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HALIFAX HIGHLIGHTS 2018

OFFICIAL

VISITOR GUIDE

DISCOVER HALIFAX’S

REGIONS. URBAN NIGHTLIFE

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An urban village ACROSS THE HARBOUR.

$2.50 INCLUDES ALL THE REASONS TO COME BACK. TAKE THE FERRY TO DOWNTOWN DARTMOUTH FOR THE BEST VIEWS AND MANY OF BEST SHOPS AND RESTAURANTS AROUND. YOU HAVEN'T SEEN THE CITY UNTIL YOU'VE SEEN IT FROM BOTH SIDES!

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Local favourite, Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market is the longest continuously operating farmers’ market in North America!

The Sambro Lighthouse is the oldest functioning lighthouse in North America.

Famous for its Titanic exhibit, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic is the oldest and largest Maritime museum in Canada.

The recently renovated Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 is Atlantic Canada’s ONLY national museum.

The untouched 100 Wild Islands is one of the last remaining intact and ecologically rich island groups of its size in North America.

Connecting trendy Dartmouth to Downtown Halifax, the Halifax Transit Ferry is the oldest salt-water passenger ferry service in North America!

The brand NEW Discovery Centre is the largest science centre in Atlantic Canada and home to Atlantic Canada’s first immersive Dome Theatre!

The #1 rated Halifax attraction on Trip Advisor is the Halifax Public Gardens, one of the finest surviving examples of a Victorian Garden in North America.

The Halifax waterfront is one of the world’s longest downtown boardwalks and the most visited attraction in Nova Scotia, visited by more than two million people each year!

Iconic Peggy’s Cove is one of the most photographed lighthouses in the world. Halifax was named one of the top destinations on the rise in the world for 2018 by TripAdvisor.

A NOTE FROM

MAYOR

MIKE SAVAGE

HALIFAX VISITOR GUIDE 2018

DID YOU KNOW?

WELCOME

Halifax is a large, coastal region in Nova Scotia, Canada, made up of nine distinct regions that span from picturesque Peggy’s Cove Coastal Region to bustling Downtown Halifax. With an abundance of experiences and dining opportunities that range from fresh lobster dinners and kayaking along our rugged coastline to major music festivals and boutique shopping, Halifax is on the edge of it all. We look forward to welcoming you to Halifax to experience our entire region!

As Mayor of Halifax, I look forward to welcoming you to our beautiful port city and our many special communities that stretch from a vibrant downtown to coastal villages, ocean beaches, wilderness escapes and verdant farmland. Indeed, our municipality offers visitors an experience as broad and diverse as a traveller’s imagination. Whether you are looking to take in live music, sample craft beer, enjoy farm to table dining, surf North Atlantic swells, or quietly connect with pristine coastal wilderness, we have memories waiting to be made. So, make a plan to come see us soon. You’ll be glad you did. 3


GUIDE TO THE GUIDE

05 GETTING HERE & GETTING AROUND

From planes, trains, automobiles and many other ways, discover the best ways to get to and around Halifax + our tips for travelling back and forth from the Halifax airport.

06 TOP 10 IN 18

Find out the TOP 10 reasons to visit Halifax in 2018 from three-month long food festivals to the 40th anniversary of the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo and everything in between!

08 EVENTS IN HALIFAX

With the most festivals & events in Atlantic Canada, we have a robust diversity of events in Halifax. Inside you will discover all the can’tmiss events for 2018!

10 THINGS TO SEE AND DO

Whether it’s your first or 18th time to Halifax, there is always something new to experience! We have highlighted the must “sees” and “dos” across Halifax.

16 RETAIL

There’s a reason why Halifax is known as Atlantic Canada’s shopping capital. From world-class shopping centres to made-in-Nova Scotia products, find out the best places to shop in Halifax.

PLAY. CREATE. DISCOVER.

18 EAT & DRINK

Let us show you the best places to dine in Halifax, from fan-favourite classics such as lobster dinners and fish n’ chips to the hottest cocktail and wine bars.

20 REGIONS

Discover everything each (of Halifax’s nine regions) is known for, and decide where you want to spend your vacation!

CONTRIBUTOR Katie Conklin is the Marketing and Communications Manager at Discover Halifax and the lead contributor for the official Halifax Highlights Visitor Guide.

Halifax's NEW premier science centre is the perfect destination for your family or event. www.thediscoverycentre.ca


ROAD TRIP

Driving into Halifax is simple! Whether driving from Atlantic Canada or the rest of Canada you will arrive in Halifax via the Trans-Canada Highway. Also, driving via the ferries from the United States or New Brunswick is an easy drive using our provincial highways.

TAKE THE SKY

SEASONAL OPTIONS • New to Halifax, you can ride Hali The Road Train for free (by donation). The 60-person red passenger train takes you on the Downtown Halifax waterfront route. • To get yourself from Downtown Halifax to other locations across the Halifax harbour such as Dartmouth, use the King’s Wharf Water Taxi.

It’s easy to fly to Halifax! Halifax has one international airport, the award-winning Halifax Stanfield located just 30-40 minutes from Downtown Halifax. Visit their website for flights and schedules at halifaxstanfield.ca

GETTING AROUND

RIDE THE RAIL

WALK THE STREETS

VIA Rail Canada offers trans-continental connection with Western Canadian cities and some US destinations. It’s a great way to see the scenery and back roads of Canada. You can reach Halifax from Montreal by train overnight! Learn more at viarail.ca

THE NO FUSS BUS

Maritime Bus provides passenger service across most of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Quebec that can all connect you to Halifax. For a complete route and schedule visit maritimebus.com.

CRUISE INTO HALIFAX

Cruises to Halifax arrive right in the Halifax Harbour where guests are immediately treated to our stunning boardwalk and vibrant downtown core. Halifax is currently a three-seasons cruise port, visiting in late spring, summer and fall. Find out which cruise lines are coming to Halifax at cruisehalifax.ca

TIPS ON TRAVELLING TO AND FROM THE AIRPORT

• The MetroX Airport bus is $3.50 (exact change required) one-way and has three drop-off and pick up locations: Fall River, downtown Dartmouth and Downtown Halifax. • The seasonal Halifax Airport Shuttle service is $22 one way and $40 return with many drop-off locations and some express options available. Must book online. • Car rentals are available at the Halifax Stanfield airport and are conveniently located in the lower level of the airport parkade. • Many taxis and limos are available onsite. To travel from the airport to Downtown Halifax you can expect to pay roughly $55-$65.

Downtown Halifax is a very walkable city and while there are many hills, it’s compact, making it easy to get from one end of the city to the other without issue. A series of walking and hiking trails can be found throughout the other regions of Halifax, however, you will either need to bus or drive to those locales.

USE YOUR CAR

Whether you are renting a car or are travelling with your own vehicle, it’s easy to get around Halifax. Keep in mind, if you are driving from the airport into Downtown Halifax, you will have to cross one of the Halifax Harbour Bridges, which cost $1 in cash!

USE OUR TRANSIT SYSTEM

If you are unable to walk to your destination, Halifax Transit is the next best thing! Halifax Transit offers a reliable bus service throughout the Halifax region. Visit their website for fares, schedules and routes at halifax.ca/transportation

FERRY

Halifax Transit also operates the harbour ferries that run between Downtown Halifax and downtown Dartmouth with free transfers connecting to transit buses.

CALL A CAB

Cabs are readily available in Downtown Halifax and most communities throughout the entire region. Casino Taxi (902.429.6666) and Yellow Cab (902.420.0000) are the largest taxi operators.

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GETTING HERE

RIDE YOUR BIKE

Biking is a great way to get around Halifax and we continue to improve our bike lanes each year. Whether you have your own, or are renting from I Heart Bikes (or other bike rental services), it’s a great way to see the entire region! 5


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TOP IN

2018 is shaping up to be another big year in Halifax, with spectacular events, up-and-coming neighbourhoods to visit and milestone anniversaries. We’ve compiled a list of 10 major reasons why we think YOU should visit Halifax in 2018!

2018

SAVOUR FOOD & WINE

FESTIVAL

THE OPENING OF THE

15 JAN – 15 MAR The Savour Food & Wine Festival is a series of six unique culinary and beverage events that showcase delicious local food, fantastic wines, creative cocktails and craft beer! See which event speaks to you most.

PIER 21 IMMIGRATION PORT

MARCH

90TH ANNIVERSARY Pier 21 in Downtown Halifax (now a National Historic Site) was the gateway to Canada for one million immigrants between 1928 and 1971. It also served as the departure point for 500,000 Canadian Military personnel during the Second World War. 2018 marks the 90th anniversary for Pier 21 – now a fascinating and recently renovated museum we highly encourage you to visit!

EAST COAST MUSIC AWARDS 2 – 6 MAY

30TH ANNIVERSARY The East Coast Music Awards is a five-day, non-stop musical celebration showcasing and recognizing the best of East Coast artists and music. This event changes its locale every year, and we are thrilled that this year the East Coast Music Awards are taking place right here in Halifax!

