2010 July Tour Report from Halifax

For our July tour we were invited to tour Nova Scotia based out of the campground and cabins at Hubbards; hosted by Bev McPhail and Jim Snair. We arrived on the Thursday afternoon, as well as several other members, the Stapleys were already there, with the rest of the members arriving from Friday to Sunday. There were 23 from Ontario, 2 from NB and 3 guests from NS. It was great to see new members from Ontario show up at this tour for their first time tour. The weather was excellent all week with very warm temperatures which Nova Scotians are really not used to. As well they forecasted rain almost every day but we only saw showers one day. The scenery throughout the week was spectacular and the touring was very relaxed with lots of time to do some touring on our own and campfires in the evening. The touring started Sunday with a tour to Ross Farm, a turn of the century farm where they have working oxen besides horses. In that part of the country oxen were usually used as the work force. It was a very informative tour as I personally did not know anything about them; feel free to ask me what an ox is when you see me. In the evening we were treated to a wonderful chicken BBQ. Monday's tour took us to Peggy's Cove, one of the places to see when you’re in the area - very scenic. Also one of the Swiss Air crash memorials is located there. That evening a supper was arranged at a local cafe in Hubbards, enjoyed by all who attended. Tuesday was a trip to tour Halifax to see the sights, plenty to see and not enough time. At 1pm Bev arranged a tour of the Public Gardens where she works. A few members look the tour of the beautiful and peaceful area. There was a lot to see and there was also a free bus '"Fred" to take you to various locations and give you a commentary on some of the attractions that the bus passed along the way. We dashed back to the campground for ice cream at 7pm and some door prizes (everyone got at least one gift) that Jim wangled from his work connections. Wednesday we toured Mahone Bay and Lunenburg, home of the Fisheries museum. Another great day for touring and sightseeing. Thursday was a tour to Chester and Aspotogen Peninsula where the other Swiss Air crash memorial and interment site is located. (Some of us also saw a castle built as a private residence.) Supper was a lobster feast (or chicken/steak feast) with a huge salad buffet with mussels. (Jim sure loves mussels.) This c1ub/restaurant is located just outside the gates of the campground and is owned by the same family. There was entertainment there Saturday nights and this has been done since it opened in the 1940’s. Friday's tour was an optional tour to Windsor and Grand Pre to see more historical sites and great scenery. We returned to the campground for a farewell BBQ and to finish off the ice cream. Over all, Jim and Bev did an excellent job of putting on a tour. They went above and beyond. It must be that Nova Scotia hospitality. Jim sure was busy scrounging door prizes and everyone got a $20 gas certificate to use in their Model T. Our sincere thanks go out to Jim and Bev for a wonderful tour. Also thanks must go to Brian for all the help and rod adjusting he did on the tour.