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ULTIMATE Family fun, outdoor adventures, living history, and so much more—our annual look at what we love most about the city

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On behalf of the Hotel Association of Nova Scotia, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the Metro area, and our capital city, Halifax. Nova Scotia is rich in beauty, heritage and culture, and we are pleased to share it with you. Our exclusive visitor magazine, Where Halifax, will help you discover all there is to experience during your visit. This month, our annual “Ultimate Halifax” (page 17) feature returns, as we share all we love most about our city. Discover historic sites, unique neighbourhoods, natural splendour, and much more. And if you’re a hockey fan, you picked a great month to visit. From May 16–26, Scotiabank Centre on Duke Street is home to the Memorial Cup (page 51), as the Halifax Mooseheads (page 51) battle the champions of the Quebec, Ontario, and Western major-junior hockey leagues. Where is designed to help make the most of your time by assisting you with decisions such as where to shop, where to dine and what to see and do. Please feel free to take this magazine along with you on your journey—with our compliments. Our goal is to ensure your stay in one of Canada’s most extraordinary provinces is a memorable one. Should you have any questions, or require assistance of any kind during your visit, please ask any member of your hotel’s staff. Enjoy your stay and come back soon.





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THE GUIDE 17 ULTIMATE HALIFAX ENTERTAINMENT PAGES 50–51 >> The scoop on hot events, exhibits, theatre, and music


SHOPPING PAGES 52–58 >> Major shopping areas, speciality stores, boutiques, and gift shops DINING PAGES 59–68 >> Eat your way through the city TOURS AND FAMILY FUN PAGES 69–70 THE ESSENTIAL CITY PAGES EC1–EC9 >> Attractions EC1 >> Getting Around EC2 >> Historic Sites EC2 >> Parks EC6 >> Museums EC7 >> Science Centres EC9 MAPS PAGES EC12–EC17

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What’s one event visitors to the city shouldn’t miss in May? ​

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Halifax is very excited to host the 101st edition of the Memorial Cup (page 51) from May 16–26 at Scotiabank Centre. Visitors from all around will be heading into town to see the championship majorjunior hockey action, featuring our hometown team the Halifax Mooseheads (page 51).

Live-music fans should head to The Celtic Corner (page 67) across from Alderney Landing in Dartmouth. It’s open daily, with frequent live local Maritime music. You will get a true experience of what it’s like to be a Maritimer.

If visitors are exploring downtown Dartmouth, what should be on their itinerary? ​ ead over to the farmers’ market at Alderney Landing H where the Halifax Transit (page EC2) ferries dock. This market is open on Saturday, Sunday, and Wednesday, offering everything from baked goods to handmade jewelry and clothing. After the market you can head to 33 Alderney Dr. for a light delicious lunch at Coffee Matters. They have a menu that features traditional Newfoundland food like turkey and dressing and Nans Goulash.

Where can fresh-air fanatics go for an enjoyable day? ​ ead over to Shubie Park (page EC6) in H Dartmouth with the whole family. Stay a night or two on the camping grounds or take a nice walk along the beautiful dog-friendly tails. Soak up the fascinating history of the Shubenacadie Canal (page EC2) and recharge in the peaceful forest.

Where should visitors go to discover local artistic talents? ​ Art Zone on Barrington Street in Halifax offers local artists an opportunity to showcase their work. It’s open Monday to Saturday from noon–8pm. This is a great place to stop and have a look at Nova Scotia’s raw talent.  

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May 26–June 9 For some four decades, the Scotia Festival of Music (page 51) has brought some of the world’s top musical talents to Halifax for a two-week celebration of chamber music. This year features another all-star lineup, including erstwhile Symphony Nova Scotia conductor Bernhard Gueller, violinist Airi Yoshioka, pianist Simon Docking, and soprano Pascale Beaudin. Concerts at the Dalhousie Arts Centre and the Peggy Corkum Music Room.


May 16–26 The Canadian Hockey League’s Memorial Cup (page 51) is one of hockey’s most venerable trophies. The Halifax Mooseheads (page 51) host the champions of the Quebec, Ontario, and Western major-junior hockey leagues as they battle for the national title. Before becoming pros, stars like Carey Price, Sidney Crosby, and Connor McDavid earned their spurs in the CHL.


Continuing through June 2 Tara Jackson stars as Celie in The Color Purple at Neptune Theatre (page 51), in the company’s most-talked-about production of the year. The Oprah Winfrey-produced Broadway run of this musical adaptation of the Alice Walker novel was a critical and popular hit.


May 8–12 Canadians will recognize floorball as a grown-up version of the classic childhood game of floor hockey. The city hosts the sport’s top young competitors this month, as the Men’s U19 World Floorball Championship (page 51) moves outside Europe for the first time. See the action at Dalplex in Halifax and the Sportsplex in Dartmouth. 10 MAY 2019

May 4 The Cecilia Concert Series PHILIP CHIU (page 51) presents an ideal pairing of music and food. Montreal’s Chef Sean Murray Smith prepares a seven-course dinner (matched with fine wines), accompanied by a live performance by musician-inresidence/pianist Philip Chiu and Toronto Symphony Orchestra concert master/ violinist Jonathan Crow.

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• Continuing at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (page 50) on Hollis Street, The Shore, Wind and View in Gaff Point features paintings by Hangama Amiri about childhood memory, cross-cultural dialogue, and feminism. • Twenty-four local artists comprise the Art 1274 Hollis (page 50) cooperative, featuring an everchanging selection of new works in a variety of media. Welded, an exhibition of new metal works by Al Hattie, opens on May 2. • From May 2–26, the Craig Gallery (page 50) at Alderney Landing in Dartmouth—where the Halifax Transit (page EC2) ferries dock— features Rag and Bone. Artist Genvieve Killin explores the passage of time with plaster-work abstractions of objects found in the wilderness.

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Continuing Visit Halifax of yesteryear with a tour of the Alexander Keith’s Nova Scotia Brewery (page EC1) on Lower Water Street. Costumed interpreters share the story of the legendary brewmaster (and mayor of Halifax), the brewing process, and colonial Nova Scotia. Tours available Friday–Sunday; private bookings for larger groups.

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MAY 2 METRIC The indie-rock/synthpop sensations return to Halifax, performing with July Talk at Scotiabank Centre on Argyle Street. Page 51 MAY 4–5 SYMPHONY NOVA SCOTIA Mezzo-soprano Allyson McHardy, the Nova Scotia Mass Choir, and several others join the symphony for a performance of Mozart’s majestic Great Mass in C Minor. The Dalhousie Arts Centre hosts. Page 50 MAY 5 JOHN CLEESE The legendary actor and comedian brings his Why There Is No Hope tour to Scotiabank Centre. Page 50 MAY 12 SHAWN BARKER A Tribute to Johnny Cash is an eerily spot-on tribute to the Man in Black. See Barker in the Schooner Showroom at Casino Nova Scotia. Page 50 MAY 25 MARTIN SEXTON This American singersongwriter defies genre, with influences including blues, rock, jazz, gospel, soul, and country. He performs at The Carleton. Page 63 MAY 29 HFX WANDERERS FC Halifax’s new soccer team play their first home game against York9 FC in an intimate pop-up stadium just a block from bustling Spring Garden Road. Page 51

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Inkwell Modern Handmade Boutique & Letterpress Studio (page 54) on Brunswick Street is one of the city’s most unique shops, boasting handmade limited-edition paper goods, tea towels, pottery, and jewelry by local and international artists. Letterpress printing and custom social-stationery designs.






• New at the Halifax Shopping Centre (page 58) on Mumford Road, Levi’s (page 53) boasts a variety of brand-name denim fashions for men, women, and children. • On Spring Garden Road, Olsen Europe (page 53) has fresh new looks and trends. Inspired by styles on runways and in the streets, this line is known for its quality and sophistication. Fabrics chosen to reflect a company commitment to sustainability. • In a Box (page 53) on Dresden Row is a unique little department store specializing in edgy fashions for women. You’ll also find stylish accessories such as bracelets, scarves, and handbags.

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The province’s only maker of fine, mouthblown, hand-cut crystal, NovaScotian Crystal (page EC1) showcases Old World artistry. Visit the waterfront studio on George Street to see master craftsmen transform molten sand into fine crystal creations. Its collection includes a new stemmed tulip beer glass, plus vases, candle holders, and all manner of giftware.


• Outfit the kids for the season and beyond with a trip to Urban Kids at Mic Mac Mall (page 58) in Dartmouth. This store serves the market for kids from age four to the tween years, and keeps on top of the latest fashion trends. Get a complete wardrobe from tops and bottoms, to hoodies and accessories. • For kids’ shoes, boots, active wear and accessories, stop into Twiggz (also at Mic Mac Mall). Shop for durable and stylish footwear, rain gear, and more. Dance gear, including leotards, tights, and shoes, are always in stock.


Any musician will love to shop at the Halifax Folklore Centre (page 57) on Brunswick Street. Situated in a 135-year-old Victorian home, the shop is packed with stringed musical instruments, including banjoes, guitars, mandolins, and fiddles. There is also a selection of harmonicas, tin whistles, and Appalachian dulcimers. All the staff are musicians who can offer expert advice.


Just steps from the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market (page 57), the Garrison Beer Store (page 55) on Terminal Road peddles beers from one of the province’s oldest crafter brewers. On tap, you’ll find seasonal creations and longstanding favourites like raspberry wheat, Irish red, and more.


John David Shoes (page 58) on Spring Garden Road boasts Atlantic Canada’s largest selection of women’s fashion footwear. The selection includes many exclusive brand names, such as France Mode fashion designer boots made in France.

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• Just steps from the waterfront, Shuck Seafood + Raw Bar (page 68) on Salter Street offers lightly cooked and raw fare. The raw menu features scallops and an array of local oysters, plus crab, lobster, shrimp, and more. • In addition to one of the waterfront’s largest patios, Salty’s on the Waterfront (page 68) in the Historic Properties (page EC3) boasts an array of fresh local seafood. It’s an ideal place to get your mandatory Maritime feed of fish and chips. • The Barrington Steakhouse & Oyster Bar (page 67) raises the standard for local surf and turf. This stylish restaurant in the heart of the downtown features Atlantic Canadian beef and oysters, alongside an expertly curated wine list.



• Intimate Lot Six (page 65) on Argyle Street is a must for serious cocktail aficionados. The bar offers a creative array of cocktails, including offerings like Quest of the Parsnip (tequila, lemon, parsnip, angostura bitters), Compelling Argument (Lot 40 whisky, Fernet Branca, vanilla, salted maple, absinthe, bitters), and Wise Men Say Nothing (bourbon, Ardbeg scotch, lemon, grapefruit, sage, egg white). • With its French-inspired seasonal menu, Agricola Street Brasserie (page 63) has helped turn the North End into Halifax’s hottest dining destination. Artfully prepared seasonal dishes, including fresh Atlantic seafood, pair with Nova Scotian wine and beer.



With three locations around the city, Sushi Nami Royale (page 66) is your go-to spot for Japanese fine dining, offering traditional and fusion sushi, paired with creative cocktails. Find it downtown on Dresden Row, just steps from bustling Spring Garden Road.



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Picked as one of Where Canada’s Best New Restaurants in Canada (2015), Primal Kitchen (page 63) on Brenton Street is a butchery-inspired gem. Sustainable local meats (smoked, cured, and butchered in-house) are the specialty, paired with a creative selection of local wine and beer.



The Shore Club Lobster Supper (page 68) in Hubbards is an essential Nova Scotian experience, reopening for the season on May 12. Enjoy a huge feed of fresh Atlantic lobster in the rollicking and informal setting of the Shore Club, one of the province’s last oldfashioned dance halls. The menu also includes all-you-can-eat mussels, with vegetarian, steak, chicken, and kids’ meals. Open weekends.



• Get your day off to a good start with a visit to one of the five Cora (page 64) locations around Halifax. Specializing in breakfast, this popular Quebec chain offers hearty, creative breakfast, complemented with heaps of fresh fruit. • Bagel Montreal Style (page 59) on Dartmouth’s Wyse Road offers exactly what the name says: traditional Montreal-style bagels in a variety of flavours, hand-rolled and baked in a woodburning oven. • Opening at 7am, Annie’s Place Café (page 61) on Queen Street is a Halifax favourite for hearty home-style breakfasts, with daily specials and baked goods aplenty.


• Take a break from exploring Spring Garden Road in the subterranean refuge of the Rockbottom Brew pub (page 60), where you can enjoy house-made craft beer. Locals love the zesty IPA and malty Irish red. But why play favourites? Order a sampler tray to experience all the newest brews. • The Stubborn Goat Beer Garden (page 60) on the Halifax waterfront is the ideal place to while away a sunny afternoon watching the ships go by. Alongside a rotating selection of local craft beer, you’ll find tasty noshes from the operators of the Stubborn Goat (page 60) gastropub: tacos, nachos, fish and chips, burgers, salads, and more.