ROUTE

HALIFAX

SAINT-PIERRE 22 – 26 JUN

The sailing event of summer 2018. The ninth edition of the renowned ocean race between Halifax and SaintPierre and Miquelon (France), where international sailors and sailing lovers from all around the world gather for a 350-mile competition. Boats will be located on the Halifax waterfront along the harbour walk, together with a great festival “Saint-Pierre et Miquelon Des iles d’Exception” starting on June 22. It’s four days of live music, French gastronomy and legendary histories of sailors before the race starts on June 26, 2018. A must see.


THE GREAT

NORTH ENDHALIFAX

RACE RACE ENDS JULY 1 IN HALIFAX Beginning in Buffalo, New York, The Great Race is a time, speed and endurance rally for vintage cars. Starting in June and ending on Canada Day right here in Halifax – it’s a grand event that will fill our city with classic and unique vintage vehicles for you to see up close!

PEGGY’S

COVE

COASTAL REGION The Peggy’s Cove Coastal Region is where you go to relax in nature. Known for its scenic drives, famous lighthouses, coastal beaches, delicious seafood, picturesque hikes, historic sites and unique attractions; this where you go to take a moment for yourself. Most prominently, this region is known for its namesake: the Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse. One of the most photographed lighthouses in Canada (even the world), Peggy’s Cove is an iconic Canadian image and one of Halifax’s most popular tourist attractions!

THE ROYAL NOVA SCOTIA

INTERNATIONAL

TATTOO 26 JUN – 2 JUL 40TH ANNIVERSARY

Celebrating its 40th anniversary, the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo will have its classic bagpipes, highland dancers and military traditions with some new surprises! The Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo is a week-long event held every year in Halifax. The two-anda-half hour family show is fast-paced – every scene lasts about 3-6 minutes – so there is always something new to see and experience.

HIKING OUR TRAILS An abundance of spectacular trails run both inland and along the coast throughout the entire Halifax region. We’ve compiled fan-favourites in every region and created the hit list we know you will love! • Long Lake Provincial Park – Peggy’s Cove Coastal Region • Hemlock Ravine Park – Bedford-Sackville Region • Salt Marsh Trail – Dartmouth-Cole Harbour Region • MacDonald Sports Park – Airport Area Region • Musquodobit Trailway – Eastern Shore Region • Sir Sandford Fleming Park – West End Halifax Region • Point Pleasant Park – Downtown Halifax Region • Carroll’s Corner Mastodon Trail - Musquodobit Valley Region

HALIFAX

HOLIDAY SHOPPING NOV – DEC Shopping in Halifax during the holiday season is not only plentiful, it’s extremely fun and festive! With ample holiday events happening during the season, you can shop at dozens of craft markets, Black Friday sales or Spring Garden Road’s classic Shopping Under The Stars event.

HALIFAX VISITOR GUIDE 2018

Where trendy vibes meet chic restaurants and nightlife, the North End in Halifax is a MUST visit. A truly trendy area known for its hipster vibes, up and coming restaurant scene, boutique and second hand shops, colourful houses and lively nightlife - it’s a place that piques curiosity.

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EVENTS

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Discover Halifax’s buzzing urban energy and legendary festivals & events year-round. For a full listing of events, go to our website www.discoverhalifaxns.com/events

15 JAN - 15 MAR

JANUARY

APRIL

JUNE

1 - 3 MAR

22 - 28 MAR

NSLC Festival of Whiskey

Halifax Burger Week

25 - 28 APR

2 - 6 MAY

18 - 20 MAY

Halifax Comedy Festival

East Coast Music Awards

Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon

Savour Food & Wine Festival *Dine Around takes place during the entire festival.

MARCH

MAY

2 - 3 JUN

8 JUN

16 JUN

22 - 26 JUN

Cold Waters Seafood Festival

North By Night Market

The East Coast Cider Festival

ROUTE Halifax Saint-Pierre

Additional dates 13 Jul, 10 Aug & 8 Sep

26 JUN - 2 JUL

28 JUN - 2 JUL

29 JUN - 1 JUL

29 JUN - 2 JUL

The Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo

Bedford Days

EPIC Canadian Run for Canada

Halifax Ribfest

Celebrating their 40th anniversary.

JULY

1 JUL

1 JUL

1 JUL

The Great Race

Canada Day Main Event Concert and Fireworks

Canada Day Family Event at Halifax Commons

The last day of the race is in Halifax on Canada Day!

4 - 15 JULY

11 - 15 JUL

19 - 29 JUL

Peggy’s Cove Festival of the Arts

Halifax Jazz Festival

Halifax Pride Festival The Halifax Pride Parade is on July 21.


10 - 11 AUG

11 AUG

Halifax Busker Festival

Halifax Seaport BeerFest

Atlantic Canada Harmonica Festival

13 - 16 SEP

13 - 20 SEP

24 - 29 SEP

2018 Pan American Canoe Sprint Championships

FIN: Atlantic International Film Festival

NSLC Festival of Wines

13 OCT

16 - 20 OCT

Nocturne: Art At Night

Halifax Pop Explosion

12 AUG Clam Harbour Beach Sandcastle Competition

SEPTEMBER

27 - 30 SEP

28 - 29 SEP

Hopscotch Art Festival

Halifax Oyster Festival

OCTOBER

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Hal-Con

Holiday Parade of Lights

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THINGS TO SEE &

DO IN HALIFAX

WATERFRONT HIGHLIGHTS While the list of places to love in Halifax is certainly long, the waterfront will always be close to the top. In the summer the boardwalk is busy with tourists and locals, and you can’t help but feel caught up in the excitement and energy! Here is a short list of highlights to get you started.

FOOD & DRINK

With dozens of fantastic restaurants and patios ranging from a grouping of “seaside snack shacks” to local favourites Bicycle Thief and Gahan House, there is something for everyone!

HAMMOCKS*

The Hammocks on the Halifax boardwalk are a place for passersby to rest and take a great photo, all while enjoying the easy-breezy east coast lifestyle.

DRUNKEN LAMPPOSTS

On the boardwalk it’s hard to miss three bendy light posts, known to most as “The Drunken Lampposts”. Installed as a temporary display in 2013 after it appeared at Toronto’s Nuit Blanche, the displays made a big impression on the city, and have become a permanent fixture on the Halifax waterfront.

HALIFAX SEAPORT FARMERS’ MARKET

Located right on the waterfront with a beautiful rooftop patio, it’s no wonder people make a Saturday morning tradition out of heading to the market for breakfast and enjoying the view.

“THE FLOATING BOARDWALK”*

The Sea Bridge, commonly known as “The Floating Boardwalk” is a 520 foot floating dock that’s open 24/7 (the bridge lights up after dark). Connecting the Cable Wharf South Side and the Museum Wharf North (where CSS Acadia is berthed), it’s a fun – and sometimes wavy – way to cross the boardwalk.

RENTAL ACTIVITIES*

Along the waterfront you will come across lots of rental and tour companies offering more ways to experience the Halifax waterfront! Try a Harbour Hopper tour, kayaking with Kayak Halifax, segwaying with Segway Nova Scotia or biking with I Heart Bikes.

STUBBORN GOAT BEER GARDEN*

There aren’t many things better than enjoying a cold beer on a patio… except when that patio is literally on the Halifax boardwalk amidst the summer hustle and bustle! * Open seasonally

YOUR WATERFRONT ADVENTURE AWAITS

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TOP 5 MUSEUMS & GALLERIES 1675 Lower Water Street, Downtown Halifax

As Canada’s oldest and largest Maritime museum, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic brings the sea indoors with its collection of small craft, model ships, photographs and relics of Maritime history. Exhibits are devoted to sea life and historic events, including the world-famous Titanic.

MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY 1747 Summer Street, Downtown Halifax

© UNHCR/V.Leduc, 1979

Ancient fossils, glittering gold, Mi’kmaq artifacts, sea creatures, deadly mushrooms,

frogs and snakes and whale skeletons - there is something for everyone at the Museum of Natural History, including Gus the Gopher Tortoise, a 90-year old turtle who resides at the museum!

CANADIAN MUSEUM OF IMMIGRATION AT PIER 21

the Canadian Museum of Immigration—Atlantic Canada’s only national museum—where visitors explore the immigration experience from their homeland departure to being assimilated in a new country.

AFRICVILLE MUSEUM 5795 Africville Road, North End Halifax

1055 Marginal Road, Downtown Halifax

Pier 21 is a National Historic Site which was the gateway to Canada for one million immigrants between 1928 and 1971, and a departure point for 500,000 Canadian military personnel during the Second World War. Today, Pier 21 is home to

Located in the North End sits Africville, a once thriving community that was home to hundreds of families whose Nova Scotian roots could be traced back to the late 1700s. The museum is located in a replica of the community’s church and walks visitors through a history of the

A WORLD OF STORIES National historic site Hands-on activities Family history research

area, and the resilience of its inhabitants.

