032 Big Lift Happy Sky & A Murray MacKay Bridge
HMCS Preserver docked at the Halifax Dockyard
Submarine docked at the Halifax Dockyard
The Big Lift Happy Sky, a massive mobile lift vessel, near the A Murray MacKay Bridge
9-033 A Murray MacKay Bridge 9-038 Salty's 9-039 Steamship Acadia
The A Murray MacKay Bridge in Halifax
Salty's was so good that it was the only restaurant we went to twice all week
The Steamship Acadia on the Halifax waterfront
9-040 Halifax Waterfront 9-043 HMCS Sackville Life Ring 9-046 Deck
We had a good time walking around the Halifax waterfront
The HMCS Sackville is a historic ship and also the Canadian Naval Memorial.
On the deck of the HMCS Sackville
9-048 HMCS Sackville Bell 9-049 HMCS Sackville Plaque 9-050 Donald Duck Painting
HMCS Sackville's ship's bell
The HMCS Sackville is a historic ship and also the Canadian Naval Memorial.
Donald Duck has a heavy presence aboard the HMCS Sackville
9-051 Depth Charge 9-052 Donald Duck Painting 9-053 4 Inch Gun
The depth charge launcher is loaded and ready
Donald Duck has a heavy presence aboard the HMCS Sackville
The HMCS Sackville's 4-inch gun
9-054 Bridge 9-057 Official Secrets Act Notice 9-058 Hedgehog Anti-Submarine Mortar
On the bridge of the HMCS Sackville
Official Secrets Act notice on the bridge of the HMCS Sackville
The HMCS Sackville is equipped with a Hedgehog anti-submarine mortar system
9-059 Depth Charges 9-060 Galley 9-061 HMCS Sackville Covers
The depth charge launcher is loaded and ready
In the galley with the cook
Period Navy uniform covers
9-062 Captain's Quarters 9-064 Below Deck 9-065 Engine Room
In the Captain's Quarters with the skipper and his cat
Below deck with the sailors
The engine room of the HMCS Sackville
9-068 Signal Light 9-069 Michael & Signal Light 9-072 Mom & Signal Light
The signal light on the deck of the HMCS Sackville
I'm posing with the signal light because this is what my grandfather did in the US Navy.
My mother posing with the signal light because this is what my grandfather did in the US Navy.
9-077 Uniforms 9-080 Smoke's Poutinerie Menu Board 9-081 Argyle Street
Period Navy uniforms
We hit up Smoke's Poutinerie a few times. When in Canada, you must eat poutine. It's a requirement.
Argyle Street is painted to match its name
9-085 Prince Street 9-090 Red Adirondack Chairs 9-091 Guard
Looking down Prince Street from Citidel Hill. It was a long climb up here!
More Parks Canada red adirondack chairs. We've been a quite a few national parks this week!
A re-enactor stands guard at the Halifax Citidel
9-094 Citidel Interior 9-099 20th Maine Volunteers 9-102 Ditch
Inside the walls of the Halifax Citidel
The 20th Maine Volunteers re-enactors were visiting from the US
The Ditch is a no man's land between the inner and outer walls of the Halifax Citidel. You wouldn't survive long in there.
9-105 Citidel Sign 9-106 Guide & Cannon 9-109 View from Citidel
Entrance to the Halifax Citidel
Our tour guide was the happiest cannoneer you'll ever meet
Looking down from Citidel Hill
9-111 Halifax Town Clock 9-113 Cannon 9-114 Guards
The Halifax town clock was built on Citidel Hill in 1830 to resolve the problem of tardiness among the troops.
Cannon on a swivel at the Halifax Citidel
Re-enactors stand guard at the Halifax Citidel
9-117 Bagpiper 9-118 A Murray MacKay Bridge 9-121 Craig Blake Ferry
Bagpiper inside the Halifax Citidel
The A Murray MacKay Bridge as seen from Citidel Hill
The ferry Craig Blake arrives in Halifax
9-124 Historic Properties 9-125 St. Mary's Cathedral Basilica Steeple 9-126 Craig Blake Ferry
The Historic Properties of Halifax include the cities oldest buildings
The steeple of St. Mary's Cathedral Basilica as seen from our hotel room
The ferry Craig Blake arrives in Halifax
9-127 Making Cows Creamery Cones 9-128 Making Cows Creamery Cones
Cow's Creamery makes their own fresh waffle cones. It makes their shops smell amazing.
Cow's Creamery makes their own fresh waffle cones. It makes their shops smell amazing.

DAY 8 | MARITIMES INDEX

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