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WELCOME TO HALIFAX 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. Halifax is at its best in May, as the city’s green spaces burst to life and special events abound. In this issue, we present our annual Ultimate Halifax guide, detailing all the things we love most about our city. Turn to page 16 to read about cherished oases like Point Pleasant Park (page EC7) and Halifax Public Gardens (page EC1), special events like the Stages Theatre Festival (page 47), and beloved family-fun spots like the Discovery Centre (page EC9) and the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 (page EC7). 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 ENTERTAINMENT PAGES 46–47 >> The scoop on hot events, exhibits, theatre, and music
YOUR TRAVELLING COMPANION SINCE 1936
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SHOPPING PAGES 48–52 >> Major shopping areas, specialty stores, boutiques, and gift shops DINING PAGES 53–59 >> Eat your way through the city THE ESSENTIAL CITY PAGES EC1–EC9 >> Attractions EC1 >> Getting Around EC2 >> Historic Sites EC2 >> Parks EC6 >> Museums EC7 >> Science Centres EC9
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CONCIERGE Q & A
A member of Les Clefs d’Or, Phil Osborne holds a diploma in hospitality management from the Irish Tourism Board and is the current delegate-experience team supervisor at the Halifax Convention Centre. Originally from Manchester, U.K., Phil lived in Ireland, New York, and Vancouver before settling in Halifax.
What’s your pick for May’s top events for visitors?
Where do you suggest for a romantic dinner for two?
On May 2, the Halifax waterfront (at 1549 Lower Water Street) hosts the all-ages outdoor East Coast Music Awards (page 47) Kick-Off Concert. This free show features some of Atlantic Canada’s top musical talents.
For a romantic dinner, I would always recommend Gio (page 56) at the Prince George Hotel on Market Street. Don’t think of it as a hotel restaurant; it’s a restaurant with its own identity, a great globally-inspired menu, creative cocktails, comfortable private seating, and top-notch service.
What Halifax-area spot do you recommend for a relaxed weekend brunch? My favourite go-to spot for brunch is usually Robie Street Station (page 56). Since 2014, it’s been serving a great all-day breakfast and brunch. My favourite dish is the Remedy: two eggs with potatoes and a biscuit, plus your choice of pork belly, bacon, pulled pork, or fruit. It’s a great start to your day!
What’s your pick for a lively night on the town with friends? Well that would be Durty Nelly’s (page 58), especially when there’s live music. In the heart of the downtown (and just steps from the Nova Centre and Scotiabank Centre), this Irish pub is a great spot to have a few drinks, have a laugh, and meet some new friends. The menu features burgers, wings, nachos, and Irish-pub favourites like fish and chips, shepherd’s pie, bangers and mash, and curry.
What’s the best thing about May in Halifax? The changing weather and then the patios beginning to appear around the downtown core. When the patios and beer gardens open you know summer is just around the corner and the vibe in the city changes, becoming even more upbeat and welcoming.
What’s a great day-trip destination for visitors to Halifax this month? McNabs Island (page EC4) is an overlooked gem of a tourist spot for a day trip. Take the Harbour Taxi (harbourtaxi.ca) out to the Island and spend the day on the trails. Kattuk Expeditions (kattukexpeditions.com) offers a popular McNab’s Island Sunset Kayak Tour: you can kayak to the island and then sit, relax, and watch the sunset over chocolate fondue with fresh fruit.
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IN PERFECT HARMONY
May 4 Combining raw talent, hard work, and infectious charm, the a capella quartet Cadence is one of Canada’s top vocal ensembles, performing a lively mix of bebop classics, jazz standards, and contemporary favourites. The Dartmouth Community Concert Association (page 47) hosts them at Woodlawn United Church.
• Continuing at Neptune Theatre (page 47), Mamma Mia! is Halifax’s most-talked-about theatrical production of the season, featuring lively choreography and the music of ABBA. • Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage (page 47) comes to Scotiabank Centre on May 22, bringing the beloved 1980s story (with the musical hits you’d expect) to life on the big stage.
BORN TO RUN
May 18 to 20 The Blue Nose Marathon (page 47) is a Boston qualifier, following a 42-kilometre route beginning at Citadel Hill and winding through the South End, Point Pleasant Park (EC7), downtown, across the Macdonald Bridge to Dartmouth, and back to the Citadel. Events include a 5K and youth run on May 19, followed by the full marathon, half marathon, and 10K race on May 20.
ATLANTIC MOTORSPORT PARK
• May 11 to 13, 16, 18 to 21, 26, 27, 30: Atlantic Motorsport Park (page 47) hosts regional motorcycle and auto-racing events plus national competitions on a 2.5-kilometre, 11-turn road circuit. 10
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• May 12, 20, 25, 26: Scotia Speedworld (page 47) reopens for the season, hosting auto-racing events in several classes.
EDITOR’S MUSIC MASTERS PICK May 27 to June 10 The Scotia Festival of Music (page 47) is a must for classical purists, showcasing chamber-music artists from around the world with 50 events, including concerts, recitals, open rehearsals, master classes, and more. Guests include Philip Glass (composer), Elissa Li (violin), and Sharon Wei (viola).
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Touch-a-Truck (page 46) is intended for all ages, but machine-loving kids will especially enjoy it. Halifax Exhibition Centre on Prospect Road hosts several fire engines, cars, bikes, diggers, boats, and more, all in one space; hop up to driver’s seat for a photo. There are sessions for people with sensitivities to loud noise from 11:30am to 12:30pm and 2:30 to 3:30pm.
May 26 While bull riding is huge in Western Canada, it’s a rarely-seen sport on the East Coast. This month, the Professional Bull Riders Monster Energy Tour (page 47) comes to the city, bringing top competitors from across the country and around the world to Scotiabank Centre on Duke Street.
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May 4 KEVIN HART Hart’s Irresponsible Tour just keeps growing, with dozens of new dates added recently, including an unexpected stop at Halifax’s Scotiabank Centre. Page 46 May 8 to 12 SYMPHONY NOVA SCOTIA The season concludes at the Dalhousie Arts Centre with “Gueller’s Grand Finale,” two concerts honouring outgoing Maestro Bernhard Gueller. Page 47 May 13 MARY E. BLACK GALLERY Continuing until today, the exhibition Wreaking Havoc features works by textile artist Jane Whitten. See it at the Marginal Road gallery. Page 47 May 13 CECILIA CONCERT SERIES The season concludes with a concert by the Cheng² Duo, a sibling team featuring pianist Silvie Cheng and cellist Bryan Cheng. Page 47 May 18 JASON CYRUS The renowned hypnotist performs an intimate show, with lots of audience participation, in the Schooner Showroom at Casino Nova Scotia. Page 46 May 28 THE KEN BARLOW EFFECT William Roache has played Ken Barlow on Coronation Street since the show’s inception 57 years ago. He shares behind-thescenes secrets at this Spatz Theatre Q&A session. Page 46 MAY 2018
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• Freak Lunchbox (page 50) on Barrington Street and in Sunnyside Mall (page 52) in Bedford offers a whimsical (and tasty) shopping experience. The colourful store is chockablock with retro treats like Pez, Cracker Jacks, and Pop Shoppe soda, plus fun toys and gifts. • For gourmet treats or a basket of sweet goodies, stop into Sweet Jane’s (page 51) on Queen Street. The staff here will put together arrangements for any tastes or celebrations. Amp up your date-night game with gourmet truffles.
CENTRES OF SHOPPING
• Mic Mac Mall (page 52) in Dartmouth boasts 120+ stores and services. Anchored by The Bay, this three-storey shopping destination features women’s fashions, entertainment, electronics, books, salons, and even a vinyl-record store. • Halifax Shopping Centre (page 52) on Mumford Road is one of the city’s busiest shopping destinations, boasting popular shops like Levi’s (page 48), Samuel & Co. (page 49), and Charm Diamond Centre (page 52). The bright and airy— and recently renovated—food court offers an array of dining options: Lebanese, Italian, Thai, and more. MIC MAC MALL
FOR THE FOODIES
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In the heart of the North End’s stylish Hydrostone (EC4) neighbourhood, you’ll find Liquid Gold (page 50) on Young Street. Specializing in high-quality extra-virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars from around the world, this unique shop is a favourite with local foodies.
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ON THE WATERFRONT
As you stroll the Halifax waterfront, stylish Bishop’s Landing on Lower Water Street is a must-visit shopping stop: find a tasty and unique gift for the folks back home at Rum Runners (page 50), distinctive creations at Frida Custom Jewellery Design (page 52), finely crafted pearl works at Pearl City (page 52), an array of local wine, spirits, cider, and beer at Bishop’s Cellar (page 50), and flavourful and refreshing juices at Haskapa (page 50).
• It’s hard to find a more distinctive memento of your visit than a locally-crafted work of art from the AGNS Gallery Shop (page 49) at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (page 46) on Hollis Street. Check out unique and collectible pieces of sculpture, pottery, paintings, and more. Maud Lewis (the eponymous artist from the acclaimed movie Maudie) is among the many local talents whose work is on display. • The Pier 21 Gift Shop (page 51) at the Canadian Museum of Immigration (page EC7), on Marginal Road offers local art and books, pewter gifts, and museum-branded swag aplenty. • Nearby at the Designer Craft Shop (page 49) on Marginal Road, Nova Scotia Designer Crafts Council members display their creations. Browse through artistic etchings, silk clothing, and handmade jewelry. An expert jury approves every item.
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PRECIOUS METALS INTO THE WILD
If you’re an outdoor adventurer, Halifax is the perfect base of operations: just minutes from downtown you’ll find seaside trails, dense forest, and natural splendour. MEC (page 52) on Granville street is the perfect place to gear up for your expedition. Backpacks, sleeping bags, tents, boots, cooking gear, and much more—find what you need for any expedition, from day hiking to backwoods camping.
The goldsmiths and jewellers at Fireworks Gallery (page 52) on Barrington Street create customized jewelry for any occasion. Choose a design with gold, platinum, diamonds, or gorgeous gemstones. The designers use Old World techniques such as hand engraving or filigree. Browse the collections of other artists, as well as antique pieces from estate collections, too. Travel emergency? Repairs performed on site. MAY 2018
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ABOVE IT ALL
Take a lofty perch above the bustle of Spring Garden Road to enjoy the rooftop patio at Your Father’s Moustache (page 58). This perennial summer favourite is the ideal place to laze away a sunny afternoon with a cold beverage, including four house-brewed beers. There are daily lunch specials and the weekend brunch menu (with offerings like skillets, french toast, pancakes, and more) is always popular.
A SHORE THING
Two Halifax restaurants recently claimed the coveted AAA/CAA Four Diamond Award. For the tenth straight year, Cut Steakhouse (page 58) on Salter Street was feted. “It is a testament to the hard work, dedication, and meticulous attention to detail over the past decade by our entire team,” says general manager and sommelier Melissa Carey in a press release. The other Halifax award went to Gio (page 56) on Market Street. This stylish spot is noted for a globally-influenced menu, creative cocktails, and exquisite service. 14
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Athens Restaurant (page 57) on Quinpool Road offers the Greek mainstays you’d expect, but Haligonians love it for weekend brunch: omelettes, eggs Florentine, and a buffet chock full of breakfast favourites like sausage, baked beans, pancakes, perogies, pastries, and more. Get there early to beat the crowds.