ART GALLERY OF NOVA SCOTIA 1723 Hollis Street, Downtown Halifax

Halifax’s Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is the largest art museum in the Atlantic provinces. The museum features a permanent collection, numbering more than 17,000 pieces, as well as temporary exhibitions. While there, be sure to check out the work of beloved Nova Scotia folk artist Maud Lewis. TO SEE THESE LOCATIONS ON A HELPFUL MAP, VISIT DISCOVERHALIFAXNS. COM/MAPS

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MARITIME MUSEUM OF THE ATLANTIC

Lieu historique national Activités pratiques Recherches généalogiques

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MOST INSTAGRAMMABLE PLACES IN HALIFAX

Halifax is a city full of immense beauty any time of year. You’ll find photo inspiration around every corner. Snapping photos of Halifax’s scenic beaches, historic buildings, bustling waterfronts, stunning parks or picture-perfect landmarks are sure to garner you some extra likes on Instagram!

PEGGY’S COVE LIGHTHOUSE

THE OLD TOWN CLOCK ON CITADEL HILL

The lighthouse and Peggy’s Cove area have become iconic Canadian images, and one of the most photographed lighthouses in Canada, if not the world! Add this photo to YOUR Instagram collection.

The Old Town Clock is an iconic Halifax landmark that you need to take a photo of on your next Halifax vacation. This photogenic and historic building is easy to find as it overlooks the city atop Citadel Hill with a gorgeous view of the harbour.

Peggy’s Point Road GD, Peggy’s Cove Coastal Region

HALIFAX CENTRAL LIBRARY 5440 Spring Garden Road, Downtown Halifax

From the inside and out, the Halifax Central Library is calling for your photo-taking ability. Inside is filled with criss-crossing white stairwells, rows and rows of books, a photogenic café near natural sunlight and a rooftop patio with views of the city. You will probably double your likes.

DARTMOUTH WATERFRONT Downtown Dartmouth

Offering some of the best views of the Downtown Halifax skyline and with many photogenic places of its own, Dartmouth is a proud region with its own rich history and heritage. Make sure you take the Halifax-Dartmouth harbour ferry for even MORE photo opportunities. See page 5 for ferry info!

HALIFAX WATERFRONT BOARDWALK Lower Water Street, Downtown Halifax

With views of the Halifax harbour and dozens if not hundreds of photogenic objects, art installations and locales, you will have a field day on the Halifax waterfront snapping selfies and photos. Get inspired with our waterfront highlights list on page 10.

FISHERMAN’S COVE

4 Government Wharf Road, Eastern Shore

More than 200 years old, Fisherman’s Cove is the perfect destination to capture an iconic east coast image for your Instagram account. This quaint, yet vibrant little fishing village has shops, an art gallery, boardwalk, restaurants, beach and tours!

Brunswick Street, Downtown Halifax


Are you looking for the REAL secrets of Halifax? The ones only locals know about? We are more than happy to share our hidden gems with you!

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PAVIA GALLERY - ESPRESSO BAR & CAFÉ

UP

995 Herring Cove Road, Peggy’s Cove Coastal Region

Hidden in the village of Herring Cove, PAVIA is worth the 20-minute drive from Downtown Halifax. Explore the intimate contemporary fine art gallery that features work from both local and international artists alike while enjoying some of the best coffee in the city and house-made sweets!

PURCELL’S COVE ROAD LOOKOUT Purcell’s Cove Road, Peggy’s Cove Coastal Region

When returning to the city from PAVIA, take the scenic route on Purcell’s Cove Road. You’ll find a small parking area, and from there you’re at the lookout. Enjoy the quiet salty sea breeze and the crashing ocean waves.

HALIFAX CITADEL GHOST WALK 5425 Sackville Street, Downtown Halifax

While there are multiple ghost tours that take you around Halifax, did you know that the Halifax Citadel has its own ghost walk dedicated to the National Historic Site? There’s even a story of lost love, sure to tug at the heartstrings of all the lovebirds in the group. Tours are offered from July to October.

NOBLE – HALIFAX’S SECRET BAR

COMING NEIGHBOURHOODS

NORTH END HALIFAX

Known for its hipster vibes, up-andcoming restaurant scene, boutique and second hand shops, colourful houses and lively nightlife - it’s a place that piques curiosity! Check out these top restaurants and stores: HOME

THE PATIO AT STORIES RESTAURANT 5184 Morris Street, Downtown Halifax

The Halliburton Hotel is routinely named one of the best romantic getaways in Halifax, but have you heard about their restaurant, Stories? Sitting outside on their hidden patio is the perfect combination of romantic and private, despite being in the heart of the city.

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PHARMACY DINER

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FOOD • • • • •

Lion & Bright EDNA Brothers Meat & Delicatessen enVie : A Vegan Kitchen Agricola Street Brasserie

SHOP

• Made in the Maritmes • The Independent Mercantile • Makenew Curated Thrift Shop

1563 Barrington Street, Downtown Halifax

Noble is an underground speakeasy-style bar tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Downtown Halifax. Its secret location and password-only entry serves to increase the allure of the experience. A new password is given every Thursday. All you have to do is subscribe to the hidden page on The Middle Spoon’s website and you’ll be added to the mailing list. We won’t tell you how to find the page – you’re going to have to do that part yourself!

C A F E

RESTAURANT

DARTMOUTH Dartmouth is rapidly becoming a local-hot spot for restaurants and bars. Just a quick ferry ride from Downtown Halifax, and 20 minutes from the airport, Dartmouth has a booming restaurant scene: • • • • • • • •

The Canteen Il Trullo Ristorante Portland Street Creperie Stone Pizza Battery Park Yeah Yeahs Pizza Two If By Sea (TIBS) Anchored Coffee

Visiting Halifax this summer? REST ASSURED YOU’LL REST AFFORDABLY. Accommodations from $51.95/night* *Includes wifi, parking, hot breakfast, and taxes.

Information/Reservations www.smu.ca/conferences 1.888.347.5555 stay@smu.ca

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BEST PLACES

TO WATCH

THE SUNSET

OUTDOOR ADVENTURE Situated on the ocean, there is no shortage of waterbased activities such as boating, surfing, kayaking and paddle boarding in Halifax. But more than that, we have spectacular hiking, biking and walking trails inland and along our rugged coastline just waiting to be explored!

• Dartmouth Waterfront, Dartmouth • Lawrencetown Beach Provincial Park, Eastern Shore • York Redoubt National Historic Site, Ferguson’s Cove • Oakfield Provincial Park, Oakfield • Crystal Crescent Beach Provincial Park, Peggy’s Cove Coastal Region • Lower Prospect, Peggy’s Cove Coastal Region • High Head Trail, Prospect • Peggy’s Cove

LEARN HOW TO SURF AT LAWERENCETOWN BEACH

Beyond

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Lawrencetown Beach Provincial Park is the most well-known surf spot in the region, and there’s a good reason for that! The beach’s conditions are ideal for new surfers. You’ll find plenty of locally owned businesses to rent or purchase surf boards, gear and take lessons. ecsurfschool.com

TAKE A GUIDED NATURE AND HISTORY TOUR OF MCNAB’S ISLAND

This island in the Halifax Harbour provides visitors with 22 km of hiking trails, historic sites, and a variety of forested and coastal settings to explore. It’s the perfect day-trip to escape the hustle and bustle of the city! mcnabsisland.ca

STROLL MCCORMACK’S BEACH AND EXPLORE FISHERMAN’S COVE Fisherman’s Cove is a wonderful 200 year-old fishing village, located 20 minutes from Downtown

Halifax. With shops, an art gallery, boardwalk, kayak tours, restaurants, McCormack’s beach to walk on and whale watching cruises, it’s a perfect spot to spend an afternoon with your family. fishermanscove.ns.ca

• McNabs Island, Halifax Harbour

HIKE THE MUSQUODOBOIT TRAILWAY

• East Coast Surf School, which also houses Quiksilver Surf Camps and One Life Surf Lessons

This trail begins near the Musquodoboit Railway Museum and is wellgroomed and suitable for bikes and strollers. From this trail you can choose your own adventure, venturing off into several looped trails that climb up and provide stunning views of the Musquodoboit River. mta-ns.ca

RENT A SEA KAYAK AND PADDLE AROUND 100 WILD ISLANDS

As one of the last remaining intact and ecologically rich island groups of its size in North America, it’s one of the most stunning places in the Halifax region. Coastal Adventures offers a unique kayaking tour so visitors can experience this haven. coastaladventures.com

BEST SURF LESSON

COMPANIES!

