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Road Trip 2015 – Halifax, Nova Scotia

What can I say about Halifax, Nova Scotia other than that it is a VERY special city and I loved it!  It has a very relaxed atmosphere with a cosmopolitan flare!!!  Johnny & I arrived on Thursday afternoon and checked in at Homewood Suites on Brunswick (beside The Citadel).  Awesome hotel in a lot of ways, only one year old, nice sized rooms all with kitchenettes.  Our room had a view of the Harbour.  The only downside to this hotel was that the elevators were crazy busy and although the breakfast wasn’t bad for included buffet, there were just way too many people there and it was difficult to move around and find a place to sit.  In spite of that I would certainly recommend it.  We hurriedly got settled and then headed down to the Pier for a nice long walk – all the way down to Pier 21.  The weather wasn’t wonderful – overcast with a cool wind and it was pretty quiet but it was great to stretch our legs after our drive from Saint John, NB.  After much deliberation we decided to have dinner on the patio of Waterfront Warehouse where we feasted on Nova Scotia, New Brunswick & PEI oysters to start followed by lovely big lobsters!  We were actually freezing to death, so ordered hot toddies after dinner and took them inside to warm up!  We then headed off and found ourselves at a great little dessert & cocktail place called The Middle Spoon – YUM 🙂  A friend had recommended that while in Halifax we should stop by the Split Crow for a little music and that we did!  We were a bit on the tired side by then so only stayed one set, then headed back up the hill to our hotel.

Next day I had lunch with friends (one of whom wahhh had just broken her foot)….we ate at a great little restaurant called The Stubborn Goat – yum again, I had Lobster Mac n’ Cheese!  The weather was great so Hilary, Andrew & I sat on the patio!  After lunch Johnny & I found each other again and we headed off to a nearby beach at  Crystal Crescent Beach Provincial Park, took a walk and caught a few rays!  After that we went for a drive, crossed over to Dartmouth & headed out to Lawrencetown Beach/Park where we watched some kite surfers!  Chloe & Kyle arrived from Saint John around 8 pm and we immediately headed out for dinner at Durty Nelly’s Irish pub where we managed to nab a patio table.  Food was great and the place was jammed with people having a great time on a Friday night.  After that we headed off to  yet another Halifax music experience and spent the rest of the evening at The Old Triangle where we danced & enjoyed the entertainment!  After that we made our way back up the hill to the hotel.  Admittedly, our Saturday was somewhat sluggish *blush*, Halifax had offered us much too good a time for two nights running.  Once breakfast was over we again walked the Harbourfront and the weather was much warmer.  My English Mum had arrived in Canada aboard the Queen Mary at Pier 21 in Halifax in 1946, so we went to the Pier 21 Museum and I was able to get a copy of her arrival documents.  Later that day we went back out for more lobster and had a pretty early evening 🙂  The next morning we headed off bright and early to our next destination.

All in all, I loved Halifax, really didn’t take many photos that didn’t involve food or cocktails and know for sure this is one city I will visit again!!

Fitzroy Provincial Park – July 10th!

We had a one night stand (sleep 🙂 in Fitzroy Provincial Park!  My daughter had friends from out of town visiting so we gave up our place for the night and headed out to the park for a campfire night!   Guess what?  You need to bring as much stuff for one night as you do for one week!  Still, it was worth it and we enjoyed the campfire, the hike in the morning and the relaxation!   We took the long route home, Quyon Ferry through the Gatineaus, took a drive around Meech Lake (would have stopped but NO parking)…..then back  home!  We may just do another ‘one nighter’ in a few weeks (I’m booked to work every Sunday until our vacay in August)!  The usual photos of our wandering!   This time taken with my new phone – Samsun Galaxy S6 (forgot the Nikon D5500 in our haste to pack)!

National Capital Greenbelt – Trail # 31

3.9 Km trail starting at the south/east corner behind Nepean Sportsplex.  Very flat, lots of shade, talls stands of pines, a wee incline up a ridge.  Great for biking and family walks.  They have a series of Fitness apparatus on one of the shorter loops that are kind of fun to test your strength and balance skills.

I managed to find what I believe was a red trillium at the early stages of

ry little rain and everything is starting to dry.

Gatineau Park – Mackenzie King Estate – Waterfall Trail

Mother, daughter afternoon outing at Mackenzie King Estate!  Weather was lovely, no flies yet!  Loads of Trilliums.  The White Trillium is Ontario’s Provincial flower.  The structures are on the grounds of the estate.  We also drove up to Champlain Lookout for a week peek!

National Capital Greenbelt Trail # 26

This is part of a series of trails with lots of parking access along West Hunt Club & Richmond Road between Bridlewood & Bells Corners.  It was the first hot humid day, we went out around 10 a.m.  This was a pleasant trail and we saw lots of wildlife!  The trees are starting to sprout and the forests are turning green, hooo  haaaa!  No bugs yet!

Ottawa’s Greenbelt/Trails – Shirleys Bay #10

We are trying to commit to getting out and walking/hiking every weekend and decided the best way to do that was to look at a list of the area trails and start walking them and crossing them off the list.  Today, was day 1.  The temperature was about 18c and as you will see from the photos that the the more sheltered or north facing trails are still quite snowy and icy.  This particular loop is 4.2 km long and we went a little further as once of the branches was flooded and we had to go around.  It was great fun, although a bit nerve wracking over the ice sections.  There was also a good deal of MUD!  As you can see these are very well maintained paths with bridges/boardwalks to take you over water or environmentally sensitive areas.  The nice thing about these trails if you are a dog person (which I’m not) is that you are allowed to bring leashed dogs in.

This is the link for Ottawa’s National Capital Commission Trails CLICK HERE

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