As the name suggests, Primal Kitchen (page 56) on Brenton Street is a carnivore’s haven, boasting local meats smoked, cured, and butchered in-house. Guaranteed date-night all-star: the 35-ounce bone-in prime rib for two paired with truffle fries.
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LOCALS LOVE IT
The Shore Club Lobster Suppers (page 59) in Hubbards are a must for Nova Scotian visitors. Enjoy a huge feed of fresh Atlantic lobster in the rollicking and informal setting of a community supper at one of the province’s last old-fashioned dance halls (live music on Saturday nights in season). The menu includes all-you-can-eat mussels, and vegetarian, steak, chicken, and kids’ meals.
• In a historic building on the corner of Morris and Hollis streets, Talay Thai (page 58) serves up heaping portions of traditional dishes like creations like Gung Pad Pik Pow (basil prawn with chili paste), Pla Muek Tod Katem (garlic shrimp), and curries aplenty. • Japanese fine dining, showcasing traditional and fusion dishes, is on offer at Sushi Nami Royale (page 57). Check it out at locations on Queen Street in the heart of the downtown, Lacewood Drive in Clayton Park, Hector Gate in Dartmouth Crossing, and the Bedford Highway. • Don’t let the strip-mall exterior or industrial-park cul-de-sac location deter you: Dhaba Casual Fine Dining & Express (page 56) on Oland Crescent serves some of the tastiest Indian food around. The butter chicken is a reliable choice.
GOOD ROBOT BREWING
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When exploring city streets, beat the heat with a tasty treat. At Sugah (page 50) on the waterfront boardwalk in Bishop’s Landing, you’ll find all manner of confections, but the star of the show is the house-made hand-paddled ice cream, showcasing unique Nova Scotian ingredients.
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Continuing through May 6, Nova Scotia Craft Beer Week (page 46) offers a great chance to discover the best of the province’s fast-growing brewing scene. This month’s highlights include a nano-brewery tap takeover at Good Robot Brewing (page 54) on May 3, as the popular urban tasting room pours creations from Nova Scotia’s smallest breweries alongside its own creations. Visiting later in the month? Local brews abound at spots like Battery Park (page 54) beer bar and Jamieson’s IrishHouse & Grill (page 53) in Dartmouth, stylish Stillwell (page 54) on Barrington Street, and long-time local favourite The Maxwell’s Plum (page 58) on Grafton Street. MAY 2018
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MEMORY LANE HERITAGE VILLAGE
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TO MARKET Halifax hosts several farmers’ markets, offering visitors great opportunities to discover fresh produce, craft beer and cider, local wine, freshbaked 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 52) on Marginal Road. You’ll find some vendors at the waterfront market throughout the week, with full markets on Saturday. • A short walk up Lower Water Street takes you to the Historic Farmers’ Market (page 52) in the Alexander Keith’s Brewery (page EC1) building. Find vendors and live entertainment in the main courtyard or tucked 16
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away in the maze of wings and hallways in this historic facility. • In the North End on Windsor Street is the Halifax Forum, home to the Halifax Forum Farmers’ Market on Saturday mornings. Find 50+ vendors, including local farmers selling produce right off their trucks in the parking lot. • Across the harbour in Dartmouth, just steps from the Halifax Transit (EC2) ferry terminal, you’ll find the Alderney Landing Farmers’ Market (page 52). It has live entertainment on its main stage on Saturday mornings. Outside, find flower and plant vendors aplenty during spring.
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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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• 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 colonial-era fortifications were once key to protecting Britain’s North American territories. On site, you’ll also find the Army Museum (page EC7), detailing Halifax’s extensive military history. • A short walk from the Halifax Transit (page EC2) ferry terminal, you’ll find 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. • 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.
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• 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. MAY 2018
Eastern Front Theatre’s Stages Theatre Festival (page 47) presents some 15 shows and events from May 21 to June 3. The schedule includes new plays, workshops, theatre for families, and world premieres held at venues across the city. The festival highlights work from Nova Scotia’s top professional theatre companies at different stages of development, from workshops and play-readings to full productions.
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DAY TRIPPER • 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.
GET SOME FRESH AIR • Haligonians love Point Pleasant Park (page EC7) in any season, and it’s not hard to see 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 EC5). • West past the Armdale Rotary on Purcell’s Cove Road, you’ll find Sir Sandford Fleming Park (EC7). This 38-hectare space has walking trails through forest, saltwater marsh, and 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. Kids will love the new playground on-site, Halifax’s first all-natural play space made of hand-carved tree trunks. • Across the harbour in Dartmouth, Shubie Park (page EC7) 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 EC1). 18
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JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY 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 new 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 ever-changing array of visiting exhibitions, plus many permanent displays. On Wednesday evenings from 5 to 8 p.m., admission is free. I With reporting by Janice Hudson
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• Or strike off in the other direction 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 18 restored buildings and tuck into a lunch of baked beans and brown bread at the cookhouse.
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PEDAL POWER With bike and helmet rentals available on the Halifax waterfront, cycling has become a popular way for visitors to explore the city.
ALEXANDER KEITH’S NOVA SCOTIA BREWERY Explore restored portions of Alexander Keith’s home, brewhouse, and a 200-year-old private tavern. Tour includes traditional songs, stories, and samples of Keith’s beer. Retail store open daily. Tours daily June 1 to October 31; scheduled tours on weekends November 1 to to May 31. 1496 Lower Water St., 902-455-1474. keiths.ca FISHERMAN’S COVE Quaint, restored 200-year-old fishing village. Offers a peek into the past along with a variety of activities for the whole family. At the entrance to Halifax Harbour, a 20-minute drive from downtown. Stroll the picturesque boardwalk and visit shops offering Maritime crafts, unique folk art, and souvenirs. Also: seafood restaurants, art gallery, and a Marine Interpretative Centre. Free admission. Open daily. Duration of visit: about two hours. W. 30 Government Wharf Rd., Eastern Passage. 902-465-6093. fishermanscove.ns.ca HALIFAX CENTRAL LIBRARY Making a bold architectural statement, Halifax’s newest library draws acclaim from around the world. Free Wi-Fi. Great views of the city from the rooftop patio. Hosts readings and special events. Halifax Public Libraries has 14 branches around the city. 5440 Spring Garden Rd. 902-490-5700. halifaxpubliclibraries.ca HALIFAX PUBLIC GARDENS Opened in 1867, this is one of North America’s finest formal Victorian gardens. Surrounded by a wrought-iron fence and protected by a magnificent tree canopy, its 6.5 hectares include formal floral displays, weeping trees, fountains, roses, magnolias, and foliage plants. Ducks and geese splash in the ponds. Duration of visit: about an hour. Smoke-free. Café on-site. Main entrance on the corner of Spring Garden Road and South Park Street. Open daily, mid-April to early November, 7am until 30 minutes before sunset. Off-season 8am to 4pm, weather permitting. halifaxpublicgardens.ca HATFIELD FARM COWBOY ADVENTURES With 30 horses and 12 kilometres of woodland trails, Hatfield Farm offers a variety of cowboy-themed activities, including wagon and
trail rides, a petting pen, cookouts, overnight adventures, allinclusive weddings, birthday parties, and corporate meetings. 1840 Hammonds Plains Rd., Hammonds Plains. 902-835-5676 or 877-835-5676. hatfieldfarm.com NOVASCOTIAN CRYSTAL North America’s only maker of fine, mouth-blown, hand-cut crystal. See master craftsmen turn molten sand into fine crystal. Visit the showroom to see the full line of handcrafted products. Showroom open daily, glassworks schedule varies. International shipping. 5080 George St. 902-492-0416 or 888-977-2797 in Canada and the U.S. novascotiancrystal.com PEGGY’S COVE The famous lighthouse, perched atop spectacular granite boulders worn smooth by the pounding waves, dominates this rugged fishing community. Explore the unique rock formations but be careful: the rocks can be slippery (if they’re black, they’re wet and unsafe to walk on) and the waves are dangerously unpredictable. Restaurants, craft and souvenir shops, and accommodations nearby. Rte. 333, 44 kilometres west of Halifax. SHUBENACADIE CANAL Following an ancient Mi’kmaq route across Nova Scotia, the canal links a series of lakes and rivers between Halifax Harbour and the Bay of Fundy. Lock 1 is in Dartmouth between Sullivan’s Pond and Lake Banook. The Fairbanks Centre (open daily year-round) at 54 Locks Rd., Dartmouth (off Waverley Rd., Hwy. 318) displays the history of this National Historic Civil Engineering Site. Broad trails
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HALIFAX HARBOUR AIR SERVICE There is regular service from Halifax’s Stanfield International Airport to major North American and European destinations with connections spanning the globe. Arrange taxi and limo service at the Ground Transportation desk. MetroX bus service connects the airport to the urban core (halifax.ca/transit or call 311). 1 Bell Blvd., Enfield (Exit 6, off Hwy. 102). 902-873-4422. halifaxairport.com HALIFAX TRANSIT $2.50 for adults, $1.75 for seniors/ children. Free transfers between buses and ferries. The Halifax ferry terminal is at the corner of George and Lower Water streets. The main Dartmouth ferry terminal is at Alderney Landing on Ochterloney Street, also ferry service between Woodside and Halifax (Monday to Friday, peak hours only). Dial 311 for schedules and route information. halifax.ca/transit INTERPROVINCIAL FERRIES Bay Ferries: Saint John, N.B. to Digby, N.S. (year-round) and Portland, Me. to Yarmouth, N.S. (June 8 to October 8): 888-249-7245, ferries.ca. Northumberland Ferries Ltd.: Wood Islands, P.E.I. to Caribou, N.S. (May 1 to December 20): 888-249-7245, ferries.ca. Marine Atlantic: Port aux Basques, N.L. (year-round) and Argentia, N.L. (June 16 to September 23) to North Sydney, N.S.: 800-341-7981. marineatlantic.ca
follow the old canal for 20 kilometres. Follow Hwy. 2 up the lakes to pass Lock 4 in Fall River, Lock 5 in a small park at Wellington, and Lock 6 in Enfield. Fairbanks Centre: 902-462-1826. shubenacadiecanal.ca SULLIVAN’S POND This artificial pond in the heart of Dartmouth was constructed as part of the Shubenacadie Canal system. Surrounded by landscaped lawns, attractive floral displays and trees, with a bandstand at its centre, the area is now a civic park and serves as a temporary home for hundreds of migrating waterfowl. Ochterloney and Crichton streets, Dartmouth. WORLD PEACE PAVILION Conceived by Metro Youth for Global Unity, the triangular-shaped monument incorporates rocks and bricks from countries all over the world. Contributions on display include a 90-kilogram piece of the Berlin Wall. On the waterfront in Dartmouth’s Ferry Terminal Park. EC2
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PARKING Many streets have metered parking (with time and date restrictions; check the signs). The colour atop the downtown metres indicates the maximum parking time (red: 30 minutes, grey: 90 minutes, green: two hours, yellow: three or five hours). You’ll also find privately operated parking lots on the waterfront and at most shopping malls and hotels. RAIL & BUS SERVICES Maritime Bus Service links Halifax with the Annapolis Valley, northern Nova Scotia, Cape Breton, P.E.I., New Brunswick, Quebec (Rivière-du-Loup), and Maine (Bangor): 902-429-2029, maritimebus.com. The Via Rail train The Ocean leaves Halifax for Montreal on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday with connections to the rest of Canada and the U.S.: 888-842-7245, viarail.ca. All depart from 1161 Hollis Street. maritimebus.com TOLL BRIDGES The Angus L. Macdonald Bridge (the “Old Bridge”) and the A. Murray MacKay Bridge (the “New Bridge”) link Halifax and Dartmouth. Toll is $1 cash (quarters, loonies, and toonies only) or 80 cents for MacPass users. No pedestrians or cyclists allowed on the MacKay Bridge. hdbc.ca VISITOR INFORMATION There are Nova Scotia Visitor Information Centres at 1655 Lower Water Street (902-424-4248) and the airport (902-873-1223). The provincial hotline (800-565-0000) also offers tourist information and a free room-finding service. novascotia.com