• Kannon Beach Wind and Surf Shop • Happy Dudes Surf Emporium • Halifax Surf School

GO ON A GUIDED BEACH TOUR OF TAYLOR HEAD

Great Earth Expeditions offers a tour of this rugged and stunning locale. Said to be one of the most picturesque coastal day hikes in Eastern North America, the trail hugs the coastline that runs through breathtaking natural habitats with various geological features. greatearthexpectations.com


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HISTORIC SITES HALIFAX CITADEL NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE 5425 Sackville Street, Downtown Halifax

One of Canada’s most visited national historic sites, Halifax Citadel is a top attraction in Halifax. While it never actually saw battle, its role in history is undeniable. Explore the fort on your own or with a tour–or become a soldier for a day and fire an authentic Snider-Enfield rifle!

SAMBRO LIGHTHOUSE

Sambro Island, Peggy’s Cove Coastal Region

Built in 1758, the red and white Sambro Lighthouse is not only the oldest functioning lighthouse in North America, but also the third oldest building in Halifax! Its construction was a national historic event and it continues to operate today.

ALEXANDER KEITH’S BREWERY The brewery has been part of Halifax history since 1820 thanks to its founder, Scottish-born Alexander Keith. Trained as a brewer, Keith ran the brewery for 53 years while also serving as the mayor of Halifax! Take this oneof-a kind, award-winning historical tour of Alexander Keith’s original brewery and experience a “real Nova Scotia good time” with songs, stories and, of course, our fine variety of Mr. Keith’s ales.

OLD TOWN CLOCK

Brunswick Street, Downtown Halifax

As one of the most recognizable landmarks in Halifax, the Old Town Clock has become a symbol of the city. Over the years the tower housing has been used as a guard room and as a residence for the clock caretaker.

FAIRVIEW LAWN CEMETERY 3720 Windsor Street, West End Halifax

For a deeper look into the Halifax-Titanic connection, visit the Fairview Lawn Cemetery, where there are over 100 graves for Titanic victims.

FAMILY-FRIENDLY

ACTIVITIES THEODORE TOO TUGBOAT Waterfront, Downtown Halifax

Great for families or anyone looking to take an amazing selfie, Theodore is fantastic as a tour or a Halifax waterfront stop! Halifax loves our smiling Theodore! For rates and schedules, visit mtcw.ca/tour-schedule

DISCOVERY CENTRE 1215 Lower Water Street, Downtown Halifax

With four floors of interactive, hands-on learning experiences, the Discovery Centre captures the imagination of visitors. As soon as you walk in the door, you can see how they successfully bring STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) to life, especially with their Immersive Dome Theater, Innovation Lab, and fantastic featured exhibits! For more info, visit discoverycentre.ca

HATFIELD FARM

1840 Hammonds Plains Road, Bedford-Sackville

Located in Hammonds Plains, Hatfield Farm offers everything from trail rides and riding lessons to wagon and sleigh rides (depending on the season). There is also a petting zoo and restaurant onsite! For the full list of offerings, visit hatfieldfarm.ca

MEMORY LANE HERITAGE VILLAGE 5435 Clam Harbour Road, Eastern Shore

This reproduction of a 1940s rural Nova Scotia village is complete with a general store, schoolhouse, church, workshop, gold prospecting complex, boat shop, garage and more. Families will enjoy the riddle-based Heritage Hunt (available at the front desk), playful kittens, curious lambs and cheerful chickens! Visit heritagevillage.ca

HOPE FOR WILDLIFE 5909 Highway 207, Eastern Shore

Welcoming thousands of visitors from all over the world, you too can visit Hope for Wildlife in Seaford, a local animal rehabilitation center! For seasonal hours, visit hopeforwildlife.net/tours

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1496 Lower Water Street, Downtown Halifax

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There’s a reason why Halifax is known as Atlantic Canada’s shopping capital! From world-class shopping centres to made-in-Nova Scotia items, with so many possibilities, there’s just one problem—where to begin?

DARTMOUTH CROSSING

Our list of shopping suggestions wouldn’t be complete without this commercial centre. Home to a mix of boutiques, big box stores, IKEA and outlets, it is a mustvisit for serious shoppers. Spend your visit strolling the sidewalks on the hunt for a fabulous find, then end your day with a meal at one of the many restaurants, or a show at the Cineplex Cinema.

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The Halifax Shopping Centre is a tried-and-true destination for a shopping spree located in the West End. With more than 160 stores, it is Atlantic Canada’s largest shopping centre and since its recent renovation, one of the most attractive and convenient retail centres in the city. Home to the best brand name stores, you will find everything you need—and more—all under one roof.

CITY MALLS ACROSS THE REGION

Halifax is teeming with malls, including Scotia Square Mall, Mic Mac Mall, and Sunnyside Mall. Each houses a variety of stores, including stylish shops found nowhere else in the city. You’ll have no trouble treating yourself to a day of shopping. So, wear your best walking shoes, have your credit card ready, and prepare for an east coast “mall crawl”!

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The Hottest Show.in Halifax. Visit our Glassworks on the Halifax waterfront for a rare opportunity to witness the practice of an ancient craft. Molten crystal, pulled from a fiery 1300 ºC pot, is shaped, cut and polished into pieces of exquisite beauty. It’s the only place in the country you can see such a show. CANADA’S ONLY MAKER OF MOUTH-BLOWN, HAND-CUT CRYSTAL

5080 George Street, Halifax, NS. T. 1.888.977.2797 www.NovaScotianCrystal.com

Downtown Halifax and Dartmouth are a shopaholic’s dream. From local treasure troves to carefully curated boutiques, the heart of the region is the ideal spot for a little retail therapy. If you’re looking for a unique piece of clothing, jewelry, or trinket, we suggest Biscuit General Store, Sweet Pea, Lady Luck Boutique, Bodega Boutique or the Black Market Boutique.

CONSIGNMENT STORES

Finding the perfect piece to add to your attire doesn’t have to mean buying brand new. Thrifty shoppers are now turning to consignment shops to splurge without breaking the bank. From vintage wear to affordable designer duds, Halifax’s consignment retail scene offers a collection of hand-selected, one-of-a-kind garments, sure to spruce up any wardrobe. Popular spots include Makenew in the North End, Room 152 in Downtown Dartmouth and Put Me On, Elsie’s Used Clothing and Brilliant Clothing Boutique in Downtown Halifax.


SHOPPING DOESN’T HAVE TO BE IN A MALL HISTORIC PROPERTIES 1869 Upper Water Street, Downtown Halifax

Historic Properties is not just a summer tourist destination along the Halifax waterfront, it’s open year-round and offers a variety of fantastic apparel stores such as these top shops:

BOUNTY BOUTIQUE HER OBSESSION LISA DRADER MURPHY (LDM) TAKE IT OUTSIDE

HYDROSTONE MARKET Young Street, North End Halifax

The Hydrostone Market is located in Halifax’s North End on Young Street and is not only packed full of history, but also fantastic local shopping. We think you should check out these shops:

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14 BELLS FINE ART GALLERY LADY LUCK BOUTIQUE LIQUID GOLD TASTING BAR LK YARNS MADE IN THE MARITIMES

BISHOP’S LANDING

1475 Lower Water Street, Downtown Halifax

Bishop’s Landing offers exceptional boutique shopping on the Halifax waterfront. In a trendy area of Downtown Halifax, we know you will love these shops:

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ALEXA POPE BISHOP’S CELLAR FRIDA CUSTOM FINE JEWELLERY MOON MOON COSMETICS MXM FASHION STUDIO

BEST PLACES TO BUY LOCALLY CRAFTED GIFTS IN HALIFAX • JENNIFER’S OF NOVA SCOTIA, Downtown Halifax • KEPT, Downtown Dartmouth • MADE IN THE MARITIMES ARTISAN BOUTIQUE, Bedford • ALDERNEY LANDING FARMERS’ MARKET, Downtown Dartmouth

• HALIFAX SEAPORT FARMERS’ MARKET, Downtown Halifax

ICONIC IKEA

645 Cutler Avenue, Dartmouth-Cole Harbour

The largest IKEA store in North America is now open in Dartmouth Crossing, and at 330,000 square feet, there is a lot to take in and a lot to purchase!

REVIEW THE WEBSITE FIRST – IKEA REQUIRES TACTICAL STRATEGY

Help narrow down your choices by shopping around on the website or the IKEA catalogue first. Check out their weekly sales, review product recalls and announcements online, or search by room or product type.

VISIT DURING THE WEEK

IKEA is no different than any other store in that it’s generally more crowded on the weekend. The store is much less busy on weekdays or evenings, so try to visit then if you value your personal space.

EAT, THEN SHOP

IKEA isn’t just known for furniture, they also sell delicious snacks. There is a large restaurant on the top floor, and a smaller bistro and Swedish food market downstairs next to the exit.

CHECK YOURSELF OUT

The staff are great at IKEA, but with the large variety of products they have to scan in, and the multitude of questions they have to answer, it may be faster to use a self-serve check-out!

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BRING A BAG (OR 5)

This store doesn’t offer plastic bags (it is the company’s most sustainable building in Canada, after all), so be sure to bring some of your own, or buy a reusable one at the cash.

