Halifax Journals

Halifax, My Home

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An April 2008 trip to Halifax by tvordj

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Quote: This is where I live and where I grew up. I'm offering advice and some tips on some of my favourite things!

Accomodations

Halifax Citadel National Historic Site Photo, Halifax, Nova Scotia
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Halifax has most of the main hotel chains and a few independent hotels, Bed and Breakfast/Inns, a hostel or two. There are a few campgrounds on the outside of the city. I think St. Mary's University and Dalhousie may offer summer accomodations in student housing.
For B&Bs, search for Halifax at BBCanada
Independents:
Lord Nelson
Prince George
Haliburton Inn
Waverly Inn
Citadel Inn
Cambridge Suites

Chain hotels:
Holiday Inn
Marriot
Westin
Delta
Sheraton Four Points
Howard Johnson
Future Inn
Ramada
Radisson Suites
Quality/Comfort Inn

Marriott Halifax Harbourfront

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Hotel | "Great Service, Rooms and Location"

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I have stayed at the Marriot once since it's been owned by this company and one other time when it was the Casino Hotel. There are up to 6 floors though most of the rooms are on 2-5. There are junior and full size suites as well as king bedded rooms or rooms with two beds. The decor is very nice and as of 2008, they have been refurbishing, a section at a time. The rates were average, about $130 - $175 for a king room depending on time of year and special offers. The bathrooms have toiletries and lovely towels and lots of hot water. There is a flat screen television with webTv access for a cost. They also provide data jacks for high speed internet in the rooms. The hotel is connected to qui...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 29, 2008

Marriott Halifax Harbourfront
1919 UPPER WATER ST
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J3J5
1 902 4211700

Haliburton House

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Hotel | "Historic Hotel in Halifax Downtown"

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Haliburton House is set in a lovely old house in Halifax right across from historic Government house which is the residence of the Lieutenant Governor of the province. Government House was built in the late 1700's into early 1800. There are only 29 rooms and suites in the hotel, all en suite facilities, furnished with antiques. Rates vary between Canadian 150 to 350 off season depending on the room. The top end gets you a suite with a fireplace and whirlpool bath. The lower end is a room with a double bed so price is affordable unless you have a taste for the luxurious!Haliburton House is in a trio of heritage houses dating back to 1809 and is just off Barrington Street, which is one of Ha...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 10, 2010

Haliburton House
5184 Morris Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 1B3
(902) 420-0658

Waverly Inn

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Hotel | "Historic B&B Style Hotel Downtown"

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Another really unique downtown hotel is the Waverly Inn. The building dates back to the mid 1800s and has been operating as a hotel since 1876. Some famous guests have included Oscar Wilde, George Vanderbilt and P.T. Barnum. The hotel is extensively furnished with antiques, some rooms have a jacuzzi as well and all are en suite. There are twin rooms as well as doubles all with hardwood floors. A hot breakfast buffet is included and there is free Wireless internet in the rooms as well as a computer available for guests at no charge. There is on site parking, too. The location is on the south end of Barrington Street, one of the main downtown streets. It's not far from the train station and...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 10, 2010

Waverly Inn
1266 Barrington Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia

General tips

What's Going On?

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Event Notice Boards Photo, Halifax, Nova Scotia
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There are several ways of finding out what's going on in Halifax, as far as venues, gigs and other events. Of course there's the main daily newspaper, The Chronicle Herald, but for less than mainstream alternative gigs, or for notices of meetings, rallies, sales, and all sorts of things, you can check out the notice posts. There are about a half dozen scattered around downtown Halifax. These were built to attempt to stop people from taping and stapling notices to telephone poles and fences around town. People still do that, but it has cut down a bit on that. Another way to find out what's on, including good listings for the clubs, cinema and galleries is the free and totally irreverent weekl...Read More

Brewdebaker's Tap and Grill

Restaurant | "Brew pub/Restaurant in Dartmouth"

