I have an officer relative, Charles Hadfield Gordon, who was there for 5 years 1872-7. I quote from a monograph about his life which his wife published in 1891 after his death:
"Halifax has always been a popular station, and he was no exception to the many who have found it so. The years he spent there passed very pleasantly; part of the time he was occupied in laying a railway on MacNab's Island - work after his own heart. He got a good deal of salmon fishing, always his favourite sport, and in the winter sleighing and skating were the chief amusements."
The work sounds varied, doesn't it?