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EAT & DRINK As the culinary capital in Atlantic Canada, we have hundreds of fabulous and unique restaurants – all with their own charm and style. Yet with all the new foodie-trends, we haven’t lost our seafood-y roots!

BEST 5 SPOTS FOR A CLASSIC LOBSTER DINNER Nothing says Nova Scotia like a classic lobster dinner! Grab your bibs and check out our list of the best spots in and around the city.

THE MIC MAC BAR & GRILL

219 Waverley Road, Dartmouth-Cole Harbour

For the ultimate surf n’ turf combo head to the Mic Mac “Tavern”. With a full lobster, AAA steak, scallops, clams, grilled shrimp and all the fixins, you can’t find a meal like this anywhere else.

THE PRESS GANG RESTAURANT & OYSTER BAR

5218 Prince Street, Downtown Halifax

If you want to pull out the big guns, The Press Gang is the place to go. A visit here is a culinary experience and well worth the higher price point.

BOONDOCKS RESTAURANT

6 Government Wharf Road, Eastern Shore

This beautiful family run spot is located in Eastern Passage, just a 15-minute drive from Downtown Halifax. Enjoy a delicious lobster dinner on their wraparound patio overlooking the water.

THE FIVE FISHERMAN

1740 Argyle Street, Downtown Halifax

The Five Fishermen restaurant is not only famous for their interesting haunted history, but also their seafood! Their classic lobster dinner offers a 1 1/2 lb. lobster with roasted potatoes and chef’s vegetables.

THE SHORE CLUB

250 Shore Club Road, Peggy’s Cove Coastal Region

After being open for 81 years, locals and tourists still flock to The Shore Club for their famous lobster dinner. Located right off the beach in Hubbards, just 30 minutes outside the city, it’s well worth the drive if you’re looking for a true Nova Scotian experience.

5 FANTASTIC FISH N’ CHIP SHOPS U-PICK-FISH SEAFOOD SHACK 600 Windmill Road, Dartmouth-Cole Harbour

Our favourite part about this U-pick is right there in the name! Here you get to handpick each element of your meal. Choose your fish (from eight kinds), your batter style, side and sauce.

EVAN’S FRESH SEAFOODS 2 Ochterloney Street, Downtown Dartmouth

Evan’s philosophy is to “keep it fresh and local” which is exactly what you will experience! TIP: Dine at the picnic tables outside with stunning views of the Downtown Halifax skyline.

FREDIE’S FANTASTIC FISH HOUSE

WILLMAN’S FISH & CHIPS

5644 Kane Street, North End Halifax

This bright and busy spot is located in the historic Hydrostone district, giving you a double-dose of heritage. Their outdoor patio on the corner of Kane and Isleville Streets is great for people-watching in the summer. Willman’s Fish & Chips are some of the most affordable in town.

PHIL’S SEAFOOD 6285 Quinpool Road, West End Halifax

With two large pieces of fish and their famous spinach salads, this is a local favourite fish spot. Head to the West End and find out why.

8 Oland Crescent, Bayers Lake

Don’t let the business park strip mall location fool you – this place is worth the drive. Many locals call Fredie’s their “goto” and The Huffington Post listed it as one of Halifax’s best restaurants in 2014.

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PLACES TO GET A DRINK

LOT SIX BAR & RESTAURANT 1685 Argyle Street, Downtown Halifax

Located on famous Argyle Street’s row of restaurants and bars, this bar and restaurant features a stunning atrium, delicious oysters and top-notch wine and cocktails – all wrapped up in a classy setting.

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BATTERY PARK 62 Ochterloney Street, Downtown Dartmouth

With 15 taps of craft beer goodness and a seasonal menu, Battery Park Beer Bar & Eatery is a Dartmouth destination you won’t want to miss.

FIELD GUIDE 2076 Gottingen Street, North End Halifax

A small restaurant in the North End of Halifax with an open-concept kitchen, this trendy spot offers local craft beer and serves some of the best cocktails in the area.

SHUCK SEAFOOD + RAW OYSTER BAR 5120 Salter Street, Downtown Halifax

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BLACK SHEEP RESTAURANT 1569 Dresden Row, Downtown Halifax

A mere block from bustling Spring Garden Road, Black Sheep Restaurant is a small, stylish restaurant with excellent service, locally inspired dishes and delicious cocktails.

DURTY NELLY’S 1645 Argyle Street, Downtown Halifax

This authentic Irish pub has live music, friendly staff, a cozy atmosphere, comfort pub food and a huge beer menu. No wonder it’s a local favourite!

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Have you heard of a donair? Did you know it originated in Halifax and that in 2015 it became the official food of the city? Try your first or hundredth donair at Johnny K’s Authentic Donair or King of Donair (KOD).

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A relatively new restaurant to the Downtown Halifax scene, this is a great place to indulge in oysters with your drink.

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HALIFAX’S

REGIONS With an area of 5,500 km2 and 150 km of stunning coastline, Halifax has something for everyone to experience.

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Halifax consists of nine distinct regions, each offering a variety of unique experiences. From urban nightlife and craft breweries, to white sand beaches and epic lobster dinners, you can experience it all in one of our regions. For a closer look at the regions and what they offer, visit discoverhalifaxns.com/regions. 21


AIRPORT AREA WHERE HALIFAX CONNECTS THE REST OF THE WORLD Just 30-40 minutes outside of Downtown Halifax is the Airport Area, home to the Halifax Stanfield International Airport and its charming surrounding communities. With multiple hotels, inns and B&Bs nearby, this region is ideal for travellers aiming to stay close to the airport and outside of the bustling downtown core. The surrounding bedroom communities are home to delightful and locally cherished cafes, bakeries, pubs and markets worth visiting.

EAT & DRINK • • • • • •

Wellington Bakery Good Day Kitchen & Café La Cave de Strasbourg The Turtleback Tap & Grill Encore at Inn on the Lake Enfield Big Stop Restaurant • Maritime Ale House

WHERE TO STAY

• ALT Hotel • Quality Inn Halifax Airport • Hilton Garden Inn Halifax Airport • Holiday Inn Express & Suites Halifax Airport • Laurie Provincial Park • Inn on the Lake

WHAT TO DO

• Golf at New Ashburn Golf Club or Airlane Golf Club • Visit stunning waterfalls such as Phantom Falls or Miller Lake Falls • Explore wooded trails such as the MacDonald Sports Park and the Lake Charles Trail (part of the Trans Canada Trail)

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FACTS

ABOUT THE HALIFAX STANFIELD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT • When travellers need a hand, the Tartan Team is ready to help! Dressed in vests made of Nova Scotia tartan, these volunteers patrol the airport offering information on the airport and Halifax. • There’s nothing like taking a souvenir home after a holiday. Lobster lovers can rejoice thanks to Clearwater Seafood’s airport shop. Located on the main level near the airline check-in counters, this shop offers fresh lobster that can safely be taken as a carry-on! • HSIA is a major tourism gateway. 31% of visitors to Nova Scotia arrive by air.


Bedford partially sits on the Bedford Basin and offers brilliant views of the Halifax harbour from lively DeWolf Park. The area is known for its two popular and family-focused malls (Sunnyside Mall and Bedford Place Mall), the charming Bedford Basin Farmers’ Market and Garden Centre, historic Hemlock Ravine Park and the famous Chickenburger. Bedford is where families are welcomed and charm is plentiful. Sackville contains a growing strip-style commercial development with retail chains, fast food restaurants and services. Aside from this strip, Sackville and its surrounding communities such as Beaver Bank and Kinsac have some fantastic outdoor and sporting areas worth exploring!

EAT & DRINK • • • • • • • • • •

The Chickenburger Chicken Little Ice Cream Il Mercato Finbar’s Irish Pub Izzy’s Bagels The Jumping Bean Freeman’s Little New York Hellas Restaurant The Esquire Beaver Bank Station

SHOP

• Sunnyside Mall – home to famous Pete’s Fine Foods • Bedford Basin Farmers’ Market and Garden Centre • Bedford Place Mall • Growth Spurts Consignment Store

WHAT TO DO

• Enjoy a magical walk through Hemlock Ravine Park • Choose from thousands of board games at the Boardroom Game Café • Stroll the scenic Bedford waterfront • Hike through the Sackville Lakes Provincial Park

CAN’T MISS COMMUNITY EVENTS

• Bedford Days • Sackville Annual Gift and Craft Crawl • Kinsmen Car Show

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DARTMOUTHCOLE HARBOUR

Over the past few years, downtown Dartmouth has grown into a vibrant community with top-notch cafes, gourmet restaurants, chic shops, fabulous lunch spots, unique galleries, and overall plenty of amazing things to do. Often known as the “City of Lakes”, Dartmouth also has fantastic outdoor parks intertwined through its dozens of lakes. Dartmouth also houses Dartmouth Crossing (home of IKEA) and Mic Mac Mall. Hop on the harbour ferry and explore this chic area! Just five minutes past Dartmouth is Cole Harbour, a suburban community best known for being the birthplace of Sidney Crosby, famous hockey player and three-time Stanley Cup champion. Partially sitting on the Atlantic Ocean coastline, this community includes fantastic beaches and trails like the Salt Marsh Trail.

