Sydney, NS to Halifax

Woke up to another gray morning in Sydney, and walked over to see some historic sites. St. George’s Church was the original multi-denominational church for the British garrison, built in 1785.

The Cossit House, 1787, is one of the oldest houses in Sydney and Cape Breton. St.Patrick’s Church Museum was the site of Sydney’s original wooden Catholic Church. It’s now a museum of the area’s history. We sat in the balcony and listened while a school group got a tour.

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Then back in the car, over the causeway to the mainland of Nova Scotia, and down to Halifax where we stayed in a great Cambridge Suites Hotel, across from the Citadel, which is an old British star-shaped stone fort atop a hill. Didn’t pay for the tour inside the fort – we’ve been in lots of forts – but walked around it for the views.

On the other side of the Citadel is Halifax’s 16-acre Victorian-style Public Garden,  with beautiful plantings, fountains, trees, and a bandstand. There are scroll-shaped and serpentine plantings, and flowers as poster-art.

Halifax is a fun walk-around city – interesting streets, historic buildings, like their Clock Tower from 1803, colorful row houses, and Argyle Street – full of restaurants and now with actual argyle pattern on the pavement. We were there for Pride weekend, so lots of rainbow patterns too. And a waterfront – Halifax knows how to do a great waterfront!

 

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