This is an attempt to create a personal portrait of the city of Halifax and surroundings in Nova Scotia, Canada. I have being spending a few weeks here and these are my observations:
This photograph could have been taken in any Canadian city, however, it is a photograph taken in Halifax. It features buildings of banks that one can find anywhere in Canada: CIBC and TD CanadaTrust.
Tim Hortons: the Canadian coffee brand. Tim Hortons takeout products leave their traces in the nature.
Power poles are in most parts of the city. I was told that it is quite expensive to put them under earth due to the hard soil. For the same reason, oil-fired heating is more spread than gas heating.
A rich street just north of Park Point Pleasant can afford to put electrical wires subsurface and avoid poles.
Halifax is a hurricane affected area: Traces are visible at Park Point Pleasant. It has lost 80% of its trees due to a hurricane Juan in 2003, which is sometimes considered Atlantic Canada's most widely destructive hurricane in over a century. Only the fittest trees survived.
Street art. "Local Craft. Please be nice". One can take some of the craft objects attached to the pole in exchange for some money or goods. There is quite a few poles in town containing these objects. Artist unknown.
"Fight with the Canadian forces" ad.
Ocean view in the heart of the city.
Cruise ships go on land here. One can hear the ships or see parts of them. One can also meet their travelers in town.
Beautiful beaches just fifteen minutes by car or two hours by bike (this is how I get around here) away from downtown Halifax. This is Rainbow Haven Beach.
Street names are written into the sidewalks at the beginning of each street. Letters have been pressed into the liquid concrete.
Orange hydrants - not red - like in most cities.
Graveyards. I have not seen a city with that many graveyards before. This is an ancient graveyard with stone carvings from the 18th century.
Graveyard in Dartmouth.
Graveyard near Queen street in Halifax.
Beautifully painted feeder pillars in Halifax and surrounding areas. This one contains a ship.
Feeder pillars with painted trees.
Feeder pillars with painted buildings.
The city of Halifax raises awareness for recycling. There is not only bins in town, domestic recycling is well organized, too.
Individuals collect plastic bottles and cans in the streets of Halifax and deposit it here at this recycling centre.
A free washer available in Halifax County.
Post-it art in Halifax centre.
Worried property owners: "Please do not let dogs 'go' on our yard or trees!"
An amazing Saturday market at Pier 21 at Halifax's waterfront. A mixture of all sorts of food, restaurants, artisanal vendors. It is impossible not to spend money there.
"Bicycle awareness". Can this sign replace a pike path? Except one, I have not seen bike paths in Halifax or surroundings.
This is the only bike path I have seen in Halifax. It has been built on the bridge that connects Halifax and Dartmouth.
"Share the road". Nice reminder for car drivers to share the road with bikers. I'd love to see this sign more often.
Wooden sidewalks to enable restaurant to create terraces and extend their space. I suppose they will disappear in winter times.
"Is your soul at rest today? Sun 10 am" advertises pastor Bryan Hagerman from Regal Road Baptist Church in Halifax County. Church signs are not necessary typical for Halifax, but they are a truly Canadian thing.