EAT & DRINK

• The Canteen • Two If By Sea (or TIBS, as the locals say!) • Mic Mac Bar & Grill • Portland Street Creperie • The Celtic Corner • Evan’s Fresh Seafoods • Battery Park Beer Bar & Eatery + North Brewing Company • The Watch That Ends The Night • Il Trullo Ristorante • Humble Pie Kitchen • Stone Pizza • The Wooden Monkey • Seventy3 Canadian Fusion

SHOP • • • • • • • • •

Bodega Boutique Hazelnut & Rose Lady Luck Boutique Room 152 Clothing Boutique Alderney Farmers’ Market Mic Mac Mall IKEA Dartmouth Crossing New Scotland Clothing Company

TRAILS WORTH EXPLORING

• Dartmouth Commons walk • Sullivan’s Pond and Lake Banook walk • MacDonald bridge walk • Ferry terminal to ferry terminal waterfront walks • Historic Canal walk • Shubie Park • Salt Marsh Trail

GRAB A SOUVENIR OR GIFT FROM ONE OF THESE DELIGHTFUL SHOPS! • Maryann’s Gifts • Kept Gifts and Housewares • P’lovers • The Trainyard General Store


DOWNTOWN HALIFAX THE HEARTBEAT OF THE REGION

NEW-ISH RESTAURANTS

• Barrington Street Steakhouse & Oyster Bar • Highwayman Restaurant & Bar • Little Oak • Weird Harbour • Lot Six Bar & Restaurant • Gahan House • Antojo Tacos + Tequila

SIGNATURE ATTRACTIONS

• Halifax waterfront boardwalk • Halifax Central Library • Halifax Discovery Centre • Halifax Citadel National Historic Site • Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 • Maritime Museum of the Atlantic • Alexander Keith’s Brewery • Art Gallery of Nova Scotia • Halifax Old Town Clock

SHOPPING HOT SPOTS

• Vintage Row on Queen Street • Historic Properties • Spring Garden Road • Bishop’s Landing • Barrington Street

FREE THINGS TO DO IN DOWNTOWN HALIFAX • Free rollerblading and ice skating at the Emera Oval • Visit the Halifax Public Gardens • Browse the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market • Walk, jog or bike through Point Pleasant Park • Enjoy FREE admission to the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame

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Downtown Halifax is the urban core of the region, complete with hundreds of restaurants, boutique shopping, festivals and events, world-class attractions and highly rated hotels. Downtown Halifax is the go-to tourism hub of the region. Sitting on the beautiful harbour an–attraction in and of itself–is the bustling Halifax boardwalk, one of the longest downtown boardwalks in the world. It offers stunning views, plenty of things to do and places to eat. We can’t wait for you to visit and experience where things happen on the water.

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EASTERN SHORE WHERE NATURE TREKKERS, AVID SURFERS AND ART COLLECTORS GO TO BE INSPIRED Located roughly 45 minutes east of Downtown Halifax, this nature-filled region is known for its scenery, surfing culture, beaches, wildlife and outdoor adventure. Its main attractions are the popular beaches, trails, the 100 Wild Islands and provincial parks. There are also a growing number of B&Bs, cabins, lodges, cottages and inns, offering a unique and cozy accommodation choice outside of the downtown core. The Eastern Shore is where you go to be inspired in nature.

EAT & DRINK

• Harbour Fish & Fries • Uprooted Market & Cafe • Sean’s Café (the BEST view in Halifax to enjoy ice cream!) • The Henley House Pub & Restaurant

BEST BEACHES • • • • • • •

Pleasant Drive Beach Martinique Beach Clam Harbour Beach Sober Island Rock Beach Lawrencetown Beach MacCormack’s Beach Conrad’s Beach

WHERE TO STAY • • • • •

Old Riverside Lodge B&B Salmon River Country Inn Webber’s Lakeside Resort Murphy’s Camping on the Ocean Jeddore Lodge & Cabins

HIKES, BIKES & PADDLES • Musquodoboit Trailway & River • Taylor Head Provincial Park • The Falls in Sheet Harbour General Store Free Wifi Cookhouse Meals

50 minutes East of Halifax

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WHERE OUTDOOR ADVENTURE IS WAITING TO BE DISCOVERED An adventure seeker’s paradise and the largest region in Halifax, this area features trails and waterways for cycling, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, hiking and camping enthusiasts. The picturesque Musquodoboit River is nearly 100 kilometres long and runs through the majority of the area, making it an ideal canoeing and kayaking location! The Musquodoboit Valley has hidden gems waiting to be discovered, plus North America’s largest hummingbird sculpture.

• Atlantic Canada’s largest wooden playground • The largest outdoor hummingbird sculpture in North America • Icelandic Settlement in Markland • Moose River Gold Mines Museum and Provincial Park • Musquodoboit Valley Bicentennial Theatre and Cultural Centre • William Gill painted stage curtain • Meagher’s Grant Community Hall • Carroll’s Corner Community Centre • Musquodoboit Harbour Farmers’ Market • Hoofbeat Hill Stables

FESTIVALS & EVENTS • • • •

Dean Maple Syrup Festival: April 2018 Halifax County Exhibition: August 15 – 18, 2018 50 Mile Route of Yard Sales: September 2018 Rally in the Musquodoboit Valley: October 2018

WHERE TO STAY

• Gowan Brae Bed & Breakfast • Camping at Dollar Lake Provincial Park

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WHERE TRENDY VIBES MEET CHIC RESTAURANTS AND NIGHTLIFE

This region is also filled with history. During the Halifax Explosion (the largest man-made explosion prior to the development of nuclear weapons), the majority of the North End was destroyed. This brought the development of iconic neighbourhoods such as the Hydrostone, which is now a hip market with shops and restaurants.

EAT & DRINK • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Lion & Bright enVie : A Vegan Kitchen The Brooklyn Warehouse Agricola Street Brasserie EDNA Hali Deli Field Guide The Nook on Gottingen Salvatore’s Pizzaiolo Trattoria Studio East Food + Drink Tarek’s Cafe Epicurious Morsels Wild Leek - Food & Juice Bar The Foggy Goggle Chain Yard Urban Cidery

LIVE MUSIC AND NIGHTLIFE • • • •

The Local Menz & Mollyz The Seahorse Tavern Bus Stop Theatre

SHOP

• Sattva Boutique • Makenew Curated Thrift Shop • Penelope’s Boutique • 11 Street Boutique • Studio 14 Gifts & Gallery • Made in the Maritimes • Hermes Gallery • Plan B Co-op • Dean’s Flowers • Lost & Found • Hydrostone Market • Halifax Seed • The Independent Mercantile Co. • Liquid Gold Tasting Bar • Bellissimo • Finer Things Antiques

NORTH END HALIFAX

The North End is a trendy area known for its hipster vibes, up-and-coming restaurant scene, boutique and second-hand shops, colourful houses and lively nightlife. It’s a place that piques curiosity.


PEGGY’S COVE COASTAL REGION The Peggy’s Cove Coastal Region is where you go to relax in nature, with its scenic drives, famous lighthouses, coastal beaches and delicious seafood… top that with picturesque hikes, historic sites and unique attractions. This is where you go to take a moment for yourself. Most prominently, this region is known for its namesake: the Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse. One of the most photographed lighthouses in Canada, even the world, Peggy’s Cove is an iconic Canadian image and one of Halifax’s most popular tourist attractions.

ATTRACTIONS • • • • • • • • • • •

Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse Hatfield Farm Atlantic Playland Peggy of the Cove Museum Acadian Maple Products Hooked Rug Museum of North America Hubbards Barn and Community Park Sambro Island Lighthouse (oldest in North America that still operates) Chebucto Head Lighthouse Sir Sanford Fleming Park and the Dingle Tower York Redoubt National Historic Site

RESTAURANTS • • • • • • • • • • •

Rhubarb Edible Matters Shore Club Lobster Suppers White Sails Bakery & Deli The Finer Diner Acadian Fish & Chips Katch Seafood Shack The Sou’Wester Dee Dee’s Ice Cream Maritime Pasty Co D and Jo’s Country Market

TRAILS AND BEACHES • • • • • • • • • • •

Long Lake Provincial Park Crystal Crescent Beach BLT Rails to Trails The Bluff Wilderness Trail Jerry Lawrence Provincial Park Polly’s Cove Trail Slaughenwhites Cascades Pockwock Falls Bayswater Beach Provincial Park Queensland Beach Provincial Park Fox Point Beach

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WEST END HALIFAX WHERE ECLECTIC SHOPS MEET MILLION DOLLAR VIEWS Just 10 minutes west of Downtown Halifax, the West End is known for its eclectic mix of the young and young at heart. Featuring Quinpool Road and the Armdale area, this region is a mix of rural and urban vibes within one diverse area. Quinpool Road is a shopping and restaurant strip with more than 120 businesses, making it a widespread one-stop-shop. Complete with top-rated tattoo parlors, some of Halifax’s newest restaurants, home decor stores and so much more. The Armdale area or the “Northwest Arm” is a stunning ocean inlet that attracts many kayakers, yachts and sailing enthusiasts. Popular attractions are the Dingle Tower, Armdale Yacht Club and Sir Sanford Fleming Park.

