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While Edward, Duke of Kent, future father of Queen Victoria, was serving as Commander-in-Chief of the army and navy forces in British North America (later Canada) he built a love nest for his mistress, Julie St. Laurent, in what is now Hemlock Ravine,a municipal park, on the shores of Bedford Basin behind Halifax, the capitol of Nova Scotia. They lived there for 10 years until 1802, when he returned to England. The “love nest” included their home, wandering paths which were said to spell her name,a round music room on the shore, and a large pond.Although local legend has it that he built the heart-shaped pond for Julie, in fact it was a large oval. In 1869, two years after Canada’s Confederation, Edward’s grandson, Prince Arthur, son of Queen Victoria, came to Canada and arranged for the property to be restored and had the pond reshaped into a heart.The legend of Edward and Julie is a classic love story in Nova Scotia’s history.Taken with Canan Eos Rebel XSi and 18-55mm kit lens.Prince’s Lodge:

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  • Virginia N. Fred
    Virginia N. Fredover 5 years ago

    Oh how wonderful, nice work, and great info

  • Thanks again Virginia. Thanks to Redbubble, I wanted to get the information correct, so I investigated something which has been in my own “back yard” all my life. Most people here probably don’t know anything about that odd little building by the road. Now we can all know.

    – zahnartz

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 5 years ago

    Well documented with a very interesting story, well done friend

  • zahnartz
    zahnartzover 5 years ago

    Thanks Larry. I have always been surprised at how little we know about our own home town. I had read about it in “Barometer Rising” by Hugh MacLennan and decided to see whether the pond existed. Hemlock Ravine is a favourite walking spot for my wife and I. When I was younger, the area was in disrepair and far out in the country. Now it is surrounded by housing developments, but the Ravine is a park and, hopefully, sacrosanct.
    Ian.

  • bubblehex08
    bubblehex08about 5 years ago

    Please enter this photo to the group “Capital Cities of the World” and write in the description … is the capital city of …… if you want to take part in our challenge. thanks

  • Thanks bubblehex08. It is already in the group, but I have added the words " capitol of" Nova Scotia. Should I re-enter it?
    Ian.

    – zahnartz

  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonalmost 5 years ago

    Jan 3, 2010

    Awesome capture

  • Thanks so much FlowersEtc.
    Ian.

    – zahnartz

  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonalmost 5 years ago

    Your welcome

  • dharrison
    dharrisonover 3 years ago

    Hi – I’d like to purchase a couple of copies of Heart shaped pond. Seems like a lot of effort to go through Paypal and mail (postal strike?) or Fedex – since I live in Dartmouth, feel free to contact me at 404-2844. Thanks, Dave Harrison.

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