Halifax, Nova Scotia
9:00am - 6:00pm. We berthed at Pier 20 which is the closest pier to City of Halifax. Once again, we rented from Enterprise. We walked to their office since their location was only 3 blocks away (just on the other side of The Westin Hotel) and near the Atlantic Super Store.
Peggy's Cove Lighthouse
Our destination was Peggy's Cove on St. Margaret's Bay, less than an hour's drive from Halifax. Peggy's Cove features stunning scenery, one of the most photographed lighthouses in Canada, and an active fishing village. It's fun to climb on and around the huge boulders at the edge of the water. Following Peggy's Cove we drove to Ryer's Lobster Pound in Indian Harbour, just 1.5 miles and 5 minutes away. While not the most organized place, they cook and crack lobsters to order and provide bibs and butter. Several picnic tables are available so you can eat it while its hot. They are open daily from 10:00 am to 5:00pm.
Peggy's Cove Rocks Peggy's Cove Fishing Village
After we returned the car we walked 1 block to Atlantic Super Store (grocery). It's a good opportunity to pick up a 12-pack of your favorite soda (made with sugar instead of corn syrup), or other sundry items you may have forgotten to pack.
Then we walked 5 blocks to the Alexander Keith's Brewery on Lower Water Street and attended their one hour tour. Alexander Keith is one of the oldest breweries in Canada, and located in an impressive early-1800's granite building. Admission is $20. I've never paid this much for a brewery tour before and wondered why a brewery tour could cost $20. Once you enter "the green door" you are transported by in time where an enthusiastic actor and 3 equally enthusiastic actresses in 1860's period costume bring 1863 Halifax to life as they guide us through the Alexander Keith brewhouse and taproom (where you are invited to drink pints of any of their four ales on draft. The Red Amber Ale is incredibly good). This interactive tour, inclusive of interesting facts, song, dance, and good humor is well worth the price of admission.
On our last trip we stayed in town and started our day at the Halifax Citadel. While it's easy to walk around town, it's a tough 30-minute walk up to the Citadel as it is mostly uphill all the way. We did it, as did many others, so don't let the hill dissuade you. Once inside the Citadel ($8 - 12 pp, depending upon the season, AAA Gem) there were a number of very interesting demonstrations by members of the 78th Highlanders regiment in period uniforms. They discussed each piece of the uniform, fired weapons, and demonstrated cannon movement. A 50-minute movie on the history of Halifax was also worthwhile, as were the museum displays. You'll enjoy panoramic views from the top of the fort as well.
Walking down from the Citadel was easy. We lunched at McKelvies (located directly across the street from the Maritime Museum). McKelvies is where you want to go to enjoy tender, buttery, melt in your mouth, Digby scallops, and lobster rolls (properly moistened with a little mayonnaise, and bits of celery and onion). It all goes down good with a Garrison Irish Red draft beer. This is where we enjoyed the best Digby scallops and lobster rolls on this cruise.
The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic ($5 - $9 pp, depending upon the season, AAA Gem) has numerous ship related exhibits including the Titanic, sunken treasure, lighthouses, ship models, and other maritime artifacts. A short movie on the 1917 explosion in Halifax Harbour (the world's largest man-made explosion before Hiroshima) was very interesting.