SHOP

• The Halifax Shopping Centre • The Trail Shop • Aerobics First • The Ikebana Shop • Trinity Jewelers • Flower Trends

CAFÉS & BAKERIES

• Dilly Dally Coffee Café • The Lucky Penny Coffee Co. • The Other Bean Café & Sandwich Bar • East Coast Bakery • Anchored Espresso Bar • Sweet Hereafter Cheesecakery

WHAT TO DO

• Roll the Dice Board Game Café • Museum of Natural History • Secord Gallery • Clay Café

EAT & DRINK

• Wasabi House • Bramoso Gourmet Pizzeria • King of Donair • The Ardmore Tea Room • Freeman’s Little New York

THE TITANIC CONNECTION 320 Windsor Street, West End

The Fairview Lawn Cemetery located in the West End is home to over 100 victims of the Titanic.

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This may be why Halifax has one of the highest attendance rates in Canada for meetings and conventions. That, or our fresh, incomparable, delicious seafood we know delegates love. Halifax is the best of both worlds – the perfect balance of city life and outdoor adventure on the edge of it all and we can’t wait to host you! More information on meetings in Halifax, visit discoverhalifaxns.com/meetings

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There is a reason why Halifax is one of Canada’s premier meetings and conventions destinations! Halifax is a vibrant seaport city famous for our warm and welcoming Maritime hospitality and a reputation as one of Canada’s preferred destinations for conferences, conventions, meetings and events. It’s our welcoming nature that sets us apart – our desire and need to ensure your event is spectacular, one of a kind, and leaves your delegates comparing every other conference location to Halifax.

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Join our Diverse Community. We welcome, celebrate and value unique views, ideas, life experiences, and backgrounds. Every year, Halifax attracts thousands of immigrants, expats and Canadians who put down roots in our city.

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Study in our Smart City. Halifax has one of the highest postsecondary education attainment rates in Canada (70% of the workforce has a post-secondary education). Study at one of Halifax’s seven post-secondary institutions for much less than in the US or other Canadian cities.

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Events are at the forefront of our new website, with a teaser feed on the homepage and a comprehensive list which can be viewed three ways: by month, list and day. It is also extremely easy to search and filter by date range, offering you more ways to narrow your search!

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MAPS

Get to know each of Halifax’s nine regions, download our Downtown Halifax map and more. We developed half a dozen maps to help you get around and make the most of your trip.

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Written by locals, this page has categorized itineraries from a “1-Day Date Itinerary” to a “Long Weekend Hiking Itinerary”. All these itineraries can be downloaded as a PDF for easy printing or saving to iBooks.

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Meet Halifax’s nine regions (think New York City’s five boroughs)! Dive into events, activities, things to do and an overview of each region from the Musquoboboit Valley to Peggy’s Cove Coastal Region.

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LISTINGS ACCOMMODATIONS ALT HOTEL HALIFAX STANFIELD AIRPORT 40 Silver Dart Drive, Enfield althotels.ca Modern airport hotel, connected to Halifax Stanfield International Airport. AIRPORT AREA ATLANTICA HOTEL HALIFAX 1980 Robie Street, Halifax AtlanticaHotelHalifax.com Modern hotel in Halifax’s West End overlooking the Halifax Common. WEST END HALIFAX BEST WESTERN PLUS CHOCOLATE LAKE HOTEL 250 St. Margaret’s Bay Road, Halifax Pet-friendly hotel overlooking Chocolate Lake and only 4km from Downtown Halifax. WEST END HALIFAX CAMBRIDGE SUITES HOTEL HALIFAX 1583 Brunswick Street, Halifax cambridgesuiteshalifax.com Chic hotel within a 5-minute walk of restaurants, shops and major attractions. DOWNTOWN HALIFAX COMFORT INN HALIFAX/BEDFORD 560 Bedford Highway, Halifax A quaint hotel just 15 minutes outside of Downtown Halifax located on the Bedford Highway. BEDFORD-SACKVILLE

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DOWNTOWN HALIFAX WEST END HALIFAX NORTH END HALIFAX

BEDFORD-SACKVILLE PEGGY’S COVE COASTAL REGION

COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT HALIFAX DOWNTOWN 5120 Salter Street, Halifax marriott.com/yhzcy Hotel close to the Halifax waterfront, offering spacious rooms, indoor pool, dining and more. DOWNTOWN HALIFAX

EASTERN SHORE DARTMOUTH-COLE HARBOUR AIRPORT AREA

FOUR POINTS BY SHERATON 1496 Hollis Street, Halifax fourpointshalifax.com Hotel that is convenient to popular attractions and corporate offices. DOWNTOWN HALIFAX

DALHOUSIE UNIVERSITY Various locations, Halifax dal.ca/stay Downtown Halifax university offering conference hosting and accommodations. WEST END HALIFAX

FUTURE INNS HALIFAX HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTRE 30 Fairfax Drive, Halifax futureinns.com/index.php/halifax Hotel & Conference Centre in Bedford offering full-service meeting facilities. BEDFORD-SACKVILLE

DELTA HOTELS BY MARRIOTT BARRINGTON 1875 Barrington Street, Halifax www.marriott.com/yhzdb Hotel conveniently connected to Halifax’s top attractions via the city’s pedway system. DOWNTOWN HALIFAX

THE HALLIBURTON HOTEL 5184 Morris Street, Halifax thehalliburton.com Boutique hotel near the historic Halifax waterfront and home to Stories Restaurant. DOWNTOWN HALIFAX

DELTA HOTELS BY MARRIOTT HALIFAX 1990 Barrington Street, Halifax www.marriott.com/yhzhf Hotel featuring Halifax harbour view rooms, spa and more. DOWNTOWN HALIFAX

HALIFAX MARRIOTT HARBOURFRONT 1919 Upper Water Street, Halifax halifaxmarriott.com Hotel boasting luxury rooms, stylish onsite dining and more on the Halifax waterfront. DOWNTOWN HALIFAX

DOUBLETREE BY HILTON HALIFAX DARTMOUTH 101 Wyse Road, Dartmouth doubletree3.hilton.com Hotel offering an ideal location, overlooking the beautiful Halifax harbour. DARTMOUTH-COLE HARBOUR

HAMPTON INN BY HILTON – HALIFAX DOWNTOWN 1960 Brunswick Street, Halifax halifax.hamptoninn.com Hotel with a 16-story property offering views of the Halifax harbour and Halifax Citadel. DOWNTOWN HALIFAX

WELCOME TO THE FUTU RE OF TR AVEL With a prime waterfront location providing direct access to the Halifax boardwalk, the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront offers you a truly exceptional experience. Try the locallyinspired menu at our on-site restaurant, harbourstone sea grill & pour house or enjoy convenient amenities like our indoor pool to make the most of your stay. F O R R E S E R V AT I O N S , C A L L 9 0 2 . 4 2 1 . 1 7 0 0 O R V I S I T H A L I F A X M A R R I O T T. C O M HALIFAX MARRIOTT HARBOURFRONT 1919 UPPER WATER STREET, HALIFAX NS B3J 3J5 1.902.421.1700


HILTON GARDEN INN HALIFAX AIRPORT 200 Pratt and Whitney Drive, Enfield hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com Convenient hotel located minutes from the Halifax Stanfield International Airport. AIRPORT AREA HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES HALIFAX-BEDFORD 980 Parkland Drive, Halifax hiexhalifax.com A stylish hotel just 10-15 minutes outside of Downtown Halifax. BEDFORD-SACKVILLE HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES HOTEL HALIFAX AIRPORT 180 Pratt and Whitney Drive, Enfield ihg.com/holidayinnexpress Cozy hotel is conveniently located near the Halifax Stanfield International Airport. AIRPORT AREA HOLLIS HALIFAX – A DOUBLETREE SUITES BY HILTON 1649 Hollis Street, Halifax thehollis.ca One of Halifax’s newly rebranded and renovated Downtown Halifax hotels. DOWNTOWN HALIFAX HOMEWOOD SUITES BY HILTON HALIFAX DOWNTOWN 1960 Brunswick Street, Halifax Halifax.HomewoodSuites.com Two redbrick towers overlooking the Halifax harbour. DOWNTOWN HALIFAX LARINDA’S LANDING OCEANFRONT COTTAGES 7532 St. Margaret’s Bay Road, Boutiliers Point larindaslanding.com A collection of oceanfront cottages overlooking Head Harbour. PEGGY’S COVE COASTAL REGION LORD NELSON HOTEL & SUITES 1515 South Park Street, Halifax lordnelsonhotel.com Hotel that artfully blends historic charm with urban stylish design. DOWNTOWN HALIFAX OCEANSTONE RESORT AND MEETING PLACE 8650 Peggy’s Cove Road, Indian Harbour oceanstoneresort.com Overlooking a sandy beach, this upscale lodging is minutes from Peggy’s Cove. PEGGY’S COVE COASTAL REGION PRINCE GEORGE HOTEL 1725 Market Street, Halifax princegeorgehotel.com World-class hotel excellence in the heart of Downtown Halifax. DOWNTOWN HALIFAX QUALITY INN & SUITES HALIFAX AIRPORT 60 Sky Boulevard, Goffs airporthotelhalifax.com Minutes from the Halifax Stanfield International Airport and Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum. AIRPORT AREA

