In a province like Nova Scotia everything is compact. You get all your attractions within a few hours of driving from home. It does help to be living in the centre, for sure. In our quest to see as much as possible as quick as possible, we often forget what is close by.

Halifax-Dartmouth ferry

To solve that part, we left on foot from the apartment and went on a boat trip.

It was not a long trip, only about 15 minutes, but it brought us to the exotic city of Dartmouth. We had only driven through it a few times as not much of our activities lie in the east. Dartmouth can be seen from the Halifax Boardwalk, yet it always seems far away if you forget there is a ferry crossing the harbour. This time, we did not forget but went there on purpose.

Waiting for cargo

Waiting for cargo

The day was hot and muggy. That looks like the start of a Mike Hammer episode. Yet it was indeed hot so a little trip on the water was very welcome. When the 15 minutes were over, it turned out to be even hotter on the Dartmouth side. The sun was pounding down on the ferry terminal and getting out of there needed some persuasion. We decided to get a bite to eat instead and check out the heat a little later.

MacDonald Bridge

MacDonald Bridge

It was interesting to see Halifax from the other side. The MacDonald Bridge was towering over the scene. Pictured above is the bridge with what (I hope is) a small part of the Naval forces of Canada. When you go to Halifax or Dartmouth, one of the things you expect to see is ships. The bigger, the better.

On its way out to different countries

On its way out to different countries

This time, the harbour didn’t disappoint. In a somewhat “industrial” setting, this ship sailed past me in front of the Halifax Boardwalk. The industrial foreground was provided by the ferry terminal on the Dartmouth side.

Ferry terminal

Ferry terminal

Don’t ask me how I know that, though. It must be written somewhere. Winking smile

Walking around that terminal proved to be quite a task in the heat of that afternoon. So we decided to have a bite to eat (lobster, I think) and then go and discover a little more. Once the lunch was consumed, it turned out to have cooled down quite a bit and a stiff wind had started to blow. All one can wish for some pictures over the water.

Georges Island

Georges Island

Pictured here is Georges Island, of which I have more info here. Georges Island is now mostly open to visitors on the weekends and in summer. Up until recently it was a military site, with all the access restrictions that come with such a status. Whatever the military used it for, it is no longer employed. Now, a visit to the island is a pleasant affair. Plenty of things to see.

Saviour close by

Saviour close by

The city of Dartmouth has also acquired a new emergency boat called Kjipuktuk (Gee-book-took). This is Micmac for “The great harbour”, their name for Halifax Harbour. Let’s hope that this boat will not have too much work to do, despite the investment.

Non-maritime transport

Non-maritime transport

One thing that caught my eye on the Dartmouth side was the apparent railway lines and crossings. You don’t see those in Halifax. At least not in the area where I live. So, a simple railway crossing light becomes a photographic subject. I guess some people must have thought I was not right in the head to photograph this thing Smile.

Leaving Dartmouth

Leaving Dartmouth

On the ferry back to Halifax, I caught a last shot of this outgoing tanker ship, it had just left the oil and gas facilities on the south end of Dartmouth.

And so we can play the tourists close to home. On foot, clicking away at everything around us. Coming home with hundreds of shots to cull into a few dozen. I guess all photographers have that task after a nice day of shooting…

Until next time…

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Henk Von Pickartz
4 days 1 hour

Best of Luck in your new home Anton en Greet Dank je :-)

Anton Peereboom
4 days 21 hours

Best of Luck in your new home Anton en Greet

Henk Von Pickartz
5 days 22 hours

Best of luck in your new home! Thank you! :-)

Marian
6 days

Best of luck in your new home!

Hilma Sinkinson
1 month 4 days

I am in love with your images of the cold prairie winters. I lived in the middle south of Manitoba and want to get a licensed ...

Dan Topham
2 months 13 days

As always, I enjoy your photo bytes and this one is right up there. After using the flip screen on lay Canon 60D I have ofte ...

Me
3 months 16 days

You mentioned swimming by one of your photos. I see no one swimming. Can we swim at Fort Whyte? They seem to have a dock o ...

Vernon Cole
3 months 22 days

I am looking to see if there are any pictures of the original house situated at Munson Park

John Pelechaty
3 months 25 days

---Great blog once again Henk - enjoyed it very much....

Henk
4 months 1 day

Thanks for that piece of info. I had a hard time seeing that burn inside... :-)