Nova Scotia - Peggy's Cove, one of the most beautiful places, an idyllic fishing village
The lighthouse in Peggy's Cove is one of the most-photographed structures in Atlantic Canada and one of the most recognizable lighthouses in the world.
The Lighthouse has a small post office at the lower level. It is the only one that does not use the official post mark and has a special one with a lighthouse.
Halifax - We took a Harbour Hopper tour on a unique vehicle called a LARK. It operates on both land and sea.
Inside of LARK. The Lark V was originally a military vehicle built for the U.S. during the Vietnam War era (1963-1970). The Lark V was designed as a boat capable of being driven on land, and is currently the most stable amphibious vehicle ever built.
They were used to transport cargo and soldiers from supply ships onto the beaches and jungles of Vietnam, a distance of up to 1.5 miles from ship to shore. In total the U.S government spent about $900 million dollars to produce approximately 900 vehicles. Of the 900 created 500 have been destroyed, 200 are being refurbished by the U.S government for future use, about 100 have been dismantled, and about 100 are privately owned worldwide.
Unfortunately, the two machine guns in the back were removed when converted for civilian use. And the shark's teeth design in the front were deemed to be too scary to see in people's rear view mirrors.
Halifax Harbour - Canadian Naval Base
This is one of the largest and deepest natural harbours in the world at a depth of 18 metres at low tide. It's ice free all year round.
One of the most interesting facts about Halifax Harbour is the great explosion in 1917 between a French munitions ship (SS Mont-Blanc) and an unloaded Norwegian relief vessel (Imo). Supposedly both captains would not give way and a collision occurred. The resultant fire caused an explosion 25 minutes later.
All buildings and structures covering nearly 2 square kilometres (500 acres) along the adjacent shore were obliterated, including those in the neighbouring communities of Richmond and Dartmouth. The explosion caused a tsunami in the harbour and a pressure wave of air that snapped trees, bent iron rails, demolished buildings, grounded vessels, and carried fragments of the Mont-Blanc for kilometres. There were 2000 fatalities. 9000 injured. 1630 homes destroyed. Over 12,000 homes damaged. More Nova Scotians died in the explosion than did in all of WWI.
The death toll could have been worse if not for the self-sacrifice of an Intercolonial Railway dispatcher, P. Vincent Coleman, operating at the Richmond Railway Yards. He and his co-worker learned of the danger from the burning Mont-Blanc from a sailor and began to flee. Coleman remembered, however, that an incoming passenger train from Saint John, New Brunswick was due to arrive at the rail yard within minutes, and he returned to his post to send out urgent telegraph messages to stop the train.
“ Stop trains. Munitions ship on fire. Approaching Pier 6. Goodbye. ”
Coleman's message brought all incoming trains to a halt and was heard by other stations all along the Intercolonial Railway helping railway officials to respond immediately. The Saint John train is believed to have heeded the warning and stopped a safe distance from the blast at Rockingham, saving the lives of about 300 railway passengers. The rescued train was later used to carry injured and homeless survivors to Truro, Nova Scotia. Coleman was killed at his post as the explosion ripped through the city. He is honoured as a hero and fixture in Canadian history.
During the laying of the Transatlantic cable, all of the cables were piled on this wharf.
Second lobster dinner at a restaurant in Halifax Harbour
Petitcodiac River, also known as "Chocolate River" in SE New Brunswick
The Bay of Fundy has the highest tides in the world. 16 meters. Which happen twice a day. We were lucky enough to get there half an hour before the tides started rising. This area is Hopewell Rocks with flowerpot shaped rock formations.
This is half an hour later. Where we were able to walk before is now starting to fill with water.