The Historical Town Of Lunenburg, A UNESCO World Heritage Site And Home To The "Blue Nose" Schooner.Photography By Mark Raynes Robert. Toronto – London

The Historical Town Of Lunenburg, A UNESCO World Heritage Site And Home To The “Blue Nose” Schooner.



By  Mark Raynes Roberts



Nova Scotia

The Charm Of The Maritimes




Over the past few centuries, the Maritimes have staged many historical battles including the Acadian Civil War, colonial wars, and the War of 1812, so it doesn’t take much imagination to appreciate why Halifax is such a well-fortified city.  The magnificent Fort George still sits regally upon Citadel Hill, in the perfect position for any skirmish, which nowadays is most likely to involve a coach full of smartphone-wielding tourists.


This defense-focused architectural past is different from the charm and openness you will encounter with Maritimers.  My first encounter with a Haligonian (a Halifax resident) was back in 1982, when a Stan Rogers (a storied Canadian folk singer) album was thrust into my hands as imperative listening for any new immigrant to Canada, which I was at the time.  I am still a fan of the late Stan Rogers, and his “Barrett’s Privateers”.


Halifax, the capital of Nova Scotia, also boasts several major universities including Nova Scotia School of Art and Design, University of King’s College, Dalhousie University, St. Francis Xavier and St. Mary’s, among others, and has a very vibrant cultural scene.  An exciting new addition to Dalhousie University is the Dalhousie School of Performing Arts which was supported by the kindness of Halifax philanthropists, Fred and Elizabeth Fountain.


The province of Nova Scotia dates back in the Royal Charter to 1621, and is the second smallest Canadian province after Prince Edward Island.  Cape Breton Island, famous for the Cabot Trail Scenic Highway, and Sable Island, famous for its many shipwrecks and wild horses that still roam free, are also part of Nova Scotia.


What I love to explore are the charming villages and towns outside of Halifax, such as historical Lunenburg (a UNESCO World Heritage site), Chester and Mahone Bay, which are beautiful retreats by the sea.  It is also a sailing mecca for many world-class yachtsmen, who enjoy the thrill of the treacherous Atlantic Ocean and the knowledge of a safe mooring at the end of each day, not to mention a cold beer and a bite to eat at Chester’s Rope Loft Inn, situated right in the harbor.


Even the iconic, postcard place of Peggy’s Cove is beyond what you might imagine.  The great, sloping rocks atop which the Lighthouse stands are spectacular and wonderfully moody subjects for photography with the sea rising and falling and slapping them with waves.  The popularity of the place in the summer months is a good reason to visit Peggy’s Cove in the off-peak times so you can experience and capture one of the country’s wildest, most beautiful, and inspiring sites.


Nova Scotia holds a part of Canada’s early soul and its a lasting one, too.




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