CATHEDRAL CHURCH OF ALL SAINTS (AnglicAn) After decades of fund raising and building, the gothic-style structure (comparable in size and style to the cathedrals of England) opened in 1910. Visitors are welcome to tour the church, notable for its stained-glass windows, the beautiful woodcarvings of its pulpit and chancel, and hand-done needlework on the kneelers and bishop’s stall. Duration of visit: about 30 minutes. Usually open Monday to Friday, 9:30am to 3pm, plus Sunday worship. Voluntary donation. 1330 Cathedral Ln. 902-423-6002. cathedralchurchofallsaints.com CHRIST CHURCH (AnglicAn) The oldest church in Dartmouth (built in 1817), this registered heritage building exemplifies Georgian architectural design. The beautiful stained-glass windows were presented as memorials. The weather vane atop the steeple depicts Halley’s Comet. Genealogical service available. Visit by appointment. 50 Wentworth St., Dartmouth. 902-466-4270. christchurchdartmouth.ns.ca
THE ESSENTIAL CITY CLOCKING IN One of the city’s most distinctive structures is the Old Town Clock, built in the early 1800s by the Duke of Kent, father of Queen Victoria. CORNWALLIS STREET BAPTIST CHURCH This heritage property is considered the mother church of the African United Baptist Association. Since its founding in 1832 by Rev. Richard Preston, a former slave, this church has become a touchstone for Halifax’s black community. Visit by appointment. Worship Sunday at 10:45am. 5457 Cornwallis St. 902-429-5573. cornwallisstreetbaptist.ca GEORGES ISLAND From the Halifax waterfront, look south toward the harbour entrance at the grassy island with the small lighthouse. From the mid-18th century to the Second World War, Georges Island was the scene of constant military activity and integral in the defence of Halifax Harbour. Open for special events only. pc.gc.ca GOVERNMENT HOUSE Built for Sir John and Lady Frances Wentworth between 1800 and 1805, Government House is one of the oldest official residences in Canada. Today it’s the residence and office of Nova Scotia’s Lieutenant-Governor. Open to the public during special events and tours; see website for details. W. 1451 Barrington St. 902-424-7001. lt.gov.ns.ca GRANVILLE MALL Destroyed by fire in 1859, the wooden buildings on this block were rebuilt in the Italianate style. The streetscape features 17 heritage buildings. Today, it features an attractive plaza and a collection of restaurants, shops, and a pub. When the Delta Barrington Hotel was built on the west side of the plaza, workers restored the original façades to preserve the area’s historical significance. North end of Granville Street. HALIFAX CITADEL NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE Completed in 1856, the present Citadel is the fourth in a series of forts since 1749 to occupy the hill overlooking the harbour. Although never attacked, the fort was occupied by the
OLD TOWN CLOCK British army until 1906 and by Canadian forces during the world wars. Operated by Parks Canada, the Citadel is one of Canada’s most visited National Historic Sites. Army Museum on site. Buildings open May 7 to October 31, 9am to 5pm. Grounds open year-round. Average duration of visit: three hours. Entrance at corner of Sackville and Brunswick streets. 902-426-5080. pc.gc.ca HALIFAX CITY HALL This noble, eclectic Victorian structure has stood guard over the Grand Parade square (the symbolic centre of Halifax) since 1888. In 1984, Halifax City Hall became a National Historic Site, lauded for the “civic pride and optimism…symbolized by its monumental scale, elaborate design and prominent location.” 1841 Argyle St. halifax.ca/community/HalifaxCityHall/index.html HISTORIC PROPERTIES Covering three square blocks, this collection of restored heritage buildings includes stone warehouses built to hold privateers’ booty at the turn of the
THE NEXT GENERATION Drawing plaudits from around the world, the Halifax Central Library is an architectural gem and a funky, free-spirited space.
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Every August, the Halifax Busker Festival brings performers, musicians, and comedians from around the world to the Halifax waterfront.
18th century. The area was nearly lost to urban renewal but in 1963 was designated a National Historic Site. Cobbled courtyards and waterfront boardwalks offer an array of shops, dining spots, and other businesses. Open daily. Upper Water Street, north from Duke St. 902-429-0530. historicproperties.ca THE HYDROSTONE 1917’s Halifax Explosion (see Fort Needham Memorial Bell Tower) destroyed almost all of Halifax’s North End. The reconstruction included 328 houses built from unique cement blocks known as hydrostone. Today, the area is called “The Hydrostone,” one of the city’s most attractive neighbourhoods. The houses are private but you can amble around the shops and restaurants of the
ONE-OF-A-KIND The Hydrostone Market offers a variety of shops and restaurants unlike anything else in the city.
Hydrostone Market between Agricola and Gottingen streets. 5509 to 5555 Young St. hydrostonemarket.ca LITTLE DUTCH CHURCH (lutherAn/AnglicAn) German settlers who arrived in the 1750s founded this tiny church on Brunswick Street, the oldest Lutheran church in Canada. (“Dutch” was a common term for people of any Germanic language). By the end of the 18th century, the congregation had outgrown the little church and built Saint George’s Round Church, which became an Anglican church in 1827. Tours by appointment (contact St. George’s Parish Office: 902-423-1059). McNABS ISLAND Once key to the harbour defence system, this island just inside the entrance to Halifax Harbour now offers picnicking and hiking. Trails lead past the island’s lighthouse, abandoned fortifications, beaches, and old homesteads where gardens now grow wild. Accessible by ferry from Eastern Passage or charter boats from Cable Wharf at the foot of George Street. OLD BURYING GROUND The first burial here came a day after the arrival of Edward Cornwallis, who established a settlement in 1749. The earliest gravestone dates from 1752. The entrance is dominated by the lion-topped Welsford-Parker Monument, the only such memorial to the Crimean War in North America. Restorations are ongoing; visitors are encouraged to ramble through Halifax’s past. Interpretation plaques on-site help you delve into history. Open dawn to dusk from May to October. Barrington Street, at Spring Garden Road. OLD TOWN CLOCK This Halifax landmark has watched over the city ever since its workings arrived from England in 1803. The dashing Duke of Kent, head of the garrison at Halifax from 1794 to 1800 and eventual father of Queen Victoria, designed this timepiece to keep the garrison and townspeople punctual. At the base of Citadel Hill (on Brunswick Street at the top of George Street). OUR LADY OF SORROWS CHAPEL (romAn cAtholic) Marching from St. Mary’s Basilica to the site, more than 1,800 people erected this beautiful little church in just one day: August 31, 1843. The French stained-glass windows
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Dominated by the famous lighthouse, the rugged fishing village of Peggy’s Cove is perched atop spectacular granite boulders worn smooth by the pounding surf.
date to the 16th and 17th centuries. The chapel sits on the crest of a hill in the Holy Cross Cemetery at the corner of South and South Park streets. Contact St. Mary’s Basilica: 902-423-4116. PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF ST. DAVID Built in 1868–69, this was originally the home of the Grafton Street Methodist Church. Since 1925, it has been home to the Presbyterian Church of St. David. Inside, find beautiful stained-glass windows and a Casavant Frères organ. 1544 Grafton St. 902-423-1944. saintdavids.ca PRINCE OF WALES TOWER NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE Edward, Duke of Kent (Queen Victoria’s father), had the tower built in the 1790s. Built inland on high ground to help protect more exposed British gun batteries on the coast of what today is Point Pleasant Park. The round, thick-walled fort, which also served as a powder magazine, was the first of its type in North America, a prototype of a new system of coastal defences that the British designed to meet the threat of attack by Napoleonic France. Grounds open year-round. Point Pleasant Park, (entrances at the south end of Tower Road and Point Pleasant Drive). 902-426 5080. pc.gc.ca
a fondness for round buildings in the classical Palladian style. In 1912, it hosted a funeral service for the “Unknown Child” from the Titanic. The parish holds baptismal, marriage, and burial records dating to the 1950s. Contact the parish office to set up a tour. 2222 Brunswick St. 902-423-1059. roundchurch.ca ST. MARY’S CATHEDRAL BASILICA (romAn cAtholic) When construction began on St. Mary’s in 1820, the design was for a smaller Georgian church. In the 1860s and 1870s, the building was transformed inside and out to the grand Victorian Gothic style. Acclaimed New York architect Patrick Charles Keely (who designed more than 500 North American churches) designed the highly embellished façade. Open year-round. Tours offered during summer; call office for special tour requests. A small museum is located at the back of the altar. 5221 Spring Garden Rd. 902-429-9800. stmbasilica.com ST. MATTHEW’S UNITED CHURCH In 1749, the Church of England started St. Paul’s. Dissenters (mostly Congregationalists from New England) were allowed to
PROVINCE HOUSE Completed in 1819, Nova Scotia’s provincial legislative building is Canada’s oldest seat of government. Today a National Historic Site, it is one of the finest examples of 19th-century Georgian architecture in North America. Free admission. Guided tour takes about 15 minutes. Open weekdays, 8:30am to 4:30pm; guide tours in July and August, 9am to 5pm, weekends and holidays 10am to 4pm. 1726 Hollis St. 902-424-4661. nslegislature.ca ST. GEORGE’S GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH The heart of Halifax’s vibrant Greek community, this church hosts concerts, cultural and community events, plus the annual Halifax Greek Festival in mid-June. 38 Purcell’s Cove Rd. 902-479-1271. halifaxgreeks.ca ST. GEORGE’S ROUND CHURCH (AnglicAn) In building this unique church, the German congregation (see Little Dutch Church) had the help of a royal patron, Edward, Duke of Kent (father of Queen Victoria): a talented amateur architect with
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THE ESSENTIAL CITY worship there until they had their own place of worship— Mather’s Church, later to become St. Matthew’s, at the corner of Hollis and Prince streets. Relocated in 1859 to Barrington Street, St. Matthew’s is the oldest United (Non-Conformist) Church in Canada. Guided tours by appointment. Sunday worship at 10:30am. W. 1479 Barrington St. 902-423-9209. stmatts.ns.ca ST. PAUL’S ANGLICAN CHURCH Founded by royal proclamation in 1749 and built in 1750, St. Paul’s is the oldest Protestant church in Canada and the oldest building in Halifax. The crypt holds the remains of illustrious British colonials. St. Paul’s was Britain’s first overseas cathedral. The memorial tablets on its walls form a fascinating record of the early settlers. The “Explosion Window” and piece of window frame embedded in the interior wall of the narthex are relics of the 1917 Halifax Explosion. Open weekdays year-round, weekdays and Saturday in summer; Sunday worship. W. Grand Parade, 1749 Argyle St. 902-429-2240. stpaulshalifax.org
AN UNSINKABLE LEGACY At the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Titanic: The Unsinkable Ship and Halifax presents a Nova Scotian perspective on the famous disaster. Halifax has one of the most moving and intimate connections with the Titanic tragedy, becoming the final resting place of many of her victims and wreckage. Shortly after the White Star liner sank in 1912, Halifax became, in the words of one doctor, “a city of funerals.” Vessels brought more than 200 bodies to the city, a few to be claimed by relatives but most to be buried in three Halifax cemeteries. The Maritime Museum’s exhibit explores Titanic’s intimate connection with Halifax using the museum’s unique collection of wooden Titanic artifacts, including one of the world’s only Titanic deck chairs.