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Brewdebaker's is a locally owned and run restaurant with twolocations in the metro Halifax area. The original is attached to the Sleeman's Brewery in Dartmouth on Windmill road. It's a little off the beaten track but it's well worth the trip to get there. The food is always excellent, the service usually pretty good, perhaps a tad slow at times. They have a very good beer selection, not just the Sleeman's which is brewed on site but some other good micro brews and national brands as well. I've never had a bad meal there and the prices are not too bad either. There aren't too many nice places to eat on the Dartmouth side of Halifax harbour but this is one of the best. Lots of free parking, ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 10, 2011

Brewdebaker's Tap and Grill
612 Windmill Road
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
(902) 468-1059

Halifax Harbour

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Halifax Harbour Photo, Halifax, Nova Scotia
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Halifax Harbour is a source of transportation, recreation and the waterfronts of Halifax and Dartmouth are also the sites of lots of activities. There is a ferry that crosses the harbour in two locations (see another review for details). There are pleasure boats that will use the harbour in good weather. It's not uncommon to see white sails dotting the water in the breezy sunny days we get in the summer. Halifax harbour is industrial. There is a major shipyard betweet the two bridges, a power plant, an oil refinery as well as a naval base and a Canadian Coast Guard base on its shores. There are two major container ports so there's always massive ships plodding slowly up and down the water, f...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 24, 2008

Halifax Harbour
Halifax Harbour
Halifax
(902) 426-8222

Natal Day weekend

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Natal Day parade - Mounties Photo, Halifax, Nova Scotia
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The first Monday in August is a holiday, many provinces in the country have it as a civic holiday or ank holiday if ou will. Here in Halifax it's something a little more special. It's to celebrate the founding of Halifax and Dartmouth and is called Natal Day. Halifax was founded in 1749 and Dartmouth in 1750. Each city used to have it's own celebrations around the middle of the summer, each on a separate weekend but when the cities and surrounding county amalgamated in 1996 to create one political district, Halifax Regional Municipality, the birthday celebrations were also combined. IT's a great weekend, usually starting on Thursday or Friday. The Halifax waterfront has a big beer tent and...Read More

Halifax Explosion

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Halifax Explosion memorial Photo, Halifax, Nova Scotia
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December 6 is Halifax's "day that lives in infamy". On Dec 6, 1917, two ships collided in Halifax harbour, the Imo and the Mont Blanc. The Imo was carrying relief supplies for WWI and the Mont Blanc was carrying explosives for the war effort. The Imo was leaving port as the Mont Blanc was arriving, both sailing in the same channel, one being the wrong one but neither ship seemed intent on changing it's course. At the last minute, the Mont Blanc pulled over into another shipping lane and the Imo went into a reverse to stop it's progress and by doing that, its course shifted the ship into the same lane the other ship had pulled into. They were still on a collision course and the Imo struck the Mont Bla...Read More

Transportation: Metro Transit

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Halifax only has bus and a passenger ferry for public transportation at the moment. The bus network is fairly good and will take you most anywhere you need to go. Some routes are less busy and only run hourly but most run on a 20 - 30 minute schedule, some more frequently during morning and afternoon rush hours. Schedules and route maps are here on the Metro Transit website.There is an Access-a-Bus service for disabled passengers (you must register) and many of the regularly scheduled busses are low-floor accessible busses that have space for up to 2 wheelchairs. The busses are in the process of having global ...Read More
Halifax Ferry Photo, Halifax, Nova Scotia
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There has been a ferry across Halifax Harbour connecting the cities of Halifax and Dartmouth since 1752, shortly after the cities were founded. Currently it is a foot passenger ferry (and bikes) but previous to the first suspension bridge built in the 1950s, the ferry carried cars and, before that, I imagine, horses and carraiges. The ferry is a nice way to see the Halifax skyline from the water as well. Ferries run all day from about 6 a.m. weekdays until midnight. The cost is $2.00 per trip, less for seniors, students and children. Kids under 5 are free. You can get a paper transfer that will then let you catch a bus from either side as it's all part of the Metro Transit system. That mea...Read More
Martinique Beach, Halifax County Photo, Nova Scotia, Canada
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There are quite a few beaches within an hour and a half drive from Halifax harbour, both east and south along the Atlantic coasts of the province. Some have picnic facilities, toilets and canteens. Some are hugely popular and generally always crowded and some are a bit further away but worth the drive. Most have supervised areas in summer. None of them are going to have warm water. This is the North Atlantic but by August you won't go blue quite so fast. You may, however, make the trip on a hot sunny day from the city to find fog at the beach.Cole Harbour (turn off Cole Harbour Road at Bissett Road, Dartmouth): Rainbow Haven, has boardwalks, facilities, tends towards families and younger p...Read More

