Random Road Trip: Dingle Tower

Last year, around this time, my friend Randi dropped by unexpectedly.  She had a rental car that didn’t have to be given back yet, so we decided to go on an adventure!

Stop 1 was Dingle Tower.  It’s found in Sir Sandford Fleming Park, which is at the “back” of Halifax.  It’s on a bus route, but is almost too far to walk to (especially if you want to get near the Tower).

It was still chilly outside, so there weren’t a lot of people around.  Also the tower, which had undergone some restoration recently, wasn’t open yet (since it wasn’t summer).  But that didn’t mean that we couldn’t have fun!

Dingle Tower

Dingle Tower

The tower was built to commemorate the 150th year of Nova Scotia’s establishing of a representative government.  It also has stones from all of the countries of the British Empire on the inside (something I have yet to see).

It also has a nice view.

It also has a nice view.

This area used to be Sir Fleming’s property, but he donated it to the city for use as a park, and even proposed that the tower be built.  It’s called Dingle Tower, because Sir Fleming used to call his retreat the Dingle.

In 1913 the tower received some adornments in the shape of lions!  Which you are not allowed to climb.  See:

Does anyone even read these things?

Does anyone even read these things?

Which my friend might have done…

She asked the lion first for permission.  He was okay with it.

She asked the lion first for permission. He was okay with it.

I decided to have a Roar-off with the other one.

ROAR!

ROAR!

I’m not sure who won.

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