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#84461 - 09/23/07 12:53 PM Cool stuff to do in Halifax
deborah Administrator
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Ching Shih

Registered: 05/27/00
Posts: 3901
Loc: Funkytown

Prof. Frink is going to Halifax on business every now and then and we don't really know anyone out there, so we're in search of informed locals (or ex-Haligonians, or whatever) who can let us know about cool stuff to do in Halifax. As most of you will know, Frink's big on science and tech-y things, but he also likes music, good restaurants, art galleries, museums, bookstores, comics, films, festivals, etc. What's fun to do in Halifax, esp. in the few hours after work on a week night? He doesn't have too many weekend days there. Thanks!
#84497 - 10/01/07 11:11 AM Re: Cool stuff to do in Halifax [Re: deborah]
Ching Shih

Registered: 06/13/02
Posts: 2744
Loc: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Via email, from an acquaintance who lives there...

Evenings are a good time to check out local restaurants (or microbreweries - Ginger's Tavern has a great selection of beers) or see a play - The Miracle Worker is playing at Neptune Theatre right now, as are several other independent productions near the downtown area. The waterfront walkway, depending on the weather, is also a great way to see the harbour side of the city. There are at least two tall ships that sail with tourists aboard, and there are two museum ships (a hydrographic vessel and a WWII corvette) that have self-guided tours. They are part of the Maritime Marine Museum, which has several permanent and rotating displays in its main building as well as a sailboat collection and low-light artifact viewing areas.

If you've got a lunch hour and it's sunny, the Public Gardens are on Spring Garden Road and have an assortment of Victorian flower beds, fountains, ducks and swans as well as plenty of benches to sit on. There is also the Old Burial Ground at the foot of Spring Garden Road and Barrington, which has gravestones from early residents of Halifax.

I have to recommend Dustjacket Used Books in the Aliant plaza - in fact it's right across from the Old Burial Ground. They have great pricing and the employees are extremely knowledgable and very helpful! Both Barrington St and Spring Garden Road have boutiques and chain stores, lots of coffee shops and banks, etc.

If you've got a car and are up for a little easy sightseeing, a quick drive down to Point Pleasant Park (and a slightly longer walk through it) will show you lovely waterfront views (both industrial and natural) and the remains of several forts and the oldest Martello tower in Canada! And don't forget the Halifax Citadel, which is uphill anywhere from the downtown core and fires a noon gun every day. I'm not sure if it's still open to its capacity now that tourist season is over.

There is always a lot of live music going on in bars, there is a free weekly newspaper that comes out on Thursdays that gives you all sorts of event listings. And most of the people who live here are friendly, so if yo'ure not sure where you're going, just ask someone!

#85863 - 04/01/08 04:18 PM Re: Cool stuff to do in Halifax [Re: StephA]
Ching Shih

Registered: 12/17/02
Posts: 719

In the summer, I would recommend renting a car and taking the 1-hour drive west to the Annapolis Valley. Grand Pre, Wolfville, Kentville, Canning, and Hall's Harbour and area make a nice day trip. Just Us Coffee in Grand Pre is nice, and the winery. There's a lookoff over the whole valley on the north mountain, a cheese place called Fox Hill, a nice resaurant called Between the Bushes at a big highbush blueberry farm, and some crafts places. Hall's Harbour is good for rock hounding. Many tiny geodes everywhere. (Not so good for lobster...overcooked...beware!)

In Halifax, there's a nice Turkish restaurant called Anatolia (on Dresden Row off Spring Garden, I think). A bit pricey, but delicious and lovely decor. Also check our Pete's Frootique which is right in the same area, if you're a foodie, that is. There are studio tour maps published for the different regions (including a Halifax one) every year which list fine craft studios you can visit. Also, some nice galleries down near the water...some featuring NSCAD student work. And there's a nice used book store on Barrington on a corner somewhere. Downtown is small, so you can't miss it. On Robie street you can go through Steve-o-reno's Cappucino drive through for an astonishingly good drive through coffee. StephA is right. Much good live music to be found in the clubs and pubs. Also, for a decent meal in a really quirky setting, try the Economy Shoe Shop (downtown).

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