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Saturday, May 27, 2017

New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, Canada

Heading north from Maine, we drove along the New Brunswick coast in Canada.  By chance, we discovered the Bay of Fundy on the Atlantic coast between New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. What rugged beauty--the rocky coast, the sea and huge tidal swings! The greatest tides in the world occur in the Bay of Fundy, about a 50 foot difference at low and high tide. You have large open beaches at low tide that disappear during high tide. We visited the Fundy Trail, Fundy National Park and the Hopewell Rocks--the last two were our favorites. Try to catch Hopewell Rocks at low tide; it's quite impressive! We discovered that our good friends, Carol and Tom, visited the Bay of Fundy on their honeymoon, what a coincidence!

On a whim we headed into Halifax, the capital of Nova Scotia.  What a fun town--great restaurants, beautiful port, friendly people, and fascinating history. With a population of 400,000 and a natural deep port, it is a major economic center on the coast and ranks as one of the best places to live in Canada. Unfortunately, it rained for most of our visit so the wharf was cold and windy, and we passed on the Halifax Public Gardens. We enjoyed the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, especially the exhibits on the Titanic and the Halifax explosion.

Nice waterfall on the Fundy Trail.  

Beautiful suspended foot bridge! 
Low tide at the Fundy Trail - this becomes a large river at high tide.

People watch the tides closely here. Otherwise, you could find
yourself quickly covered in water or your boat unable to
get out of the port.

Hopewell Rocks - This wide beach at low tide disappears
at high tide.

Hopewell Rocks - the caves and rocks are underwater at
high tide. Beautiful place!
The Halifax Public Library is on the top 10 places to visit.
What a view and free Wifi too! That is Bob's new corner office.

Stunning older home on Young Street in Halifax. The street was 
filled with beautiful historic homes. 
The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic is near the wharf and 
another top 10 place to visit.

That's a huge lighthouse light!

It's filled with amazing ship models, everything from ships in bottles
to the real size. Their exhibit on the Titanic was fascinating.
We learned that those who survived its sinking were taken to
New York while all the dead were taken to Halifax. Oh my!

Lounging in a replica of the Titanic deck chairs. 
Yes, they encouraged you to try it out!

The Halifax Explosion in December 1917 happened when two 
ships collided in the harbor, one carrying tons of explosives 
for the war effort. It devastated the city and killed thousands.
The terrible devastation!

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