Enjoy a rustic evening in the heart of North End Halifax. Agricola Street’s Timber Lounge (page 60) is a lumberjack themed bar decked with raw wood and acres of plaid. The bar features local taps and bottled beers, but axe throwing is the main draw. Safety first: staff are on-hand to train and supervise.

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Family fun, outdoor adventures, living history, and so much more—our annual look at what we love most about the city By Trevor J. Adams URBAN OASIS


Spanning six hectares in the middle of the city, the Halifax Public Gardens (page EC1) is one of North America’s finest formal Victorian gardens, with dramatic flower displays, weeping and flowering trees, fountains, and foliage plants. An oasis just steps from the bustle of Spring Garden Road, it’s an ideal spot to relax and recharge. On Sunday afternoons through the spring and summer, drop by the Victorian bandstand for free concerts featuring local musicians.

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Halifax offers visitors great opportunities to discover fresh produce, craft beer and cider, local wine, fresh-baked goods, local art, and unique souvenirs. Over 250 vendors from across the province showcase their goods over two levels at the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market (page 57) on Marginal Road. You’ll find some vendors at the waterfront market throughout the week, with full markets on Saturday.



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Located on the site of “Canada’s Ellis Island” on the Halifax waterfront, the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 (page EC7) explores how immigration built our country. From 1928 to 1971, some one million newcomers passed through Pier 21, as did some 500,000 military personnel during the Second World War. This is the East Coast’s only national museum. One of Canada’s most visited National Historic Sites, the Halifax Citadel (page EC3) towers over downtown Halifax. These colonialera fortifications were once key to protecting Britain’s North American territories. On site, you’ll also find the Army Museum (EC7), detailing Halifax’s extensive military history. Explore Nova Scotia’s seafaring history at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic (page EC8) on Lower Water Street. You’ll find exhibitions on the glory days of the age of sail, the Canadian navy in the world wars, the sinking of the Titanic, pirates and privateers, and more. Cole Harbour Heritage Farm (page EC7) is a rural oasis standing in stark contrast to the surrounding modern development. The 200-year-old farm features livestock, heritage buildings, gardens, walking paths, and more.



A family-favourite in any season the Discovery Centre (page EC9) gives kids and adults alike exciting, hands-on opportunities to learn about science, math, engineering, and technology. Find it in its recently-built 40,000-square-foot home on the Halifax waterfront on Lower Water Street. It boasts four themed galleries, an innovation lab, and Atlantic Canada’s only immersive dome theatre. There is an everchanging array of visiting exhibitions, plus many permanent displays. On Wednesday evenings from 5–8pm, admission is free.

Across the harbour in Dartmouth, Shubie Park (page EC6) is a 16-hectare greenway bounded by Charles Lake to the north and Lake Micmac to the south. Meander from deep forest to sunny lakeside along the historic route of the Shubenacadie Canal (page EC2).

West past the Armdale roundabout on Purcell’s Cove Road you’ll find Sir Sandford Fleming Park (page EC7). This 38-hectare space has walking trails through forest and saltwater marsh, plus a large pond. Locals know the park as the “Dingle,” in reference to Dingle Memorial Tower, a 10-storey Italianate landmark built in the early 1900s. Haligonians love Point Pleasant Park (page EC6) in any season, and it’s obvious why. Perched at the tip of the South End, it boasts 39 kilometres of trails winding through forest and past rocky hills, ravines, and military ruins, including the Prince of Wales Tower National Historic Site (page EC4).



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No trip to Halifax is complete without visiting Peggy’s Cove (page EC1). About a 45-minute drive west of Halifax, this tiny community is a visitor-favourite. Descendants of the original settlers still work the North Atlantic waters and towering above the bustle of the fishing village is the famous lighthouse—purported to be the most photographed site in Nova Scotia. Or strike off to the east and find Memory Lane Heritage Village (page EC8) in Lake Charlotte, a 50-minute drive east of the city. The living-history museum re-creates life in a 1940s Nova Scotian coastal village. Tour the VA O 18 restored buildings and tuck into a lunch of baked beans and N SM I brown bread at the cookhouse. UR TO





On the other side of the harbour in Dartmouth, just steps from the Halifax Transit (EC2) ferry terminal, you’ll discover the Alderney Gate Farmers’ Market. It has live entertainment on its main stage on Saturday mornings. Outside, find flower and plant vendors aplenty during spring. Just a couple blocks away, is Dartmouth Heritage Museum (page EC7) in Evergreen House on Newcastle Street. Built in 1867, the historic building holds dozens of artifacts and displays reflecting life in the city’s early days. In the surrounding compact neighbourhood, you’ll find plenty of restaurants and shops, breweries, a cidery, and more. I



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CASINO NOVA SCOTIA Gaming galore, from poker to roulette to 600 slot machines. Dine at Trapeze restaurant. Live entertainment and special events in the Schooner Showroom. May 12: Shawn Barker: A Tribute to Johnny Cash. 1983 Upper Water St. 902-425-7777.


JOHN CLEESE May 5: An unforgettable evening with the man who has written, produced, directed, and starred in some of the greatest comedic hits of the last forty years, including Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Fawlty Towers, and A Fish Called Wanda. Scotiabank Centre, 1800 Argyle St. 902-451-1221. YUK YUK’S Showcases stand-up comedians from across Canada. Open Wednesday–Saturday. Shows at 8pm. Students two-for-one on Tuesdays. Westin Nova Scotian Hotel, 1181 Hollis St. 902-429-YUKS (9857).

ART 1274 HOLLIS Twenty-four local artists and artisans run this lively co-operative. Fine art and craft with an oft-changing selection of original, affordable paintings, jewelry, ceramic art, pottery, rug hooking, and upcycled metal work. Opening May 2: Welded. New works by Al Hattie. Open daily 10am–6pm. 1274 Hollis St. 902-446-4077. 1274 Hollis St. ART GALLERY OF NOVA SCOTIA Atlantic Canada’s largest art museum displays historic and contemporary art, traditional folk art, and temporary exhibitions. Continuing: The Shore, Wind and View in Gaff Point. Paintings by Hangama Amiri about childhood memory, cross-cultural dialogue, and feminism. Continuing: Hiroshige: The Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido. Woodcut prints by ukiyo master Utagawa Hiroshige. 1723 Hollis St. 902-424-5280.


THE CRAIG GALLERY Public, volunteer-programmed gallery, aiming to showcase local artists in a variety of media. May 2–26: Rag and Bone. Plaster-work abstractions of objects found in the wilderness by Genvieve Killin. Alderney Landing, 2 Ochterloney St., Dartmouth.


DALHOUSIE ART GALLERY Contemporary and historical art, plus a related program of artists, presentations, lectures, panel discussions, films, and other special events. May 3–July 14: Nature as Communities. How artists across Canada are “reimagining our understanding of environment by listening and attending to place.” Dalhousie Arts Centre, 6101 University Ave. 902-494-3820.

GRAFTON STREET DINNER THEATRE Rollicking music and live entertainment, light-hearted musical comedies paired with a threecourse dinner. Continuing through May 25: Smells Like Teen Spirit. A high-school reunion is the backdrop for a tribute to the hits of the ‘90s. 1741 Grafton St. 902-425-1961. ANNA LEONOWENS GALLERY Showcases work generated from within the community of NSCAD University. Features weekly exhibitions of student work and selected projects by faculty members, visiting artists, and curators. 1891 Granville St. 902-494-8184. ARGYLE FINE ART One of Halifax’s most progressive art galleries, showcasing contemporary art by established and emerging Canadian artists. 1559 Barrington St. 902-425-9456. 50 MAY 2019

THE DART GALLERY Innovative and collaborative art exhibitions and events. Picnic at Dart showcases offers food and drinks inspired by the current artwork in the gallery. 127 Portland St, Dartmouth. 902-404-7330. 14 BELLS FINE ART GALLERY Affordable, original Canadian artwork from established and emerging artists. Hydrostone Market, 5523 Young St. 902-406-2355.

MARY E. BLACK GALLERY Specializing in fine craft from Atlantic Canadian artists. May 10–June 30: Illuminating! National Metalsmiths Group Exhibition. Shed 21, 1061 Marginal Rd. 902-492-2522. SECORD GALLERY Oil, acrylic, and mixed-media paintings; works on paper including original prints and photographs, plus sculpture and ceramics. 6301 Quinpool Rd. 902-423-6644. STUDIO 21 FINE ART GALLERY Contemporary Canadian art in a variety of media, showcasing established and emerging artists. 5431 Doyle St. 902-420-1852. VIEWPOINT GALLERY Artist-run co-operative dedicated to inspiring, engaging, educating, and promoting the art of photography. Presents a mix of solo and group exhibitions. 1459 Brenton St. 902-420-0854. VISUAL ARTS NOVA SCOTIA CORRIDOR GALLERY Supporting artists and galleries around the province, VANS is at the heart of Nova Scotia’s art scene, featuring works by local talents in its Corridor Gallery. 1113 Marginal Rd. 902-423-4694 or 866-225-8267. ZWICKER’S GALLERY Founded in 1866, Metro’s oldest commercial art gallery. Broad selection of fine art in many categories and styles, including antique nautical charts, maps, and engravings. Contemporary works by emerging artists, historical art from established names, Inuit and native works, sculptures, ceramics, and antiquities. 5415 Doyle St. 902-423-7662.


CINEPLEX THEATRES Several Metro locations. Halifax: 190 Chain Lake Dr. and 5657 Spring Garden Rd. Dartmouth Crossing: 145 Shubie Dr. Lower Sackville: 760 Sackville Dr. 800-333-0061.


TIM BAKER May 4: The Hey Rosetta front-man returns to Halifax for a solo show in an acoustically-ideal historic church. Charlotte Cornfield opens the show. St. Matthew’s United Church, 1479 Barrington St. CECILIA CONCERT SERIES May 4: Seven Courses. This unique seven-course dinner/concert pairs Montreal’s Chef Sean Murray Smith with musician-in-residence Philip Chiu and Toronto Symphony Orchestra concert master/violinist Jonathan Crow. Bluenose Ballroom, Hotel Halifax, 1990 Barrington St. 902-423-0143. GUCCI MANE May 15: The American rapper and hip-hop/trap pioneer makes a rare visit to Halifax, for what is sure to be a highoctane show. Halifax Forum, 2901 Windsor St. METRIC May 2: The indie-rock/synthpoppers, still hard at it after two decades in the business, return to Halifax with July Talk. Scotiabank Centre, Scotiabank Centre, 5284 Duke St. 902-451-1221. SCOTIA FESTIVAL OF MUSIC May 26–June 9: Celebrating its 40th year, this of chamber music pairs local talents and international stars for two weeks of intimate concerts. Guests include conductor Bernhard Gueller, violinist Airi Yoshioka, cellist Denise Djokic, bassist Joe Phillips, soprano Susan Botti, performance artist Alan Syliboy, and many more. Concerts at the Dalhousie Arts Centre and the Peggy Corkum Music Room. SYMPHONY NOVA SCOTIA May 1: Magnificent Mozart: “Jupiter.” Pianist Alexandre Tharaud joins the orchestra to perform three Mozart compositions. May 4–5: Magnificent Mozart: Great Mass in C Minor. For the first time in 15 years, the Symphony joins its 80-voice choir to perform this masterpiece. Dalhousie Arts Centre, 610 University Ave. 902-494-3820.


This month, Art 1274 Hollis (page 50) features Welded, showcasing new works by Al Hattie.

HAWKSLEY WORKMAN May 29: The innovative alt singersongwriter always puts on a passionate and memorable live show. St. Matthew’s Church, 1479 Barrington St.


HALIFAX MOOSEHEADS (Quebec Major Junior Hockey League) Playoffs underway this month; schedules and seedings unavailable at press time. Scotiabank Centre, 1800 Argyle St. 902-451-1221. HFX WANDERERS FC (Canadian Premier League) May 29: York9 FC. The city’s new minor-pro soccer team, featuring a mix of local talents and international competitors, plays its first home game. Wanderers Grounds, corner of Sackville and Summer streets. MEMORIAL CUP (Canadian Hockey League) May 16–26: The Halifax Mooseheads host the champions of the Quebec, Ontario, and Western major-junior hockey leagues as they battle for the national title. Scotiabank Centre, 5284 Duke St. 902-451-1221. MEN’S U19 WORLD FLOORBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS May 8–12: Held outside Europe for the first time, this tournament features top young floorball athletes from around the world. Dalplex (6260 South St.) and Zatzman Sportsplex (110 Wyse Rd., Dartmouth).


BEDFORD PLAYERS THEATRE Continuing through June 15: Cocktails with Mimi. A classic farce of impersonations, mistaken identities, and ill-advises scheming. 1408 Bedford Hwy., Bedford. NEPTUNE THEATRE Continuing through June 2: The Color Purple. An inspiring family saga, inspired by the classic Alice Walker novel, starring Tara Jackson as Celie. 1593 Argyle St. 902-429-7070.

