Halifax Travel Guide

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Halifax Things to Do

  • Halifax Citadel National Historic Site

    It is literally impossible to go anywhere in downtown Halifax and not notice the Citadel as it is the most prominent feature in the city, set on a height which, I suppose, is why it is there in the first place as an easily defensible and militarily advantageous place. The Citadel (why it is called that I have no idea) is situated on a large hill...

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  • Peggy's Cove

    This a small rural community and it is a photographer's paradise! I went there during the summer and it was windy and a little cloudy so it is always better to know the condition of the weather to enjoy the view. Also there is a memorial sight of The Swissair Flight 111 tragedy. You can watch a documentary about it...

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  • Alexander Keith's Brewery

    4 out of 5 stars

    It will come as no surprise to regular readers of my pages here on Virtual Tourist that Ilike the odd drink and so a suggested trip to the Alexander Keith Brewery in Halifax sounded right up my street. I should say that I am generally a cider drinker but I had developed taste for the "red ales" which appear to be quite popular in the Maritime...

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Halifax Restaurants

  • Salty's On the Waterfront

    4 out of 5 stars

    Salty's on the waterfront in one of the best restaurants around. On the first floor you have a great view over the water, which will bring an automatic romantic setting in the evening. I have only positive memories of this restaurant. Bring your money and enjoy! Be aware, there's a Downstairs Menu and an Upstairs Menu (the latter is more high...

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  • La Cave

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    La Cave is a wonderful small "cafe" style restaurant in the basement of a building. The ambiance is incredible: each section of the restaurant devided into their own "private " rooms for a maximum of intimacy. The staff is great, deserts and coffee remarkable, but unfortunately, entrees are not what they could be. This is definately a great place...

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  • Economy Shoe Shop

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    This is a nice restaurant in one of the oldest Halifax buildings. Ideal for students, backpackers, tourist ...... well, just everybody. There are 3 bars, the Backstage Bar, The Diamond Bar and the Belgium bar. Monday night is Jazz night and on tuesdays there will be reading nights at times. In short: There's always something happening artwise.

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Halifax Nightlife

  • Pubs, Clubs and Taverns - General

    Club Nîche is a supper Club and Lounge. The club offers breakfast from 6.30AM (including for the guests of the next door Four Points Sheraton Hotel), lunches and dinners Live Music at the weekends. Summertime terrace. Inside formal to casual. Terrace: as you are.

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  • Liquor Dome, The

    The Dome is actually several bars under one roof. Originally, and officially it was five individual bars, all interconnected but because it was such a draw, everyone called it the "liquor dome"... The management succumbed and now call it the "Entertainment Dome" or "The dome" as it's still known by the locals. The two bars on the lower level on...

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  • Lower Deck, The

    We liked the Lower Deck so much we went back there our last night in Halifax. Not only was the "Alexander Keith's Beef Stew", served in a bowl of bread, out of this world, but around 10 p.m., a band called Signal Hill started playing live music (a combination of traditional songs and pop hits from the '80s and '90s). We stayed until the wee hours,...

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Halifax Transportation

  • Bus Service

    Public transportation is limited to the bus and the harbour ferry. It's not too bad a system for the most part though weekends and holiday service is a bit sparser. Main routes are serviced regularly then at least and there are improvements in the offing. 2014 prices: Adult prices: It costs $2.50 for a bus ride, and you can ask for a paper...

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  • Ferry Service

    The oldest ferry in Canada, this is now a passenger ferry that crosses Halifax Harbour from 6:30 a.m. to midnight. It used to carry vehicles but when the MacDonald bridge opened in 1955 it soon became a foot passenger ferry. Fares are the same as the bus fares (see other tip) as it's all the same transportation network. You can use your monthly...

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  • Airport Shuttle

    Halifax International Airport is about a 20-30 minute drive from the city or longer, depending on where you're starting out. They put it out there to get away from the fog but fog still happens! Update: There is an Airport shuttle run by Maritime Bus that you can get from the airport to various downtownHalifax hotels with two stops in Dartmouth,...