ST. PATRICK’S CHURCH (romAn cAtholic) The heart of Nova Scotia’s Irish community, built in 1885. Distinctive features include an Irish harp carved at the end of each pew, a Casavant Frères organ dating back to 1889, exquisite stained glass from the Mayer Company of Munich, Germany and featuring a shamrock in every single window, a marble high altar, statues of Mary and Joseph (the Patron Saint of Canada), and more. Mass on Sunday at 10am. Phone or drop by the Church Hall to arrange a tour. 2267 Brunswick St. 902-429-4170. stpatricks.halifax.ns.ca YORK REDOUBT NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE The site’s earliest fortifications were built in 1793 at the outbreak of war between Britain and revolutionary France. Visit the Command Post built during the Second World War, when the site was the nerve centre for Halifax’s defence. Enjoy a picnic among the trees and walk along coastal trails. Grounds open daily year-round (no off-season maintenance). Washrooms available June 25 to September 3. Average duration of visit: about two hours. Off Rte. 253/Purcell’s Cove Rd., a 25-minute drive from downtown Halifax. 902-426-5080. pc.gc.ca
SS ATLANTIC HERITAGE PARK In 1873, 562 people died off the shores of Lower Prospect when the SS Atlantic sank. It was the worst single-vessel marine disaster to occur off Canada’s coast prior to the Titanic. This heritage site is the burial place for 277 of the victims and includes a park with a seaside boardwalk and a monument to the victims. About 32 kilometres west of Halifax along the Lighthouse Route (Route 333, follow the highway signs). Park open year-round, dawn to dusk; centre open mid-May to mid-October. Guided tours by appointment. 180 Sandy Cove Rd., Terence Bay. 902-852-1557. ssatlantic.com AFRICVILLE/SEAVIEW PARK Former site of Africville, a black community that was relocated in the 1960s (see commemorative plaque on-site). A recent project rebuilt the historic Seaview Baptist Church that stood on this site, and restored the area’s original name. The park is the site of an annual Africville Reunion (typically the last weekend in July). Average duration of visit: 30 minutes. North end of Barrington Street at Africville Road, below the MacKay Bridge. africville.ca DARTMOUTH COMMON Follow the path to the top of the hill and enjoy a breathtaking view of the Halifax Harbour. A cairn commemorates the 1750 landing of 353 settlers from the ship Alderney and the founding of the original town of Dartmouth. The Common includes Leighton Dillman Scenic Garden (named for the volunteer who created it). Average duration of visit: one hour. Bordered by Alderney Drive, Nantucket Avenue, Victoria Road, and Park Avenue. FERRY TERMINAL PARK Enjoy the scenery in and around this park from its boardwalks, which follow the shores of Halifax Harbour. The ship Alderney landed here, carrying the first 353 settlers to Dartmouth in 1750. The park’s inlaid granite “Compass Rose” is a replica of the compass detail on a 1749 map of the harbour. Average duration of visit: half an hour. Adjacent to the Halifax Transit ferry terminal on Alderney Drive in Dartmouth. FORT NEEDHAM MEMORIAL BELL TOWER The tower overlooks the North End of Halifax, an area devastated by the Halifax Explosion, which took place when the Belgian relief ship Imo collided with the French munitions vessel MontBlanc on Dec. 6, 1917. The tower pays tribute to the 2,000 people who died. Average duration of visit: half an hour. Union Street, near Novalea Drive.
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HALIFAX COMMON Originally laid out in 1762, this is Canada’s oldest city park and serves as a major recreational area. Children clamber about the large playground and athletes of all ages can be seen every fine day, playing baseball, football, soccer, and other sports until dark. Bicycle and scooter friendly. Skating Oval hosts in-line skating in warmer weather and ice skating in winter. Average duration of visit: one to two hours. Bordered by Robie, Cogswell, and North Park streets HEMLOCK RAVINE PARK When Edward, Duke of Kent (and eventual father of Queen Victoria) arrived in Halifax in 1794 to command the Halifax garrison, he lived at an elaborate estate with his French mistress, Julie St. Laurent. Its only remaining building is an elegant rotunda perched between the water and the Bedford Highway. The rotunda is owned by the province but the park is open to the public. Graceful paths lead to Julie’s heart-shaped pond. Average duration of visit: one hour. Enter at the top of Kent Avenue. off the Bedford Highway (Rte. 2) or behind Grosvenor Wentworth Park School, off Kearney Lake Road. (Grosvenor Road to Castlehill Drive to Downing Street). POINT PLEASANT PARK Magnificent views of ships and yachts entering and leaving the busy harbour. The park’s 39 kilometres of roads and trails wind through the forest and among military ruins, rocky hills, and ravines. Average duration of visit: two hours. Picnic tables available. Entrances and parking lots at the south ends of Tower Road and Point Pleasant Drive. Halifax Transit bus Route 29. Open year-round. pointpleasantpark.ca THE SANDS AT SALTER Summer festival space and home to sandy volleyball courts, plus bicycle, kayak, and Segway rentals. my-waterfront.ca SHUBIE PARK Running through the park, the Shubenacadie Canal spanned Nova Scotia in the 1800s. Notice the difference between the forests on either side of the canal. On the west side, pioneer species such as birch, aspen, and blueberry colonized a burnt area. On the other side, the trees are older and mostly hemlock, spruce, and fir. On the islands in the lakes at either end of the park are the best examples of the original pine forest. 30 John Brenton Dr., Dartmouth. SIR SANDFORD FLEMING PARK Two major walking trails wind through this 38-hectare park. Dominating the park is the Memorial Tower, an imposing landmark built by Sir Sandford Fleming in the early 1900s to commemorate the first legislative assembly in the British Empire (1758). Playground made of hand-carved tree trunks on-site. Average duration of visit: about two hours. Located on Dingle Road, off Purcell’s Cove Road, about two kilometres from the Armdale Rotary. Tower open daily, May to Nov., 8am to 6pm; grounds open year-round though not winter maintained
ARMY MUSEUM Presenting hundreds of artifacts reflecting Atlantic Canada’s military heritage, located in the Cavalier Building of the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site. W. Open daily 9am to 5pm from May 7 to Oct. 31; off season by appointment. Visit: two hours. 902-422-5979. armymuseumhalifax.ca BLACK CULTURAL CENTRE FOR NOVA SCOTIA This museum, cultural, and education centre is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of African-Canadian history in Nova Scotia. The centre houses history archives, static and audio-visual displays, a library, and an amphitheatre for cultural performances and lectures. Self-guided tours. Gift shop. Open
EARLY SETTLERS Quaker House is the only surviving home of the original Quaker whalers who settled in Dartmouth at the end of the American Revolution. Monday to Friday 9:30am to 4:30pm; Saturdays noon to 3pm from June to September. W. 1149 Main St., Dartmouth. 902-434-6223 or 800-465-0767. bccns.com CANADIAN MUSEUM OF IMMIGRATION AT PIER 21 Gateway for nearly one million immigrants between 1928 and 1971, now a national museum dedicated to sharing Canada’s immigration history. Interactive exhibits, first-person stories and hands-on activities. New exhibition, Refuge Canada, explores Canada’s place in the global refugee crisis, runs until November. Allow two hours. Admission charged. Family history centre, gallery, gift shop, and café. Open daily, hours vary seasonally. 1055 Marginal Rd. 902-425-7770. Pier21.ca COLE HARBOUR HERITAGE FARM MUSEUM An original 200-year-old farm now surrounded by modern development, this rural oasis in the city features traditional farm animals, heritage buildings, farm equipment and household tools from the community, gardens, and walking paths. Tea room and gift shop on site. Open daily, May 15 to October 15, 10am to 4pm Monday to Saturday, noon to 4pm on Sunday and holidays. Off-season by appointment. 471 Poplar Dr., Cole Harbour. 902-434-0222. coleharbourfarmmuseum.ca DARTMOUTH HERITAGE MUSEUM In Evergreen House, a 15-minute walk from the Halifax Transit ferry terminal in Dartmouth. Built in 1867, this Victorian home was frequented by Joseph Howe and was home to nationally acclaimed Nova Scotian folklorist Dr. Helen Creighton. Archival reference service by appointment. Admission is $5, no charge for children 12 and under. Open year-round Tuesday to Saturday, plus Sunday from June to August, 10am to 5pm. (Closed 1pm to 2pm on weekends). 26 Newcastle St., Dartmouth. 902-464-2300. dartmouthheritagemuseum.ns.ca FISHERMAN’S LIFE MUSEUM This tiny house and gardens have been preserved just as they were at the turn of the century when this was the home of an inshore fisherman, his wife, and their 13 daughters. There’s always a knowledgeable guide ready to share stories of days gone by. Open daily, MAY 2018–OCTOBER 2018 //
THE ESSENTIAL CITY MARITIME MUSEUM OF THE ATLANTIC Permanent major exhibits include Titanic: The Unsinkable Ship and Halifax, Shipwreck Treasures of Nova Scotia, Halifax Wrecked: The Story of the Halifax Explosion, North Atlantic Convoys, and the Navy Gallery (featuring a rare Victoria Cross medal). Also galleries on Days of Sail and Small Craft. Gift shop. Visit: 90 minutes. Open daily. W. 1675 Lower Water St. 902-424-7491. maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca
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MEMORY LANE HERITAGE VILLAGE “Living history” museum captures the sights and sounds of a typical 1940s Nova Scotian coastal village. The 18 restored buildings include a general store, church, homestead, barn, ice house, gold mine, and boat-building shop. Traditional lumber camp cookhouse serves meals daily. Antique vehicles, farm animals, mobile media exhibits, and Archives Research Centre on-site (by appointment). Admission charged. Gift shop and free Wi-Fi. Open daily 11am to 4pm, June 15 to September 15; off-season by appointment. A 50-minute drive east of Halifax. 5435 Clam Harbour Rd., Lake Charlotte. 902-845-1937 or 877-287-0697. heritagevillage.ca
TIME TRAVEL Memory Lane Heritage Village offers old-fashion family fun with special events throughout the summer. 10am to 5pm from June 1 to September 30. 58 Navy Pool Loop, Jeddore Oyster Pond. 902-889-2053. fishermanslife.novascotia.ca FULTZ HOUSE MUSEUM Located in a house dating back to the 1860s, the museum shares the history of Sackville and neighbouring communities. Check out the smithy, cooperage shop, and horse-drawn hearse (circa 1855). Gift shop. Open daily July 1 to August 31, 10am to 5pm. Off-season by appointment. 33 Sackville Dr., Lower Sackville. 902-865-3794. fultzhouse.ca
MUSQUODOBOIT HARBOUR RAILWAY MUSEUM Celebrating its 100th anniversary. Housed in the former railway station (circa 1918) and several railway cars, the museum traces the history of the railway and its importance to the development of this region. Open in summer; hours vary—call to confirm. A 40-kilometre drive east of Dartmouth on Hwy. 7, near the junction of Hwy. 357. Musquodoboit Harbour. 902-889-2689. mhrailwaymuseum.com NOVA SCOTIA ARCHIVES Records of government departments and corporate bodies (churches, businesses, organizations, etc.); papers of families; a 50,000-title library; newspapers; genealogical sources; documentary art and photographs; maps and architectural plans; sound recordings and moving images. Open Monday to Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm (Wednesday until 9pm); Saturday, 9am to 5pm.