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Halifax is the perfect base of operations for outdoor adventures: just minutes from downtown you’ll find seaside trails, dense forest, and kilometres of wilderness. MEC (page 58) on Granville Street boasts an array of gear for any expedition, from day hiking to backwoods camping.


BELLISSIMO Fine antiques from Europe (selected by the proprietor on trips abroad). Selection includes hand-painted silk lighting, glass chandeliers, vintage lighting, Riedel crystal, and glassware, plus European-inspired home furnishings and accessories. Located in a large renovated warehouse, nominated for urban-design award. Shipping available. Open Tuesday–Saturday, 10am–5pm; Sunday, 12pm–5pm 2743 Agricola St. 902-423-6014. FINER THINGS ANTIQUES & CURIOS Accredited member of the Canadian Professional Appraisers, carries high-quality furniture and decorative artwork. Appraisal and selling services available. 6438 Quinpool Rd., Halifax. 902-456-1412. HAPPYNEST ANTIQUES & VINTAGE Quaint little shop offering an eclectic range of unique items, with prices to suit any budget. Photos, folk art, jewelry, and memorabilia of all sorts. 2592 Elm St. 902-817-7616.


ATLANTIC NEWS Magazines and newspapers from across the region and around the world. Same-day editions of 2,000 newspapers from over 90 countries. The satellite newspapers are copyright editions sent directly from publishers. 5560 Morris St. 902-429-5468. Map 1 BOOKMARK Atlantic Canada’s largest independent bookseller: best-sellers, local works, travel books, unique gifts, and more. Open daily. 5686 Spring Garden Rd. 902-423-0419.

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MAPS & MORE Carries all manner of maps, including antiques, reproductions, city maps, travel guides, road atlases, nautical charts, and lots of other travel accessories. Open daily, 10am–6pm. 1601 Lower Water St. 902-422-7106. VENUS ENVY Education-oriented bookstore and sex shop. Large book selection features feminist, queer, and left-leaning books and magazines in many genres. An array of adult accessories, sex toys, and movies. 1598 Barrington St. 1-877-370-9288. Map 1

WOOZLES CHILDREN’S BOOKSTORE Canada’s oldest bookstore for children, celebrating its 40th birthday on Oct. 14 with an in-store party. Carries books, music, and toys, as well as lots of information on parenting. Books range from babies to senior readers and parents, plus toys from PlayMobil, puppets, costumes, and games. Open daily. 1533 Birmingham St. 902-423-7626.


BRILLIANT CLOTHING BOUTIQUE Fabulous fashion finds of gently worn clothing at amazing deals. Open Monday–Wednesday, 10am–5:30pm, Thursday and Friday, 10am–6pm, Saturday, 10am–5pm, closed Sunday. 1539 Birmingham St. 902-446-3662. CINTAMANI Outdoor apparel designed and tested in Iceland. Collections for women, men, and children. Two locations: Sunnyside Mall in Bedford, 902-404-6620 and 5507 Spring Garden Rd. 902-404-4422.

COLWELL’S CLOTHING Fashion for men: business, casual, smart, and professional. Popular lines include Bugatchi, Jack Victor, Johnston & Murphy Shoes, Viyella, and 34 Heritage. Open Monday–Saturday 10am–6pm. Open Sundays May–December. 902-420-1222. 1869 Upper Water St., Historic Properties. DUGGERS/D2 Fashion for urban men and women. Chic casual and club wear with labels by Hugo Boss, Diesel, Polo Ralph Lauren, Burberry, Fred Perry, Boss Orange, Miss Sixty, Jon Varvatos, and more. 5476 Spring Garden Rd., 902-425-2525. FOREIGN AFFAIR Contemporary boutique. Brands like Rag & Bone, Canada Goose, Sarah Pacini, Helmut Lang, Hugo Boss, Tibi, Diane Von Furstenberg, Theory, Smythe, Vince, Wildfox, House of Harlow, Rebecca Minkoff, and Longchamp Paris. Denim selection includes J Brand, Hudson, Current/Elliott, Citizens of Humanity, 7 For All Mankind, and more. 5639 Spring Garden Rd. 902-423-6676. HALIKIDS Large store, packed with lots of toys, clothing, gifts, and games for kids. Just off Spring Garden Road. Open daily. 1445 South Park St. 902-429-8720. THE HIDE COMPANY A large selection of leather jackets, coats, boots, and shoes. Custom jackets, repairs. International shipping. 121 Ilsley Ave., Dartmouth. 902-466-1100. IN A BOX Classic and modern curated gifts, jewelry and ladies’ clothing. Featuring Canadian and international designers. A stylish little department store for items of distinction at affordable prices. 902-423-8031. 1468 Dresden Row. LEVI’S Denim for men and women with iconic pieces, the latest in denim innovation, and a wide range of fits and styles. Halifax Shopping Centre, 7001 Mumford Rd. 902-453-3674. LISA DRADER-MURPHY BOUTIQUE Nova Scotia-made styles for women created by local designer Lisa Drader-Murphy; dresses, accessories. Bishop’s Landing, 1869 Upper Water St. 902-429-4097. LOLË YOGA Active wear in feminine styles that can transition from studio to street. 5639 Spring Garden Rd. 902-444-5653. THE LOST COD This clothing company specializes in producing unique Nova Scotian-based designs, celebrating the province’s industry. Available at Queen’s Landing Market on the Halifax Boardwalk until October, online year-round. 902-431-3101. NEW SCOTLAND CLOTHING Locally made and designed style. Hoodies, t-shirts, and tops for women, children, and men all branded with unique Nova Scotia logos. 102 Portland St., Dartmouth; Historic Properties, Halifax; and Halifax Stanfield International Airport. NORTHERN WATTERS KNITWEAR Hand-crafted wool sweaters, crafts, and tartan products. The only North American manufacturer of wool sweaters using unique antique Swiss looms. Open daily. Historic Properties, 1869 Upper Water St. 902-405-0488. OLSEN EUROPE Olsen is a leading European casual fashion brand, known for its modern classic styling, quality, and wide assortment of colors. Olsen manufactures its own clothing, with six designers working in Hamburg, Germany. 5657 Spring Garden Rd. 902-423-0516.

PATAGONIA HALIFAX Outdoor and lifestyle apparel. Patagonia is the first manufacturer to use recycled plastic in performance apparel and exclusively uses organic cotton. The company donates 1% of sales to local environmental causes. 1496 Lower Water St. 902-422-2060. Map 1 THE PERFECT FIT An alternative to traditional shopping, this consignment boutique offers modern and stylish clothing and accessories for women. Brands include Michael Kors, Coach, Lululemon, Club Monaco, Jones NY, Banana Republic, and Loft. Book a shopping party or bring in your designer labels for consignment. 1181 Bedford Highway, Bedford. 902-835-4436. PLAID PLACE Browse through tartans, sweaters, Scottish blankets, kilts, kilted skirts, Burns crystal, and cashmere. Highland dress sales and rental. Open Monday–Friday, 9:30am–5:30pm; Saturday 10am–5pm. Barrington Place Shops, 1903 Barrington St. 902-429-6872. ROOM 152 New and preloved consignment store in a bright downtown Dartmouth space. Find top labels and great prices in accessories, bags, wallets, shoes, boots, coats, jackets, and more. 152 Portland St., Dartmouth. 902-431-7660. SAMUEL & CO. With a downtown boutique feel in the mall, Samuel & Co. offers casual, career, and evening wear for women. Park Lane Mall, 5657 Spring Garden Rd.: 902-421-2632; Halifax Shopping Centre, 7001 Mumford Rd.: 902-453-6208; and Mic Mac Mall, Dartmouth: 902-469-1737. SWEET PEA BOUTIQUE Halifax’s trendiest dress shop. Large selection of one-of-a-kind dresses for all seasons. Accessories include shoes, jewelry, and hair pieces. 1542 Queen St. 902-423-0975. TAKE IT OUTSIDE Offers top brands in apparel, accessories, and more for the outdoor adventurer. 196 Hector Gate, Dartmouth: 902-405-8688. VALUE VILLAGE Thrift store, offering vintage and secondhand clothing in a variety of styles. In the former Ashley furniture store in Bayer’s Lake. Free parking. 165 Chain Lake Dr. 902-450-5134. WILDFLOWER CLOTHING INC. Bright, cheerful boutique. Offers the trendiest new looks with clothing and accessories from lines like Paige Denim, Fidelity Denim, Free People, Line, Mimi & Marge Jewelery, and Biko Jewelry. Also offers baby gifts. 5431 Doyle St. 902-420-0364.


AGNS GALLERY SHOP Folk art, jewelry, sculpture, pottery, textiles, woodwork, Mi’Kmaw handcrafts, original prints, and more. Features the full Maud Lewis Collection: printed materials in reproduction prints, books, cards, etc. Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, 1723 Hollis St. 902-424-4303. ART ZONE GALLERY This new gallery supports the growth of emerging artists by providing an ongoing venue for exhibitions. Located in the Historic Colwell Building. Hosts group and solo exhibitions, workshops, and contests, partnering with established artists to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and practical skills within the art community. 1673 Barrington St. 902-420-0800. CARREFOUR ATLANTIC EMPORIUM Traditional handcrafts, original works of art and literature capture the discerning shopper at this eclectic showcase of one-of-a-kind buys from Atlantic Canada, the First Nations, and the Canadian North. Open daily. Privateers Wharf, Upper Water St. 902-423-2940.

MOMENTO At the Pier 21 Gift Shop (page 56) at the Canadian Museum of Immigration (page EC7), you’ll find a variety of unique jewelry, pewter creations, carvings, books, travel accessories, and more. MAY 2019


SHOPPING DARTMOUTH YARNS A wide range of yarns, including Spud & Chloe, Brown Sheep, and Berroco, as well as a great variety of knitting, crocheting, and spinning supplies. Shipping available. 52 Queen St., Dartmouth. 902-422-9276. DESIGNER CRAFT SHOP Works by juried members of the Nova Scotia Designer Craft Council. Quality handmade crafts of original design, including ceramics and textiles. 1061 Marginal Rd., Suite 140 (within the Centre for Craft, next to Pier 21 railcar). 902-492-2522. DULY NOTED STATIONARY Boutique stationary shop specializing in couture stationary, including greeting cards, custom wedding invitations, gift tags, wrapping paper, and more. 5431 Doyle St. 902-446-5605. INKWELL MODERN HANDMADE BOUTIQUE & LETTERPRESS STUDIO Handmade limited-edition paper goods, tea towels, pottery, and jewelry by local and international artists. Letterpress printing and custom design services of social stationery. 2011 Brunswick St. 902-405-8309. JENNIFER’S OF NOVA SCOTIA Works by more than 143 Nova Scotia craftspeople. From pottery and pewter to woolens and woodwork, handcrafted jewelry to Nova Scotia tartan items and clothing accessories, the selection is vast. 5635 Spring Garden Rd. 902-425-3119. Map 1 LK YARNS INC. Nestled in a historic neighbourhood, this shop offers yarn and knitting supplies, including locally hand-dyed yarns and brands from around the world. Get expert knitting advice. The Hydrostone Market, 5545 Young St. 902-431-9633.

THE LOOP MODERN FIBRE CRAFT Fine yarns and tools for knitting and crochet. Lots of room to sit and knit or stitch. Serves light meals and snacks. Open Monday– Wednesday and Saturday, 10am–6pm; Thursday, 10am to 9pm; Friday, 10am–7pm; Sunday, noon–5pm. 1557 Barrington St., 902-429-5667. MADE IN THE MARITIMES ARTISAN BOUTIQUE Curated shop featuring contemporary art-and-craft wares produced in the Maritimes. Woodwork, toys, pottery, glass art, and more. Sunnyside Mall, 1595 Bedford Hwy. and the Hydrostone Market, 5527 Young St. TEICHERT GALLERY Contemporary Maritime fine art for rent and sale. Original art by over 180 artists with new works every two weeks. It’s an inexpensive way to support local artists. Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, 1723 Hollis St. 902-424-3087.


BISHOP’S CELLAR Upscale wine, spirits, and beer store specializes in varieties and vintages you won’t find elsewhere in the province. Bishop’s Landing, 1475 Lower Water St. 902-490-2675. CLEARWATER Bring the taste of the Maritimes home. Seafood experts will pack fresh lobster and other seafood for travel, plus spices, condiments, lobster crackers, and other accessories. Halifax Stanfield International Airport: 902-873-4509. 757 Bedford Hwy.: 902-443-0333. FISHERMAN’S MARKET INTERNATIONAL INC. Selection includes live or boiled lobster, smoked salmon, mussels, scallops, clams, shrimp, oysters, crab, and halibut. Check out the fresh catches, daily specials, and imported species. Overnight shipping to most North American centres. 607 Bedford Hwy. 902-443-3474.

