From Helen Keller's The Story of My Life, "In the summer of 1901 I visited Nova Scotia and... [made] acquaintance of the ocean. After... Evangeline's country - Longfellow's beautiful poem has woven a spell of enchantment, Miss Sullivan and I went to Halifax... The harbour was our joy, our paradise. What glorious sails we had to Bedford Basin, to McNab's Island, to York Redoubt, and the Northwest Arm! What soothing, wondrous hours... so interesting, so beautiful! The memory is a joy forever."