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Halifax Shopping

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  • Music

    Halifax Folklore Center started at 1971. The shop is owned by Tom and Marla Dorward. Tom is a graduated at the Dalhousie University and started teaching math, but that only lasted a year, because of his love for music. Both Tom and Marla are musicians and they care about the instruments and the people who play them. Business hours: Mo-We: 11AM -...

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  • Farmer's Market

    On sundays there are several Fleamarkets and/or Farmer's Markets organized in and around Halifax. The best one is the Middle Sackville Fleamarket at the parking lot of the Downsville Mall. During the winter this one is indoors at the Atlantic Exhibition Center starting at 8AM. 2008 Update: They went indoors next to the Dollarama shop. 2012 Update:...

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  • Halifax Shopping Center

    The Halifax Shopping Centre is a huge shopping centre with over 170 shops and services and with a unique combination of of big box and traditional retail, including Sears and Sears Outlet Store, the largest Walmart and Sobeys in Atlantic Canada, popular small box retailers such as Winners, Pier I Imports and Coast Mountain as well as a unique blend...

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Halifax Local Customs

  • ~ How Much Do I Tip? ~

    It is expected here when you go to a restaurant, spa, bar, and other areas like this to tip the server, bartender, or whomever is working on you. The expected rate varies from 5% to 20%. If you head into a restaurant and the server takes too long with your drinks, messes up your order -- well that would be in the 5% range. If that server has been...

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  • Festivals

    All summer long there are festivals and events happening in the HRM region. The season generally kicks off in early June with Greekfest, a celebration of the Greek community at St. George's Orthodox church. This is followed soon after by the Multicultural Festival on the Dartmouth Waterfront. There is the Jazzfest in July, Buskerfest in August,...

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  • Famous Haligonians

    Sidney Crosby- Cole Harbour N.S.- amazing hockey player. Captain of Team Canada, Plays professionally for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Same birthday as mine (i like!)Sarah McLachlan- wonderful singer/songwriter from Halifax.

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Halifax Warnings and Dangers

  • Safety

    Halifax is a very safe city overall. Areas to stay clear of include Gottingen (only at night...during day is not horrible at all and there is a major police detachment right there), Uniacke Square (off of Gottingen), and some streets slightly outside the city around Dutch Village has been experiencing more crime. On the Dartmouth side, the...

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  • Driving

    During my 2012 visit I noticed many areas with ongoing construction or better said: demolition. Some historical buildings suddenly are gone forever. I hope some landmarks will be saved. Nova Centre webcam at Argyle street.

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  • Peggy's Cove

    When enjoying the breathtaking view of Nova Scotoa's Coastline beware of the dangers of huge rogue waves. Although some of the coastline melts into wide beaches most has a very rugged cliff stewn edge. Many people have lost there lives walking too far out on the rocks and being swept out to the ocean . This is especially true around the tourist...

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Halifax Tourist Traps

  • Peggy's Cove

    Lighthouse on a granite out crop..China /Japan ..Over priced souvenirs...Lousy restaurant..on a cruise ship day ..LAST place on the planet you want to be...Looks like a fishing village..the only thing they fish is....TOURISTS "DONT GO" Spend you time in Halifax exploring a very beautiful and historic city...Titanic April 12 1912..Halifax Explosion...

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  • Bus Tours

    There is a company locally that offers double decker bus tours around the city center of Halifax. You can hop on and hop off at various locations and the ticket is good for 48 hours. Why is it a tourist trap? Bloody hell it costs $43 CAD per adult! A family ticket, (2 adults, 2 kids, what if you have more kids?) is $88 CAD. They offer an addon that...

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  • Halifax Harbour Waterfront

    As much as I love the Halifax Harbourfront and the Historic Properties, I must say that it is absolutely seething with tourist traps. Every little souvenier store and trinket shop marks up their tacky crap so that unsuspecting tourists will get gouged. If you want souveniers, avoid this area and go to the outlying malls or even just up the hill...

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Halifax What to Pack

  • Jacket for the cool summer evenings

    Light or something with wheels . There's a walk for the arrivals at the airport. The downtown area can be covered by foot so bring comfortable shoes. We have it all.. Drugstores are open every day. Lots!! Great photo opportunities!! We have gorgeous scenic coastlines ....huge cliffs and rolling beaches. If you come in October you'll be treated...

