July 29, 2017, 50.0 miles
Woodhaven RV Park, Halifax, NS
The trip to our next campground was a big 50 miles, it was almost not worth packing up and moving. This is a nice campground, our rig is under the trees with good shade, the temps are starting to rise so any shade helps keep this coach cooler. The downside that we don’t like is our tv dish cannot find the western arch, that means no tv for Guy.
Somewhere along our travels we have developed an airleak in our airbags system, the air pump goes off 3-4 times a day pumping the airbag up to keep us level. Guy made an appointment at the freight liner dealer in Dartmouth. We also found that the air conditioner in the truck is not cooling…yuck…so he made an appointment with Chevy for another day in Halifax at the Chevy dealer. Packing up the coach and heading out 2 days in a row at 7:00am was not my idea on how I wanted to spend the morning. We also needed to be back at the campground to board the bus for our day to spend in Halifax. The sad part is neither were fixed. The truck needs a condenser which will take anywhere from 4-6 weeks to get the parts. At freightlliner they looked for 3 hours and could not find out why the air bags are leaking…we will deal with both issues when we arrive back in Ga.
We made it back in time for our tour which left at 8:30am. Our first stop was at the Acadian Maple Products factory. The owner and founder of the company explained how they started the family run company in 1982. He also explained the process of collecting, grading and packaging the maple sap.
The room we sat in had a glass wall where you could watch the production of maple syrup but as it was a Sunday they were not working. There is also a store connected where they sell everything from maple syrup, blueberry syrup, candy, maple nuts and even maple coffee. He explained that it takes 40 parts maple sap to 1 part water to make 1 qt maple syrup.
The tree sap in winter flows down into the root system and in the warm months moves up into the tree and branches, which is when they tap the trees. There can be up to 3 taps per tree if the tree is atleast 65” round.
I was so excited to arrive at our next stop which was Peggy’s Cove. Guy and I had taken a road trip thru Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and Nova Scotia about 15 years ago. We had stayed at a B&B that was not far from the Cove, when we drove by it was still there. I could not find my pictures to compare what we had seen before.
Peggy’s Cove is located on the eastern shore of St. Margarets Bay. What makes Peggy’s Cove famous is the Peggy’s Point Lighthouse, which was built in 1868.
The folklore of Peggy’s Cove: The name of the cove comes from a small child or women who was the sole survivor of a shipwreck. They say she could not remember where she came from nor what her name was. She married a local resident of the cove in 1800 and became known as “Peggy of the Cove”. This attracted visitors from around the bay who eventually named the village what it is today.
The cove has been declared a preservation area to protect its rugged beauty. The area includes barren bogs, inland ponds, and rocky coastline. There are large sections of boulders, space vegetation and topsoil, the tidal flows and rising sea levels have scarred the rocks and formed cove and inlets in the rocks.
This is a big tourist area, and one of the most photographed in Canada. There are only 230 homes in this area with no more to be built, there are about 500-600 people that live in the surrounding area. It is still a working fishing village, as well as having boats to take visitors out for tours of the coastline. There are a few stores, coffee shop, and two restaurants, on being Peggy’s Cove Sou’ Wester restaurant (where we had lunch).
This is also the area of the Swissair Flight 111, which crashed into St. Margaret’s Bay on Sept 2, 1998. There were 229 men, women and children that were aboard the Swissair flight. There are three notches in the rock that represent the numerals 111. The sight line from the three grooves in the stone points to the crash site, which also point to the area the plane went down.
Leaving Peggy’s Cove we headed to Fairview Lawn cemetery where the remains and headstone of the Titanic were buried. The Titanic sank off the coast of New Foundland in April of 1912. The head stones were arranged in such a way as to represent the shape of the hull of the ship.
All the head stones have numbers on them, the numbers corresponed to when each person was recovered from the ship, some still have numbers with no name, as they were never identified, while other stones had names as well as their number. The shipping company donated all the same size stones for all but if a relative wanted a larger one they could pay the extra cost.
We then headed to the town of Halifax driving thru the town to get a feel for the area. We were headed to the Citadel. We stopped first at the Public Gardens and walked thru, they were beautiful and filled with numerous flowers.
Every weekend in the center gazebo music is played which can be heard through out the gardens. There were numerous people sitting on blankets on the grass, or sitting on the park benches. The band played some Duke Ellington while we were listening.
The Citadel is located on a hill above the Halifax waterfront with an astounding view for miles. The Citadel is a National Historical site, it was founded in 1749 as a base for the British Royal Navy to help protect the Halifax harbor.
The Citadel was an active fort until 1951, but the fort never saw any war nor was it used for that. It is used now for re-enactments from the times. While we were visiting we watched the changing of the guard, a bag piper and drummer, many people in period costumes. There was a rifle and cannon firing demonstration.
We had taken LaciLou with us on this trip but when the rifles started firing she was ready to bolt for parts unknow. I had a hard time calming her down and just as I did, they started all over again. We needed to leave the area for a while.
This was such a long day filled with lots of information, it had gotten extremely warm and very sunny, I was so very glad to finally head back to our home. We needed to rest up as there was to be another tour the next day. The tall ships were in the harbor for a few days and we were to see them and also to ride on one!!! It would be another awesome day. So come on back and check out the Tall Ships here in Halifax, NS