Halifax Journals

Halifax off season

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An October 2005 trip to Halifax by artslover

Halliburton House Inn Photo, Halifax, Nova Scotia More Photos
Quote: This was a brief visit in November, off season for this port city.

Halliburton House Inn

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Halliburton House Inn Photo, Halifax, Nova Scotia
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The Halliburton is made up of three historic townhouses which have now been turned into a boutique hotel, one of the few in Halifax. It is named after a former Chief Justice of Nova Scotia, and at one time in the buildings' history, it was used for the Dalhousie University Law School. Entering the hotel, you can still see it was a townhouse which makes you feel more like you are in someone's home, instead of a hotel. The umbrella stand with umbrellas for the guests to use adds to that impression.The Halliburton is located towards the edge of the downtown area of Halifax near lots of restaurants but not right on one of the major roads which makes it quieter. Everything in the downtown is within...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 12, 2006

Halliburton House Inn
5184 MORRIS STREET
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J1B3
902-420-0658

Fid

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Restaurant

Fid Photo, Halifax, Nova Scotia
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We had dinner at Fid. At first we couldn’t find the front door. There’s a sign that says Courtyard and points to a side door, but not the name of the restaurant. Once you go in that side door, there are entrances to a number of stores and restaurants. One of them is Fid.Apparently, a fid is a nautical instrument to splice rope. The restaurant is not large. The decor is minimal, modern, but has a warm feel. The atmosphere is intimate.The restaurant describes itself as French Asian. The chef owner likes to mix different textures and flavours using fresh local ingredients. We had a mushroom tart, chicken breast with potato gnocchi, fois gras, beef tenderloin, fish cakes and seared salmon. Desserts were p...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 12, 2006

Fid
1569 Dresden Row
Halifax, Nova Scotia
(902)422-9162

Halifax Citadel National Historic Site

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Attraction | "Halifax Citadel"

Halifax Citadel National Historic Site Photo, Halifax, Nova Scotia
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No matter where you are in Halifax, you cannot miss seeing the Citadel. Just look up the hill. The ramparts and fortification dominate the skyline.The star shaped Halifax Citadel was originally built by the British as fortification for Halifax, particularly, for protection of the navy in Halifax Harbour. Turned out the Citadel never saw any action, and since 1951, it has been a national historic site and run by Parks Canada. The granite walls and fortification have undergone extensive stabilization and restoration. During tourist season, the Citadel is a place where Canadians learn about their past and can appreciate through first-hand experience the realities of the 19th century as Canada was becomin...Read More

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Halifax Citadel National Historic Site
Sackville And Brunswick Streets
Halifax B3K 5M7
(902) 426-5080

Nova Scotian Crystal

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Attraction

Nova Scotian Crystal Photo, Halifax, Nova Scotia
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Some of the world's finest crystal can be found in Halifax. Nova Scotian Crystal is located just off the boardwalk of Halifax harbour. We were strolling the boardwalk and decided to take a look. It turned out to be one of those happy impulse decisions to discover how fascinating it is to watch crystal being blown.Halifax is the only place in North America where traditional Irish crystal is made. One of the original owners, who still works at Nova Scotian crystal, is from Ireland and learned the craft of crystal blowing at the famous Waterford Crystal glassworks. He, and two others, started Nova Scotian Crystal and are now passing the craft on to their sons and other Canadians.You learn all of this fr...Read More

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Nova Scotian Crystal
5080 George St
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 1M4
+1 888 977 2797

A Drive from Halifax to Lunenburg

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Mahone Bay Photo, Halifax, Nova Scotia
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We decided on a Friday night to rent a car and drive to Lunenburg the next day, stopping along the way as time permitted. I was to get the car and be ready to leave when my husband was finished with his business. Saturday morning, I visited two rental spots but they didn’t have any cars available that day. Luckily, Halifax has a lot of car rental places. I ended up on the telephone calling six places before I found a car which I could pick up just after noon. Next time, we’ll have to make these decisions to rent a car a little earlier.We drove away from the hotel by 1pm. We drove past the Halifax Public Gardens, which are closed in the winter months, and along Quinpool Road which has a number of store...Read More