Saturday, September 22, 2012

Nova Scotia - Day 2

I'm finally getting my suitcase unpacked and the laundry caught up from my three weekends in a row away from home.  Recently I wrote about one of the days we spent in Nova Scotia (which you can read about here) and I wanted to tell you about the other day we had being tourists.  I love Nova Scotia and saw so many things I knew you would love.

The second day we drove down the coast from Halifax to see several of Nova Scotia's (well really Canada's) most famous sights. Our first stop was Peggy's Cove.  I remember visiting there when I was about twelve years old - I loved it then and I love it now.  

Peggy's Cove is a tiny fishing village built on the windswept rocks around a little natural harbour.  

On a point of land nearby is the famous red-and-white lighthouse. 

They were painting the lighthouse when we were there, which made it look a little ... um ... weathered, but on the other hand I got to bring back a couple of pieces of the lighthouse as souvenirs.  

We climbed all over the rocks near the lighthouse and also down the coast a bit - past the parking lot.  Climbing all over rocks is one of my favourite things to do. 

Then we drove down the coast along a scenic road, past amazing gorgeous homes to Mahone Bay and Lunenburg.  

Mahone Bay is situated on a sheltered harbour with three impressive churches at the head of the bay surrounded by pretty wooden homes.

Lunenburg's harbour is still being used as a commercial port so there are many ships moored there.  There were also several tall ships, including a training vessel there when we visited.  Sometimes the Blue Nose is in Lunenburg (the schooner that is on our dime), but unfortunately it was MIA when we were there.  

Lunenburg is built on a hill so all the roads are steeply sloped and you get your exercise going anywhere in town.  

Lunenburg was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site because it a wonderful surviving example of a planned British colonial settlement in North America.  It was established in 1753 and many of the original clapboard buildings dating from the 18th century are still preserved.  

Kate and I walked around town taking photos of the old houses many painted in bright colours with contrasting trim. 

Then we had dinner in the award-winning diner Salt Shaker Deli . Having a really fantastic seafood chowder while I was in Nova Scotia was on my wish list, and the chowder I had here totally satisfied my desires. It was creamy, and thick, and smokey, and chock full of seafood.

My parents, Kate, and I had so much fun on our two days exploring Nova Scotia.  I've saved some of my photos of the beautiful homes to show you soon (I was going to say tomorrow, but I have a bad track record these days so I'd better stick with soon).

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  1. I love Lunenbury and Mahone Bay! They are certainly real gems in today's world. Now I am craving chowder Grace! :( I will have to make some tomorrow ! Angie xo

  2. I absolutely love this part of the world. Did you try out Knots Pub. It is a local favourite and has the absolutely best chowder ever!!!!

  3. Such lovely photos! Wish I could visit there in person but since I can't I appreciate the tour. Kit

  4. What a truly beautiful area. I love being by the coast, especially on days like that with clear blue skies.
    (I forgot to reply about the paint colour, it appeared more grey than brown, in fact very much like the shade we have been looking for ourselves, for our own dining room).

  5. Whenever I see your pictures of places like this I immediately think of Anne of Green Gables. If I could I would move lock, stock and barrel to Peggy's Cove. I think it would be magical. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful Sunday.

  6. Beautiful photos. I've been to Peggy's Cove a few times over the last 35 years and it always remains the same, which I like! I've never been to Lunenburg but it looks lovely as well. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Oh! The east is calling my name now! We are planning a camping trip east as far as Quebec City for summer 2013. Maybe we'll go all the way east to NS and NB in 2014. I've pinned your images as a reminder! Thanks for sharing them, Grace!

  8. I would love to visit Nova Scotia one day. Such a pretty little town (Lunenburg). Such a pretty post! :D Thanks for sharing your photos with us.

  9. Stunning Photos S! You have made this East-Coaster proud. :)

  10. I have very similar pictures of Peggy's Cove. It is so picturesque. You had such a lovely clear day.