HMCS SACKVILLE The last of its kind, this Flower-class corvette escorted convoys from Canada to Northern Ireland from 1942 to 1944. After years as a research vessel and naval auxiliary, Sackville was transferred to the Canadian Naval Memorial Trust in the 1980s, restored to its 1944 appearance, and dedicated as Canada’s National Naval Memorial. Open daily at Sackville Landing on the Halifax waterfront from late June to mid-October, 10am to 5pm. Berthed off-season in the Halifax Dockyard (visit by appointment only). 902-429-2132, off-season: 902-427-2837. hmcssackville-cnmt.ns.ca MARITIME COMMAND MUSEUM NAVAL MUSEUM OF HALIFAX Admiralty House, a National Historic Site built in 1819, boasts a library of more than 5,000 volumes, archives, and a permanent collection displaying historical artifacts, including model ships, weapons, photos, and medals. Exhibits include The Great War, Battle of the Atlantic, and Halifax Explosion. Duration of visit: 45 minutes. Open year-round, Monday to Friday, 9am to 3pm. Closed on holidays. Admiralty House, 2725 Gottingen St. 902-721-8250. navy-marine.forces.gc.ca/en/navy-life/history-museums.page EC8
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WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE The Museum of Natural History on Summer Street lets visitors explore the province’s natural environment.
STIMULATE YOUR BRAIN The Discovery Centre is packed with hands-on displays that promote science, technology, engineering, and math in a fun, interactive way for kids and adults.
Closed Sundays, holidays, and holiday weekends. Prebooking required for some services on Wednesday evening and Saturday. Closed on holiday weekends. 6016 University Ave. 902-424-6060. archives.novascotia.ca NOVA SCOTIA MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY Explore Nova Scotia’s forest and ocean environments with interactive exhibits, featuring world-class fossils, specimens, and artifacts. See exquisite First Nations Mi’kmaw porcupine quillwork. Visit Sable Island and experience Science on a Sphere. Live amphibians, reptiles, bees, a tide tank, and of course Gus, a 95-year-old tortoise. Picnic area, parking (pay). Open Tuesday to Sunday, 9am to 5pm (8pm on Wednesday). Visit: one to two hours. Admission charged. 1747 Summer St. 902-424-6548. naturalhistory.novascotia.ca NOVA SCOTIA SPORT HALL OF FAME Nova Scotia’s rich sports heritage is displayed through artifacts, exhibits, and stories dating back to the 1850s with emphasis on “our sport heroes” Sidney Crosby exhibition. Free admission. Open Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm and before Scotiabank Centre events; also open on weekends noon to 4pm in July and August. Scotiabank Centre (box office level), 1800 Argyle St., Suite 446. 902-421-1266. nsshf.com QUAKER HOUSE A short walk from the Dartmouth ferry terminal is the only surviving home of the original Quaker whalers who settled in Dartmouth in 1785 at the end of the American Revolution. Admission: $5. No charge for children 12 and under. Open seasonally June 1 to August 31, Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm. Guided tours by costumed interpreters. 57 Ochterloney St., Dartmouth. 902-464-2300. dartmouthheritagemuseum.ns.ca
SCOTT MANOR HOUSE Historic house (circa 1770) unique in Canada. The museum has a large collection of photos, printed material, and maps reflecting Bedford’s past. Open daily July and August, 10am to 4pm; off-season by appointment. Free admission. 15 Fort Sackville Rd., Bedford. 902-832-2336. scottmanor.ca SHEARWATER AVIATION MUSEUM Spotlights Canada’s maritime military aviation history. Hours vary seasonally, so phone ahead. Duration of visit: one hour. Open April to May and September to November from Monday to Saturday; Open December to March from Monday to Friday. 34 Bonaventure Ave., 12 Wing Shearwater (take Rte. 322 toward Eastern Passage). 902-720-1083. shearwateraviationmuseum.ns.ca
BEDFORD INSTITUTE OF OCEANOGRAPHY Canada’s largest oceanographic research centre. The Titanic exhibit boasts a model of what the wreck now looks like on the ocean floor and images from the 1991 expedition. Learn about seafloor mapping, take a virtual reality tour of the Sable Gully, meet the grey seals of Sable Island, and discover deep-sea corals. Guided tours by appointment only. 1 Challenger Dr., Dartmouth. 902-426-2373. bio.gc.ca DISCOVERY CENTRE Hands-on science centre. Kids can learn about science, technology, engineering, arts, and math through interactive displays. Changing exhibits, themed galleries, an innovation lab, and Atlantic Canada’s only immersive dome theatre. Open daily. Admission charged. Free admission Wednesday evenings from 5pm to 8pm. 1215 Lower Water St. 902-492-4422. thediscoverycentre.ca MAY 2018–OCTOBER 2018 //
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Colleges & Universities 37 Dalhousie University 38 University of King’s College 39 Mount St. Vincent University 40 NSCAD University 41 Saint Mary’s University
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TAKE A CHANCE ON THEM Continuing through the month, Neptune Theatre (page 47) presents Mamma Mia! featuring the music of ABBA.
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 13: Theory of a Deadman. May 17: Rawlins Cross. May 18: Hypnotist Jason Cyrus. May 25: Bruce Guthro’s Songwriters’ Circle. Must be 19 or older with government-issued photo ID. 1983 Upper Water St. 902- 425-7777. casinonovascotia.com
KEVIN HART May 4: Selling out venues around the world, Hart’s Irresponsible Tour just keeps growing, with dozens of new dates added recently, including an unexpected Halifax stop. Scotiabank Centre, 5284 Duke St. 902-451-1221. ticketatlantic.com YUK YUK’S Showcases stand-up comedians from across Canada. Open Tuesday to Saturday. Shows at 8:30pm. Students two-for-one on Tuesdays. Westin Nova Scotian Hotel, 1181 Hollis St. 902-429-YUKS (9857). yukyuks.com
GRAFTON STREET DINNER THEATRE Rollicking music and live entertainment, served up with a three-course dinner. Continuing through May 26: The Show Must Go On. Set at a community theatre, this whodunnit murder mystery features pop hits from 1960s to today . 1741 Grafton St. 902-425-1961. graftonstdinnertheatre.com
NOVA SCOTIA CRAFT BEER WEEK Continuing through May 6: Presented by the Craft Brewers Association of Nova Scotia, this is the largest celebration of craft beer in eastern Canada—dozens of participating breweries and events across the province. nscraftbeer.ca THE KEN BARLOW EFFECT May 28: Since the first episode of Coronation Street 57 years ago, William Roache has played Ken Barlow, ladies’ man and patriarch of the oft-troubled Barlow family. At this on-stage Q&A, he discusses five decades of his experiences on the show and behind the scenes. Spatz Theatre, 1855 Trollope St. strollpro.ca 46
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TOUCH-A-TRUCK May 12: Fire engines, cars, bikes, diggers, boats, and more, all in one space. Hop up to driver’s seat for a photo. Other family-friendly activities including face painting and kids’ karaoke. Fund raiser for Eastern Front Theatre. Sessions for people with sensitivities to loud noise from 11:30am to 12:30pm and 2:30 to 3:30pm. Halifax Exhibition Centre, 200 Prospect Rd. 902-876-1811. easternfronttheatre.com/touch-a-truck.html WINE & CHOCOLATE TASTING May 25: A tasty fund-raiser for the Canadian Parapalegic Association (Nova Scotia). Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel, 1919 Upper Water St. 902-451-1221. ticketatlantic.com
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. argylefineart.com ART 1274 HOLLIS Some 23 local artists and artisans run this vibrant co-operative gallery, marking its 10th anniversary this year. Fine art and craft; new work of original affordable paintings jewelry, ceramic art, pottery, glass work and wood turning. Open daily 10am to 6pm. 1274 Hollis St. 902-446-4077. art1274hollis.ca ART GALLERY OF NOVA SCOTIA Atlantic Canada’s largest art museum displays a range of historic and contemporary art, traditional folk art, and temporary exhibitions. Continuing through May 27: Perfectly Bright. Photos taken by Halifax high-school students. Continuing through July 15: Folk/ Funk. A whimsical look at the use of clay art to make social and political statements. 1723 Hollis St. 902-424-5280. artgalleryofnovascotia.ca THE CRAIG GALLERY Public, volunteer-programmed gallery, aiming to showcase local artists in a variety of media. May 3 to June 3: Erotic Landscapes. Paintings, prints, and jewelry by
Carlos Gomez. Alderney Landing, 2 Ochterloney St., Dartmouth. alderneylanding.com/gallery DALHOUSIE ART GALLERY Contemporary and historical art, plus a related program of artists, presentations, lectures, panel discussions, films, and other special events. Continuing through May 6: Places, Paths, and Pauses. Retrospective on the career of Newfoundland environmental artist and poet Marlene Creates. Dalhousie Arts Centre, 6101 University Ave. 902-494-3820. artgallery.dal.ca 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. thedartgallery.com 14 BELLS FINE ART GALLERY Affordable, original Canadian artwork from established and emerging artists. Hydrostone Market, 5523 Young St. 902-406-2355. 14bells.com MARY E. BLACK GALLERY Specializing in fine craft from Atlantic Canadian artists. Continuing through May 13: Wreaking Havoc. Works by textile artist Jane Whitten. May 18 to July 8: inflate. Works by Catherine Allen. Shed 21, 1061 Marginal Rd. 902-492-2522. craft-design.ns.ca 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. secordgallery.com STUDIO 21 FINE ART GALLERY Contemporary Canadian art in a variety of media, showcasing established and emerging artists. 1273 Hollis St. 902-420-1852. studio21.ca 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. Continuing through May: Works by Ted Coldwell. 1272 Barrington St. 902-420-0854. viewpointgallery.ca 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. visualarts.ns.ca 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. zwickersgallery.ca
CINEPLEX THEATRES Several Metro locations. Halifax: 190 Chain Lake Dr. (Imax) and 5657 Spring Garden Rd. Dartmouth Crossing: 145 Shubie Dr. Lower Sackville: 760 Sackville Dr. 800-333-0061. cineplex.com
CECILIA CONCERT SERIES May 13: Cheng² Duo. Pianist Silvie Cheng and cellist Bryan Cheng (siblings) perform in Halifax, starting their world tour showcasing work from their new album of Spanish music. They’ll also perform a recently commissioned work with a special Maritimes connection. Maritime Conservatory of the Performing Arts, 6199 Chebucto Rd. ceciliaconcerts.ca DARTMOUTH COMMUNITY CONCERT ASSOCIATION May 4: Cadence. Based in Toronto, this a capella quartet has been one of Canada’s top vocal ensembles for some 20 years. From bebop classics to contemporary hits, they offer a hypnotic blend of complex harmonies, intricate arrangements, vocal dexterity, and just plain fun. Woodlawn United Church, 54 Woodlawn Rd., Dartmouth. dartmouthcommunityconcert.ca
EAST COAST MUSIC AWARDS May 2 to 6: Atlantic Canada celebrates its musical talent—concerts and industry events aplenty at venues around the city, plus the East Coast Music Awards Gala show on May 3 at Scotiabank Centre, hosted by Jonathan Torrens. ecma.com JAZZ AT STAYNER’S Get your Thursday night jazz fix at this weekly concert series. Stayner’s Wharf Pub & Grill, 5075 George St. 902-492-1800. jazzeast.com THE SCOTIA FESTIVAL OF MUSIC May 27 to June 10: Showcases chamber music from around the world with 50 events, including concerts, recitals, open rehearsals, master classes, and more. Guests include Philip Glass (composer), Elissa Li (violin), and Sharon Wei (viola). 902-429-9467. scotiafestival.ns.ca SYMPHONY NOVA SCOTIA May 8 to 9: Brahms with Marc-Andre Hamelin. May 11 to 12: Beethoven’s Ninth. These two concerts mark “Gueller’s Grande Finale,” a series saying good-bye to Maestro Bernhard Gueller, as he wraps up a long and successful stint at the helm of Symphony Nova Scotia. Dalhousie Arts Centre, 6101 University Ave. 902-494-3820. symphonynovascotia.ca