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FREAK LUNCHBOX Offers a variety of unique candies such as caffeinated peppermints and chocolate bars from the U.S. and U.K. Sunnyside Mall, 1595 Bedford Hwy., Bedford: 902-405-4052. 1729 Barrington St.: 902-420-9151. Map 1

ROCKHEAD WINE & BEER MARKET This North End boutique boasts a broad selection of wines from around the world, plus an expansive craft-beer selection (including growler fills). 2651 Windsor St. 902-435-6945.

GARRISON BEER STORE In the waterfront brewery. Find bottled beer, cans, growlers, and party kegs. Or put together a “Mixed 6” of your favourite flavours. 1149 Marginal Rd. 902-453-5343.

ROUSSEAU CHOCOLATIER Handmade chocolates using pure cocoa butter and natural flavours; no added fats or oils. The selection includes artisan chocolate bars, French-style macarons, and more, all made on-site. Open daily in summer, 10am–6pm. 5151 South St. 902-802-6463. Map 1

LIQUID ASSETS This airport boutique stocks an impressive array of locally made beer, cider, wine, and spirits. Open daily 7am–9pm. In departure lounge at Halifax Stanfield Airport. 1 Bell Blvd., Enfield. 902-873-2275. LIQUID GOLD Unique store specializing in extra virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars from around the world. The Hydrostone Market, 5525 Young St. 902-406-8809.

RUM RUNNERS Rum cakes with all natural ingredients—butter, flour, sugar, and rum (and lots of it). All cakes contain rum or whiskey from Glenora Distilleries on Cape Breton Island. Bishop’s Landing, 1479 Lower Water St. 902-421-6079. SUGAH Hand-crafted confections and ice cream treats using traditional techniques and simple ingredients. Bishop’s Landing, 1475 Lower Water St. 902-423-8508.

NSLC Alcohol retailer, with a broad selection of local wine, beer, and spirits, plus big-name favourites from around the globe. Multiple stores around the city. Nova Scotia’s official cannabis retailer carrying it in the city at the Clyde Street, Halifax and Portland Street, Dartmouth locations. 1-800-567-5874.

SUSIE’S SHORTBREADS Specializing in daily menu cupcakes, whoopie pies, cookies, candy, frozen treats, and an assortment of cakes for birthdays, weddings, and more. 1589 Dresden Row, 218 Chain Lake Dr., and 1949 Upper Water St. 902-406-7075.

PROPELLER BREWING Check out the latest craft beers and sodas plus beer gear, glasses, hats, hoodies, and more. Buy a growler, and you can fill up with one of Propeller’s regular beers or a seasonal creation. 2015 Gottingen St. and 617 Windmill Rd., Dartmouth. 902-422-7767.

SWEET JANE’S GIFT & CONFECTIONARY From the whimsy of a lunch box filled with bubble gum to a collection of the most exquisite high-end chocolate confections, Sweet Jane’s has something for every occasion. Corner of Queen and Morris streets. 902-425-0168. Map 1

RATINAUD CHARCUTERIE Old World-style patés, cheese, and charcuterie, made in-house, sold alongside fine chocolate and decadent treats. 2157 Gottingen St. 902-446-8222.

WEST SIDE BEER WINE SPIRITS Independent retailer featuring top wines, spirits, and craft beers from around the world, with a heavy emphasis on local creations. 287 Lacewood Dr. 902-835-4112.

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For unique fashions to suit any season, Sweet Pea Boutique (page 53) is a local favourite. Add some sizzle to your summer look.


AMOS PEWTER Handcrafted pewter, featuring jewelry, home décor items, collectibles, and more. See how molten pewter is cast and be part of a hands-on experience. 1521 Lower Water St. 1-800-565-3369.

MY MOTHER’S BLOOMERS Floral and giftware shop with fresh flowers for every season. Custom arrangements available for weddings and other events. Spring Garden Place Mall (upper level), 2086 Creighton St. 902-422-2700.

COOL AS A MOOSE Located across from the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. Cool As A Moose custom clothing including t-shirts, caps, and sweats. Souvenirs and giftware. 1869 Upper Water St. 902-423-5168.

PIER 21 GIFT SHOP Products from around the world: jewelry, Tilley hats, Thomas Kinkade collectibles, Inuit carvings, books, handcrafted pewter, glass, and ceramics. Pier 21, 1055 Marginal Rd. 902-425-7770.

DRALA BOOKS & GIFTS Unique gifts that pack and travel easily, from local talents and artisans; cards, journals, specialty teas. Open weekdays 10:30am–5:30pm; Saturday–5pm. 1567 Grafton St. 902-422-2504. Map 1

SCHOLAR’S CHOICE Educational supplies and toys, featuring brand names such as Lamaze, Thomas, Playmobil, Carson Dellosa, Trend, and Frank Schaeffer. Mic Mac Mall, 21 Micmac Blvd., Dartmouth. 902-466-1611.

KEPT GIFTS AND HOUSEWARES A curated collection of local, handmade design-savvy and unique items. This cozy, independent boutique boasts a friendly, knowledgable staff. Open daily. 75 King St., Dartmouth. 902-469-5378.

STRANGE ADVENTURES: COMIX & CURIOSITIES More than comics, graphic novels, and manga—hailed as “Canada’s Best Comic Shop.” Unique gifts. 5110 Prince St., Halifax. 101 Portland St., Dartmouth. 902-425-2140 or 1-866-6-COMICS. Map 1

MURPHY’S COMPANY STORE Memento hunters will find handicrafts from Nova Scotian artists, gifts, t-shirts, Anne of Green Gables collectibles, nautical items, and souvenirs. Open daily, 9:30am–5p.m. Cable Wharf, 1751 Lower Water St. 902-420-1015.


31 WESTGATE Showroom and design company and Atlantic Canadian carrier of exclusive brands such as Ralph Lauren. Furniture, lighting, décor, and more. 5431 Doyle St. 902-457-3131.

FOR THE FOLKS BACK HOME At the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market (page 57) on Marginal Road, you’ll find a wide array of local art, cuisine, craft beer, wine, and more.

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PANACHE LUXURY LINENS A boutique in Halifax’s trendy North End whose motto is the “luxury of rest.” Sells linens, spa and beauty products, decorative accents. 3132 Isleville St., Halifax. THORNBLOOM—THE INSPIRED HOME Home décor store with top-quality items in bedding, furniture, lighting, kitchen items, and giftware. 1459 South Park St. 902-425-8005.


BEDAZZLED Jewelry and accessory store with designs produced by artists from Nova Scotia, Canada, and Israel. Collections and one-of-a-kind pieces. Sunnyside Mall, 1595 Bedford Hwy. CHARM DIAMOND CENTRE Canada’s largest family-owned jewelry company. Offering fine jewelry, with an emphasis on service, quality, and value. Halifax Shopping Centre, 7001 Mumford Rd. 902-455-0168. FIREWORKS GALLERY Old World designs meet New World techniques. Custom designs by in-house goldsmiths are the specialty, plus jewelry from Canadian, American, and Italian designers. 1569 Barrington St. 1-800-720-GEMS. FRIDA JEWELLERY Destination boutique boasting distinctive fine jewelry. Unique and custom pieces by Canadian and European designers. Bishop’s Landing, 1477 Lower Water St. 902-492-2947. JAMES BRADSHAW, GOLDSMITH Elegance in simplicity best describes Bradshaw’s approach to designing contemporary jewelry. 1551 Birmingham St. 902-425-0121. PANDORA @ MIC MAC MALL Pandora’s eponymous jewelry designs include earrings, charm bracelets, necklaces, rings, watches, and more. Mic Mac Mall, 21 Mic Mac Blvd., Dartmouth. 902-405-4616. PEARL CITY Specializes in pearl jewelry, including necklaces, bracelets, custom jewelry, and more. Top craftsmanship, great prices. Bishop’s Landing. 1475 Lower Water St. 902-420-0450. TOUCH OF GOLD Locally owned. Extensive collection of engagement rings, jewelry in Italian gold and sterling silver, and Swiss watches (including Rolex, Tag Heuer, Montblanc, and Swiss Army). 5640 Spring Garden Rd. 902-423-5600.


ALDERNEY LANDING FARMERS’ MARKET Locally produced goods available every weekend from a variety of vendors offering local produce, home-style baked goods, and more. Where the Halifax Transit ferry docks. Live music. Open Saturday 8am–1pm, Sunday 11am–3pm. HALIFAX SEAPORT FARMERS’ MARKET Billed as Canada’s oldest. Open Wednesday and Friday–Sunday. Crafts, cuisine, and produce from across the province. 1209 Marginal Rd. HISTORIC FARMERS’ MARKET Stroll through courtyards and hallways of a 200-year-old granite and ironstone heritage building. Meet local small-scale farmers and artisans selling a range of goods and tasty treats in this historic market setting. Saturdays 7am–1pm. 1496 Lower Water St. 902-492-8772 HISTORIC PROPERTIES A network of interconnected heritage buildings—shopping, dining, and nightlife. Open daily. Upper Water St., north from Duke St. 902-422-3077.


HALIFAX FOLKLORE CENTRE A selection of vintage guitars and violins. New and used musical instruments— mandolins, banjos, amps, basses, ukuleles, and bodhrans. 1528 Brunswick St. 902-422-6350.

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SHOPPING TAZ RECORDS A mainstay for music lovers for 25 years, Taz boasts over 35,000 LPs, 10,000 CDs, and 30,000 seven-inch singles, spanning the whole musical spectrum. 1521 Grafton St., 1270 Bedford Hwy. 902-422-5976. Map 1


BASS PRO SHOPS Just opened this autumn, this outdoor-living superstore offers a huge range of hunting, fishing, camping, and recreation products. Offers Outdoor Skills Workshops. 50 Cabela Rd., Dartmouth. 902-417-1800. MEC With a $5 lifetime membership, this co-op chain offers a huge variety of durable and lightweight clothing and equipment for outdoor adventures. Popular brands include Prana, Black Diamond, and Patagonia. 1550 Granville St. 902-421-2667.


HALIFAX SHOPPING CENTRE Combined with the adjacent Halifax Shopping Centre Annex, home to more than 170 shops and services, including Apple, Victoria’s Secret, Hollister, Pier 1, and Levi’s. 7001 Mumford Rd. MIC MAC MALL 160 stores, including Forever 21, Eddie Bauer, American Eagle, Bath & Bodyworks, H&M, Cinnabon, and Hudson’s Bay. 21 Micmac Blvd., Dartmouth. 902-466-2056. PARK LANE Specialty shops and services, cinema, and more. 5657 Spring Garden Rd. 902-420-0660. SCOTIA SQUARE MALL An anchor of the downtown shopping scene. Pedways connect it to many major hotels and entertainment venues such as the Scotiabank Centre. Corner of Duke and Barrington streets. 902-429-3660. SPRING GARDEN PLACE Small but chic, Spring Garden Place emphasizes style, home to unique shops and products that you won’t find elsewhere. 5640 Spring Garden Rd. 902-420-0675.

JOHN DAVID SHOES One of the largest selections of women’s fashion footwear east of Montreal. The selection includes many exclusive brand names, such as France Mode fashion designer boots made in France. Open Monday–Wednesday and Saturday, 9:30am–6pm; Thursday and Friday, 9:30am to 9pm; Sunday, noon–5pm 5657 Spring Garden Rd. 902-422-8466.

SUNNYSIDE MALL Home to a wide variety of stores and services, including the landmark shop for food lovers, Pete’s Frootique. 1595 Bedford Hwy., Bedford. 902-835-5099.



BEDFORD PLACE Specialty shops and services. 1658 Bedford Hwy., Bedford. 902-865-8381. DARTMOUTH CROSSING Over 90 stores—Banana Republic Factory Store, David’s Bridal, Marshalls, Golf Town, Tommy Hilfiger, Toys R Us/Babies R Us, Globo Shoes, and more. 34 Logiealmond Close, Dartmouth.

BODY MENDS MASSAGE THERAPY Registered massage therapy services include deep tissue, hot stone, Swedish, and pregnancy massages. Second floor, 1725 Barrington St. 902-422-9809. INTERLUDE SPA Features a wide range of body treatments, aesthetic services, hair care, and specialized services. Halifax Marriot Harbourfront Hotel, 1919 Upper Water St.: 58 Ochterloney St., Dartmouth: 902-469-2700.

Atlantic Canada’s premier art museum. Daily tours at 2pm.

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Bill Pratt—the restaurateur behind Cheese Curds Gourmet Burgers + Poutinerie (page 60) and Habaneros Modern Taco Bar (page 66)—offers another twist on old favourites with Fish + Chix (page 64) on Windmill Road in Dartmouth. Specialties include fried haddock and chips, tacos, Thai chicken bites, and the Captain’s Seafood Platter (with haddock, scallops, clams, and shrimp).


