I continue to try to update the trip — and I’m a couple of days behind.
On day 9 we left Louisbourg and drove past Sydney Nova Scotia, down Cape Breton Island, towards Halifax.
Oh – very quick.Forgot to mention a few things about Louisbourg.
While in Louisbourg we did take in some local entertainment. We saw a play/concert called “One Night in a Cape Breton Kitchen”. It had elements of comedy, music, and cookies. (They give you cookies and tea during the intermission.)
It was entertaining. The crowd was mostly people who were tourists (like us) so they didn’t really get into the music. (So they didn’t stomp their feet, or clap their hands to the rhythm of the music.) We lucked out to sit beside two locals who were very enthusiastic for the performances.
As well we drove out to visit the Louisbourg lighthouse.
The current lighthouse is the third lighthouse on the site. The first one (if i recall correctly) was from the early 1700s (the same time period the fortress was built) and so the lighthouse in Louisbourg has the distinction of being the oldest one in Canada. Very cool.
We went around sundown and TC got some great shots of the lighthouse, with rocks and greenery around it.
Okay – back to the trip to Halifax.
We drove past Sydney, and through Cape Breton Island and made our way to Halifax. (This drive too took much longer than the Google maps suggested time.)
We stopped in Enfield for a car wash (I was driving a ball of mud.)
As we’re driving toward Halifax, we see Cole Harbour. TC gets very excited. You see, Cole Harbour is the home town of Sidney Crosby. And Travelling Companion is a huge Penguins fan.
As well, the day we were driving through was actually Sidney Crosby’s birthday. (August 7)
So it was fitting that we go to Cole Harbour. We saw the rink where Sid played as a kid. We also photograph the sign that says “Home of Sidney Crosby.” TC also pointed out a Subway where Sid would go, as well as their local Sobey’s.
The highlight, however, was when we drove by his parent’s house. It’s on a nice, quiet residential street. And TC even says she saw a hockey net in their backyard.
We continued on to Halifax where we checked into a downtown hotel. I’m not going to mention it by name because it was a poor hotel experience.
I had high hopes for this hotel, they had promised a harbour view when I made the reservation. As well, as a brand, they’ve branded many of their hotel experiences (from shower heads to towels etc) so to seem that they’re going to be good.
At any rate, this hotel overpromised and underdelivered. The worst combination.
We checked in. The rooms they had left/available were, umm, not great. The woman at the front desk who was helping me was actually helpful, and honest. She described the room as “dungeon-like with a small window.” That’s exactly what it was.
The magical towels, or whatever they were supposed to be, were actually just run of the mill (a poor excuse for a weaving mill actually) low grade towels. And the shower head – well, actually was just okay (more a result of the poorer water pressure at this particular location.)
Wow. I’m taking a lot of time here on this. Suffice it to say, it wasn’t that great.
Our dinner the first night wasn’t great either. (It arrived late, cold, overcooked, the demi glace was just fat). But we had a great waiter who comped the offending meal in question. Even if it wasn’t a good meal, that waiter created a good customer experience.
Between the poor experiences at the downtown Halifax hotel and dinner on our first night, it really made Travelling Companion and I miss the meals and the accommodation we had in Prince Edward Island.
We also wandered into Halifax during the Busker festival.
Busking involves a large group of people gathering around a performer. The performer can be an individual or a group. The performances, from what I’ve seen, tend to either be about fire, getting out of straitjackets, balancing axes on your chin, or playing music that consists of a drum set and didgeridoo (spelling?).
Actually it’s fitting that one used a didgeridoo (again, spelling?) as all the performers seem to be from Australia. Okay – I heard one guy (he was on a unicycle) who may have been from Quebec. But the rest seem to have a) Australian accents and b) either a mowhawk or rocker mullet and some c) look like they could have been extras on Mad Max: The Road Warrior.