Restaurants

Jamieson's Irish House and Grill

Restaurant | "You Won't Find Better!"

Jamieson's Irish House and Grill Photo, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
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Jamieson's is an Irish pub/restaurant in Dartmouth. It's a bit out of the way for visitors to Halifax but if you have a car, it's well worth the trip to Cole Harbour area of Dartmouth. It's found in a "strip" mall or shopping centre at the corner of Cole Harbour Road and Cumberland Drive (the other side of Cole Harbour Road is the Forest Hills Parkway). There's a Blockbuster video store on the corner that you can see from the main road, that's how you know you're there! Jamieson's has wooden tables and chairs, some soft, comfy chairs in the lounge area and a bar that has a very good beer selection and an even better scotch whiskey selection. A lot of the fittings and fixtures are recycled ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 17, 2008

Jamieson's Irish House and Grill
5 Cumberland Drive, Dartmouth

(902) 433-0500

Durty Nelly's Irish Pub

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Restaurant | "Down in the Durt(y)"

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Durty Nellie's advertises itself as an authentic Irish pub. I can't say that it's any more authentic than any other and there are certainly a wide variety of styles of pubs in Ireland so probably you could say that about most pubs! Anyway, that's beside the point.Durty Nellie's is located on Argyle Street, the street lined with pubs and restaurants in downtown Halifax. It's been open for about a year and then some and I've only just recently had a chance to try it. I've heard good things about it and they were right on the money.The music piped in is mainly Irish and Celtic oriented. The servers are neat and tidy and wear black logo aprons and are efficient and friendly. The re...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 25, 2011

Durty Nelly's Irish Pub
Corner Of Argyle And Sackville Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia
902-406-7640

Q Smokehouse and Barbeque

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Restaurant | "Smokey goodness in Halifax"

Q Smokehouse and Barbeque Photo, Halifax, Nova Scotia
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Halifax has two new similar restaurants, both based on slow smoked and barbequed meats. One is called Q Smokehouse and the other is Boneheads Both profess to be authentic Southern (U.S.) style barbeque. Both have similar menus though the Q one seems to have a bit more choice. This review is for Q Smokehouse since I've not tried Boneheads yet but I'm guessing it will be similar in flavour and quantity of portions. Q Smokehouse is a very casual restaurant on Argyll Street in downtown Halifax. The menu is a meat lover's paradise with ribs (both pork and beef), chicken, beef brisket and pulled pork. There's a coupl...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 19, 2010

Q Smokehouse and Barbeque
1580 Argyll Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia
(902) 407-4006

The Press Gang

Restaurant | "Pressed into Service"

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A Press Gang is a gang of men that used to troll the drinking holes along the harbourfronts of sea towns, more or less kidnapping men and boys for service in the navy. Needless to say this isn't done anymore! The building the Press Gang restaurant is in was built over 200 years ago, spent quite a few years as the old Carlton Hotel and now houses bedsits and flats mainly rented to ex-service personel. On the Argyle Street level there is a little coffee shop/bakery that uses all organic ingredients and on the Prince Street side, you will find the Press Gang restaurant.This is a more formal restaurant, fine dining and fine prices to match but a nice place for a special night out. Food is exqu...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 29, 2008

