Travel to Halifax, Nova Scotia and beyond

Trip Start Jan 01, 2014
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Trip End Dec 31, 2014


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Where I stayed
Courtyard by Marriott, Comforts Inn & Holiday Inn Harborview
What I did
Became familiar with Halifax, and saw all the important sites

Flag of Canada  , Nova Scotia,
Thursday, September 12, 2013

NE CANADA in September 2013

The map of Nova Scotia, Cape Breton Island, Prince Edward Island, and New Brunswick; the area we covered during this tour.
 
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INTRO:
This was an organized tour with Mayflower Tours (based in Downers Grove, IL) for nine days to Nova Scotia, Cape Breton Island, Prince Edward Island, and New Brunswick which started and ended in Halifax. The cost for this tour without airfare was $2,229 that included land travel insurance (which I usually decline) less $25 first time credit. The tour included round trip airport transfers, eleven meals, and bus and ferry transportation.
 
I added three extra days in Halifax because I love to walk the cities of new destinations, but unfortunately, my flight to Halifax between Denver and Newark was delayed by over three hours because of an hydrolic leak, and I missed my connecting flight to Halifax. The rain delayed many flights in Newark, and many travelers had to stand in line for hours to get re-booked on another flight. Trying to find accommodations was a nightmare with so many having to locate a hotel for the night. I called American Express after several attempts to find a hotel room, and they located a hotel for me in Edison, NJ. With the round-trip taxi and hotel room, the cost was $300, and I had to pay the hotel in Halifax for the night that I missed. I went to bed at 2:30am. I made a claim for reimbursement with United Airlines for the taxi and hotel bills.


In Nova Scotia, we hear a lot about the Acadians. Here's a summary of what I've learned about them.
Samual de Champlain's ship arrived in La Have to the new world in 1604. This was chosen by King Louis XIII to be the “First Capital of New France.” The Bay of Fundy was once the largest settlement of the Acadians. In addition to Nova Scotia, Cape Breton many also have Acadian roots.

So, on with the blog.   Note: You can enlarge the picture by clicking on it.



SEP 12Thu: Travel day from SFO to Newark.
 
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SEP 13 – Fri: HALIFAX The travel from Newark to Halifax was on a small commuter plane, arriving in Halifax a little after 11am. I called the taxi, and used the voucher to get to the tour hotel, Holiday Inn Harborview, and had the driver take me into Halifax (across the MacDonald bridge) to Commons Inn. After checking in, I was walking towards downtown Halifax before 1pm in the rain.  I was soaking wet when I returned to the hotel later that day.

About Bluenose II: It was a schooner from Nova Scotia built in 1921 that was celebrated as a racing ship and also as a fishing vessel.  A replica Bluenose II was built in 1963 and again in 2013.   The restaurant where I had my first lunch in Halifax was in honor of this ship.  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
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SEP 14 – Sat: HALIFAX
I had most of the day to explore on my own, because I needed to transfer from the Commons Inn to the Holiday Inn Harborview before 6pm to meet the Tour Director. On our drive to the Holiday Inn, the bridge fence had hundreds (if not thousands) of bras hanging all across the bridge. The taxi driver told me it was to make people aware of breast cancer.
 
 
 

 

  
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

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Our Tour Director was Gerry who retired from over 30 years as an educator, and now is a council member of the Anglophone South School District in St John, New Brunswick.  

Our daily routine on the tour was breakfast and baggage out by 7am, and on the bus by 8am. We had 53 passengers in our tour group, and I dread large groups because of the delays of people being on time, and getting on and off the bus. However, this group was exceptional for being on time 99% of the time. In the future before booking a tour, I'll ask how large the tour group will be. I usually travel with Grand Circle Travel/OAT, Oceania Cruise Line, AMA Waterways, Princess, and several other travel companies.  I was lucky because I was the only one who had two seats to myself, which made the bus travel easier to take.


SEP 15 – Sun: The HALIFAX city tour by the company included a bus ride around the Citadel and the waterfront with a visit to the Maritime Museum with displays of the Titanic. That was followed by a visit to the Fairview Lawn Cemetery where most of the victims are buried. Some families took their loved ones to be buried elsewhere. One of the tombs for Ernest Freeman was identified as an employee of the ship's owner who was identified as the only “coward” on the Titanic.  He jumped on the last boat.

An interesting tombstone in Fairview Lawn Cemetery is that of Ernest Freeman. The following was copied from a web site.
The Halifax ships recovered 328 bodies of which 119 were buried at sea. The rest were returned to Halifax, which now fulfilled the roles of undertaker and mourner. Church services were held, bells tolled and graves were dug. Fifty-nine bodies were reclaimed by their families. The remaining 150 were buried in three cemeteries: Fairview, Mount Olivet and Baron de Hirsch. Ernest Freeman and William Harrison lie in Fairview, two of just a handful of identified victims – most of the granite grave markers are simply inscribed ‘Died April 15th,1912’, followed by a number that corresponds to the order in which they were pulled from the sea. Freeman’s headstone is one of the largest in Fairview. It bears the inscription:

He remained at his post of duty seeking to save others regardless of his own life and went down with his ship. A further line tells us that the stone was erected by Ismay ‘to commemorate a long and faithful service’. Conceivably this was part of an effort by Ismay to assuage his guilt, for he was denounced as a coward when news began to circulate of the circumstances of his survival.
No one can be sure of his actions or motives on the boat deck of 
Titanic but many people made up their own minds. Ismay kept a low profile for the rest of his life and died in London in 1937.

 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
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