BAGEL MONTREAL STYLE The city’s first and only maker of Montreal-style bagels, hand-rolled and baked in a wood-burning oven. Wide variety of bagel flavours, plus Jamaican patties, samosas, and pretzels. Open weekdays 6am–8pm; weekends 7am–6pm. 135 Wyse Rd., Dartmouth. 902-468-1212. JULIEN’S PATISSERIE BAKERY & CAFÉ One of Halifax’s most beloved cafés/bakeries, serving an array of fresh baked items, including almond croissants and a dozen bread varieties. The courtyard patio is understated and rustic, with simple pine tables. 5517 Young St. 902-455-9717. SMITH’S BAKERY & CAFÉ Halifax’s oldest independent bakery, offering breads, cakes, and other goodies baked on-site daily. Eat-in café serving breakfast and lunch, plus fresh-brewed coffee and cold drinks. 2525 Agricola St. 902-429-1393.


BAR KISMET New seafood- and cocktail-focused bar, emphasizing local ingredients on an ever-evolving menu. Mixologist Will Irvine recently won the regional finals of the North American Bacardi Legacy cocktail competition. 2733 Agricola St. 902-487-4319. BÂTON ROUGE RESTAURANT & BAR Ribs, steaks, chicken, seafood, and pasta, served with a Cajun twist. Seasonal patio in the heart of the Historic Properties. 1877 Hollis St. 902-407-0007.

BEARLY’S HOUSE OF BLUES Live blues every Thursday– Sunday, including a Sunday matinee and evening blues jam. Offers burgers, ribs, breakfast, and Philippine cuisine. Daily specials. 1269 Barrington St. 902-423-2526. BUBBA RAY’S SPORTS BAR Lots of big screens to watch live sports. Varied pub-grub menu. Chicken wings are the house specialty: six varieties with 60+ different sauces. 7071 Bayer’s Rd. 902-406-1234. EAST OF GRAFTON TAVERN Comfortable and stylish tavern in the heart of the entertainment district. Gastropub cuisine at affordable prices; favourites include nachos, fish tacos, oysters, and fish and chips. Open daily for lunch and dinner, kitchen open until midnight on weekends. 1580 Argyle St. 902-428-5680. HFX SPORTS BAR & GRILL With over 90 TV screens, including a two-storey behemoth, this is the place to watch the big game. The menu boasts an equally large array of snacks and hearty meals. 1721 Brunswick St. 902-404-1404. JAMIESON’S IRISH-HOUSE & GRILL Recently renovated, this cozy pub boasts traditional food, a variety of craft beer, and a welcoming atmosphere. Daily Irish food specials feature dishes such as corned beef and cabbage, Guinness beef stew, and steak and kidney pie. 5 Cumberland Dr., Dartmouth. 902-433-0500. LAKESIDE BAR & GRILL Casual restaurant and bar with patio overlooking Chocolate Lake. Open dialy for lunch and dinner. Best Western Chocolate Lake Hotel, 250 St. Margaret’s Bay Rd. 902-477-5611.

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DINING THE LOCAL Locally sourced, internationally inspired menu; vegan options, stone-oven pizza. Craft beer and cider. Patio, billiards, ping-pong. Live music four nights per week. 2037 Gottingen St. 902-406-4255.

ROCKBOTTOM BREW PUB Diverse menu. Six different craft beers brewed on site. Also offers an extensive selection of wine and cocktails. 5686 Spring Garden Rd. 902-423-2938.

THE LOWER DECK BAR & GRILL The beloved waterfront pub exports its signature hospitality to Clayton Park. Seafood, burgers, wings, pasta, meatloaf, schnitzel, and more. Daily specials. Live music on weekends. 278 Lacewood Dr. 902-443-7024.

STILLWELL Showcasing craft beers from Nova Scotia’s flourishing craft brewing community and beyond, Stillwell pairs a dynamic beer list with Chef Graeme Ruppel’s artful small-plate snacks. A must-visit destination for beer lovers. 1672 Barrington St. 902-421-1672.

MONTES SHOWBAR GRILL Casual bar serving burgers, pasta, sandwiches, weekend brunch. Live music on weekends. 245 Waverly Rd., Dartmouth. 902-435-1770.

STILLWELL BEER GARDEN Stillwell’s al fresco location specializing in locally brewed beer and a serious barbecue menu. 5688 Spring Garden Rd. 902-421-1672.

THE PINT Friendly downtown bar with craft beer aplenty, and a menu featuring favourites like poutine, sliders, nachos, ribs, and tacos. Live sports. Daily specials, weekend brunch. 1575 Argyle St. 902-405-PINT.

STUBBORN GOAT BEER GARDEN Craft beer and snacks. Picnic tables and multi-level seating en plein air on the waterfront boardwalk. Summit Plaza, Lower Water St.

STAYNER’S WHARF PUB & GRILL High-quality pub food, including fresh seafood. Live jazz, featuring local and visiting acts. Open 11am to midnight. On the waterfront, next to the ferry terminal. 5075 George St. 902-492-1800. THE STUBBORN GOAT GASTROPUB Upscale comfort food featuring fresh produce and meat from local suppliers. Extensive list of craft beers and tasty cocktails and a weekend brunch menu. 1579 Grafton St. 902-405-4554. TIMBER LOUNGE Lumberjack-themed bar serving local beer and hosting axe-throwing events. Watch the axe-citement from the bar through a Plexiglas window. Open Monday through Thursday, 4pm–1am; Friday and Saturday, 1pm–1am. 2710 Agricola St. 902-453-8627.


BONEHEADS BBQ Southern-style smokehouse serving sausage, wings, pulled pork, brisket, and other barbecue mainstays. Open Sunday–Thursday, 11am–9pm; Friday and Saturday to 10pm 1014 Barrington St. 902-407-4100. UPSTREET BBQ BREWHOUSE A partnership between P.E.I. craft brewers Upstreet and local restaurateur Bill Pratt. Unique locally-made beers and a selection of barbecue classics, including Kansas-style ribs, brisket, and pulled pork. 612 Windmill Rd., Dartmouth. 902-407-4344.


THE AUCTION HOUSE Historic downtown building. Beercentric menu showcasing local brews, plus cocktails and wine aplenty. Live entertainment. Open daily. 1726 Argyle St. 902-431-1726. BATTERY PARK This hip beer bar’s menu includes local craft brew aplenty and tasting boards of charcuterie, fruits de mer, formaggio, and antipasti. Open Sunday–Wednesday, Thursday, 2pm–midnight.; Friday and Saturday 2pm–1am. 62 Ochterloney St., Dartmouth. GOOD ROBOT BREWING House-made beers, collaborations with local home brewers, and guest brews. Flights, pints, bottles, cans, growlers. Tasting room, patio. 2736 Robie St. 902-4461692. HOP YARD Halifax sibling to the popular P.E.I. spot known for local craft beer, food, and vinyl records. The locally sourced menu of sharing plates changes weekly. 2103 Gottingen St. 902-444-2467.


BISTRO LE COQ French country cuisine. Duck confit salad, croque monsieur, escargot, a daily crêpe special, and steak frites. Weekend brunch. Open daily for lunch and dinner; kitchen open until 11pm on weekends. 1584 Argyle St. 902-407-4564. CHIVES CANADIAN BISTRO Chefs and owners Craig Flinn and Darren Lewis draw heavily on their East Coast roots, classical training, and international experience, using fresh, local, and organic ingredients. Open daily, 5pm–9:30pm. 1537 Barrington St. 902-420-9626. LE BISTRO BY LIZ Halifax’s original French bistro, serving favourites like Crêpe Marocaine and the house specialty, lemon pie. 1333 South Park St. 902-423-8428. MAPPATURA BISTRO Honest food and lively moments. Aperitivo hour, local and European wines, homemade pastas, plus locally sourced seafood, meats, and produce. Italian inspired. Dine privately or at the communal table. Open Tuesday– Saturday for lunch, dinner, and brunch. Close to the Public Gardens. Reservations recommended. 5883 Spring Garden Rd. 902-407-5502. THE NARROWS BISTRO Chef Erwin Palo offers contemporary international cuisine in a casual bistro atmosphere. Open Monday–Friday 6:30am–10:30am and 5pm–10pm, weekends 7am–11am and 5pm–10pm. DoubleTree by Hilton Halifax Dartmouth, 101 Wyse Rd., Dartmouth. 902-463-1100. SCHNITZEL BISTRO Cozy downtown Dartmouth spot offering German classics like schnitzel, bratwurst, and spätzle. Open Tuesday–Saturday. 65 King St., Dartmouth. 902-466-2444.


ACE BURGER COMPANY Specializing in high-quality burgers, including The Deluxe, rib burger, lamb burger, po’boys, and fries. Serving at Battery Park, 62 Ochterloney St. 902-446-2337 CHEESE CURDS GOURMET BURGERS + POUTINERIE Gourmet beef, pork, salmon, lamb, veggie, and chicken burgers, plus poutine, onion rings, and hot dogs. Open Sunday to Thursday, 11am–9pm; Friday and Saturday, 11.a.m.–10pm; 380 Pleasant St., Dartmouth: 902-444-3446. 600 Windmill Rd., Dartmouth: 902-446-4400. 277 Lacewood Dr., Clayton Park: 902-450-0980. 507 Larry Uteck Blvd., Bedford: 902-835-7404.

SEA IT ALL Want a quick and inexpensive look at Halifax Harbour? Scoot across on a Halifax Transit (page EC2) ferry. It’s an easy way to check out the skyline and see the ships come and go.

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KRAVE BURGER Fast-casual burger joint boasting creative burgers and hot dogs, three varieties of macaroni and cheese, milkshakes, and more. Wash it down with a Krave Lager from local craft brewer Propeller. 5680 Spring Garden Rd. 902-407-5728.

THE CANTEEN Gourmet sandwiches, classic French, Italian and traditional Nova Scotian cuisine, local wine and beer. Open Tuesday through Friday for lunch and supper, for brunch on Saturday. Closed Sunday and Monday. 22 Portland St., Dartmouth. 902-425-9272.

RELISH GOURMET BURGERS Fun, casual restaurant features a range of gourmet burgers inspired by different people and places. Open daily. 6024 Quinpool Rd. 902-474-4152.

COASTAL CAFÉ Breakfast creations like Belgian waffles and Huevos Rancheros. The lunch menu includes paninis, burgers,and daily soups and salads. Open Tuesday–Sunday for breakfast and lunch. 2731 Robie St. 902-405-4022.


ANNIE’S PLACE CAFÉ Relaxed atmosphere. All-day breakfast, plus many lunch items. Baked goods made fresh in-house. Catering available. Open daily 7am–2pm, Saturday 8am–2pm. 1592B Queen St. 902-420-0098. BIRD’S NEST CAFÉ Bird’s Nest Café is a recent expansion from local favourite Ciboulette Café, a tiny spot noted for its tasty sandwiches and soup. Now offers an expanded menu for breakfast and lunch, featuring fresh ingredients. Cozy atmosphere. 1547 Barrington St. 902-423-5282. Map 1 THE BOARD ROOM GAME CAFÉ Some 400 games to choose from, $5 cover to play as many as you like. “Game Bosses” on site to teach and recommend games. Craft beer on tap, espresso bar, and casual dining. Ages 19+ after 6pm. 1256 Barrington St. 902-423-7545. Map 1 CAFÉ GOOD LUCK All-day brunch menu featuring eggs benny, towering breakfast sandwices, and fresh-baked goods. Mimosas and local beer. Open daily. 145 Portland St., Dartmouth.

GLITTER BEAN CAFÉ Queer-friendly café offering organic fairtrade coffee, specialty drinks, snacks, and baked goods. Open weekdays 7am–6pm, weekends 10am–5pm. 5896 Spring Garden Rd. 902-407-5715. HUMANI-T CAFÉ Newly renovated: cozy fireplace, stone fountain and funky chairs. Near the Hydrostone Market. Live music on Friday nights with a free open-mic show. Free Wi-Fi. Baklava, cakes, cupcakes, muffins, cookies, cinnamon rolls baked fresh on-site. Open daily. 5755 Young St. 902-454-9999. JAVA BLEND Coffeehouse and craft coffee roaster in Halifax’s North End, specializing in globally sourced sustainable beans, offering coffee drinks and other beverages and baked goods. 6027 North St. 902-423-6944. THE MIDDLE SPOON If you’re the kind of person who skips straight to dessert, this is the spot for you—specializing in decadent desserts and cocktails. Open Monday–Saturday from 4pm. 1559 Barrington St.: 902-407-4002. 1595 Bedford Highway (Sunnyside Mall), Bedford: 902-446-4082

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DINING THE NOOK Friendly café serving local java by day, hip cocktails and beer by night. The menu highlights all-day brunch, sandwiches, and baked goods. After-dark nibbles include nachos, dips, and vegetarian options. 2118 Gottingen St. 902-444-9889.

WEIRD HARBOUR ESPRESSO BAR Espresso-based coffees and locally made baked goods. Open Monday–Friday 7am–6pm, weekends 8am–6pm. 1656 Barrington St.

