Every Canadian hockey fan knows that Sidney Crosby hails from Cole Harbour which is in the suburbs of Halifax. It’s NOT Halifax as he pointed out when asked where he was “from”. Halifax Harbour is a mix of industry, business and tourism. Cruise ships, tug boats, freighters, yachts, marinas, museums, restaurants, bars, shopping. A boardwalk stretches between Pier 21 and Casino Nova Scotia. It’s 4km (about 10 blocks) of people watching, water watching, beverage drinking and food eating fun!
Parking was NOT fun. One way streets. Construction everywhere. People everywhere. Narrow Streets. Finally after driving around for about 3 circles of the harbour I figured out how to enter a parking lot and gladly paid the daily fee of $16 for a few hours of harbour fun.
Speaking of parking: We drove out to Peggy’s Cove (40KM from Halifax). The most photographed lighthouse in the universe. You know what that means? It means there’s a kabillion people flocking to a small piece of rock to take a photo of themselves, their family, their friends, the lighthouse, the rocks, and the birds. So when a kabillion people show up and there are only 300 parking spots there is a problem. We couldn’t get within a mile of the place so settled for a drive around and left it at that. Very scenic coastline and well worth taking the circle drive from Halifax.
We visited the Halifax Public Gardens. Free entry and it’s close to The Citadel so you can see both places and only pay for one parking space.. haha.