Our original itinerary for the transatlantic cruise was New York City; St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada; Reykjavik, Iceland; Oslo, Norway; and Copenhagen, Denmark. But two days before we were set to leave, we found out that a change had to be made due to icebergs near St. John’s and Iceland. Although we were let down, we definitely appreciated Disney’s care in not allowing us to reenact the Titanic.
The replacement stop for St. John’s was Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. We decided to do a Port Adventure through Disney, since we didn’t have a lot of time to research the city before going. We chose a trip to Peggy’s Cove and a hop-on hop-off bus in the city.
Apparently it’s foggy 100 days out of the year there. We were there on one of those days, which sort of put a damper on what were probably lovely views of the ocean.
Our first stop, Peggy’s Cove, is a super small fishing town featuring the most photographed lighthouse in Canada. See, I have a soft spot for lighthouses, but had never seen one in person, so I rather enjoyed it. Andrea chose to hold two live famous Nova Scotia lobsters for a photo. I opted out of that option because they freaked me out. Silly, I know.
When we returned to Halifax, we got on the bus to learn more about the city. There wasn’t a whole lot, except that the person who’s credited for founding Halifax hated it. I was beginning to echo his opinion until we hopped off the bus at the Halifax Public Garden. It was stunning. A gorgeous victorian garden with bridges, fountains, a local fair-trade coffeeshop, and beautiful ponds. Making entities like this one available to the public free of charge, is definitely something I can get behind.
While it wasn’t our original choice for a Canadian stop, I did finally get to see a lighthouse in person— something I’ve always wanted to do — so I’ll mark it down as a win.