Tuesday, July 16, 2013

The City Of Lakes


When I was 16 years old my family moved from Halifax,
  across the harbour to the city of Dartmouth. (click)


It was mostly a good move for my family in a number of ways.
And one of those ways was the fact that Dartmouth was also known a s The City of Lakes.


This proved very beneficial to the four younger children in the family
 as they took advantage of the recreational sports offered at the 'canoe/kayak clubs'.


So as we drove through Dartmouth on Sunday evening on our way home, 
we stopped near one of these lakes....Banook.


Actually the fountain and ducks above are in Sullivan's Pond 
which is adjacent to Lake Banook.


World class competitions are held at this lake and there are a number of 'clubs' which
compete for memberships.


My four younger siblings were all competitive paddlers at the above club.


The city of Dartmouth is often overlooked by it's bigger sister city of Halifax.
Both have characteristics unique to itself and since I was brought up
for the most part in Halifax, I identify as being Haligonian.
Whereas my sibs are Dartmouthians.


Funny how a harbour can create two distinct communities.





24 comments:

  1. ... and farmland can divide communities as well.

    What a great place to grow up!

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    1. I can imagine that this is a universal thing Nancy.

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  2. I bet Dartmouth's rowing and paddling clubs have produced a lot of champions over the years!

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    1. You are correct Debra, there have been a few coming from these clubs.

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  3. Beautiful photos. Must have been wonderful growing up in that area.

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    1. Thanks Pat. It certainly had its advantages, that's for sure.

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  4. beautiful area to grow up in along with all the opportunities the water brings

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    1. The good thing Kathy is everybody can take advantage of the water.....it's everywhere!!

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  5. Absolutely gorgeous, Jim! Just what I needed right now. Montreal is experiencing a heat wave with temperature upwards of 40 celsius, so this is very therapeutic. Thank you so much for sharing.

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    1. I heard that central Canada is very hot and humid, Linda. We are too but not to the degree you are in Montreal and Toronto. We do have a bit of a breeze here, which helps.

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  6. The 'City of Lakes'...I love that! My kind of place. A wonderful area to grow up in. Kingston would certainly qualify as we are surrounded by lakes, and there are so many water activities available. You are so lucky to have it all, Jim, lakes and the ocean nearby!

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    1. Very similar I would think, Martha. Water/lakes/ocean can make a big difference!
      Yes, you would be right at home here!

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  7. What a lovely place. The Hurricane learned to paddle while she was in prep school. Then she started rowing crew at Cambridge (the university in England, not the Boston area). These sports have been great experiences for her.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. One of my sisters was a rower at the club. She loved it.
      How nice that your daughter was involved in this sport....so many skills learned while on a team.

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  8. Beautiful lakes and parks Jim. And I love the term Dartmouthians!

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    1. Different isn't it, Craig. Thanks for stopping by. How are things going? Adjusting I hope.

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  9. The lakes must be beautiful, as are your pictures! I, too, love the term Dartmouthians! But, Haligonian is equally fun to roll off the tongue.

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    1. Strange names, eh Ninny!! Good to see you!

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  10. You and Ron should be paid by the Canadian Tourism Board if there is such a thing...Your posts make me want to visit your part of the world SO much!!

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    1. Hi Lisa. That would be the Nova Scotia Tourism Board!! Thanks. Well, what's keepin ya!

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  11. Both Halifax and Dartmouth must have been great cities to grow up in – your picture are lovely.
    On your earlier post you mentioned the 10th year anniversary of the Triplets of Belleville – has it been 10 years already? So hard to believe. I loved that movie, bought the video and the CD – you know I am a Tour de France fan so I liked the story of Madame Souza looking for her grandson Champion at the Tour. I need to watch it again. This evening both my grandsons (6 and 4 years old) called me asking how one wins the Tour de France. I already wrote a post in July 2009 explaining the Tour but now needs to write one for children so they can understand it well and become fan too.

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    1. Hi! We were hooked on watching the Tour for a few years too! Couldn't pull us away from the TV! Loved the race, the countryside and the commentary. We liked that movie too.
      thanks for stopping by.

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  12. Perfectly picturesque, be you a Haligonian or a Dartmouthians, what an ideal place to be reared!

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    1. Thanks Mick! It does have it's good points!

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