PAVIA ESPRESSO BAR & CAFÉ Two locations in the Halifax Central Library (on the first and fifth floors), offering locally roasted coffee, Italian espresso, gourmet paninis, and baked goods. Halifax Central Library, 5440 Spring Garden Rd. 902-407-4008.

CHEELIN Szechuan and Beijing cuisine. Buffet lunch on Tuesday and Friday. Lunch Monday–Saturday, 11:30am–2:30pm; dinner Monday–Sunday, 5pm–10pm Brewery Market, 1496 Lower Water St. (Also at Seaport Market.) 902-422-2252.

STEVE-O-RENO’S CAPPUCCINO Locally roasted, ethically sourced coffee. Baked goods from scratch daily. Quick and fresh breakfasts and lunches. 1536 Brunswick St. 902-429-3034.

CHI BISTRO Traditional breakfasts, crêpes, and light lunches meet reimagined Southern Chinese dishes and tapas-style small plates at this cozy spot with a summer patio. 5687 Charles St. 902-406-3133.

SWEET HEREAFTER Rich and luscious cheesecake. Dozens of flavours, with gluten-free and dairy-free options available. Catering service available. Open Monday–Wednesday noon–10pm and Thursday–Saturday noon–11pm. 6148 Quinpool Rd. 902-404-8001.

FAN’S CHINESE RESTAURANT A diverse Chinese menu. House specialties include Peking duck, Moo Shu pork, and Seafood in Bird Nest. Open daily. 451 Windmill Rd., Dartmouth. 902-469-9165.


TWO IF BY SEA Gourmet coffee, loose tea, and hot drinks galore, plus fresh, quality pastries and desserts. The light, flaky, buttery croissants draw locals from every part of the city. Open daily. 66 Ochterloney St., Dartmouth: 902-469-0721.

GREAT WALL Cantonese and Szechuan food in pleasant surroundings. Daily specials. Dim Sum on Sunday, from 11:30am–3pm. Free delivery downtown. Open Monday– Thursday and Sunday, 11:30am–10pm; Friday and Saturday to 11pm. 1649 Bedford Row. 902-422-6153.

TRIDENT BOOKSELLERS AND CAFÉ A coffeehouse, tea room, coffee roaster, and used bookstore in Halifax’s South End. Browse the shelves for used books or sit and enjoy specialty coffee drinks and pastries and loose tea, among the aroma of freshly roasted coffee beans. 1256 Hollis St. 902-423-7100.

9 + NINE CHINESE CUISINE Classically trained in Hong Kong, Chef Peter brings 45 years of culinary experience to this compact suburban dining room offering Chinese delicacies prepared in the traditional manner. Eat in or take out. Open Wednesday– Monday. 480 Parkland Dr. 902-431-7575.

UNCOMMON GROUNDS Gourmet coffee and tea; muffins, scones, cheesecakes, and other desserts baked on-site. Sandwiches and soups. 1030 South Park St.: 902-431-3124. 1237 Barrington St.: 902-404-7288.

SHENG’S CHINESE RESTAURANT Szechuan, Cantonese, Chinese, and Thai cuisine. Make-your-own daily specials, plus lunch specials from $5.50, Monday–Friday. 6-362 Lacewood Dr. 902-446-3838.

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THE KITCHEN TABLE Unique dining experience offering an eight-course tasting menu showcasing local and foraged ingredients. Can accommodate any allergies, dietary restrictions, or preferences. Bring-your-own wine permitted. Open Wednesday–Saturday. Ratinaud Charcutier, 2157 Gottingen St. 902-446-8222.

THE ARMVIEW RESTAURANT & LOUNGE Long a beloved community diner, the Armview renovated a few years ago, now boasting stylish décor and a contemporary menu. The selection includes gourmet burgers, sandwiches, pasta, seafood, weekend brunch, and more. The Dagwood Sandwich is a local favourite. Open daily. 7156 Chebucto Rd. 902-455-4395.

PRIMAL KITCHEN Butchery inspired restaurant with a focus on sustainable local meats and craft beer. Local meats smoked, cured, and butchered in-house. One of Where Canada’s Best New Restaurants in Canada for 2015. Open Monday– Saturday, 11:30am–10pm. 1463 Brenton St. 902-429-3499.

AGRICOLA STREET BRASSERIE Stylish stop featuring locally sourced, seasonal fare and housemade charcuterie alongside craft beer and a carefully curated wine list. Suitable for intimate meals and large groups. Monday-Saturday 4pm–12:30am 2540 Agricola Street. 902-446-7664.

THE BICYCLE THIEF Offers “North American food with an Italian soul.” Cocktail/wine bar, harbour view. Bishop’s Landing, 1475 Lower Water St. 902-425-7993.

SEASONS BY ATLANTICA Fresh, local cuisine. Warm urban décor, views of Halifax Common and attentive service. Open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Atlantica Hotel Halifax, 1980 Robie St. 902-490-3331.

BROOKLYN WAREHOUSE With an ever-changing menu, this trendy neighbourhood spot showcases local and sustainable cuisine. Famous for its burgers. 2795 Windsor St. 902-446-8181.

STORIES Inventive regional cuisine in intimate dining rooms. Chef Scott Vail has crafted a diverse menu selecting East Coast seafood, premium beef, and local game and lamb. The Halliburton, 5184 Morris St. 902-420-0658.

THE CARLETON Restaurant, bar, and entertainment venue offers upscale casual dining (with an array of wines and spirits) and showcases Nova Scotian and international talent. 1685 Argyle St. 902-422-6335.

THE WATCH THAT ENDS THE NIGHT Specializes in a new Canadian cuisine focused on fermentation, curing, and preserving the harvest. The ambitious cocktail program features classics and daring new inventions. Open 5pm–midnight from Sunday– Thursday, 5pm –1am on Friday and Saturday. 15 Kings Wharf Pl., Dartmouth. 902-402-9 009.

HARBOUR CITY BAR AND GRILL Modern hotel eatery preparing Canadian cuisine with locally sourced ingredients, plus a robust list of local craft beers, wines, and spirits. 1990 Barrington St. 902-492-6443.


FOX HILL MARKET & DELI El Gallo Mexican cuisine, sandwiches, salads, all-day breakfast, and more. Open daily. 2760 Robie St. 902-407-1301.

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MAY 2019




BLUENOSE II RESTAURANT This downtown dining-style restaurant has been a local favourite since 1964. Seafood, Greek specialties, burgers, all-day breakfast. Daily specials. Open Monday–Thursday 7:30am–8:30 p.m, Friday 7:30am to 9pm, weekends 8am–9pm. 1824 Hollis St. 902-425-5092. Map 1 DARRELL’S RESTAURANT A straightforward burger joint dishing up unique toppings for beef and veggie burgers, plus comfort food aplenty. 5576 Fenwick St. 902-492-2349. THE ESQUIRE RESTAURANT Local favourite, known for hearty seafood chowder, old-school lobster sandwiches, and decadent pies. Open daily. 772 Bedford Hwy., Bedford. 902835-9033. ROBIE STREET STATION Serving all-day breakfast and brunch plus global comfort food specialties in a colourful and trendy diner atmosphere. 2394 Robie St. 902-423-2524 TRUE NORTH DINER Toss a few quarters in the jukebox and go back in time at this 1950s inspired eatery known for burgers, fries, and shakes. Bedford Place Mall, 1658 Bedford Hwy., Bedford. 902-832-1950.


CORA Specializes in breakfast. Creative dishes with lots of fresh fruit. Crêpes, french toast, waffles, and eggs. Open Monday–Saturday, 6am–3pm; Sunday, 7am–3pm. Lunch from 11am. 1535 Dresden Row: 902-490-2672. 287 Lacewood Dr. 902-4572672. 1475 Bedford Hwy., Unit 17, Bedford: 902-832-5252. 644 Portland St., Dartmouth: 902-433-0079. 16 Garland Ave., Dartmouth: 902-481-9685. FISH + CHIX From restaurateur Bill Pratt, the creator of Cheese Curds and Habaneros. Offers food-truck-style fried haddock, shrimp, and chicken, plus tacos and sides. Open Sunday–Thursday, 11am–7pm; Friday and Saturday–8pm. 600 Windmill Rd., Dartmouth. 902-446-4400. KEMPTSTER’S COOKHOUSE Expansive menu features 100+ homestyle favourites: barbecue chicken and ribs, steak, burgers, sandwiches, all-day breakfast, pasta, and much more. Two-forone specials Sunday–Wednesday. Open daily. 3644 Kempt Rd. 902-453-0236. TOM’S FAMILY RESTAURANT Sandwiches, wraps, burgers, seafood, and family favourites like lasagna and turkey dinner. Open daily. 585 Sackville Dr., Lower Sackville. 902-252-8667


AFRITE An ever-changing menu of international flavours from Master Chef Canada contestant Andrew Al-Khouri. Small plates, sharing dishes, weekend brunch, Middle Eastern Mondays prix fixe menu. 1360 Lower Water St.



You don’t need a special occasion to make you and the people you’re with feel special. From classic steak dinners to appetizers you can share with friends, you’ll always feel celebrated at The Keg.

1712 Market St | 902.425.8355 |

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BLACK SHEEP RESTAURANT Owned by its two chefs, this stylish spot emphasizes unpretentious dining with a focus on quality scratch-made cuisine. Small plates for sharing. Brunch until 4pm daily. Creative cocktails; local beer and cider; international wine list. Open daily. 1569 Dresden Row. 902-406-6856. CHKN CHOP ROTISSERIE Portuguese-style chicken joint, offering slow-cooked chicken and sides, plus sandwiches and poutine. Currently renovating after a fire; re-opening soon. 6041 North St. 902-406-0690. ELIOT & VINE European-influenced menu features favourites like pork belly with cheddar polenta, basil, and pistachio crusted lamb, and beef carpaccio. Ever-evolving wine list. Elegant and chic. Open Tuesday–Sunday from 5pm. 2305 Clifton St. 902-332-1557. GIO Global New Age cuisine: ingenious signature dishes and an extensive selection of wine and cocktails. The décor is modern and chic, offering contemporary comfort. Prince George Hotel, 1725 Market St. 902-425-1987. HIGHWAYMAN RESTAURANT & BAR Simple yet stylish 40-seat dining room preparing Spanish-inspired entrées and small plates alongside hip cocktails and a curated wine and beer list. 1673 Barrington St. 902-407-5260. LITTLE OAK Intimate waterfront wine bar, offering an everchanging globally influenced menu showcasing seasonal ingredients. Expansive wine list and an ample selection of craft beer and cider. Happy Hour 4pm–6pm daily. Open Monday – Saturday. Bishop’s Landing, 1475 Lower Water St. LOT SIX BAR AND RESTAURANT Inspired by the great bars of the world, Lot Six features a globally inspired small-plates menu, unique cocktails, whiskies, craft beers, and select wines. 1685 Argyle St. 902-428-7428. STUDIO EAST FOOD AND DRINK Tapas-inspired Asian fare with an East Coast flair, known for spicy meat sticks served with housemade dipping sauces. 6021 Cunard St. 902-449-9800.


ATHENS RESTAURANT Greek mainstays with an emphasis on classic dishes such as kleftiko lamb, moussaka, saganaki, and souvlaki. 6273 Quinpool Rd. 902-422-1595. ELA GREEK TAVERNA Recommended by Anne Hardy’s Where to Eat in Canada for five consecutive years. Over 90 menu items, including steak and pasta. 215 Chain Lake Dr., Bayers Lake: 902-876-8899. 150 Hector Gate, Dartmouth Crossing: 902-481-7999.


CURRY VILLAGE Indian cuisine in a comfortable setting. One of the “Top 100 Recommended Places to Eat in Canada.” Open for lunch Tuesday–Saturday; dinner daily. 1569 Dresden Row. 902-429-5010. DHABA CASUAL FINE DINING & EXPRESS Fresh authentic Indian cuisine, including vegetable biyani, butter chicken, and goat curry. Weekend lunch buffets and daily lunch specials. 8 Oland Cres. 902-444-4411.

MIRCHI TANDOOR Authentic and time-tested Indian recipes, made with fresh ingredients. Highlights include slow-cooked Tandoor chicken, vegetable korma, and prawn curry. Open Tuesday–Sunday. 5232 Blowers St. 902-429-4647. RASA FLAVOURS OF INDIA A taste of the subcontinent in a refined atmosphere. Open daily. Free parking at City Centre Atlantic with $50 purchase. 1542 Birmingham St. 902-4235995.


