Our last day in Halifax was amazing. The weather (one day prior to Tropical Storm Irene making her arrival) was perfect – 28 degrees and sunny with not a breath of wind. We had another delicious breakfast in the restaurant at the Courtyard Marriott and did a bit of shopping for souvenirs along the harbor.
Sydney and I signed up for the 12:30 departure on the Theordore Too Tugboat. Sydney was very excited to go for a ride and it was $15 for me and $10 for her to go on the 45 minute adventure. The staff were great with kids – they gave them a picture to color that had all of Theodore’s “friends” that we would see in the harbor and gave all the kids a “crew” certificate at the end. It was well worth it!
When we got off, we had another lunch from the stands along the harbor – there is lots of choices from fish and chips to hot dogs to wraps, plus donuts, ice cream, etc for desert. It’s was great to eat outside on a nice day. There were some very nice sailboats and yahts in Halifax Harbor as they were expecting the hurricane to hit the next day and the ships were docking there until the storm was over. We wandered around looking at the beautiful boats and enjoying the day.
We had planned to take a tour of Alexander Keiths, which was beside our hotel, but when we showed up for their 5pm tour, they informed us they had stopped tours at 4pm that day, due to a private event. Shoot! Next time!
Our flight home on Sunday morning was early – at 7:25am. Halifax airport is about 30-45 minutes drive from downtown, so we left our hotel at 5:30am – ouch! We were given a wrong exit by the hotel front desk, but after a 3 minute detour, were back on our way and made it to the airport in lots of time. The check in lineup was a little long, but be breezed through security with no delays.
Our flight from Halifax to Calgary was slightly delayed due to headwinds, but we had quite a long layover, so it was no problem for us. Our flight from Calgary to Saskatoon was on time and overall everything went perfectly. It was one of the best holidays I’ve taken in a long time and the Maritimes should definitely be on your list of places to see, if you haven’t made it there yourself!