Nova Scotia is a beautiful unique Province consisting of many things which i might not have appreciated without seeing and hearing the reasons why. It's made up of granite rock and shallow soil that causes trees to not grow as luxuriously as they do some of the other Provinces. In the city of Halifax you see mostly deciduous trees tended to by the city and homeowners. In the countryside there's fir, spruce, hemlock, cedar and pine but they're different here; thin and spindly as there's not enough topsoil on the granite to feed them. In some places they're short and uneven, in other places they're taller and skinny, distorted and oddly shaped, almost like bonsai. I noticed a lot of annual undergrowth and will assume it's natures way of shading the soil and protecting it from the wind as well as keeping the sun from drying the ground by holding the moisture in the little soil that there is. From the west coast to the east coast there's a huge difference in the soil and the way things grow and Nova Scotia is very beautiful and has a unique personality all it's own.
We drove to Peggy's Cove where the surf pounds the granite cliffs and rocks and a solitary lighthouse creates an unsurpassed scene of rugged natural beauty. It's the most photographed lighthouse in the world. Click here for the story of the stone sentinels:
The Titanic went down near here and the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic has the worlds foremost collection of it's memorabilia including the ships only surviving deck chair.
Our tour guide David was a kilt wearing retired school teacher and he was very good at giving us lots of interesting info and a joke or two and even sang a nice song. St. Paul's Cathedral is an 18th century Protestant place of worship in Halifax. We were to see the "explosion window" and the metal piece embedded in the wall as a result of the 1917 explosion. David told us all about the explosion and it was horrific but we didn't go in.
After our bus tour we got on another ride; a pink Hop On, Hop Off bus and rode around to a dozen or so places of interest in Halifax and then returned to the ship, had something to eat then crashed for a little quiet time reflecting on the stories we heard of Halifax and Peggys Cove, Nova Scotia.