Vacation - Quebec and Halifax - May 2012

Post date: May 27, 2012 2:27:41 PM

We went on vacation this month to Quebec City and Halifax.

May 18-20

Left Winnipeg in the afternoon and headed to Quebec via Thunder Bay and Toronto. After a $40 cab ride from Jean Lesage Airport to the Clarendon Hotel, we were pretty exhausted. Beautiful hotel, not so great rooms.

On Saturday, we walked throughout Old Quebec. In the afternoon, we took a guided tour of the area. Our guide, Andre was phenomenal. Sunday was pretty much a lot of the same. This time, we took a horse drawn carriage ride thru the area. Our guide Raphael wasn't quite as good, but we did get to see some other interesting things. After the ride, we walked down to the waterfront and what is known as Antique Row. Popped into a few of the shops that were open, then took the ferry across to Levis and back. Also checked out the Civilization Museum which had an exhibition on Samurais. To be honest, I've seen better museums. This one was pretty Quebec centric and barely recognized anything outside of the province. Had supper at the "Cochon Dingue" or as its known in English, the Crazy Pig. Great food there. Walked back to the hotel, and caught a cab to the Gare du Palais for our shuttle to Charny, QC.

The Charny train station is a little bigger then Inkster Junction, which is the Prairie Dog Central station.

We boarded Via's "The Ocean" Train #14 at around 930pm. Our cabin was pretty small. I mean I had to stand sideways between the lowered bed and the wall just to get in.

May 21

On board the train pretty much all day. Arrived in Halifax around 515pm. The train station in Halifax is a stone's throw from Pier 21 (the old Immigration port). Once we got our luggage, we picked up our rental. We got a free upgrade to a full size car and got the GPS for free as it was built into the Chrysler 300s! Checked into the Best Western Chocolate Lake hotel around 630pm. By this point, we were both feeling like the ground was moving and supper wasn't that enjoyable.

May 22

Toured downtown Halifax on foot. This included the fantastic Maritime Museum and boardwalk. Unfortunately, the Bluenose II and HMCS Sackville weren't in port. (Sackville's mooring was undergoing renovations) Had a great seafood lunch at Cable Wharf. Weather was mostly foggy and rain for the day, so we opted out of the Citadel tour. We popped into the Alexander Keith's Brewery, but at this time of year, they only offer tours on the weekends. We ended up at the Five Fishermen Grill for our Lobster dinner! What can I say? Fresh lobster versus frozen. I'll take fresh any day.

May 23

Headed out to Peggy's Cove after we checked out of the hotel. What a scenic drive. The weather wasn't great, apparently there was a hurricane/tropical storm (Alberto) that was making it's way up the coast, so there was lots of fog and rain. Got some wonderful pictures of the lighthouse and town, including Government Wharf. We then headed over to the Swissair Memorial, and continued on back into Halifax and then Dartmouth. Adrienne really wanted to visit MicMac Mall, so we went in there. Spent about an hour and really didn't find anything. Headed off to the the airport a little early. Reminded us of the old Winnipeg terminal, but better maintained. Our flight was delayed about 30 minutes, but the time was made up in the air. Got home by way of Hamilton around 815pm.

Pictures have been uploaded to Marc's Facebook account and videos are on Youtube (search for Wpgrailfan).