Halifax Journals

Halifax: "A Joy Forever"

Best of IgoUgo

An April 2005 trip to Halifax by moatway

Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 Photo, Halifax, Nova Scotia More Photos
Quote: Halifax is a favorite weekend destination for Maritimers and the premier city in this part of Canada. When John Keats opened his "Endymion", he wrote that, "A Thing of beauty is a joy for ever: Its loveliness increases"; he could have been thinking of present-day Halifax.

Halifax: "A Joy Forever"

Best Of IgoUgo

Overview

Halifax, NS Photo, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Quote:
Halifax is a major port, naval base, university town, and provincial capital. Can you imagine the effect that all those have on the fabric of the city? Plainly put, Halifax is incredible and has something for everyone. For those who want to see a bit of history, there are the Citadel (you can’t miss it; it dominates the city), Pier 21, and the Maritime Museum down on the waterfront. For those who want the feel of the sea, it is possible to walk along the waterfront from Purdy’s Wharf all the way to Pier 21. As you go, you may be seduced by any number of offers to take a harbour cruise, or even a cruise on the famous Bluenose. For those who prefer the hedonistic pleasures of the good life, Halifax offe...Read More

Waverley Inn

Best Of IgoUgo

Hotel

Waverley Inn Photo, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Quote:
I usually choose my accommodations in Halifax depending on what I want to do, but you must understand that Halifax is quite compact, and it really doesn’t matter where you stay. When I just want to have a nice place to stay at a good price with a few good restaurants just around the corner and with one of the city’s best pubs just two doors down, I tend to choose the Waverley Inn. The Waverley was built in 1866 as the home of the Chipman family. Edward Chipman’s house was designed to reflect his success as a merchant, but, unfortunately, he went into bankruptcy and his house was sold at auction in 1870. It became the Waverley Hotel, a fine establishment that would attract notables such as Oscar ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 6, 2005

Waverley Inn
1266 Barrington Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J1Y5
(902) 423-9346

Cambridge Suites Hotel

Best Of IgoUgo

Hotel

Quote:
The Cambridge Suites, on the corner of Brunswick and Sackville Streets, sits in the shadow of the citadel, and many of its rooms offer views over the rooftops of Halifax to the harbour. Although we have stayed at many of Halifax’s hotels over the years, the Cambridge Suites is often our hotel of choice. To cut to the chase, you can see the different room configurations, rates, and a slide show at the Cambridge site, suites. On this trip, traveling with our daughter, we chose the one-bedroom suite. It features a bedroom with a king-sized and very comfortable bed, a small but full bath, and a kitchenette with microwave, toaster, coffeemaker and b...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 28, 2005

Cambridge Suites Hotel
1583 BRUNSWICK STREET
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J3P5
902-420-0555

Cafe Chianti

Best Of IgoUgo

Restaurant

Cafe Chianti Photo, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Quote:
Café Chianti is not just another Italian restaurant. It is a relatively expensive Italian restaurant with great ambience and really good food. It can be discussed on a number of levels--the service, for example. The service here is fantastic; they have decided on a nice touch that's caring but not annoying, sweet but not cloying. The servers are well-dressed and well-coached. They are part of a great experience. Atmosphere? There are different levels here… in the Portofino Room you will find dark wood contrasted with exposed brick and stone coupled with a few murals. The tables are nicely set with white and dark red cloths and enormous wine glasses. Much of the rest of this rambling restaurant f...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 6, 2005

Cafe Chianti
1241 Barrington Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 1A2
(902) 423-7471

Opa!

Best Of IgoUgo

Restaurant | "Opa! Greek Taverna"

Quote:
We scurry down the hill umbrella-laden, pointless in the driving rain coming off the harbour and slashing through Halifax streets. Bursting through the blue doors at Opa!, we find ourselves in Mediterranean sunshine as we are escorted to a table that could be in a Greek square, with a lantern-bedecked tree above. The only sign of the wild weather without is the rain lashing against the expanse of glass… but here, within, we are safe and warm. There is wine and food; the ambience is warming and the staff is friendly and efficient. Our first visit to Opa!, on the corner of Blowers and Argyll Streets, could not have happened on a worse night for weather, but the experience more than made up for nat...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 27, 2005

Opa!
1565 Argyle St
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 2B2
+1 902 492 7999

The Henry House

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction | "Henry House"

The Henry House Photo, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Quote:
The Henry House was built in 1834, a fine, solid home of rubble stone and ironstone designed to reflect the importance of its owner, William Alexander Henry. At the time of its construction, it was one of a number of homes erected by successful Halifax businessmen at this end of what was then a country lane, Pleasant Street. Henry was the newly appointed Attorney General of Nova Scotia and would become a "Father of Confederation" and a member of the Supreme Court of Canada. He passed away in 1888, but his fine home lives on. And it lives on in very fine fashion. Henry House is one of Halifax’s more memorable pubs. In the dining room, the visitor is greeted by cream walls over dark-green wainscot...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 6, 2005

The Henry House
1222 Barrington Street
Halifax
(902) 423-5660

Brewery Market

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction | "Halifax Farmers' Market"

Brewery Market Photo, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Quote:
If you find yourself in Halifax on a Saturday morning, you owe yourself a visit to the Halifax Farmers’ Market, which is held in the old Keith’s brewery on Lower Water Street. The visit takes in two things: the old brewery structure and the market vendors. Both are bound to please. This is a genuine farmer’s market, and you’ll find the produce from a great many Nova Scotia farms on display: meats, juices, baked goods, fruit, and vegetables. Add to that fish, jams, and flowers, and on another level, candles, jewelry, art prints, and crafts, and you really have a variety of offerings. Did I mention the selection of Nova Scotian wines or the Alexander Keith’s store with souvenirs and cold beer? Add...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 6, 2005

Brewery Market
1498 Lower Water Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 1R9

Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction | "Pier 21 National Historic Site"

Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 Photo, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Quote:
Pier 21 is a National Historic Site. Don’t let that put you off… it is really marvelous. Between 1928 and 1971, one million people entered Canada through the pier and today, their stories are told here. It is about to expand, and over the next few years it will become more than Pier 21, it will become the Canadian Immigration Museum. This isn’t a museum of static exhibits. There are some, but they are not of paramount importance. This is an aural museum where one listens to the voices of those who arrived in this country often after having faced considerable hardship. There are a quite a number of listening posts. Those on the harbour-side tell representational anecdotes of the lives of the Engl...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 6, 2005

Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
1055 Marginal Road
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4P6
(902) 425 7770

Maxwell's Plum

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction

Quote:
Maxwell’s Plum has been, for a number of years, one of my favourite pubs in a market that is saturated with good pubs. In other words, I keep going back. Now, this is not to say that the food is particularly memorable, but Maxwell’s does have its charms. You’ll find it on the corner of Sackville and Grafton Streets, and it appears to be a typical pub, although it describes itself as a "non-traditional English pub." The menu consists of a selection of starters, salads, fish-and-chips, Philly cheesesteak sandwich, and a variety of things under the heading of "pub grub:" chicken, burgers, etc. at only C$3.99 per selection. Well, I’ve eaten there in the past, and I tried it once again… but there are...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 27, 2005

Maxwell's Plum
1600 Grafton St.
Halifax, Nova Scotia
(902) 423-5090