SPORTS ATLANTIC MOTORSPORT PARK Regional motorcycle and auto-racing events plus national competitions on a 2.5-kilometre, 11-turn road circuit. Events: May 11 to 13, 16, 18 to 21, 26, 27, 30. 266 Racetrack Rd., Mill Village. 902-758-2237. atlanticmotorsportpark.com BLUE NOSE MARATHON May 18 to 20: This Boston qualifier takes runners on a 42-kilometre course beginning at Citadel Hill and winding through the South End, Point Pleasant Park, downtown, across the Macdonald Bridge to Dartmouth, and back to the Citadel. The full marathon, half marathon, and 10K race are on May 20, with a 5K and a youth run on May 19. 902-496-1889. bluenosemarathon.com PROFESSIONAL BULL RIDERS MONSTER ENERGY TOUR May 26: Halifax is the fifth stop on the Canadian tour, featuring top professional bull riders from around the world. Scotiabank Centre, 5284 Duke St. 902-451-1221. ticketatlantic.com SCOTIA SPEEDWORLD Auto racing on a D-shaped track; the fast, wide course hosts high-speed action. Events: May 12, 20, 25, 26. 150 Sky Blvd., Enfield. 902-481-2514. scotiaspeedworld.ca
DIRTY DANCING: THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE May 22: Featuring all the music you’d expect, this stage hit brings the classic move to life. Scotiabank Centre, 5284 Duke St. 902-451-1221. ticketatlantic.com NEPTUNE THEATRE Continuing through June 17: Mamma Mia! This wildly popular story of a woman searching for her father features the music of ABBA. 1593 Argyle St. 902-429-7070. neptunetheatre.com STAGES THEATRE FESTIVAL May 21 to June 3: A twoweek festival of theatre, presenting shows at different stages of development, on different stages in Halifax, by artists at different stages of their careers, through a variety of productions, workshops, and play-readings. 902-466-2769. easternfronttheatre.com/stagestheatrefestival
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SHOPPING WOOZLES CHILDREN’S BOOKSTORE Canada’s oldest bookstore for children. 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. woozles.com
BRILLIANT CLOTHING BOUTIQUE Fabulous fashion finds of gently worn clothing at amazing deals. Open Monday to Wednesday, 10am to 5:30pm, Thursday and Friday, 10am to 6pm, Saturday, 10am to 5pm, closed Sunday. 1539 Birmingham St. 902-446-3662. thisisbrilliant.com 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. cintamani.ca 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 to Saturday 10am to 6pm. Open Sundays May to December. 902-420-1222. 1869 Upper Water St., Historic Properties. colwellsclothing.com
PARK LIFE In the heart of the city, Park Lane (page 52) on Spring Garden Road is an anchor of the shopping scene, hosting dozens of stores and services, including the downtown’s only movie theatre.
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 to Saturday, 10am to 5pm; Sunday, 12pm to 5pm. 2743 Agricola St. 902-423-6014. bellissimoliving.com
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. duggersfashion.com 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. foreignaffair.ca 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. halikids.com 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.
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. finerthingsantiques.com
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. inaboxgifts.com
GEDDES FURNITURE A landmark for local antique hunters. Carries fine pieces both big and small. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable, and will arrange delivery within Canada, New England, and New York. 2739 Agricola St. 902-454-7171. geddesfurniture.com
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. levi.com
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LOLË YOGA Active wear in feminine styles that can transition from studio to street. 5639 Spring Garden Rd. 902-444-5653. lolewomen.com
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. atlanticnews.ns.ca Map 1
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. thelostcod.com
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. bookmarkreads.ca
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. newscotlandclothing.ca
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 to 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. venusenvy.ca Map 1 48
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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. olseneurope.com 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 one per cent of sales to local environmental causes. 1496 Lower Water St. 902-422-2060. patagoniahalifax.ca 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 to Friday, 9:30am to 5:30pm; Saturday 10am to 5pm. Barrington Place Shops, 1903 Barrington St. 902-429-6872. plaidplace.com 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. room152boutique.com SAMUEL & CO. With a downtown boutique feel in the mall, Samuel & Co. offers the best in casual, career, and evening wear for women. Locations in Park Lane Mall at 5657 Spring Garden Rd.: 902-421-2632; Halifax Shopping Centre, 7001 Mumford Rd.: 902-453-6208; and Mic Mac Mall in Dartmouth: 902-469-1737. samuelandco.ca SATTVA Locally owned boutique featuring designs primarily made in Canada. Carefully curated, unique collection of clothing, accessories, and apothecary goods. Canadian designers such as Bodybag by Jude, Jennifer Glasgow, Betina Lou, and Yoga Jeans. Open daily. 2453 Agricola St. 902-431-2453. sattvaboutique.com 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. sweetpeaboutique.tumblr.com
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. 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. dartmouthyarns.com 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. craft-design.ns.ca 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. dulynoted.ca 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. inkwellboutique.ca 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. lkyarns.com
TAKE IT OUTSIDE Offers top brands in apparel, accessories, and more for the outdoor adventurer. 196 Hector Gate, Dartmouth: 902-405-8688. takeitoutside.ca TURBINE Styles for women created by Canadian designer Lisa Drader-Murphy. Dresses, accessories, and a beauty line. Bishop’s Landing, 1475 Lower Water St. 902-429-0986. Also: Lisa Drader-Murphy Boutique, 1869 Upper Water St. 902-429-4097. turbine.ca 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. valuevillage.com 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. wildflowerclothing.com
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. artzone-gallery.ca
SHOPPING 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 to Wednesday and Saturday, 10am to 6pm; Thursday, 10am to 9pm; Friday, 10am to 7pm; Sunday, noon to 5pm. 1557 Barrington St. 902-429-5667. theloophalifax.ca
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.
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. madeinthemaritimes.com.
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
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.
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ACADIAN MAPLE Specializes in pure maple syrup, also offering sugar, candy, blueberry, cranberry, honey, and more. The shop is a full agri-tourism site. 13578 Peggy’s Cove Rd., Upper Tantallon. 1-888-276-2753. acadianmaple.com 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. shop.clearwater.ca
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. garrisonbrewing.com HASKAPA Specializes in juices and products made from the flavourful haskap berry. Everything is local, made by the world’s first haskap growers and processors. Bishop’s Landing, 1477 Lower Water St. 902-429-4762 haskapa.com LINDT & SPRUNGLI Premium quality Swiss-made chocolates opens its first store in Atlantic Canada. A variety of sweet treats and gift baskets available. 277 Lacewood Dr. 902-486-6994. lindt.com LIQUID ASSETS This airport boutique stocks an impressive array of locally made beer, cider, wine, and spirits. Open daily 7am to 9pm. In departure lounge at Halifax Stanfield Airport. 1 Bell Blvd., Enfield. 902-873-2275. liquid-assets-of-nova-scotia.myshopify.com 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. allthingsolive.ca PROP SHOP Check out the latest craft beers and sodas from Propeller Brewing, 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. drinkpropeller.ca 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. ratinaud.ca 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. rockhead.ca
Atlantic Canada’s largest independent bookseller with a wonderfully curated selection of books. We focus on literary fiction, poetry, philosophy, history, local authors, unique gift ideas, pens and stationery and more. Open 7 days a week. 5686 Spring Garden Road | 902-423-0419
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ROUSSEAU CHOCOLATIER Handmade chocolates using pure cocoa butter and natural flavours; no added fats or oils. The selection includes artisan chocolate bars, Frenchstyle macarons, and more, all made on-site. Open daily in summer, 10am to 6pm. 5151 South St. 902-802-6463. rousseauchocolatier.ca Map 1 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. SPINDRIFT BREWING CO. Innovative small-batch brewer producing lagered beers in a variety of styles. Cans, growlers, kegs, and swag available at the on-site store. Discount for current and retired Canadian Armed Forces members. Open Tuesday to Friday 11am to 6pm, Saturday noon to 4pm. 21 Frazee Ave., Dartmouth. 902-703-7438. spindriftbrewing.ca SUGAH Hand-crafted confections and ice cream treats using traditional techniques and simple ingredients. Bishop’s Landing, 1475 Lower Water St. 902-423-8508. theuncommongroup.com
SUSIEâ€™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. susiesshortbreads.com
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. keptshop.ca
SWEET JANEâ€™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 Janeâ€™s has something for every occasion. Corner of Queen and Morris streets. 902-425-0168. sweetjanes.com Map 1
MY MOTHERâ€™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. mymothersbloomers.ca
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. westsidebeerwinespirits.com
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. pier21.ca
GIFTS & COLLECTIBLES
PROPS FLORAL DESIGN This shop offers floral retail services and designs, whether itâ€™s for a special event such as a wedding or everyday dĂŠcor. A bright and modern space. 5533 Young St., Hydrostone Market. 902-429-1935.
AMOS PEWTER Handcrafted pewter, featuring jewelry, home dĂŠcor items, collectibles, and more. See how molten pewter is cast and be part of a hands-on experience. Historic Properties, 1521 Lower Water Street 1-800-565-3369. amospewter.com 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. coolasamoose.com DRALA BOOKS & GIFTS Unique gifts that pack and travel easily, from local talents and artisans; cards, journals, specialty teas. Open weekdays 10:30am to 5:30pm; Saturday to 5pm. 1567 Grafton St. 902-422-2504. drala.ca Map 1 INTO THE MYSTIC Gemstones, jewelry, herbal teas, pendulums, tarot cards, and imported gifts. Psychic readings, infrared treatments, tea counter, aura scan, astrology, compatibility and numerology reports. 1082 Cole Harbour Rd., Dartmouth. 902-469-7842. intothemysticfolklore.ca.
