By Macey Shay, 2015-2016 Killam Fellow from University of Texas-Austin to l’Université de Montreal
I had the privilege of receiving a Killam Fellowship cultural awareness program grant to travel to Nova Scotia. It was my first time visiting the province, and I was blown away by its natural beauty and the friendliness of its people. The history and culture of the Maritimes is very rich, and I was thrilled to have the opportunity to experience it firsthand.
During my four-night trip I was able to experience more of Nova Scotia than I ever thought I would! This was thanks to the very kind owners of the bed and breakfast I stayed at in Ferguson’s Cove, just twenty minutes from downtown Halifax. Eva and Tom’s place is called Star of the Sea, and it was in fact the very first of many historical properties that I saw in Nova Scotia. Beautifully situated next to the famous fort York Redoubt and graced with spectacular ocean views, the bed and breakfast used to be a Catholic church, built in 1846, for the Irish soldiers who were sent to protect the city and its harbor during wartime. This registered historical property that has been masterfully conserved has a bell tower that still has its original bell that came from a ship and even World War II bunkers to explore on the property! I loved staying with Eva and Tom because, as locals, they had a lot of knowledge about the region to pass on to me.