BST Tall Ships 2012

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I planted a seed for Sunday’s adventure on Georges Island with a hint of what to expect when visiting the island. I did this for a couple of reasons. I want local folks to get excited about this off-limits part of our community, and, to get people thinking about the future of the island and how it could become an amazing public space.

Another quick trip across the harbour, I was back on the rocky beach of Georges Island.

halifax nova scotia harbour Tall Ships 2012 Georges Island

Parks Canada opened much more of the island to visitors on Sunday, compared to the concert on Tall Ships Day 3. This makes perfect sense, if only to preserve the site and limit the amount of garbage to clean up. Visitors were invited to go on a short tour through the site’s fortifications and tunnels.  My tour was led by a history student, who knew a lot about the island’s history, and was up for our many questions.

Tall Ships 2012 Georges Island halifax harbour nova scotia

The tour through the tunnels was a fascinating look inside the workings for the fortress. From the near-pitch darkness of the powder room to the snail-covered walls, our flashlight-lit walk reveals some of the secrets of the island.

Tall Ships 2012 Georges Island fort charlotte halifax harbour nova scotia

Tall Ships 2012 Georges Island fort charlotte halifax harbour nova scotia

Tall Ships 2012 Georges Island fort charlotte halifax harbour nova scotia

We learned that a lot of the things that were “left behind” on Georges Island have been moved over to The Citadel, except these guns, which are simply too large to move.

Tall Ships 2012 Georges Island fort charlotte halifax harbour nova scotia

Back outside, I can report (either happily or sadly, depending on your tolerance) that I finally met one of the infamous Georges Island snakes. She/he was completely non-threatening.

Tall Ship 2012 Georges Island Halifax Snake

After the guided tour, we were left to wander freely. The island is small, but there’s no shortage of interesting places to see. As I wandered, I envisioned my best case scenario for the island: open for public use in the summer on weekends, like Governors Island in New York. It would be quite wonderful to pack a picnic lunch and a blanket, and set up for the day on the lawn, with a book, some friends, and a jazzy ensemble in the background.

Tall Ships 2012 Georges Island

Tall Ships 2012 Georges Island

Tall Ships 2012 Georges Island

Of the many things I like about the island is the fields of yellow and purple wildflowers that have overtaken everything.

halifax harbour nova scotia Tall Ships 2012 Georges Island

On the way on and off the island, the disintegrating powder storage area and submarine mining establishment are worth a visit, if only because their futures seem very uncertain.

halifax harbour nova scotia Tall Ships 2012 Georges Island

halifax harbour nova scotia Tall Ships 2012 Georges Island

And, with that, I boarded a boat and headed back to Halifax. À la prochaine, Georges Island!

The opinion presented within this post is my own, and I would like to thank the Waterfront Development Corporation Limited  for inviting me to participate in Tall Ships 2012 and providing a media pass for the event. Any time I receive a discount or complimentary service in my capacity as a travel blogger, I disclose it. 

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