The Press Gang
5218 Prince St
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 3X4
+1 902 423 8816

Parkside Pub

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Restaurant | "Local pub in Dartmouth"

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The Parkside Pub is the latest incarnation of a pub in the Highfield Park neighbourhood in North End Dartmouth. There have been a few others in the building in the past but this one seems to be sticking. And there's a good reason for it. The pub is a good sized venue, with a private room at the back and another room with a bar. The food is pretty good though still standard pub grub and the wait staff are cheerful and usually pretty efficient. They have occasional live music and also karaoke and DJ on weekends. Wednesdays and Thursdays are Wing Night along with the Karoke which can be good fun. It's a local neighbourhood pub with a nice atmosphere and decent food. It's got an outdoor patio ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 19, 2010

Parkside Pub
14 Highfield Park Drive
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
(902) 464-1310

Argyle Bar & Grill

Attraction | "Wood Fired Pizza on the Patio"

Argyle Bar & Grill Photo, Halifax, Nova Scotia
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The Argyle is a little gem of a bar/restaurant. It's near the south end of Argyle street, which is lined with eateries. Why should you choose the Argyle? It's got very good food, and specializes in pizza. Their pizza is thin crusted and baked in a wood fired oven. They have many gourmet styles or you can build your own. They also have lots of pasta, soups, salads, sandwiches. They have weekend brunches and a DJ at night on the weekends. There is a downstairs bar, called the AQUA Lounge, with a dance floor that can also be hired for private functions. On the main level is a restaurant and small bar area. There's also an outside patio in summer.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 10, 2008

Argyle Bar & Grill
1575 Argyle St
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 2B2
+1 902 492 8844

Split Crow Pub

Attraction | "One of my favourite Halifax pubs"

Split Crow Pub Photo, Halifax, Nova Scotia
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When Halifax was founded in 1749, a tavern was opened and called the Spread Eagle. Because of the sign, a double eagle, it was nicknamed the Split Crow. In the late 1970s, not on the same location as the original "Crow", the current Split Crow was opened and it's been a mainstay ever since. It's a traditional sort of pub, with a bar in the centre, a small stage, and several floor levels though only a few steps between them and only a few tables on the main ground level. There is also a private room in the lower level where the toilets are. Thus, though it is accessible for mobility challenged people, you won't be able to get to the loo! The menu contains the usual pub grub but also some go...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 10, 2008

Split Crow Pub
1855 Granville St
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 1Y1
+1 902 423 4366

Mongolie Grill

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Restaurant | "Healthy and Tasty "

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The Mongolie Grill is a franchised restaurant but it's new to Halifax. It's a good sized, open plan restaurant on two levels with lots of windows. It's a different concept. You are given a stainless steel bowl and you put fresh vegetables, noodles, nuts and meat (chicken, beef, seafood or there's also tofu). You add on from a selection of 18 or so homemade sauces (there are descriptions of what goes well together if you want to combine 2 or 3). the bowl is then weighed and you pay $2.89 per 100grams. They say average cost is between $9 and $15 which is what most of our table paid. The meal comes with a small bowl of soup, steamed rice and they bring thin wraps if you want to put some of the cooked foo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 8, 2010

Mongolie Grill
1645 Granville Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia
(902) 406-4004

Fireside Restaurant

Restaurant | "Excellent casual dining"

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One of my favourite restaurants is the Fireside. It's centrally located on the corner of Spring Garden Road and Brunswick Street, right across the road from the Library. The main restaurant is below street level though there's also an atrium just above street level and an outdoor patio for warm summer days. The atmosphere is relaxed with a variety of seating available, from high bar type chairs, regular seating and big, comfy arm chairs. There's an atrium as well, with comfy chairs and a well stocked bar. The food is really very good. It's the usual appetisers, soup. sandwiches, salads and some hot meals (chicken, steak, lamb). There are some choices for vegetarians as well. (...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 10, 2010

Fireside Restaurant
1500 Brunswick Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia
(902) 423-5995

