in 2013 page 7 -- Halifax NS 28 June to 02 July 2013
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28-June (evening departure) Charny PQ to Halifax NS on
VIA The Ocean Train
We were driven to the Charny station, across the St. Lawrence from
Quebec City. We had passed through Charny on the Montreal-Quebec
City corridor train but were routed to the line that crosses over
into the city. That put us north and east of Charny while we
needed to be on the through track on the south side of the St.
Lawrence heading east. (There are no bridges across the St.
Lawrence downstream from Quebec City.)
This is a sleeper train originating in Montreal and serving both
the Gaspé Peninsula and Halifax, being broken up at Matapédia,
Quebec in the early morning (when the train is on time). The
Halifax section arrives at its destination in late afternoon about
20 hours after leaving Charny. It was more like early evening when
we arrived. (See Second Thoughts for commentary on the VIA
Atlantic Service and the CN trackage.) Thus our Halifax experience
essentially begins on the 30 June.
This shows the end of the tracks in Halifax. The passenger station
is just around the curve to the left and part of the container
terminal is straight ahead and to the right.
Transfers: Town Limousine
Tour(s): Ambassatours Gray
The Halliburton House was the third small hotel we used, this one
comprising three adjacent townhouses about two blocks from the
harbor. It includes Stories Restaurant, called by some the best
place to eat in Halifax. We couldn't say -- Stories has about 12
tables and it was a holiday weekend. We couldn't get reservations
for dinner. The Halliburton also does not have an elevator which
meant dragging our luggage up the central stairway. Not a problem
for weekend guests but a major annoyance for us at check-in and
check-out time. Our room looked out the back over a quiet garden
and a small parking area.
Despite occasional showers, over the two and a half days we walked
in Halifax from near the casino to Point Pleasant Park and from
the waterfront to and in the Public Gardens.
We took the obligatory Halifax Highlights Tour (closed
double decker bus) and we were two of the three passengers on that
particular tour. This tour did not stop anywhere but fulfilled its
purpose of driving past pretty much everything in downtown
Halifax. To be fair, the bus did slow down at times for "the
gentleman upstairs with the camera."
Then we started walking.
We toured the Alexander Keith Brewery, quite a show with live
actors and singers. And glasses of brew, too. As usual, John opted
for the darkest one on the list, the Dark Ale. Yum.
Also on the waterfront, we encountered Theodore
and the Maritime
Museum of the Atlantic
. The museum includes artifacts from
the Titanic, ship models, a restored chandery, figureheads and
We hiked uphill to the Public Gardens and even managed to catch
part of a noontime jazz concert.
This fountain was originally built for Queen Victoria's Jubilee.
It was completely reconstructed for Queen Elizabeth II's Jubilee.
The red flowers form script "E"s.
The musicians had a bit of trouble with the wind. Their jazz style
seemed to be traditional New Orleans seasoned with a bit of Latino
(maybe salsa? John's no expert). It seemed a bit of an odd
combination in Atlantic Canada. But then John also had a seafood
jambalaya in Halifax (Tabasco asked for in advance!)
We were supposed to have a tour to Peggy's Cove (a picture
postcard fishing village) on 1 July (Canada Day) but the trip was
cancelled because of weather. Halifax apparently did manage to get
their fireworks shot off but the visibility was chancy all day.
Heading home! In early afternoon on the 2nd, we were driven to the
Halifax airport and caught the one hour flight back to Boston's
Logan Airport. From the mid-1950s until recently, there were car
ferries operating between Bar Harbor and Portland, Maine and
Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. These cut off hundreds of miles of driving
around the Bay of Fundy. These no longer seem to be operating, no
doubt victim to rising fuel prices and the economic downturn.
John's family used the ferry twice to go from Bar Harbor to
Yarmouth. Thus he was in Halifax twice before though more than 50
We arrived safe and mostly sound, weary but pleased with the trip
overall. Then it was time to get caught up - a box of mail from
the post office, 1500 unread emails for John and so on.
For conclusions, comments and recommendations, see the section Second Thoughts
For information on the photographic equipment carried and the
workflow used to produce these webpages, see the section Technical Details