Sept. 9 – 11, 1945: From Halifax to Ontario

Sept. 9 — The last few days nothing of special interest has occurred. The sailing has been smooth. Last night was very foggy and wet but not rough. At 1:10 P.M. land was sighted and at 3:30 P.M. we docked in Halifax harbour. Sunday afternoon — everybody out. Cars strung along the docks and pleasure boats in harbour. A brass band came out in a boat to meet us. A Pipe Band was on the dock. We are now waiting to disembark. The Halifax draft goes off first, then at 7:30 P.M. we follow. Met Eva Waymark on board this morning. We will be heading towards Calgary some time this evening. I cannot realize it — but on Thursday I hope my wanderings will be over. At 6:30 P.M. we disembarked and got aboard our special train. Every coach is a 1st Class coach. I believe it will be a grand trip across Canada.

Sept. 10 — we pull out of Halifax at 8:30 P.M. — Sunday night, Sept. 9. While we were eating breakfast we passed our old home at Fredericton Jct. Had a good luck at the house and at the Jct. itself. Sent a wire home from McAdam Jct. 7 P.M. we are just pulling out from Megantic Jct. now. Latest rumour is that we will land in Calgary Thursday night at 10 P.M. The meals are excellent.

Sept. 11 — 3:40 P.M. Just pulled into Sudbury, but as it is raining cats and dogs, will stay in the car. This morning Chalk River to North Bay, I rode in the cupola of the caboose. There was a grand view from there. We should hit the Great Lakes in two or three hours.

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About Rob Alexander

I am a writer, photographer and historian and the author of The History of Canmore, published by Summerthought Publishing of Banff, AB.

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