CAFÉ CHIANTI Large selection of fresh seafood, pasta, veal, steak, lamb, and duck dishes. Eastern European specialties include homemade Hungarian paprika sausage. Open Mondayto Friday for lunch; daily for dinner. 1241 Barrington St. 902-423-7471. DA MAURIZIO FINE DINING Known for impeccable service, extensive wine lists, and a celebrated northern Italian menu featuring calamari, gnocchi, lamb, and seafood. Brewery Market, 1496 Lower Water St. 902-423-0859. IL MERCATO Popular trattoria offering a casual European menu. Northern Italian dishes are the speciality—pizza, pasta, and sandwiches. The desserts alone are worth the visit. Sunnyside Mall, 1595 Bedford Hwy., Bedford. 902-832-4531. IL TRULLO Sleek stylish dining room offers sweeping views of Halifax Harbour. Menu features a variety of authentic Southern Italian cuisine. The restaurant is named after a cone-shaped stone agriculture building in the owner’s native Puglia region in Italy. 902461-2030, 102-67 King’s Wharf Place, Dartmouth. LA FRASCA CIBI & VINI Inspired by the rustic dishes of Friuli in Northern Italy. Authentic home-style dishes made to order by hand, with a passion for freshness and quality. Open Monday– Saturday. 5650 Spring Garden Rd. 902-422-2866. PIATTO PIZZERIA + ENOTECA Neapolitan-style pizza, the first VPN certified pizza in the Maritimes. Open daily. 5144 Morris St. 902-406-0909. RINALDO’S New family-run spot, offering Italian-American favourites like eggplant parmesan, cavatelli and meatballs, hero sandwiches, and pizza aplenty. One of Where Canada’s Best New Restaurants in Canada. Open Tuesday–Sunday; weekend brunch. 2186 Windsor St. 902-425-0400. RISTORANTE A MANO The menu features Italian specialties and gourmet pizzas, from the restaurateurs behind Bish and Il Mercato. Open Monday–Saturday, 11:30am–10pm. 1477 Lower Water St. 902-423-6266. TOMAVINO’S Cozy, romantic atmosphere. Dining by candlelight. Pizza, pasta. Gluten-free crust and pasta. Delivery. Open daily. 1113 Marginal Rd. 902-425-9111. THE VINES PASTA GRILL Italian favourites with an emphasis on creative pasta. The take-out menu offers quick food to go, and Sundays feature a brunch buffet. Open 4pm–9pm Tuesday–Saturday, 11am–9pm Sunday. 4 Panavista Dr. 902-434-4114.


BUTA RAMEN Compact and moder locale for tonkotsu, tantanmen, and Nagasaki champon noodle soups. Open daily. 5190 Morris St. 902-422-0245.


The Bitter End (page 66) on Argyle Street—just steps from the Halifax Convention Centre—is a must for cocktail lovers, voted the makers of the city’s best martini and bloody caesar in local polls. MAY 2019


DINING FUJIYAMA Specializing in sushi and hibachi, this casual spot offers a wide variety of Japanese cuisine, with an extensive selection of sashimi and teriyaki dishes as well. Open daily. 5244 Blowers St. 902-492-1133. KITSUNE FOOD CO. Takeout spot dishes up homestyle Japanese fare including seaweed salad, nigari and maki sushi, and hand-folded pork and vegan dumplings. Check Facebook for hours. 5710 Young St. 902-406-5010. MOMOYA RESTAURANT Offering a broad range of Japanese dishes in a casual setting, including sushi, udon and soba noodles, tempura, and maki rolls. 1671 Barrington St. 902-492-0788. SUSHI NAMI ROYALE Japanese fine dining with traditional and fusion sushi, plus exotic cocktails. The décor is modern with traditional accents. Open Monday–Saturday, 11:30am to midnight; Sunday, 4:30pm–11pm. 1458 Queen Street: 902-422-9020. 278 Lacewood Dr. 149 Hector Gate. Map 1 TOKYO ROLL Relaxed spot for basic rolls, fusio rolls, bento boxes, and teriyaki. 1598 Argyle St. 902-425-8886. facebook. com/tokyorollhalifax


ARISU TABLE BBQ & SUSHI BAR Korean-Japanese fusion. Highlights include Korean KING Short Ribs, Japanese Wagyu Beef, Crispy Valentine Roll, and Surf & Turf Roll. Open Sunday to Thursday 11am–10pm, Friday and Saturday–11pm. W. 1645 Granville St. 902-420-1370. BACKOO’S KOREAN FOOD Laid-back locale dishing up a compact menu of Korean fried chicken, sides, and local beers. Open daily. 1358 Birmingham St. 902-423-2004. facebook. com/backoos


MEZZA LEBANESE KITCHEN Quick-serve Lebanese cuisine: falafels, souvlaki, pountine, donairs, salads, shwarma, wraps. Open daily. 1558 Barrington St. 902-429-2929. Eight other locations around the city. RAY’S ORIGINAL LEBANESE CUISINE Long one of the city’s favourite spots for tasty and inexpensive Lebanese fare: combo plates, all-day breakfast, grilled fish, classic Halifax donairs, and more. 120 Susie Lake Cres. 902-425-7297.


ANTOJO TACO + TEQUILA Vibrant Mexican-inspired dishes and a wide selection of tequila and mezcal. Tacos, enchiladas, ceviche, and more. Open daily from 11:30am. 1667 Argyle St. 902-405-2790. BURRITO JAX Quick and casual spot offering freshly prepared Mexican food. Scratch-made burritos are the house specialty. Open Monday–Saturday. 5215 Blowers St. 902-406-0088. 3117 Kempt Rd. 902-404-7879. HABANEROS MODERN TACO BAR This quick and casual spot boasts modern Mexican cuisine with a twist, all featuring locally sourced ingredients. From the creators of the burger joint Cheese Curds. Unit B, 1551 South Park St. 380 Pleasant St., Dartmouth. 600 Windmill Rd., Dartmouth. MEXICALI ROSA’S The California-style Mexican menu features sizzling fajitas. Take-out orders and party bookings available. Open daily. 5472 Spring Garden Rd. 902-422-7672. MEXICO LINDO Authentic Mexican. Casual setting. Burritos, chimichangas, tacos, hearty consome de pollo. Combination plates, gluten-free options. Open Tuesday–Saturday. 3635 Dutch Village Rd.

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TACO LINA’S Inside Gus’ Pub. House-made flour and corn tortillas, tacos al pastor, Baja fish tacos, nachos and more. Open daily. 2605 Agricola St.


THE BITTER END Wine and martini bar, tapas. Casual dining and spirits. Voted as makers of Halifax’s best martini and bloody caesar. 1572 Argyle St. 902-425-3039. ECONOMY SHOE SHOP Check out The Backstage for a glass of wine or head to the Diamond and choose your own music on the juke box. Full menu till 11pm, tapas till 2am. Open from 11am–2am. 1663 Argyle St. 902-423-8845. MENZ & MOLLYZ Billed as an “all-inclusive LGTBQI community destination.” Karaoke, dancing, and drag shows. Vibrant, welcoming atmosphere. 2182 Gottingen St. 902-446-6969. NICHE Supper club/lounge. The menu emphasizes tapas and international flavours. Variety is the hallmark of the wine list. Open daily. Maritime Centre. Corner of Spring Garden Rd. and Barrington St. 902-423-6632. OBLADEE A selection of wines paired with artisanal cheese and charcuterie. Some 30 wines available by the glass, 40 by the bottle. Open weekdays from 11:30am, and weekends from 4pm. 1600 Barrington St. 902-405-4505. TABOO NIGHTCLUB Chic nightclub offering private booths and attentive service. Packages include a host/hostess, private booth, complimentary admission, and coat check. 1735 Grafton St. 902-423-8226.


BRAMOSO PIZZERIA & BEER BAR Hand-crafted brick-oven pizzas, including gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan options. Signature creations include the Tuscan Sun (white sauce, hot banana peppers, pineapple, sundried tomatoes, green olives) and Lombardy’s Fire (smoked bacon, jalapeno, pineapple). Delivery and take-out. 6169 Quinpool Rd. 902-425-2222. FREEMAN’S Friendly neighbourhood spot, expanded from the mother ship on Quinpool Road to four dining rooms around the city. All-day breakfast, pizza, pasta, burgers, and ItalianAmerican favourites aplenty. Open daily. Delivery until late. 6092 Quinpool Rd.: 902-429-0241. 3671 Dutch Village Rd.: 902-445-5256. 1726 Grafton St.: 902-444-7008. 552 Sackville Dr., Lower Sackville. 902-865-2555. LA PIAZZA RISTORANTE Casual neighbourhood spot boasting wood-oven pizza and a variety of Italian entrées. Private party room. Open daily. 6430 Chebucto Rd. 902-404-5885. MORRIS EAST Intimate spot specializing in pizza, prepared in a wood-fired oven. The dynamic menu showcases locally sourced ingredients. Open Tuesday–Sunday. 5212 Morris St: 902-444-7663. 1984 Vernon St.: 902-444-7669. 620 Nine Mile Dr., Bedford West: 902-444-7671 MOTHER’S PIZZA Raw-edged wood tables and terrariums create a homey vibe at this pie parlour serving a compact menu of hand-tossed, wood-fired pizzas made with local ingredients. 5710 Young St. 902-406-5050.

SALVATORE’S PIZZAIOLO TRATTORIA New York-Italian cuisine. Best known for its original cheese pizza and Italian hero sandwich. Everything scratch-made on site. Open daily. 4451 Young St. 902-455-1133.


BREWSTERS BAR & GRILL Hearty home-style food: steak, burgers, seafood, pasta, all-day breakfast, and more. Daily specials. Mill Cove Plaza, 961 Bedford Hwy., Bedford. 902-832-0032. THE CELTIC CORNER Friendly neighbourhood pub serving traditional, hearty favourites. Traditional East Coast music Thursday–Sunday; open-mic on Tuesday. Open Sunday– Thursday, 11am–midnight; open until 1am on Friday and Saturday. 69 Alderney Dr., Dartmouth. 902-464-0764. DURTY NELLY’S AUTHENTIC IRISH PUB From the perfect pint to a menu showcasing traditional cuisine (fish and chips, pan-fried haddock, lamb stew), this pub offers a truly Irish experience. Open daily from 11:30am; weekend brunch until 3pm. Corner of Argyle and Sackville streets. 902-406-7640. THE LOWER DECK PUB—BEER MARKET Try a house-made burger or traditional bangers and mash. The Beer Market has many popular beers on tap. Historic Properties. 902-425-1501. THE MAXWELL’S PLUM Enjoy the city’s largest selection of draft beers from many Maritime breweries. Sixty beers on tap, even more varieties in bottles and cans. 1600 Grafton St. 902-423-5090. OASIS PUB Casual atmosphere, big TVs for sports. Pool tables, shuffleboard. Monday: open mic, Thursday: karaoke and wing night. Live music on weekends. 5661 Spring Garden Rd. 902422-2227. THE OLD TRIANGLE IRISH ALEHOUSE A taste of Ireland in the heart of downtown Halifax. Three-room pub offers live entertainment nightly (no cover charge) and Irish pub-style food. 5136 Prince St. 902-492-4900. OLIVER’S GASTROPUB European-style pub offering a selection of local and imported beer and wine. Breakfast, weekend brunch, broad lunch and dinner menu: burgers, nachos, wings, pizza, steak, fresh Atlantic seafood, and more. Open daily. 3009 Hwy. 2, Fall River. 902-861-3480. RED STAG TAVERN Historic setting. Specials include half-price appetizers and two-for-one. Brewery Market, 1496 Lower Water St. 902-422-0275. RIVERSIDE PUB & EATERY Casual neighbourhood pub with a patio overlooking the Sackville River. Varied pub-grub menu, all-day breakfast. Open daily. 1552 Bedford Hwy., Bedford. 902-835-1648.

Asian-inspired fresh seafood on the boardwalk at Bishop’s Landing. 1477 Lower Water St. 902-406-1051


SEAMUS DAVID’S PUB Traditional pub fare with Irish flair. Open daily. Weekend brunch. 21 Logiealmond Close, Dartmouth Crossing. 902-462-2034. SPLIT CROW Maritime pub offers cold drinks and an extensive menu. Live East Coast music every night. 1855 Granville St. 902-422-4366. YOUR FATHER’S MOUSTACHE Friendly atmosphere and great food are complemented by fine local entertainment. 5686 Spring Garden Rd. 902-423-6766.


THE BARRINGTON STEAKHOUSE & OYSTER BAR Locally sourced ingredients, modern and inviting atmosphere, knowledgeable staff. Atlantic Canadian beef, local seafood, and wines selected by the in-house sommelier. Located in a historic building in the heart of the downtown. Open daily. 1662 Barrington St. 902-407-5001. MAY 2019


DINING BOONDOCKS RESTAURANT Serving fresh seafood just steps from the ocean in a historic fishing village. Large patio overlooks the Atlantic. Open daily. Fisherman’s Cove, 6 Government Wharf Rd., Eastern Passage. 902-465-3474.

