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Guidebook for Halifax

Ashley

Guidebook for Halifax

Parks & Nature
Great scenic trails for a run or a walk at the southern tip of the peninsula. Lots of people and a nice view of the arm and opening of the harbour. You forget you’re in a city. About 1km from the condo.
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Point Pleasant Park
5530 Point Pleasant Dr
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Great scenic trails for a run or a walk at the southern tip of the peninsula. Lots of people and a nice view of the arm and opening of the harbour. You forget you’re in a city. About 1km from the condo.
Opens in spring weather depending, but houses beautiful flowers and ducks in the summer. Nice to stroll through.
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Jardins publics d'Halifax
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Opens in spring weather depending, but houses beautiful flowers and ducks in the summer. Nice to stroll through.
I love this hike. There are two old crumbling WW2 era lookout stations along the way, and 2 light houses visible during the hike. Total hiking time is about 3 hours or 8km (to the end and back) and it is not a loop. | 30 minutes from the condo.
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Duncans Cove
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I love this hike. There are two old crumbling WW2 era lookout stations along the way, and 2 light houses visible during the hike. Total hiking time is about 3 hours or 8km (to the end and back) and it is not a loop. | 30 minutes from the condo.
My favourite beach in the winter or the summer. Tends to only be locals and less crowded than the other beaches. You’ll drive through Cole Harbour (NHL facts, home of Sidney Crosby and Nathan MacKinnon) and Lawrence Town (popular surf locations) | 40 minutes outside the city.
Conrad's Beach
My favourite beach in the winter or the summer. Tends to only be locals and less crowded than the other beaches. You’ll drive through Cole Harbour (NHL facts, home of Sidney Crosby and Nathan MacKinnon) and Lawrence Town (popular surf locations) | 40 minutes outside the city.
Iconic Nova Scotia landmark. And the drive there is nice – I suggest the lighthouse route vs. the highway (you’ll pass the Duncan’s Cove hike site). Take photos. Walk around the rocks. But be careful! Sadly, people are swept off the rocks by waves when they get too close. | 45 minutes from the condo.
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Peggys Cove
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Iconic Nova Scotia landmark. And the drive there is nice – I suggest the lighthouse route vs. the highway (you’ll pass the Duncan’s Cove hike site). Take photos. Walk around the rocks. But be careful! Sadly, people are swept off the rocks by waves when they get too close. | 45 minutes from the condo.
Sightseeing
fully admit, it has been many years since I have explored inside the fort, but it’s neat if you’re interested in history and forts. Regardless, it’s worth a stroll up the hill for the view – stick to visiting during the day. Many people fight the development of new buildings that would block the view. We’ll leave that debate for another time.
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Lieu historique national de la Citadelle-d'Halifax
5425 Sackville St
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fully admit, it has been many years since I have explored inside the fort, but it’s neat if you’re interested in history and forts. Regardless, it’s worth a stroll up the hill for the view – stick to visiting during the day. Many people fight the development of new buildings that would block the view. We’ll leave that debate for another time.
It is $2.50 to cross the Harbour - make sure you take the Alderney Ferry for downtown Dartmouth and ask for a transfer. If you don’t stay for too long, say long enough for a croissant at TIBS, you should be able to get back for free. This is a great way to see the view of the Halifax Water Front.
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Halifax Ferry Terminal
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It is $2.50 to cross the Harbour - make sure you take the Alderney Ferry for downtown Dartmouth and ask for a transfer. If you don’t stay for too long, say long enough for a croissant at TIBS, you should be able to get back for free. This is a great way to see the view of the Halifax Water Front.
Shopping
Lively on Saturday morning. Lots of local food and crafts. The Cake Lady makes delicious pretzels (favourite: cinnamon) and there is a chef who sings while he cooks your breakfast. I can’t remember the name of the place, but you’ll hear him.
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Halifax Seaport Farmers' Market
1209 Marginal Rd
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Lively on Saturday morning. Lots of local food and crafts. The Cake Lady makes delicious pretzels (favourite: cinnamon) and there is a chef who sings while he cooks your breakfast. I can’t remember the name of the place, but you’ll hear him.
Cute little boutique that carries many local designers. If you take my reusable Sweet Pea Bag in the box of other reusable bags, you'll receive 10% off your purchase.
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Sweet Pea Boutique
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Cute little boutique that carries many local designers. If you take my reusable Sweet Pea Bag in the box of other reusable bags, you'll receive 10% off your purchase.
Unique finds for both men's and women's clothing. Also a place to find interesting items for your home. Think Urban Outfitters, but with a cooler Halifax twist.
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Biscuit General Store
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Unique finds for both men's and women's clothing. Also a place to find interesting items for your home. Think Urban Outfitters, but with a cooler Halifax twist.
