Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Hometown Meme

Julia did this meme, and while I was not tagged, it looks like a meme that I can handle! (Even if I sort of cheated)

The Rules: Answer the questions, tag 5 people and then go off on your travels to their hometowns. ONLY ONE answer for each of the questions. No ties!

Right, so I am going to do this on my hometown, from the point of view of the one that I was born in. Just because it is the town that I lived in the longest and the town I live in now is one big tourist attraction. I might get bored and do it later.

Anyways, I was born in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada. Once upon a time, Yarmouth was a very happening place. There were men like Isaac Walter Killam. He was in the shipping business, both legal and illegal, and one of the richest men to come out of the area. In Yarmouth, there is the Killam Brothers Wharf, the Isaac Walter Killam library, and most special of all, the IWK in Halifax is named after him. This is the children's hospital. There are the Sweeney's, they were more in the illegal trade. Their family is still so rich that they can build a house that cost large sums of money, and then not actually live in it! I am related to the Sweeney's. My grandmother does not always appreciate the fact that I think it is cool my relatives were rum runners.

I am part Acadian, which is basically French settlers that came to the 'New World' under French rule, but the hands were constantly changed and when the English were in power they wanted them to pledge allegiance to the British Crown, and the Acadians did not want to pledge allegiance to any crown. As a result, in 1755 they were deported. Families were split apart, and sent out into the world. The Cajun population down South are my ancestors, but eventually my family came back. My great grandfather on my mothers' side (her mothers father) came from France directly. When he left my great grandmother, he went back there and I never met him. I have a whole family in France that I have never met, but I hope to one day. My father's family is British. Both of his parents can be traced back a couple generations to when the family came across from England.

Anyways, on to the questions:

- Best Place to Eat -
Rodd Colony Harbour Inn contains my favourite restaurant. If you want to eat some good seafood restaurant, this is my favourite. There are other good restaurants, but this is the one we would eat at when I was a kid and we were eating for special.

- Best Shopping Mall -

There is only one, so this is not really a fair question!

- Famous Landmark -
Fishing boats, of course! The shapes and sizes may have changed over the years, but Yarmouth isn't Yarmouth without boats.

The water is a landmark too because it yields photos like this!
The downtown of Yarmouth is one of the things it is famous for because the stores might all be modern, but the buildings are very older in style.

- Best Tourism Attraction -

Yarmouth Light. Not photographed as much as Peggy's Cove, but I still think it is lovely. One of the original lightbulbs for the lighthouse is in the Yarmouth County Museum.
Yarmouth County Museum
Old-style homes like this one.

- Popular Outdoor Activity -

Lobster Fishing!

- Breathtaking Views -

The whole area....

- Only Found in Yarmouth -

The Firefighter's Museum

This Song Might Have Been Written in Yarmouth:

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Ev'rywhere you go;
Take a look in the five and ten glistening once again
With candy canes and silver lanes aglow.
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Toys in ev'ry store
But the prettiest sight to see is the holly that will be
On your own front door.

A pair of hopalong boots and a pistol that shoots
Is the wish of Barney and Ben;
Dolls that will talk and will go for a walk
Is the hope of Janice and Jen;
And Mom and Dad can hardly wait for school to start again.
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Ev'rywhere you go;

There's a tree in the Grand Hotel, one in the park as well,
The sturdy kind that doesn't mind the snow.
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas;
Soon the bells will start,
And the thing that will make them ring is the carol that you sing
Right within your heart.


  1. Looks and sounds like a lovely town!


  2. Nova Scotia is awesome.... especially Yarmouth!

  3. Teddy: It's lovely, but very much a retirement town. I could not have a career there, that's for sure.

    Rachel: I am impressed you even know where Yarmouth is. :)

  4. Kailana, this is great! My husband and I lived there for two years, and although it was like going to Mars after living in Toronto, we enjoyed a lot of all that you've mentioned here. Especially that fountain in Frost Park, Main Street, and Lotus Garden for us as far as fave restaurant. Yarmouth sunsets are like nothing you can experience elsewhere! And my great-grandfather's clock is in the museum there - you've no doubt seen it.

  5. I wanted to post a picture of the horse fountain too but blogger started screwing up for me. I will have to add some more picture later.

    How cool your families clock is in the museum. My great grandfathers wood stove is in the museum too. There is also a sign where their shop used to be on Water Street.

  6. This settles it! Hubby and I are going to have to return to Nova Scotia to visit Yarmouth. It was on the agenda this last summer, but it got scratched as we were running out of time. I love the houses in Nova Scotia and all of the Maritimes. I must have taken 300 pictures of houses.

  7. All your pictures are so wonderful. I wanted to tell you. Love three with the boats are especially beautiful.

  8. Booklogged: You need to come to my current neck of the woods too. I was disappointed you didn't last time! If you do come back to NS, make sure and tell me, I will take you to all the good bookstores. :)

  9. Booklogged: You need to come to my current neck of the woods too. I was disappointed you didn't last time! If you do come back to NS, make sure and tell me, I will take you to all the good bookstores. :)


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