WATERFRONT WAREHOUSE RESTAURANT Fresh Maritime seafood in a casual nautical atmosphere. It’s the only restaurant in the city offering fresh lobster, crab, and oysters all under one roof. Open daily, 11:30am–10pm. 1549 Lower Water St. 902-425-7610. Map 1

CUT STEAKHOUSE Sublime service and contemporary décor. Beef dry-aged on-site. Open daily from 5pm. 5120 Salter St. 902-429-5120.


FIVE FISHERMEN Fresh lobster, Atlantic salmon, and Digby scallops are among the specialties. Dinner from 5pm. Weekday lunch, weekend brunch from 11am–3pm. 1740 Argyle St. 902-422-4421. FREDIE’S FANTASTIC FISH HOUSE Counter-serve diner known for generous portions of fish and chips. Other offerings include Newfie poutine (with dressing), fried clams, and burgers. Open Monday–Saturday 11am–7pm. 8 Oland Cres. 902-450-3474. THE KEG Great steaks and a warm atmosphere. Friendly conversations hum cheerfully throughout, above the familiar sizzle and aroma of steaks and seafood on the grill, and the celebratory clinking of glasses. 1712 Market St. 902-425-8355. McKELVIE’S Fine seafood and traditional Nova Scotian fare: blackened salmon, potato-crusted haddock, Szechuan shrimp and scallops, lemon-thyme mussels, crab cakes, pastas, Black Angus steaks, and more. Open daily. 1680 Lower Water St. 902-421-6161. MURPHY’S THE CABLE WHARF Almost every seat is a window seat—an ideal spot to while away a sunny afternoon. Open daily. Cable Wharf, 1751 Lower St. 902-420-1015. RHUBARB Casual fine dining by the sea. Seasonal menu, showcasing seasonal local flavours. Open daily. 8650 Peggy’s Cove Rd., Indian Harbour. 902-821-3013. SALTY’S RESTAURANT Sit dockside in the patio bar, or upstairs in the dining room. Fresh lobster, salmon, scallops, and shrimp. Open daily from 11:30am. Historic Properties, 902-423-6818. SEA SMOKE RESTAURANT & BAR Asian-inspired seafood, sushi, and steaks. Highlights include spicy snow crab, five-spice garlic lobster, black cod misoyaki, and mussels. Lunch combos, sharing dishes, raw bar. 1477 Lower Water St. 902-406-1051. SOU’WESTER Set among the rocks in beautiful Peggy’s Cove. Popular offerings include chowder, lobster, and fish and chips. 48 kilometres from downtown Halifax on Rte. 333, Peggy’s Cove. 902-823-2561. SHORE CLUB LOBSTER SUPPERS Running for eight decades, these friendly and informal suppers showcase fresh-boiled Atlantic lobster and all-you-can-eat mussels. Vegetarian, steak, chicken, and kids’ meals also on offer. Returns for the season on May 12. Open 4pm–7pm Saturday; to 8pm Sunday. 250 Shore Club Rd., Hubbards. 902-857-9555. SHUCK SEAFOOD + RAW BAR Fresh locally supplied, Oceanwise-certified seafood. Award-winning Chef Dwayne MacLeod highlights the quality and flavour of each offering. Eclectic and affordable wine list. 5120 Salter St. 902-429-5120.

BAAN THAI RESTAURANT Comfortable, casual Thai restaurant. Specialties include pad thai, spicy noodles, cashew chicken, massaman curry, green curry, and red curry. 5234 Blowers St. 902-446-4301. CHA BAA HAI RESTAURANT Four locations around the city serving authentic and inexpensive Thai flavours. 1546 Queen St. 5858 Demone St. 1511 Bedford Hwy., Bedford. 100 Ilsley Ave., Dartmouth. STAR ANISE Specializes in Vietnamese and Thai dishes. Open Monday–Friday 11am–9:30pm; Saturday noon–9:30pm. 1571 Barrington St. 902-422-2602. TALAY THAI RESTAURANT Choose from creations like Gung Pad Pik Pow (basil prawn with chili paste), Pla Muek Tod Katem (garlic shrimp), and more. Delivery after 5pm. Open for lunch Monday–Friday noon–2:30pm.; daily for dinner, 5pm to 10pm. 1300 Hollis St. 902-404-3700.


WORLD TEA HOUSE In the heart of the downtown, across the street from Neptune Theatre. Old-World tea traditions meet modern mixology and café culture. Open Monday–Saturday 10am–8pm; Sunday noon–5pm. SAWADEE TEA HOUSE Exotic tea house offers 150 types of premium loose tea leaves, fresh from plantations around the world. Open daily. Granville Mall, 1871 Granville St. 902-422-4192.


TURKISH DELIGHT KEBAP HOUSE Turkish doners. Seafood and mezes. Kebaps of lamb, chicken, and other varieties. Vegetarian offers. Open daily. 5680 Spring Garden Rd. 902-4464366. EFENDY TURKISH & MEDITERRANEAN GRILL Authentic cuisine at a reasonable price. Everything is hand-made, with meat cooked on a charcoal grill. Popular items include mixed kebabs, lamb shanks, tuna steak, vegetarian options, and more. Open daily. 1569 Dresden Row. 902-444-8064.


ENVIE Vegan kitchen showcasing scratch-made comfort made with GMO-free ingredients. Favourites include vegan charcuterie, barbecue pulled-tofu tacos, pad Thai, and weekend brunch. Open Tuesday–Sunday. 5775 Charles St. 902-492-4077. WILD LEEK Made-from-scratch vegan comfort food, fresh juices, and gourmet desserts, with gluten, dairy, andnut-free options. Open daily. 2148 Windsor St. 902-444-5466.

ARTISTIC TOUCH Zwicker’s Gallery (page 51) on Doyle Street is Halifax’s oldest commercial art gallery (dating back to 1866). Discover a broad selection of fine art, antique nautical charts and maps, Inuit carvings, and more. 68 MAY 2019




Get a unique perspective on Nova Scotia with a narrated VisionAir Services (page 51) helicopter tour. Destinations include the Halifax area, Bay of Fundy, Eastern Shore, and Peggy’s Cove.


AIRLANE GOLF CLUB 9 holes. Near Halifax airport. No tee time required. 2103 Old Guysborough Rd., Goffs. 902-873-4040. GLEN ARBOUR GOLF COURSE Premier course with 18 holes, 9-hole par 3, warm-up facility, putting green, power carts. 40 Clubhouse Lane, Hammonds Plains. 902-835-4653, 1-877-835-4653.

LOST CREEK GOLF CLUB Scenic views. 18 holes, par 71. Power carts. Public welcome. Licensed facility. 310 Kinsac Road, Beaver Bank. 902-865-4653. RIVER OAKS GOLF CLUB 27-hole public course. Par 70, par 36. Licensed restaurant, bar, canteen, deck. 3909 Hwy. 357, Meagher’s Grant. 902-384-2033.


GOODWOOD FAMILY GOLF CENTRE Driving range, lessons, 18-hole mini golf. 1300 Prospect Rd. 902-876-1122.

A&M SEA CHARTERS Departing from Eastern Passage. Whale watching, nature tours, harbour tours, deep-sea fishing, shark fishing, and personalized tours. 87 Government Wharf Rd., Eastern Passage. 902-465-6617.

GRANDVIEW GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB 18 holes, putting and chipping green, driving range, power carts, lessons. Public course. 431 Crane Hill Rd., Dartmouth. 902-435-3278.

ABERDEEN BUS TOURS & CHARTERS Day tours, shuttle services; 15-, 24-, and 56-seat buses. 902-850-3377.

GRANITE SPRINGS GOLF CLUB 18 holes, putting green, warm-up range, power carts, food and beverages. 4441 Prospect Rd., Bayside. 902-852-GOLF (4653).

AMBASSATOURS GRAY LINE Bus charters, sightseeing tours by land and sea, airport transfers. Options include amphibious Harbour Hopper tours, sailing cruises, dinner and party cruises, whale watching, deep-sea fishing, and more. 1-800-565-9662.

HARTLEN POINT CFB GOLF CLUB 18 holes, driving range, club house facilities. 2400 Shore Rd., Eastern Passage. Admin: 902-465-6354, pro shop: 902-465-3038. INDIAN LAKE GOLF COURSE 18 holes, executive course. Pro shop, putting green, licensed restaurant with deck, and three high-def golf simulators. Open year-round. 902-876-8844. 199 Old Coach Rd., Goodwood. THE LINKS AT BRUNELLO 7,158-yard course opened in June 2015. Bentgrass tees, greens, and fairways. White-sand bunkers, multiple teeing areas, continuous paved cart paths. 120 Brunello Blvd. 902-876-7649. THE LINKS AT MONTAGUE GOLF COURSE & ACADEMY Executive 9-hole course, driving range, pitch and putt, training academy, clubhouse. 5 Lakehill Dr., Dartmouth. Manager: 902-433-3331, pro shop: 902-433-3330, academy: 902-433-3332.

ARRIVE IN STYLE LIMOUSINE SERVICE Tour services, day excursions, sightseeing tours, airport pick up and drop off. 1-866-644-5646, 902-453-5646. BLUE SHARK FISHING CHARTERS Professional sport-fishing charter service, specializing in big-game shark fishing. Blue Shark is a “catch, tag, and release” operation, returning sharks to the water in good health and sending catch data to shark researchers at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography. 902-830-4115. COASTAL ADVENTURES Sea-kayaking tours for beginners or experts. Day trips, extended regional tours, equipment rentals. 902-772-2774, 1-877-404-2774.

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Whether you’re a veteran kayaker or a total novice, it’s easy to explore Nova Scotia by sea with East Coast Outfitters. Lessons and equipment rentals available. EAST COAST OUTFITTERS Based in Lower Prospect, offering Kayak explorations of coastal Nova Scotia. Individual and group tours. No experience necessary; lessons and gear rentals. 902-852-2567, 1-877-852-2567. GREAT EARTH EXPEDITIONS Small-group multi-sport tours to destinations throughout Nova Scotia. Half-day, full-day, and multi-day expeditions, including hiking, sightseeing, wildlife, whale-watching, history, and adventure tours. 902-223-2409, 1-800-865-0221. HALIFAX TITANIC HISTORICAL TOURS Six-hour narrated tours of Halifax, Dartmouth, and Fisherman’s Cove. See Titanic and Halifax Explosion sights. Other six-hour tours include the South Shore and Annapolis Valley. Accessible private tours available. Reservations required. 902-926-6780. I HEART BIKES Located on the waterfront, offering bike rentals, guided and self-guided tours, maintenance, repairs, and more. Sands at Salter, 1507 Lower Water St. 902-406-7774. LOCAL TASTING TOURS A variety of culinary experiences in downtown Halifax, mixing fun cultural facts and an insider’s look at food history with delicious tastings and an entertaining walk through historic neighbourhoods. Daily tours highlight unique, locally owned spots. Ticket includes all food and drink. 902-818-9055. MCNABS ISLAND FERRY Ferry service to McNabs Island and Devil’s Island; self-guided historical and nature tours. Hiking, biking, camping, bird- and seal-watching tours. Year-round. 902-465-4563, 1-800-326-4563.

NEED-A-LIFT TRANSPORTATION SERVICES Wheelchairaccessible taxi and tour service in the Halifax region. 902-222-5438. NOVASHORES ADVENTURES Full- and half-day sea kayaking tours through a unique marine ecosystem. Small groups with stable touring kayaks. Explore the Dover archipelago near Peggy’s Cove, a 40-minute drive from Halifax. Beginners welcome, instruction available. Shaw’s Landing, West Dover (near Peggy’s Cove). 866-638-4118 or 902-852-3875. PEDAL & SEA ADVENTURES Creative bicycle and kayak tours for outdoor adventurers, with itineraries throughout the region. 877-777-5699. TATTLE TOURS Guided ghost walks and walking tours of historic Halifax, brimming with tall tales, little known facts, and local gossip. Call Andy Smith: 902-494-0525. TOURS BY TOWN CAR Airport transfers plus private sedan and limousine tours. Drivers are well trained with industry certifications including the Pineapple Certificate, the Host Certificate, and the SuperHost Certificate. 902-456-3926 or 877-595-8687. UNCORK NOVA SCOTIA Public, private, and customized wine and city tours. 902-472-2668, 1-877-365-2552. VISION AIR SERVICES INC. Narrated helicopter tours, (including Halifax’s bustling port, the Bay of Fundy, the Eastern Shore, Peggy’s Cove, and custom itineraries), golfing transportation, and island excursions.

MURPHY’S THE CABLE WHARF Live entertainment, narrated dinner cruises aboard the Harbour Queen sternwheeler. Tour under full sail on the Silva or cruise with pirates aboard the Mar. Afternoon nature and whale-watching cruises aboard the Haligonian III. Harbour Hopper amphibious tours. Cable Wharf, 1751 Lower Water St. 902-420-1015.

GREAT OUTDOORS The Halifax Public Gardens (page EC1) on Spring Garden Road are an ideal oasis on a sunny spring day, with trails wending through finely sculpted Victorian gardens in the heart of the city.

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