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  • Umbrellas? Don't bother

    Halifax is on the sea coast. As a result we get a fair bit of wind/breeze. And rain. While it might not be as rainy as some places, be prepared for rain in any season, even winter. Umbrellas, however, aren't much use to you because of the wind. You'll spend more time turning them back right side in than you will protecting yourself with it.

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  • Pack it !

    If you are going hiking/camping you will probably want a waterproof bag. You will probably want a rain jacket. at some point. Somtimes if it's really windy, your umbrella will flip inside out so if you are going to bring an umbrella, bring a wind-resistant one.Bring hiking shoes or sneakers with a good grip if you plan on going on day trips to...

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Halifax Off The Beaten Path

  • Coastal Walks

    We did a really neat two hour hike on the afternoon of my arrival in Nova Scotia. Its called the Barrens, its not far from Peggy's Cove and its like a world apart. It was not a difficult hike, most of it was pretty easy, and the scenes, the formations of rocks, the effects of erosion were fascinating especially when you see the shapes it has...

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  • Peggy's Cove

    Peggy's Cove might be to Nova Scotia what Tadoussac is to Quebec: a very well-known tiny village! Founded in 1811, Peggy's Cove only has a population of 40, and yet each year thousands of tourists flock to the village to admire its unique landscape and take a picture of the lighthouse, making it one of the most photographed lighthouses in the...

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  • Fisherman's Cove

    Fisherman's Cove, in Eastern Passage, Dartmouth, was a fishing village and has recently been developed with a boardwalk and shops. There is a large restaurant, Boondocks though i find it a bit expensive and there are a line of small "shacks" housing craft shops, a gallery and a cafe along one side. There is a long boardwalk as well that goes out to...

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Halifax Sports & Outdoors

  • Biking

    I HEART BICYCLES was founded by Sarah Craig founded on July 1, 2011. The small shop offers bicycle tours, bike rentals, dating services and bicycle related merchandise. Bicycly rental fees: 1 hr CAD 9.00 2 hrs CAD 15.00 3 hrs CAD 20.00 4 hrs CAD 25.00 1 Day CAD 45.00 Available bicycle tours: Old Halifax, New Halifax (~2hr); CAD 39.00 Old...

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  • On Foot - Walking, Running, Hiking

    Walking, running and hiking seems to be very popular. The Point Pleasant Park is good for a run. If you are more into the extremes try the Citadel hill for a chance. For a pleasant walk go to the Public Gardens during daytime. If you are a car driver be aware of the many runners that go through town on the early and late hours and in the...

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  • Marathon

    The Blue Nose Marathon is a great running event that takes place in Halifax in May. I ran in the 5th annual event and I am not sure where to start. The registration was straight forward. There were literally thousand of volunteers and it was sort of like a festival with events starting on Friday and ending Sunday night. The course itself was...

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Halifax Favorites

  • Downtown Halifax

    VYTAIEMO is an Ukrainian greeting after which a statue is named placed in the Coastal Park opposite the Westin Hotel. It is dedicated to the centenary celebration of the Ukrainian immigrants that came to Canada in 1891-1892. The statue displays the 1891 and 1991 Canadian flags as a display of past, present and future.

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  • Waterfront / Historic Properties

    Most of the best attractions are within walking distance of each other. The Maritime Museum, the Citadel, Historic Properties and the restaurants and shops along the waterfront can all be accessed by walking. The Maritime Museum is excellent overall, but skip the extra cost "Titanic 3-D movie--you have seen it all on TV already and 3-D glasses...

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  • Halifax Harbour

    The Halifax Port Authority key facilities are: -Fairview Cove Container Terminal -South End Container Terminal -Richmond Terminals -Ocean Terminals, piers A - A1 and piers 23-24 -Halifax Seaport. Other harbour facilities: -National Gypsum wharf -CN halifax intermodal terminal -Halifax Grain elevator -Imperial Oil Wharves -Maritime Forces...

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