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It’s hard to believe that this lovely harbor is one of the largest harbors. The cities of Halifax and Dartmouth are placed on opposite sides and until the 1950s, ferry travel was the only connection between the two cities. Although there are now two bridges that span the harbor, the ferry is still active. In addition, there are many types of vessels that cruise the harbor. There is a long waterfront walkway lined with many tourist-friendly attractions.
The harbor is shaped like a spoon, with the wide bowl of Bedford Basin at its end; it is 16 km (10 mi.) in length. The Sackville River now empties into the upper end of the harbor in Bedford Basin. This deep, navigable harbor was carved by rivers, enlarged by glacial action, and finished by geologically recent relative sea-level rise. The depth and extent of the harbour led early explorers to estimate that it could hold "1000" ships, an estimation borne out in World War II when it was used as a staging area for cross-Atlantic ship convoys.
The Island in the background is called George’s Island. The buildings are part of Ft. Charlotte. Although the island has been named a historic site, it is not yet open to the public. If you don’t like snakes, you’ll want to avoid the island; Georges Island has the highest ratio of snakes per amount of land in the world. However, they are only Black Garter snakes. Until the lighthouse was automated, a total of 8 lightkeepers maintained the light over a 100 year span. This partially submerged, streamlined hill was formed underneath the ice sheets, moulded by a glacier as it flowed around an obstacle. Reference

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