Day 6 – HALIFAX, Nova Scotia on Thanksgiving Sunday
Halifax is a beautiful Canadian City.
The Zuiderdam docked at the Halifax pier early this morning. There were no official border procedures to go through. We filled out Canadian custom forms a few days ago and the cruise line staff submitted them. There weren’t any customs officials at the pier.
I joined a group of my travelers on a half day excursion to famous, Peggy’s Cove. Our guide was Monica (Monique). She was excellent. I know her employer well so I am going to be sure to let him know what a wonderful guide she is. John our coach drive was excellent too.
We enjoyed a picturesque rural drive. The Mountain Ash and Maple Trees are showing some Fall Colour but just like in Ontario the leaves are turning later than usual this year.
Lobster fishing is very important here. It may be lucrative but it’s major investment – $300,000 for a license and around $800,000 for a fishing boat! The fisherman current gets $6.00 a pound for his lobster catch. It takes between 5-7 years for a lobster to weigh a pound. If a fisherman catches a smaller than a pound lobster it has to be thrown back in. This area is divided into different lobster fishing zones – in the Halifax Region a fisherman can only catch lobster from Nov 1 to the end of April. This protects the lobster population.
The second largest industry here is rubber tire production – employees 3000.
Tourism helps the province too.
The population in Peggy’s Cove is just 38 but thousands of tourists visit this natural attraction because its so picture perfect.
Celebrities such as Tom Selleck and Sandra Bullock often rent homes close to Halifax. Canadian Singer, Anne Murray owned a home here for many years.
The boardwalk along the Halifax Shore extends 5 Kilometers. Its a major tourist attraction for the city and is very beautiful.
Thanks to my brothers recommendation I savoured the crab cakes at Salty’s Restaurant which is located at the end of the boardwalk – the crab cakes were the best I have ever tasted.
I also found a very good mens clothing store called Colwell’s.
The Halifax farmers market was well worth visiting along with all the pop-up shops in the terminal building.
Halifax is a perfect destination to celebrate this Canadian Thanksgiving Weekend. I’m excited that tourists onboard the Zuiderdam from all over the World are getting this opportunity to visit Eastern Canada.
The Zuiderdam culinary staff featured a create-your-own Canadian poutine bar and craft beers from Eastern Canada have been brought on board – including Blueberry Ale.
The indoor pool onboard the Zuiderdam was a popular stop to relax late this afternoon.
I’m so thankful to be Canadian.