A November 2005 trip
to Halifax by cr008k
Quote: Nova Scotia.
Halifax is an absolutely fantastic place to visit, especially if you are at all interested in the outdoors, like doing activities in nature, or like a fun and laid back place. And doesn't that pretty much describe anyone and everyone?Halifax is located on the world's second largest natural harbor. What does this mean from a practical sense as a tourist? It means that there are plenty of fun sandy beaches to visit. These are more walking beaches, as opposed to swimming beaches, because this is Canada and the water is quite cold. Although if you go in the heart of a warm summer and you don't mind that bit of a chill when you get in until you get used to it, then you of course can go swimming and that can be fun to. Either way, they are great fun beaches to walk and run on and even take your dog for a walk or a run. The waves are great too if you like water sports.
It also means there are a lot of fun boardwalks and places to walk along. There is the typical boardwalk kind of thing, restaurants, souvenir stands, all kinds of fun stuff like that. Halifax is also known for its outdoors activities. There are tons of hiking trials that range from the challenging to the basic, for inexperienced hikers to someone who really likes a good challenge. It is also really fun to take out a kayak, and see the beautiful views of the city from the water. Shubie Park is particularly beautiful and offers a lot of great activities there and will really make you feel as though you are one with nature.
There are not a lot of great art museums if you are in to that sort of thing. There is a somewhat vibrant arts district which can be fun to visit, but most of the art is broadcast art or animation, not really the kind of art you go to look at in museums. They do have music and other cultural festivals throughout the year, so keep that in mind when you are getting ready to go, check out the websites to find a good event for the time you are there.
Overall, it is a great and fun place to visit, especially if you like doing fun outdoorsy activities and want to commune with nature.
Be sure to visit the beaches and be prepared to at a minimum go kayaking. This is fun, a great way to see the harbor and the shore, and a great way to fill a day.
Alexander Keith's Nova Scotia Brewery is fun. You can go on a tour, learn about how the beer is made and see the barrels and all that stuff. It is pretty much just your typical brewery tour so if you have done a lot of these, it might bore you. But if you haven't been on one before, or are interested in how beer is made, and you enjoy this sort of thing it is a fun example. You can also get a sample at the end if you are old enough and that is always fun and refreshing.
Remember that it gets very cold in the winter so plan accordingly. Do not come in the winter if you are not prepared to deal with snow and being cold. If you do come in the winter though, and you enjoy winter activities, then snow shoeing through one of the many parks is another really fun and great activity.
The maritime museum of the Atlantic is fun, especially since Halifax is such a large harbor and has so much history relating to ships and ship transportation. I wouldn't plan to spend a whole day, or even a whole afternoon there, but it is a fun place to visit for a few hours and it is not too expensive either.
The Public Gardens are beautiful, especially in the summer time. They have a wide range of plant life and are a great place to have a picnic or simply take a nice stroll and relax.
Lots of cruises come and go from Halifax and you can even arrange a day cruise, which is fun and gets you out on the sea and lets you see some cool stuff. There are different options, including a wine tour and a historic city tour, both of which are very fun and both of which I highly recommend.
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