Sunday, March 22, 2009

9 Mile River

Last week I went for a walk along 9 Mile River in Bedford, so called because it's 9 miles from Halifax. There are a dozen such named rivers in Nova Scotia though only this one is actually 9 miles from Halifax. What's interesting about this one is that it comes from Paper Mill Lake. The lake and river water was used to run the Moirs Mill on the edge of the Bedford Basin. They made the paper for the boxes for Moirs chocolates, long since out of production here. There are still concrete supports in the river for the pipes that fed the mill. The building that is left is now a tourist bureau, not open until May 15th so I can't show you any pics from inside, but come May I'll get some shots from inside the building. In the meantime enjoy these:

In previous posts I have talked about Jack's Lake, which feeds into Paper Mill Lake. Paper Mill Lake is the source of the sound of loons I hear early in the morning or late at night. We would swim there as kids and nowadays it is supervised. I haven't been swimming there for 30 years.

We're off on another hike today before the bad weather hits again. Not sure where but I'll keep you posted.



Diane J Standiford said...

What a life! Off to where? Who cares? It will be fabulous! You really know how to get the most out of life. SWim again?


Beautiful photos (as always). Thanks for sharing a bit of local history with us.