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A West Ender enjoys seaside life in Halifax

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Have you ever been to Halifax, Nova Scotia?

It is a beautiful city which boasts of many interesting sights. One of them is the Waterfront Boardwalk.

According to the information brochure I picked up, it is 3.8 km long and takes about 20-25 minutes to walk one way. It runs from Casino Nova Scotia to Marginal Road, offering back door access to the Historic Properties and the Marine Museum of the Atlantic.

I had the good fortune to walk the boardwalk while there in June on my way to Iceland. There are many things to see: artists painting, street performers playing catchy tunes or dancing, bagpipers and ice-cream peddlers. Many shops and restaurants dot the section between Sackville Landing and the Historic Properties.

I stopped to talk to one of the artists, Lindsey Hicks, painting a picture she wants to give to her friend as a wedding present. She paints beautiful landscapes, flowers and seashore pictures of the east coast. I like her art a lot. Her website is: www.paintlife.ca.

The boardwalk was teeming with tourists walking, taking pictures, drinking and eating at restaurant terraces. I enjoyed my walk and took lots of pictures.

En route are also the Seaport Farmers’ Market, where I  went shopping for fresh vegetables and fruit. Pier 21, and the cruise ship terminal, is only a few minutes’ walk away.

However, the water is the main attraction and it is easy to find all kinds of tours on one of the many boats that depart from the boardwalk’s Cable Wharf.

On the last Sunday I was on the east coast, I decided to go sailing with my couch surfing host on the sailboat Mar.

It was an enjoyable hour-and-a-half tour. The weather was great, sunny and 32 C with a bit of a breeze that saved the day. I enjoyed the great view of the harbour while having a cold drink with my friend. We chatted with the other passengers, some from the U.S.A. and a few from Germany.

After docking we ended the day with a fabulous seafood dinner at Hart and Thistle on Upper Water Street.

Lastly we treated ourselves to delicious ice-cream, cooling off at the end of a hot, summer day.

Arny Hjaltadottir is a community correspondent for the West End.

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