SCHOLARâ€™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. STRANGE ADVENTURES: COMIX & CURIOSITIES More than comics, graphic novels, and mangaâ€”hailed as â€œCanadaâ€™s Best Comic Shop.â€? Unique gifts. 5110 Prince St., Halifax. 101 Portland St., Dartmouth. 902-425-2140 or 1-866-6-COMICS. strangeadventures.com Map 1
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31 WESTGATE Showroom and design company and Atlantic Canadian carrier of exclusive brands such as Ralph Lauren. Furniture, lighting, dĂŠcor, and more. 5431 Doyle St. 902-457-3131. 31westgate.com
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SHOPPING 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. panacheluxurylinens.ca 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. thornbloom.com
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. bedazzledhfx.ca 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. charmdiamondcentres.com 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 CUSTOM JEWELLERY DESIGN 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. frida.ca 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. pandora.net 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 to 1pm, Sunday 11am to 3pm. alderneylanding.com/market HALIFAX SEAPORT FARMERS’ MARKET Billed as Canada’s oldest. Open Wednesday and Friday to Sunday. Crafts, cuisine, and produce from across the province. 1209 Marginal Rd. halifaxfarmersmarket.com 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 to 1pm. 1496 Lower Water St. 902-492-8772 historicfarmersmarket.ca HISTORIC PROPERTIES A network of interconnected heritage buildings—shopping, dining, and nightlife. Open daily. Upper Water St., north from Duke St. 902-422-3077. historicproperties.ca
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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. halifaxfolklorecentre.com 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. tazrecords.com Map 1
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. mec.ca
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 to Wednesday and Saturday, 9:30am to 6pm; Thursday and Friday, 9:30am to 9pm; Sunday, noon to 5pm. 5657 Spring Garden Rd. 902-422-8466.
BEDFORD PLACE Specialty shops and services. 1658 Bedford Hwy., Bedford. 902-865-8381. bedfordplacemall.com 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. dartmouthcrossing.com 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 Sears. 7001 Mumford Rd. halifaxshoppingcentre.com 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. micmacmall.com PARK LANE Specialty shops and services, cinema, and more. 5657 Spring Garden Rd. 902-420-0660. shopparklane.ca 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. 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.
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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. bodymends.com 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.
HAVIN’ A SLICE Bramoso Pizzeria & Beer Bar (page 58) on Quinpool Road is the ideal spot to enjoy a classic pairing. Try local brews with a custom pie or house specialties like the scorching Lombardy’s Fire (smoked bacon, jalapeno, pineapple).
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 to 8pm; weekends 7am to 6pm. 135 Wyse Rd., Dartmouth. 902-468-1212. bagelmontrealstyle.com 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. smithsbakery.info
BARS & GRILLS
BEARLY’S HOUSE OF BLUES Live blues every Thursday to Sunday, including a Sunday matinee and evening blues jam. New menu, offering nachos, pizza, fish and chips, burgers, wings, and ribs. Daily specials. 1269 Barrington St. 902-423-2526. bearlys.ca 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. bubbarays.com 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 Tuesday to Sunday. 1580 Argyle St. 902-428-5680. eastofgrafton.com 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. hfxsports.com
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, going on to represent Halifax at the Global Finals in Mexico City. 2733 Agricola St. 902-487-4319. barkismet.com
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. jamiesons.ca
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. batonrougerestaurants.com
LION & BRIGHT Café, bistro, and wine bar serving eclectic small plates, seasonal cocktails, and an array of craft beers amid local art and soaring ceilings. 2534 Agricola St. 902-496-0022. lionandbright.com MAY 2018
DINING 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. lowerdeck.ca MONTES SHOWBAR GRILL Casual bar serving burgers, pasta, sandwiches, weekend brunch. Live music on weekends. 245 Waverly Rd., Dartmouth. 902-435-1770. montes.ca 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. halifax.thepint.ca 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. stubborngoat.ca 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 to 1pm; Friday and Saturday, 1pm to 1am. 2710 Agricola St. 902-453-8627. timberlounge.ca.
BONEHEADS BBQ Southern-style smokehouse serving sausage, wings, pulled pork, brisket, and other BBQ mainstays. Open Sunday to Thursday, 11am to 9pm; Friday and Saturday to 10pm. 1014 Barrington St.: 902-407-4100. lickthebone.com
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. lebistrohalifax.com 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 to Saturday for lunch, dinner, and brunch. Close to the Public Gardens. Reservations recommended. 5883 Spring Garden Rd. 902-407-5502. mappaturabistro.ca THE NARROWS BISTRO Chef Erwin Palo offers contemporary international cuisine in a casual bistro atmosphere. Open Monday to Friday 6:30am to 10:30am and 5pm to 10pm, weekends 7am to 11am and 5pm to 10pm. DoubleTree by Hilton Halifax Dartmouth, 101 Wyse Rd., Dartmouth. 902-463-1100. halifaxdartmouth.doubletreebyhilton.com
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 to 9pm; Friday and Saturday, 11am to 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. cheesecurdsburgers.com
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 to Wednesday, Thursday, 2pm to 12am; Friday and Saturday 2pm to 1am. 62 Ochterloney St., Dartmouth. batterypark.ca THE GAHAN HOUSE The popular Prince Edward Island brewpub’s first Nova Scotian location serves house-made beers alongside an extensive menu of pub cuisine: burgers, pizza, ribs, and more. Historic Properties, 1869 Upper Water St. 902-444-3060 halifax.gahan.ca
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. goodrobotbrewing.ca
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ROCKBOTTOM BREW PUB Diverse menu. Six different craft beers are brewed on site. Also offers an extensive selection of wine and cocktails. 5686 Spring Garden Rd. 902-423-2938. rockbottombrewpub.ca 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. barstillwell.com
BISTRO LE COQ French country cuisine. Duck confit salad, croque monsieur, escargot, a daily crêpe special, and steak frites. Weekend brunch. Open Sunday to Thursday, noon to 10pm; Friday and Saturday until 1am. 1584 Argyle St. 902-407-4564. bistrocoq.ca 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 to 9:30pm. 1537 Barrington St. 902-420-9626. 54
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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. kraveburger.com
SWEET HEREAFTER Rich and luscious cheesecake. Dozens of flavours, with gluten-free and dairy-free options available. Catering service available. Open Monday to Wednesday noon to 10pm and Thursday to Saturday noon to 11pm. 6148 Quinpool Rd. 902-404-8001. sweethereafter.ca
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.
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. twoifbyseacafe.ca
ANNIE’S PLACE CAFÉ Relaxed atmosphere. All-day breakfast, plus many lunch items. Baked goods made fresh in-house. Catering available. Open daily 7am to 2pm, Saturday 8am to 2pm. 1592B Queen St. 902-420-0098. 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. boardroomgames.ca Map 1 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. thecanteen.ca CIBOULETTE CAFÉ This cozy café is a local favourite for its gourmet sandwiches featuring fresh local ingredients. Popular offerings include paninis (Southwest chicken club, ham and brie, meatloaf) and ham or veggie breakfast wraps. Fresh-baked goods. Fair trade tea and coffee. Open Monday to Friday, 7:30am to 4pm. 1541 Barrington St. 902-423-5282. ciboulette.ca COASTAL CAFÉ Breakfast creations like Belgian waffles and Huevos Rancheros. The lunch menu includes paninis, burgers, and daily soups and salads. Open Tuesday to Sunday for breakfast and lunch. 2731 Robie St. 902-405-4022. thecoastal.ca 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. humanitcafe.com 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. javablendcoffee.com 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 to Saturday from 4pm. 1559 Barrington St.: 902-407-4002. 1595 Bedford Highway (Sunnyside Mall), Bedford: 902-446-4082 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. thenookhfx.ca 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. paviagallery.com
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. tridenthalifax.com 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.
CHEELIN Szechuan and Beijing cuisine. Buffet lunch on Tuesday and Friday. Lunch Monday to Saturday, 11:30am to 2:30pm; dinner Monday to Sunday, 5pm to 10pm. Brewery Market, 1496 Lower Water St. (Also at Seaport Market.) 902-422-2252. cheelinrestaurant.ca 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. chibistro.ca 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. fansrestaurant.com GREAT WALL Cantonese and Szechuan food in pleasant surroundings. Daily specials. Dim Sum on Sunday, from 11:30am to 3pm. Free delivery downtown. Open Monday to Thursday and Sunday, 11:30am to 10pm; Friday and Saturday to 11pm. 1649 Bedford Row. 902-422-6153. SHENG’S CHINESE RESTAURANT Szechuan, Cantonese, Chinese, and Thai cuisine. Make-your-own daily specials, plus lunch specials from $5.50, Monday to Friday. 6-362 Lacewood Dr. 902-446-3838. shengsrestaurant.ca
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. agricolastreet.ca 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. thearmview.com 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. bicyclethief.ca
MIX MASTERS From classic martinis to flavour-bending cocktails, you’ll find tasty drinks aplenty at Gio (page 56)—plus a patio for warm summer days. MAY 2018
DINING 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. brooklynwarehouse.ca 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. thecarleton.ca EDNA Communal and private dining at a funky restaurant inspired by the life and poetry of Edna St. Vincent Millay. Fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Closed Mondays. 2053 Gottingen St. 902-431-5683. ednarestaurant.com 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. marriott.com 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 to Saturday. Ratinaud Charcutier, 2157 Gottingen St. 902-446-8222. ratinaud.ca 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 to Saturday, 11:30am to 10pm. 1463 Brenton St. 902-429-3499. primalhfx.ca
BLUENOSE II RESTAURANT A downtown favourite since 1964, offering home-style cooking: fresh Nova Scotian seafood, lobster, charbroiled steaks, vegetarian and Greek specialties, burgers, and more. All-day breakfast. Open daily. 1824 Hollis St. 902-425-5092. bluenoseii.ca CORA Specializes in breakfast. Creative dishes with lots of fresh fruit. Crêpes, french toast, waffles, and eggs. Open Monday to Saturday, 6am to 3pm; Sunday, 7am to 3pm. Lunch from 11am. 1535 Dresden Row: 902-490-2672. 287 Lacewood Dr.: 902-457-2672. 1475 Bedford Hwy., Unit 17, Bedford: 902-832-5252. 644 Portland St., Dartmouth: 902-433-0079. 16 Garland Ave., Dartmouth: 902-481-9685. chezcora.com JACK ASTOR’S BAR & GRILL Sizzling fajitas, grilled steaks, pasta, and homemade hearth-baked thin-crust pizzas. Kitchen open until midnight. Open Monday to Thursday, 11am to 1am; Friday and Saturday to 2am; Sunday to midnight. 184 Chain Lake Dr.: 902-450-1370. Dartmouth Crossing, 107 Shubie Dr., Dartmouth: 902-468-6080. jackastors.com
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 to Sunday from 5pm. 2305 Clifton St. 902-332-1557. eliotandvine.com 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. giohalifax.com
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. seasonsbistro.com
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. highwaymanhfx.com
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.
