Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Crossing That Bridge.....

We've been going to the city a few times a week for the past few months. 

It's not that we don't enjoy where we live. It's that we really like the park that is situated at the southern tip of peninsular Halifax.

And more to the point, Sophie LOVES it there. It is 90% 'off leash'. She gets a chance to meet other dogs and occasionally have a great game of 'ball' with them.

We have each mentioned this park a few hundred times on our blogs. We will probably continue to visit the park throughout the winter as well.....depending on the weather.

                            On the MacKay Bridge

This park is such a gift to the residents of this area. As kids, my brothers and I along with a neighbour or two, we would spend Saturdays there in the summer......making camp fires along the shore (can't do that now!), bringing lunch and hiking all over the park.

Looking south at the MacDonald Bridge from the MacKay Bridge (if you followed this cargo       ship out the mouth of the harbour, it would go to the right usually. If you went to the left, you would be heading up the eastern shore where we live.)

From where we live we have the option of taking either of two bridges to get to Halifax. Both cross over Halifax Harbour. I can remember the MacDonald Bridge when it first sister and I would walk across it and wasn't far from our neighbourhood.

The 'newer' bridge, the MacKay, opened in 1970. This is the one we usually take as it has better entrance/exit ramps and can handle more traffic more efficiently.

On the way to the park we go through city centre which has a little bit of everything for a small sized city. Every September the population appears to double due to returning students to the five universities in the city.

Last week I thought I would take a few photos of some of the buildings that are along the way to the park. Halifax is no Toronto or Montreal and that is OK with me. It has a population of about 350,000 which makes it the largest city east of Montreal.

                               These photos were taken on a sunny day last week.

Yesterday when in the city we noticed that there were four cruise ships docked at the south end piers. Usually there are two almost every day this time of year. I think there were four because last night we had a nor'easter blow through the province. The ships were taking refuge in our harbour before they set out again to their next port today. 

                                         A fifth ship came in a little later to 'wait out' the storm.

Now it all makes sense why there were so many people downtown yesterday be more precise there were 10,000 tourists in total from these ships.

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