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Halifax Tips and Things to Do

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Local mags are The Coast and Where Magazine for Halifax.

Restaurants i have heard good things about Waterfront Warehouse and McKelive's and Fishermen's Wharf are good for lobster. (i didn't try any of these so i can't give you 'sure bets' but have heard secondhand that they're good.

Peggy's Cove most popular touristy thing to do. It's an island with garden area (i think) but the view of the city at sunset is supposedly great (so time your day accordingly if you decide to do this)

Public Gardens, not sure if they replanted/fixed this up as we were in Halifax right after Hurican Juan so the gardens were closed, although the devistation could still be seen and you could see first hand the effect it had on the people in the area (imagne something destroying a specific section of Central Park). Here is a pic we took:

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Keiths Brewery is an old brewery and they give tours roughly every half hour. Cost is about $7/pp but they give you a couple of beers at the end of the tour.

SwissAir 111 Memorial for the plane that went down

Hop-on/Hop-off Tours by DoubleDecker Tours or Harbour Hopper

Citadel is a historic building that gives tours and/or walk around. Still has a 'militry feel' with their own version of changing of the guard and firing a cannon every day

Farmer's Market at 1496 Lower Water St and only on Saturday 7am-1pm (double check time). Nice local scene with local produce, crafts, and baked goods. Here's a pic:

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Bud the Spud's Chip Wagon whose fries (or chips as they're called) are known throughout the land. Sold out of a truck which is parked in front of the public library. Owned by very friendly folks and it's nice doing business (even if it's just purchasing fries) with such people. They're double fried so how bad could they taste? (and how bad could they be for you?) If you face the library and walk 2 blocks or so toward the left there is a coffee shop and if you buy anything you can use the computers in the back for 30 minutes for free internet access. Might come in handy if you need to check email and such. (computers are functional but not state of the art)

Donair Sandwiches are upiquitous in these parts although i have never heard of one until i was researching my own trip... so i had to try one! They're very similar to a gyro, but don't tell anyone there that i said that! :)

Lower Deck pub with live music and sometimes comdey

Maritime Museum if you have interest in such things.

There is also a lot of history to the city as, i forget the story (i'm not much into history), but there was a BIG explosion during the war (not sure I or II or neither) where a ship in port carrying explosives exploded and destoryed a large part of the city's population. Many of those that weren't killed were impaired for life and almost everyone was directly affected. After this there was a change in policy about how ammunition was transported, loaded, and unloaded. I'm sure you can find out more of the facts behind the event at the Maritime museum mentioned above.

It's a great walking city too as it's somewhat small and has a 'college feel' to it. There's also a casino if you're interested.

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Public Gardens, not sure if they replanted/fixed this up as we were in Halifax right after Hurican Juan so the gardens were closed, although the devistation could still be seen and you could see first hand the effect it had on the people in the area (imagne something destroying a specific section of Central Park).

They've certainly fixed it. I was there 2 weeks ago (Aug 28) and there's no trace of any hurricane damage.

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A lot has changed in Halifax. Many of the mature trees have been cut down in the Public Gardens and Point Pleasant Park. Peggy's Cove is more touristy friendly now. The big boulders have been removed so that people can safely walk along the man-made paths now. Be sure to check out the Tall Ships and Buskers when they're there usually around August. The concert on the hill (Citadel Hill) and the fireworks in July are fun but very crowded. have fun!

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I went there a last year and this was by far my favorite place to hang out...

Go to the Brewery Market between Hollis and Lower Water Streets. On Saturdays it's always busy and you can view paintings, hand made scarves and some leather works. My wife and I really had a good time there and the beer was great too!

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I went to Halifax downtown and harbour in 2003, definitely beautiful, no pollution. The color of sky and the sea are pretty.

People in Halifax are just like people in other maritime provinces --- FRIENDLY and warm-hearted.

However, it was quite windy in October, and my eyes didn't feel well if I didn't wear sunglasses. :)

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Don't waste your time or money going to Fishermen's Wharf - it's a typical tourist trap. Food is average and service is inconsistent. McKelvies has great food and service (most locals say it is 1 of the top 3 restaurants in the city); my only complaint is they don't currently don't serve Guinness or any other "good body" (i.e. dark) stout, ale or beer. However, the Irish pub across the street does and is good fun, live entertainment, service and good, reasonably priced pub grub.

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Downtown Halifax is a great place to explore. There are many old buildings, the art gallery, theatres, pubs, and interesting shops and museums. The waterfront area is interesting to walk along. One of my favorite things to do in Halifax is to take the ferry to Dartmouth where there is also a waterfront walking area, perhaps stop at a restaurant, the local theatre, library then turn around and ferry back to Halifax. You get a great view of the waterfront and the price is right. You can also take a boat ride to MacNabs Island for a day of hiking and exploring.

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