Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre

30 03 2014

The  Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre is a brand new recreation facility in Bridgewater.

The architects were Diamond and Schmitt  in partnership with Lydon Lynch.

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The glass and wood make a light entrance.

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There was a hockey game going on in the arena, which has seating for 1,200.

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The swimming pool isn’t yet open, but hopefully that will be very soon. There is a 25 metre competitive pool and a therapeutic pool.

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The library isn’t huge, but the staff were very helpful and tried to find what we were looking for – even if it was at the other side of the province.

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There are great views from the huge picture windows.

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I presume the tie bars in the roof are to stabilise the structure.

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Outside there is a very fancy bike shed.

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I am a fan of modern architecture and love buildings that are built for today. I think I will enjoy this centre.





Another White Elephant for Aspotogan Peninsula?

6 08 2013

In 2011, I wrote about a bankrupt project on the Aspotogan Peninsula.

This was a massive hotel and sea water spa built on a rocky site on the edge of St Margaret’s Bay.

https://queensincanada.wordpress.com/2011/08/09/aspotogan-peninsula-nova-scotia/

On Sunday we visited the abandoned hotel and found that the building is really beginning to suffer.


The vegetation is encroaching on the property.

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The roof is being attacked by moss, lichen and algae.

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And the exterior barge board and siding are needing repairs.

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We had headed out to Aspotogan to find a new golf course which we’d heard was being built on the site of a Canadian Forces base at Mill Cove.

The web site of Aspotogan Ridge says

The golf course is well underway and lots are selling! 18 Lots are sold and construction of the first nine holes is nearing completion!
Irrigation, top soil, seeding & sods are slated for early Spring.
Our grow in will take place in June, July & August and we will be open for rounds in the Spring of 2014!

We walked past the Aspotogan Elementary school.

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And headed out the dirt road which headed up the hill.

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It was hot and sunny and after 2km we saw signs that some work had been done, breaking ground for the golf course.

It looked as if tees and greens were being formed and trees cleared for fairways.

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But, the diggers and bulldozers were long gone.

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There was no sign of houses, club house, or anything more than these heaps of soil and initial scrapes.

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This is obviously yet another abandoned project for the  Aspotogan Peninsula.

Another big idea that has failed.

We walked back to our car and wondered if this building had once been a barracks.

Anyone know the answer?

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Blue Rocks, kayaking again.

5 07 2012

Today is wet and foggy, but I don’t mind as we have had a really good spell of weather.

Yesterday we took the kayaks down to Blue Rocks, again.

We left Blue Rocks, before 8 am.

 

The sea was like a mill pond, as we headed out beyond these little islands.

This island has 3 houses on it and  is linked to Stonehurst by a  small wooden bridge. I mentioned it in a previous blog about ouhouses.

https://queensincanada.wordpress.com/2009/01/02/canadian-outhouses/

We tried to catch some mackerel for lunch, but no luck.

What is so amazing about Blue Rocks and Stonehurst are these narrow channels, many accessible by kayak only.

It’s like entering another world.

Slabs of rock and stunted trees.We didn’t see any otters on this trip, but there are plenty around – hopefully next time.

We paddled back around to the other side of the little island,

and under the bridge,

back along to Blue Rocks.

I feel so fortunate to have such a place, so close to home,

with exciting paddling, great wildlife, and colourful boat sheds.





White Point Beach Resort

8 05 2012

White Point Beach Resort opened in 1928, right on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean in Nova Scotia. It has a 9 hole golf course, tennis and volley ball courts, surf shop, kayak rental, paddle boats, walking trails, and much more.

Although we have visited the resort a few times, I did not take this photo below, which shows the main building and outdoor swimming pool.

Unfortunately, there was a devastating fire in November 2012.  Here is a video which shows just how quickly the fire fire spread through the wooden building.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2EM-nHNq4I&feature=relmfu

Last Sunday, we headed to White Point. We approached the ocean from White Point No 1 Road and walked across the golf course to the stony beach.

Some houses look as if they are almost built right on the beach.

I particularly like this huge boulder balancing on the large pebble.

The sun was blinding as it sparkled on the ocean

The last time we were here at this bay, there was a good surf,

and I took lots of photos of crashing waves and rocks.

This time, the sea was not so dramatic, but several surfers thought it was worth the effort.

Some paddled out to try to catch a wave.

It seemed that there was enough of a surf for some to get going.

even if it was just for a short while.

As we walked around the bay, we looked over to where the resort building had been. The green building is the administration building and you can see the beach side cabins and  the shuttering ready for the concrete of the new hotel.

At the resort everything seemed silent at the ocean cabins,

and the woodland cabins.

We didn’t even see any of the bunnies that normally hop around everywhere.

According to the web site, White Point is planning to reopen in November of this year.

The company of architects which designed the future  building is WHW of Halifax. This is the same firm that designed the new Bluenose Academy in Lunenburg.

You can see the design here.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6a8CsNJrY4

There is a lot  of construction to be done before then, but I am sure the resort will flourish again.