The Henry House

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Restaurant | "Henry House"

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The Henry House is another of my favourite restaurants/pubs. It has dining over two floors in a historic listed building on the south end of Barrington Street, downtown Halifax. The house was built in 1834 built of ironstone and granite. The main floor is a restaurant and the lower floor is a pub. There is also a private dining area on the upper floor. This used to be the home of the Granite Brewery which was the name of the building for awhile but the brewery facilities have been moved elsewhere though their very excellent ales are still on tap here. Their menu offers traditional pub fare as well as fresh local seafood and divine desserts. There is a kids' menu and brunch is served on...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 5, 2008

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

Celtic Corner

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Celtic Corner Photo, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
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Across the harbour from Halifax, in Dartmouth, you will find Celtic Corner, another Irish style pub with excellent food. It's easy to get to by the ferry, it's right across the street from the ferry terminal/library complex. Many busses stop nearby, traveling from the Dartmouth bus terminal just across from the McDonald bridge. From downtown Halifax, the 61 will take you right there, or you can transfer from a 1 or 10 (Westphal) which are the main two busses that travel from downtown Halifax to Dartmouth. The Celtic Corner specializes in pub grub and features entertainment with origins from the U.K., Ireland and the east coast of Canada mainly from...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 5, 2008

Celtic Corner
69 Alderney Drive
Dartmouth B2Y 2N7
(902) 464-0764

Opa!

Restaurant | "Ela!"

Opa! Photo, Halifax, Nova Scotia
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Ela! used to be called Opa which is a Greek phrase for Good Health, Cheers, and Glad to see you all rolled into one! Ela! is also the name of a great Greek restaurant in downtown Halifax. It's on the end of Argyle Street, next to the Argyle Bar and on the corner of Argyle and Blowers Street. The building used to be a bar that closed after many years. Several bars and restaurants tried the location but until Ela! none of them were successful. Ela! is decorated in true taverna style and has two sections. The back section is in a room with a wall of windows and it's like an atrium. They can open the windows in summer to let the breeze in, too. I ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 10, 2008

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

The Old Triangle

Restaurant | "Old Triangle"

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The Old Triangle is an Irish pub downtown, just a block from the waterfront and across the street from historic Province House. It has three levels with live music on the main level and a couple of cosy nooks to hide away in in the back/ third level, The Snug. The food in this pub is excellent. I've never had a bad meal there yet. The menu has items with Irish theme names which might be a bit twee but don't let that put you off. You will find the food fresh and well prepared and very, very tasty. They have seafood, pasta, salad, sandwiches, pub grub and some Irish favourites like Guinness and Steak pie and Irish Stew. There's everything from starters to pub grub to main dishes. They have a...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 28, 2008

The Old Triangle
5136 Prince Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia
(902) 492-4900

Things to do

Halifax Public Gardens

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Attraction | "Halifax Public Gardens (The)"

Halifax Public Gardens Photo, Halifax, Nova Scotia
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There has been a formal garden in this general spot in Halifax since the early 19th century. The Horticultural Society established and opened formal Victorian gardens to the public in the mid 19th Century and the Halifax Public Gardens is deemed a historic site now. The Gardens are open between mid May and the end of October. Thousands of people, both tourists and locals alike, love to come to this little oasis in the city centre to enjoy a warm, sunny, summer day. There are many lovely flower beds and rare trees in the gardens as well as a large duck pond populated with ducks, of course, and a smaller pond where two white swans generally hang out. There is also a little stream near the main entrance,...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 29, 2008

Halifax Public Gardens
Spring Garden Road and South Park Street (Office: 375 Cowie Hill Road)
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3T 2M3
+1 902 490 4895

Peggy's Cove

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Attraction | "Overrated or Picturesque? You Decide"

