Maritime Canada is an oft looked over destination by many when it comes to Canada. Australians especially think of Canada as Vancouver and the Rocky Mountains with all its various ski resorts. This is fair enough, but the east coast has lots to offer the traveller too! I went to Halifax, in the province of Nova Scotia to visit some cousins who I had met the previous year in Croatia. It was great to discover people with my same whacky Croatian surname living on the other side of the world! After becoming friends with my cousins in Croatia I promised to visit the following year in Canada, which I did.
I spent 8 days in Halifax. My relatives graciously let me stay, and took me around and showed me the city. Halifax is small and compact, located on a beautiful harbour. Half an hour away was the small township of Bedford, which is where I was based. I absolutely loved the fact that my relatives had a house that backed on to forest, and that they sometimes even get bears on their back porch! (They jokingly gave me a’bear bell’ as a souvenir since I was so scared of them.) One day my cousin took me on a walk behind the house, and it was great. I decided another day to do the same walk alone, as they were busy. Stupidly I got lost, as there was lots of blow downs from the previous years Hurricane Juan. It was slowly getting dark, and I was freaking out. How could I be lost, when in all reality, this forest was in suburbia? Eventually I saw a light, and followed it. I ended up in someone’s backyard, when I asked them if they knew the N****ic family they laughed and said I was 2 doors away. Total embarrassment!! It felt like I was lost for hours in the deep dark forest, but I wasn’t at all. Haha.
My cousin A also took me on a lovely day trip. We visited Peggy’s Cove, a small picture perfect fishing hamlet. Peggy’s Cove was also the scene of the Swiss air flight disaster. Even though it was a warm enough day, here at Peggy’s it was blowing a gale, and the ocean was churning like crazy. Those fisherman who took boats out to search for survivors were very brave in my opinion. After spending some time taking photos here we went on to Lunenberg, a unesco world heritage site famous for its colourful timber buildings. It was a charming town, and a nice spot to grab a seafood lunch. It was great to see some more of Nova Scotia and the countryside.
Another day we all went to visit some other distant relative in a small farming hamlet of Walton, which is located on the Bay of Fundy. This too is a famous site, home to the biggest tides in the world. The people we visited had a gorgeous plot of land overlooking the bay, on top of cliffs. It was magnificent. We sat outside to a big feast, and as we sat for hours we saw the tide come in very fast! What we had walked on 2 hours prior was now covered in water. It was truly amazing to witness. We had such a lovely afternoon, it was well worth the long drive. I feel really bad that I don’t even remember the names of these people, or how they are related to my father. All I remember is picking fresh juicy strawberries and eating shitloads of food. What a fail! Lol
I had such a great time in Nova Scotia. It was summer, but the climate was mild. The air was crisp and fresh. Halifax is a small city with a lot of history, and of course, there are so many forests and nature to explore. I like the fact it’s not too touristy either, it’s quiet and peaceful. Spending time and getting to know my relatives was of course a highlight too. They have since come here to Perth to visit us too and I know we’ll see them again. Actually, it’s the perfect place to holiday with baby A, so I think we’ll have to go back soon!