VIA Canada 150 Trip Part 4: Halifax, NS

Halifax actually reminds me of Edmonton quite a bit too much. This is another kind of a laid-back capital city filled with nice strangers who always go with, “Hi! How are you? Have a nice day!” sort of template within daily conversation in grocery stores or anywhere else with customer services. People say thank you to the bus driver even though they’re exiting from the back door that is a few meters away from the driver upfront, strangers smile at each other when their eyes accidentally meet, the bus drivers smile at each passenger that come aboard, and so forth.

Morning ceremony in the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site.

And I was lucky to have my first Couchsurfing experience here in Halifax. Sarah Hart was my host who works as a designer and she has a super-cute female dog that is probably the friendliest dog I’ve ever met. Sarah is just extremely sweet and outgoing, and the moment we began our conversation it just felt clicked rightaway. She actually gave me a piece of her artwork as well!

So upon my arrival in the train station, we walked along the waterfront to reach the ferry port that would take us to downtown Dartmouth where she lived. Of course the view was beautiful. Then just about dusk time, we had dinner with one of her sisters, Irene, who was working as an archaeologist. Seems like they both actually have something in common with me, don’t you think?

The ferry between main Halifax and Dartmouth.

The next day, only having a short time to spend before my shuttle leaving to Baddeck, I went to explore some spots in Halifax. Here are my itineraries and short reviews on them:

1. Halifax Citadel National Historic Site. Worth to visit, there’s some sort of ceremony worth watching early in the morning.
2. Halifax Public Gardens. Very beautiful and neat, must visit if you’re a fan of flowers like myself.
3. Our Lady of Sorrows Chapel.
4. Saint Mary’s Cathedral Basilica.
5. Some local goods stores in downtown Dartmouth such as The Trainyard General Store and Kept.

Taken in the Halifax Botanical Garden.

Hope to see you again in the upcoming post(s)!

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