Peggy's Cove Photo, Halifax, Nova Scotia
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I've been to Peggy's Cove many, many times over the years. My best friend grew up in the village, you see. Peggy's Cove is a working fishing village about a 45 minute drive from Halifax on Highway 333. The lighthouse perched on the granite rocky coastline is quite well known and one of the, if not *the* most photographed spot in the area. It's very pretty, quaint and picturesque. There's a little wooden church, wooden houses and a harbour with fishing boats, lobster traps and wharfs. There's a restaurant by the lighthouse and a smattering of craft and gift shops along the narrow road. And there are tourists. Ye Gods, there are tourists!!! In the summer, they come by the bus load. There are...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 15, 2010

Peggy's Cove
(45 minutes down the Halifax shoreline)
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Halifax Seaport Farmers Market

Attraction | "Seaport Market covers all bases"

Halifax Seaport Farmers Market Photo, Halifax, Nova Scotia
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The old Farmer's Market split into two markets. There is still a market in the old Keith's Brewery but the new market is in one of the old container pier buildings, renovated to hold the new market. It's really hopping all day Saturday and Sunday with quite a lot available on Fridays too. Eventually it's aim is to open all week but it's still a growing concern for those days. Your best bet is visiting on the weekend. There is a lot of free parking in the area and there's a bus, the number 8 that goes from Scotia Square to the market and Pier 21 museum next door. The market has pretty much everything you would expect, from fruit and veg, to meat, sausages, cheese, bakeries, fish, seafood, w...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 10, 2011

Halifax Seaport Farmers Market
1209 Marginal Road, Pier 20
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Neptune Theatre

Attraction | "The Jewel in the Crown"

Neptune Theatre Photo, Halifax, Nova Scotia
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There are quite a few small theatres and troupes in Halifax but the jewel in the crown is undoubtedly Neptune Theatre. The site has hosted a theatre for many, many years before that, beginning in 1915 but spending 30 years as a movie house. It was established and rebuilt as a theatre in 1963 and has grown with many successes since then. After an expansion in the 1990s, the theatre has a mainstage and a smaller more intimate stage and there's a theatre school and summer camps as well. Check the website for information there. The theatre puts on a variety of performances, from musicals, to classic plays to new plays by Canadian write...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 10, 2008

Neptune Theatre
1593 Argyle St
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 2B2
+1 902 429 7070

Tall Ships

Attraction | "Relive Past Centuries of Sail"

Mar II  Photo, Halifax, Nova Scotia
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The Tall Ships come to Halifax every few years and when they do, the waterfront seems transported back 100 or 200 years to the age of Sail when the harbour was lined with ships and masts and sails. The waterfront is buzzing with thousands of people walking the boardwalks and looking at the wonderful ships, some wooden, some converted steel hull and all sizes from schooners to four masted barques. You will be able to get a pass to board some of the ships and have a look around the decks, talk to the sailors and imagine what it must be like to be out on the open seas under the skies. There are ships from all over the world that visit. The waterfront is lined with souvenir kiosks and tents with top ente...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 23, 2008

Halifax Citadel National Historic Site

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Halifax Citadel National Historic Site Photo, Halifax, Nova Scotia
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The centre of Halifax is dominated by a big hill and on top of the hill is a restored Citadel, a star shaped fortress that was constructed shortly after the city was founded in 1749. There have been several forts here over the years, the current one dates to 1856. The fort was built for defence but has never fired a gun in aggression. The only cannon that goes off these days is one that fires to mark noon every day. The Citadel is open mainly from May to October though the grounds are open all year round. There are no services for tourists in the winter with one exception. The fortress holds a Victorian style Christmas celebration on several Sundays in December. The cost is $11.50 for an adu...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 30, 2008

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

St. Paul's Anglican Church

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Attraction | "Historic St. Paul's Church"

St. Paul's Anglican Church Photo, Halifax, Nova Scotia
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st. Paul's is the oldest Anglican church in Canada and the oldest structure in Halifax. It was built in 1750, a year after Halifax was founded. It was also the first Anglican cathedral in the Maritime provinces as well, and was the seat for the bishop until the mid 1800s. It's a little wooden church on the Grand Parade Square in downtown Halifax, across from City Hall. The white wooden frame church can now seat over 1400 though has a much smaller regular congregation these days as the residential centre has moved out of the downtown core. The current church has some expansion over the years but looks very like the original building. One interesting fact is that the wood was all imported fr...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 3, 2010