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 to 6pm daily. Open Monday to Saturday. Bishop’s Landing, 1475 Lower Water St. littleoakbar.ca
TEMPO FOOD + DRINK Contemporary locale dishing up nternationally influenced fare with a twist from an open kitchen. 1875 Barrington St. 902-428-3676. tempofooddrink.com 2 DOORS DOWN A relaxed and stylish dining room on the main floor of the historic Halifax Mason Building. Seasonally inspired menus, highlighting local suppliers. Open Monday to Saturday 11:30am to 10pm, Sunday 4pm to 10 pm. 1533 Barrington St. 902-422-4224. go2doorsdown.com THE WATCH THAT ENDS THE NIGHT A cocktail & wine bar overlooking the Halifax skyline from downtown Dartmouth, fashioned after hotel bars of the ‘50s. 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 to midnight from Sunday to Thursday, 5pm to 1am on Friday and Saturday. 15 Kings Wharf Pl., Dartmouth. 902-402-9009. thewatchthatendsthenight.com
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. darrellsrestaurants.com 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. truenorthdiner.com 56
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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. lotsix.ca STUDIO EAST FOOD AND DRINK Tapas-inspired Asian fare with an East Coast flair, known for spicy meat sticks served with housemade dipping sauces. Open Tues/Wed/Sun 5pm–10pm; Thurs 5 pm–11pm; Fri/Sat 5pm–12am; Brunch on Sat/Sun 10am–3pm. 6021 Cunard St. 902-449-9800. studioeastfood.ca TRUCK-SIDE Canada’s first “indoor food-truck food court.” Several different kitchens serve up food-truck style food: Chinese, Italian, and seafood, alongside popular Cheese Curds burgers and Habaneros Mexican cuisine. Open Sunday to Thursday, 11am to 8pm; Friday and Saturday until 9pm. 600 Windmill Rd., Dartmouth. truckside.biz
CURRY VILLAGE Indian cuisine in a comfortable setting. One of the “Top 100 Recommended Places to Eat in Canada.” Open for lunch Tuesday to Saturday; dinner daily. 1569 Dresden Row. 902-429-5010. curryvillage.ca Map 1 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. dhaba-express.ca 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 to Sunday. 5232 Blowers St. 902-429-4647. mirchitandoor.ca
CAFÉ CHIANTI Large selection of fresh seafood, pasta, veal, steak, lamb, and duck dishes. Eastern European specialties include homemade Hungarian paprika sausage. Open Monday to Friday for lunch; daily for dinner. 1241 Barrington St. 902-423-7471. cafechianti.com 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. 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 to Saturday. 5650 Spring Garden Rd. 902-422-2866. lafrasca.ca LA CUCINA Casual family-style Italian comfort food: pizza, sandwiches, pasta, risotto, and more. Eat in or take out. 220 Chain Lake Dr.: 902-406-3075. 151 Hector Gate, Dartmouth: 902-481-6367. lacucinadartmouth.com 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. PIATTO PIZZERIA + ENOTECA Neapolitan-style pizza, the first VPN certified pizza in the Maritimes. Open daily. 5144 Morris St. 902-406-0909. piattopizzeria.com 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 to Sunday; weekend brunch. 2186 Windsor St. 902-425-0400. rinaldos.ca RISTORANTE A MANO The menu features Italian specialties and gourmet pizzas, from the restaurateurs behind Bish and Il Mercato. Open Monday to Saturday, 11:30am to 10pm. 1477 Lower Water St. 902-423-6266.
MEDITERRANEAN ATHENS RESTAURANT Greek mainstays with an emphasis on classic dishes such as kleftiko lamb, moussaka, saganaki, and souvlaki. 6273 Quinpool Rd. 902-422-1595. 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. efendyrestaurant.com 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. elagreektaverna.com RAY’S ORIGINAL LEBANESE CUISINE Long one of the city’s favourite spots for tasty and inexpensive Lebanese fare, Ray’s is a lunchtime favourite: combo plates, all-day breakfast, grilled fish, classic Halifax donairs, and more. 120 Susie Lake Cres. 902-425-7297. rayslebanesecuisine.ca
BURRITO JAX Quick and casual spot offering freshly prepared Mexican food. Scratch-made burritos are the house specialty. Open Monday to Saturday. 5215 Blowers St. 902-406-0088. 3117 Kempt Rd. 902-404-7879. burritojax.com 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. habaneros.biz
TOMAVINO’S Cozy, romantic atmosphere. Dining by candlelight. Pizza, pasta. Gluten-free crust and pasta. Delivery. Open daily. 1113 Marginal Rd. 902-425-9111. tomavinos.ca 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 to 9pm Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 9pm Sunday. 4 Panavista Dr. 902-434-4114. vinespastagrill.com
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. sushifujiyama.com 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. facebook.com/kitsunehalifax 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 to Saturday, 11:30am to midnight; Sunday, 4:30pm to 11pm. 1458 Queen Street: 902-422-9020. 278 Lacewood Dr. 149 Hector Gate. sushinami.ca Map 1
A small neighbourhood Vegan restaurant, juice bar and bakery in the heart of the big city Fully licensed • All-day Breakfast Daily Specials • Dine-in or Take-out 100% VEGAN 2156 Windsor St. Halifax wildleek.ca 902.444.5466 MAY 2018
DINING 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.
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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. thebitterend.ca 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 to 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. menzbar.ca 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. obladee.ca 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. taboonightclub.ca
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. bramoso.com MORRIS EAST Intimate spot specializing in pizza, prepared in a wood-fired oven. The dynamic menu showcases locally sourced ingredients. Open Tuesday to Sunday. 5212 Morris St: 902-444-7663. 620 Nine Mile Dr., Bedford West: 902-444-7671 morriseast.com 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. motherspizzacanada.ca 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. salvatorespizza.ca
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. brewstersbarandgrill.ca THE CELTIC CORNER Friendly neighbourhood pub serving traditional, hearty favourites. Traditional East Coast music Thursday to Sunday; open-mic on Tuesday. Open Sunday to Thursday, 11am to midnight; open until 1am on Friday and Saturday. 69 Alderney Dr., Dartmouth. 902-464-0764. celticcorner.ca 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. durtynellys.ca 58
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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. lowerdeck.ca THE MAXWELL’S PLUM Enjoy the city’s largest selection of great micro-draft beers from all the Maritime breweries. Sixty beers on tap, even more varieties in bottles and cans. 1600 Grafton St. 902-423-5090. themaxwellsplum.com 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. oldtriangle.com RED STAG TAVERN Historic setting. Specials include half-price appetizers and two-for-one. Brewery Market, 1496 Lower Water St. 902-422-0275. redstag.ca 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.
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. baanthai.ca I LOVE PHO Steaming bowls of soup, traditional vermicelli dishes and a few Thai dishes served amid a compact and cozy atmosphere. Call for hours. 746 Bedford Hwy. 902-407-6767. ilovepho.ca STAR ANISE Specializes in Vietnamese and Thai dishes. Open Monday to Friday, 11am to 9:30pm, Saturday, noon to 9:30pm. 1571 Barrington St. 902-422-2602. staranisenoodle.com 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 to Friday, 12pm to 2:30pm; daily for dinner, 5pm to 10pm. 1300 Hollis St. 902-404-3700.
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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. barringtonsteakhouse.ca CUT STEAKHOUSE Sublime service and contemporary décor. Beef dry-aged on-site. Open daily from 5:30pm. 5120 Salter St. 902-429-5120. cutsteakhouse.com FIVE FISHERMEN Fresh lobster, Atlantic salmon, and Digby scallops are among the specialties. Dinner from 5pm. Weekday lunch, weekend brunch from 11am to 3pm. 1740 Argyle St. 902-422-4421. thefivefishermen.com 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 to Saturday 11am to 7pm. 8 Oland Cres. 902-450-3474. frediesfantasticfish.com
HAMACHI STEAKHOUSE BAR & GRILL Japanese-style Teppanyaki cooking, as diners sit at horseshoe shaped tables with the cook in the middle preparing their meals. Char-grilled steak and seafood. Open Monday to Saturday for lunch and dinner, Sunday for dinner only. Bishop’s Landing, 1477 Lower Water St. 902-422-1600. hamachihouse.com 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. mckelvies.com RYAN DUFFY’S Dry-aged New York striploin cut tableside, housemade Caesar salads, and seafood menu with lobster. Lounge area with fireplace. Open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 1650 Bedford Row. 902-421-1116. ryanduffys.ca SALTY’S ON THE WATERFRONT 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. saltys.ca 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 13. Open 4pm to 7pm Saturday, to 8pm Sunday. 250 Shore Club Rd., Hubbards. 902-857-9555. shoreclub.ca
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. SHUCK SEAFOOD + RAW BAR Fresh locally supplied, Oceanwise-certified seafood. Award-winning Chef Luis Clavel highlights the quality and flavour of each offering. Eclectic and affordable wine list. 5120 Salter St. 902-429-5120. shuckseafood.ca 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 to 10pm. 1549 Lower Water St. 902-425-7610. Map 1
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. sawadeeteahouse.com Map 1
VEGETARIAN & VEGAN
WILD LEEK Made-from-scratch vegan comfort food, fresh juices, and gourmet desserts, with gluten, dairy, and nut-free options. Open daily. 2148 Windsor St. 902-444-5466. wildleek.ca
Whether you’re traveling for work or pleasure, we’ll always make you feel celebrated. From consistently delicious dinners to exceptional service, why not make The Keg the next stop on your journey?
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Bistro Le Coq 1584 ARGYLE ST • 902.407.4564 Bistro Le Coq is a classic French bistro in the heart of downtown Halifax with an emphasis on classic French dishes such as steak frites, charcuterie and cheese. Always over delivering in quality for price, it has a huge local following as well as supporting the theatre crowd. With a fully French speaking staff, professional yet comfortable service in a classically styled room, one is transported to “Paris” for the evening…. Bistrocoq.ca
East of Grafton Tavern 1580 ARGYLE ST • 902.428.5680 East of Grafton Tavern is a new arrival to the busy Argyle Street entertainment district. A classic upscale tavern with a twist, EOG presents an interesting spin on classic dishes and gastro pub fare. An ambitious beverage program with an emphasis on classic cocktails and local craft beer, and extensive selection of affordable wine by the glass, leads to a relaxed and casual atmosphere for dining or relaxing with a beverage on the patio, East of Grafton has something for everyone. Eastofgrafton.com
Shuck Seafood + Raw Bar CORNER OF LOWER WATER + SALTER ST • 902.429.5120 Shuck is one of the newest additions to Halifax’s burgeoning restaurant scene. A seafood market styled restaurant in front of the Marriot Courtyard next to the Keiths Brewery, Shuck specializes in sustainable seafood and oysters. With a contemporary culinary approach where “less is more” the menu boasts many raw bar items and lightly touched versions of locally sourced seafood. With a beautiful patio in the middle of the brewery district, you can relax and enjoy the warm days with craft beer and an extensive wine list. The critically acclaimed “CUT Steakhouse” resides upstairs. shuckseafood.ca
Waterfront Warehouse 1549 LOWER WATER ST • 902.425.7610 The Waterfront Warehouse is a classic seafood restaurant in the middle of the bustling Halifax waterfront that occupies a restored tugboat repair warehouse. Specializing in traditional East Coast Lobster and seafood from the onsite tanks, as well as a market style oyster bar, the warehouse serves up classic seafood. With a large vine covered pergola and patio in the centre of the busy waterfront, it’s a place to take in the sites and enjoy the traditional Nova Scotia seafood experience. waterfrontwarehouse.ca
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