Just like any other shopping mall, has your expected available in Canada clothing chains. Minus a few that haven't made it this far east yet.
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Halifax Shopping Centre
7001 Mumford Rd
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Just like any other shopping mall, has your expected available in Canada clothing chains. Minus a few that haven't made it this far east yet.
Everything Else
Lots of restaurants, shops and people - you'll find locals and tourists here. A popular place to run when it isn’t swarming with people. You can also rent bikes and segways or sign up for a tour. Also the option to just walk the length of the boardwalk. In the summer there are often buskers found here.
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Halifax Waterfront
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Lots of restaurants, shops and people - you'll find locals and tourists here. A popular place to run when it isn’t swarming with people. You can also rent bikes and segways or sign up for a tour. Also the option to just walk the length of the boardwalk. In the summer there are often buskers found here.
Entertainment & Activities
In the winter you ice skate and in the summer you roller skate. Located on the Halifax Common (where farmers took their cattle to feed back in the day), it is a popular spot. I spend many evenings there. You can rent skates for free, just bring your ID.
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Emera Oval
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In the winter you ice skate and in the summer you roller skate. Located on the Halifax Common (where farmers took their cattle to feed back in the day), it is a popular spot. I spend many evenings there. You can rent skates for free, just bring your ID.
I think every city with water and roads has one of these amphibious vehicles. I say every year I’m going to take a tour and from what I catch when they pass, it is a great way to learn about the city.
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Harbour Hopper Tours
1751 Lower Water St
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I think every city with water and roads has one of these amphibious vehicles. I say every year I’m going to take a tour and from what I catch when they pass, it is a great way to learn about the city.
Sometimes, Netflix just doesn't cut it. Fortunately, the theatre is close and normally has good options playing.
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Cineplex Cinemas Park Lane
5657 Spring Garden Rd
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Sometimes, Netflix just doesn't cut it. Fortunately, the theatre is close and normally has good options playing.
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Neptune Theatre
1593 ARGYLE ST
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Arts & Culture
That may not sound exciting, but it is new and cool. There are lots of people and many nooks and sections to explore. Was on CNN top-10 list for eye-popping new buildings in 2014. Just shy of 1km from the condo.
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Halifax Central Library
5440 Spring Garden Rd
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That may not sound exciting, but it is new and cool. There are lots of people and many nooks and sections to explore. Was on CNN top-10 list for eye-popping new buildings in 2014. Just shy of 1km from the condo.
Food Scene
A quick scoot across the harbour – take the ferry! They have these delicious, amazing, billion calorie croissants (so worth it) and cookies the size of your face. And coffee. $
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Two If By Sea Cafe
66 Ochterloney St
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A quick scoot across the harbour – take the ferry! They have these delicious, amazing, billion calorie croissants (so worth it) and cookies the size of your face. And coffee. $
Home of the famous Peanut Butter Burger. My personal favourite is the Original Pita with cranberry and an order of fried pickles. Conveniently a five-minute walk from the condo. $$
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Darrell's Restaurant
5576 Fenwick Street
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Home of the famous Peanut Butter Burger. My personal favourite is the Original Pita with cranberry and an order of fried pickles. Conveniently a five-minute walk from the condo. $$
Cool vibe. If you’re not an adventurous eater, it may not be for you. I love the Bibimbap and the Kimchi. Usually requires a reservation (7 p.m. and 9 p.m. seatings) or you can sit at the bar. $$$
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Agricola Street Brasserie
2540 Agricola St
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Cool vibe. If you’re not an adventurous eater, it may not be for you. I love the Bibimbap and the Kimchi. Usually requires a reservation (7 p.m. and 9 p.m. seatings) or you can sit at the bar. $$$
My favourite. Local food. Making a decision whether to get a menu item or the special is a challenge every time. Doesn’t take reservations. Good for brunch and dinner. $$$
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Edna
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My favourite. Local food. Making a decision whether to get a menu item or the special is a challenge every time. Doesn’t take reservations. Good for brunch and dinner. $$$
Cool vibe. Awesome food. Fun beer cocktails. Closed on Mondays. Doesn’t take reservations, but can grab a drink next door at Temple while you wait. They will call you. Good for brunch and dinner. $$$
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2 Doors Down Food & Wine Halifax
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Cool vibe. Awesome food. Fun beer cocktails. Closed on Mondays. Doesn’t take reservations, but can grab a drink next door at Temple while you wait. They will call you. Good for brunch and dinner. $$$