St. Paul's Anglican Church
1749 Argyle St
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 3K4
+1 902 429 2240

Point Pleasant Park

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Point Pleasant Park Photo, Halifax, Nova Scotia
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Point Pleasant Park is on the south tip of peninsular Halifax. When the city was founded in the 1700s, there was a garrison here, built to monitor the comings and goings in and out of the harbour. There are still some remnants of batteries and a Martello tower in the park. The park has been used for recreation since the mid 1800s and is a very popular spot for locals and tourists alike who want to get away from the city streets and enjoy the sunshine. The park also has a small beach but currently, it's not advised to swim there as the harbour is polluted. There is a harbour cleanup project underway, so maybe in future years, you'll be able to ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 2, 2008

Point Pleasant Park
Tower Road
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 3A5
(902) 490-4700

Fishermen's Cove

Attraction | "Fishermen's Cove Off the Beaten Track"

Fishermen's Cove Photo, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
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Fisherman's Cove, in Eastern Passage, Dartmouth, was and is still a working fishing village and has recently been developed with a boardwalk and shops. There is a large restaurant, Boondocks and several smaller restaurants, cafes and a pub and there are a line of small "shacks" housing craft and gift shops. There is a long boardwalk as well that goes out to the harbour and there are a couple of small beaches as well. Good views and a great place for a walk on a sunny day. See the website for descriptions of all the great little shops. You can also get a ferry from here to McNab's Island in the harbour, a good spot for hiking and a picnik!Directions on how to get there on the website. Also ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 3, 2010

Fishermen's Cove
Eastern Passage
Dartmouth

Dartmouth Heritage Museum Quaker House Photo, Halifax, Nova Scotia
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On the Dartmouth side of Halifax Harbour is an often overlooked historic house. Quaker House only small, just a few rooms down and a few up but it's one of the oldest houses in Dartmouth and dates back to 1785. It's been expanded since then but restored to that era. It was owned by a barrell maker who came to the area as one of a group of Quakers who came here for the whaling industry. There are some interesting displays in the house including a preserve whale's eye in a jar and some wonderful scrimshaw, which is carvings on whale teeth. The museum is only open from early June to very early September. It's closed for lunch ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 10, 2008

Dartmouth Heritage Museum Quaker House
57 Ochterloney Street, Dartmouth
Halifax, NS

Maritime Museum of the Atlantic

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Maritime Museum of the Atlantic Photo, Halifax, Nova Scotia
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The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic is one of the "must see" attractions in Halifax, along with the Citadel. It explores the seagoing history of Halifax including merchant, military, fishing and other aspects of the ocean. This is the oldest Maritime museum in Canada (60 years old in 2008) though not at this location. In fact, it lived part of it's life in the Citadel. The current building opened it's doors in 1982. There is also an excellent exhibit on the Halifax Explosion which was the largest man made explosion before the nuclear age. (This was caused by two ships that collided in the harbour, on December 6, 1917. One was carrying ex...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 5, 2008

Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
1675 Lower Water Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 1S3
(902) 424-7490

Halifax, the city of festivals

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Barbequed smelts from Portugal Photo, Halifax, Nova Scotia
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Halifax is a city of festivals in the summertime. The season starts off in early June with the Greek festival. This is held on the grounds of the Greek Orthodox Church in Herring Cove. They feature music, dancing and food, glorious food! That's the main reason people go there, to enjoy the wonderful food, all made by members of the Greek community. There are outdoor barbeque pits and inside, you will be able to get platters of Greek specialties like spanakopita and stuffed vine leaves as well as syrupy sweet baklava. Limited parking, along the road mainly but there are busses that go there from the West End mall terminal.The next big festival is the Multi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 5, 2008

Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

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Attraction | "Pier 21"

Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 Photo, Halifax, Nova Scotia
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Betweem 1928 and 1971 over 1.5 million immigrants passed through Halifax on their way to new lives in Canada. They arrived by ship and landed at Pier 21 in the south end of Halifax. The museum is housed in the last remaining immigration clearing shed in Canada and is named for it and it's mission is to explore the immigration experience that so many thousands went through. The facility is also a research centre for people wanting to trace their geneology. The museum aims to celebrate all immigrants to Canada from the early days after the country was formed in 1867 onwards, bringing a large multicultural building block to Canada. The original Pier 21 was a complex of buildings that include...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 13, 2008

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

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

Attraction | "Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (The)"

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Photo, Halifax, Nova Scotia
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The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is soon to celebrate their 100th year. It began life as the Nova Scotia Museum of Fine Arts and has has many homes, including a powder magazine in the Halifax Citadel. It moved into it's current building, a fine old Victorian heap, in 1988 and 10 years later, the AGNS took over two floors of a neighbouring building as well. The two are connected underground by another exhibition space. The main building is the 1865 Dominion Building at what used to be called "Cheapside" but is now flanked by Hollis Street and Bedford Row. It is only steps from the ferry terminal and waterfront where there is a pay and display parking lot. The Art Gallery has permanent exhibit...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 26, 2008

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
1723 Hollis Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 1V9
(902) 424-7542

Seahorse Tavern

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Seahorse Tavern Photo, Halifax, Nova Scotia
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The Seahorse was founded in 1948 and is one of the oldest pubs in Halifax. It's a basic bar, not pretty, not fancy and it's got an eclectic mix of clientele. You might see university students, art students, military (sailors), office workers and the like. The menu is standard pub grub and it's pretty darn good grub, too. They often have live music as well as DJ nights and and Open Mike night. Square and long scarred wooden tables, vinyl booth seats and wooden chairs, the bar has more character than style but those that like it, like it a lot. It's underground so there is no outdoor light. Find it on Argyle Street, a block south of the Parade Square on the harbour side. You'll see the Seahorse sign ove...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 10, 2008

Seahorse Tavern
1665 Argyle Street
Halifax B3J 2B5
(902) 423-7200

Alexander Keith's Brewery

Attraction | "Alexander Keith's Brewery Tour"

Alexander Keith's Brewery Photo, Halifax, Nova Scotia
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Keith's Brewery is the oldest working brewery in North America. Alexander Keith founded it in the early 1800s and his beer has been brewed here in one location or another ever since. The current location is in the old stone brewery building near the waterfront. Alexander Keith owned this building as well as a home on Hollis Street, just above it (Keith Hall). The beer was brewed in the Olands' brewery for some time but moved back to the historic listed building which also houses the Halifax Farmers' Market, also one of the oldest markets in Canada. Currently, they offer a brewery tour with costumed actors as guides. The tour ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 17, 2008

Alexander Keith's Brewery
The Brewery Marketshop, 1496 Lower Water Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 1R9
(902) 455-1474

Halifax Highland Games and Scottish Festival

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Attraction | "Highland Flinging - Och Aye!"

Halifax Highland Games and Scottish Festival Photo, Halifax, Nova Scotia
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The Halifax Highland Games and Scottish Festival is held on a Saturday in July every year. Up to this year (2008) it has been held at the Wanderers Grounds in Halifax, near the foot of Citadel Hill. This year the organizers were a bit late booking the field and lost the venue so scrambled to find a new one. They found a field and booked it. They used the Dartmouth Commons on the other side of the harbour and the venue was perfect! There is a large ball field behind Bicentennial school by Dartmouth High School and all the tents and events were set up there. The Commons below that was an ideal space for practicing and setting up "camp" for the various pipe bands and groups. They have a row...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 26, 2008

Halifax Highland Games and Scottish Festival
Sackville Street and Bell Road
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia B2Y 3Z3
+1 902 469 2023