RESIDENCE INN BY MARRIOTT 1599 Grafton Street, Halifax residenceinn.com Offering everything you need for a great hotel stay in Downtown Halifax. DOWNTOWN HALIFAX

KARTBAHN RACING 66 Otter Lake Court, Bayers Lake kartbahn.ca Atlantic Canada’s premier indoor karting and laser tag facility. BEDFORD-SACKVILLE

SAINT MARY’S UNIVERSITY CONFERENCE SERVICES 923 Robie Street, Loyola Residence, Halifax smu.ca/conferences Saint Mary’s University offers an ideal setting for all meeting and conference needs. DOWNTOWN HALIFAX

MARITIME MUSEUM OF THE ATLANTIC 1675 Lower Water Street, Halifax maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca The oldest and largest Maritime museum in Canada offering exhibits of the Titanic and Halifax Explosion. DOWNTOWN HALIFAX

WESTIN NOVA SCOTIAN HOTEL 1181 Hollis Street, Halifax thewestinnovascotian.com A premier hotel destination in Downtown Halifax. DOWNTOWN HALIFAX

MEMORY LANE HERITAGE VILLAGE 5435 Clam Harbour Road, Lake Charlotte www.heritagevillage.ca A museum that captures what it was like to live and work in a Nova Scotian rural village from 1940-1950. EASTERN SHORE

WHITE POINT BEACH RESORT 75 White Point Road, White Point whitepoint.com A top family vacation destination in Nova Scotia.

ATTRACTIONS ART GALLERY OF NOVA SCOTIA 1723 Hollis Street, Halifax artgalleryofnovascotia.ca The largest art museum in Atlantic Canada, also home to the Maud Lewis gallery. DOWNTOWN HALIFAX CANADIAN MUSEUM OF IMMIGRATION AT PIER 21 1055 Marginal Road, Halifax pier21.ca Canada’s national museum of immigration. Pier 21 was the gateway to Canada for one million immigrants. DOWNTOWN HALIFAX CAPTURED ESCAPE ROOMS 1684 Barrington Street, Fourth Floor, Halifax capturedescaperooms.com Halifax’s largest escape room business. DOWNTOWN HALIFAX CASINO NOVA SCOTIA 1983 Upper Water Street, Halifax Gaming, entertainment and dining all under one roof! DOWNTOWN HALIFAX DISCOVERY CENTRE 1215 Lower Water Street, Halifax discoverycentre.ns.ca Halifax’s newest attraction, offering fun, hands-on learning experiences. DOWNTOWN HALIFAX HALIFAX CITADEL NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE 5425 Sackville Street, Halifax www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/ns/halifax A star-shaped fortress in the center of Downtown Halifax and one of Halifax’s most popular attractions. DOWNTOWN HALIFAX HAL-CON Halifax hal-con.com Atlantic Canada’s premier sci-fi and gaming convention bringing the best of the geek world to Halifax. DOWNTOWN HALIFAX HATFIELD FARM 1840 Hammonds Plains Road, Hammonds Plains hatfieldfarm.com Farm offering everything from wagon and sleigh rides to corporate events. PEGGY’S COVE COASTAL REGION

SEA DOME 1675 Lower Water Street, Halifax Waterfront seadome.ca A 360° virtual geodesic dome on the Halifax waterfront showcasing short films. DOWNTOWN HALIFAX TIMBER LOUNGE 2710 Agricola Street, Halifax timberlounge.ca The Timber Lounge is a licensed adventure facility offering group axe throwing! NORTH END HALIFAX

FACILITIES AND VENUES ALDERNEY LANDING 2 Ochterloney Street, Dartmouth alderneylanding.com Art gallery, market, theatre and rental facility. DARTMOUTH-COLE HARBOUR

GOLF COURSES GLEN ARBOUR GOLF CLUB 40 Clubhouse Lane, Hammonds Plains www.glenarbour.com A par 72 18-hole and 9-hole par 3 executive course located in Hammonds Plains. BEDFORD-SACKVILLE GRANITE SPRINGS GOLF CLUB 4441 Prospect Road, Bayside granitespringsgolf.com A scenic and challenging golf course located just a short drive from Downtown Halifax. PEGGY’S COVE COASTAL REGION THE LINKS AT BRUNELLO 120 Brunello Boulevard, Timberlea thelinksatbrunello.com A 18-hole golf course, set on 40 acres of natural wetlands just 15 minutes outside of Downtown Halifax. PEGGY’S COVE COASTAL REGION

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES EAST COAST OUTFITTERS 2017 Lower Prospect Road, Halifax eastcoastoutfitters.com A community based eco-tourism operation specializing in guided sea kayaking tours & lessons and equipment rentals. PEGGY’S COVE COASTAL REGION

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HEARTHSTONE INN DARTMOUTH 313 Prince Albert Road, Dartmouth hearthstonehospitality.ca This pet friendly, intimate 54-room hotel offers all the amenities of home when you stay in the City of Lakes. DARTMOUTH-COLE HARBOUR

HALIFAX URBAN ADVENTURES 1521 Lower Water Street, Halifax halifaxcityurbanadventures.com Tour company offering half day kayaking adventures in the Halifax Harbour! DOWNTOWN HALIFAX

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KAYAK HALIFAX INC. 1521 Lower Water Street, Halifax kayakhalifax.com Authentic East Coast experiences offering 2-hour, full day or overnight island adventures! DOWNTOWN HALIFAX

DURTY NELLY’S AUTHENTIC IRISH PUB 1646 Barrington Street, Halifax durtynellys.ca This stylish, popular and traditional pub was built in Ireland then shipped to and assembled in Canada. DOWNTOWN HALIFAX

SHUCK SEAFOOD AND RAW BAR 5120 Salter Street, Halifax shuckseafood.ca Premier seafood destination located on the ground level below premier steakhouse CUT. DOWNTOWN HALIFAX

KATTUK EXPEDITIONS 28 Government Wharf Rd., Fisherman’s Cove kattukexpeditions.com Kayak tour and bike rental company specializing in group events, school programs, team building and exceptional adventures. EASTERN SHORE

EAST OF GRAFTON TAVERN 1580 Argyle Street, Halifax eastofgrafton.com Moody spot with exposed brick walls & leather booths serving wine, cocktails & eclectic fare. DOWNTOWN HALIFAX

SMOKE’S POUTINERIE 5236 Blowers Street, Halifax smokespoutinerie.com A poutinerarie bringing the Quebec classic to Halifax! DOWNTOWN HALIFAX

SCOTIABANK BLUE NOSE MARATHON HALIFAX bluenosemarathon.com Known as ‘the people’s marathon’, this event hosts six running events each spring. DOWNTOWN HALIFAX

RESTAURANTS 2 DOORS DOWN 1533 Barrington Street, Halifax go2doorsdown.com Locally sourced fare from burgers to curries and a long wine list served in a laid-back space. DOWNTOWN HALIFAX ANTOJO TACOS + TEQUILA 1667 Argyle Street, Halifax antojo.ca Mexican street food & tacos restaurant. DOWNTOWN HALIFAX THE BARRINGTON STEAKHOUSE & OYSTER BAR 1662 Barrington Street, Halifax barringtonsteakhouse.ca New steakhouse restaurant and oyster bar. DOWNTOWN HALIFAX

FREEMAN’S L’IL NEW YORKER 6092 Quinpool Road, Halifax freemanspizza.ca A community based eco-tourism operation specializing in guided sea kayaking tours & lessons and equipment rentals. WEST END HALIFAX GAHAN HOUSE HARBOURFRONT 1869 Upper Water Street, Halifax halifax.gahan.ca A waterfront restaurant with a relaxed, unique atmosphere, delicious food, handcrafted ales and great service. DOWNTOWN HALIFAX GIO RESTAURANT 1725 Market Street, Halifax giohalifax.com Stylish restaurant & lounge offering a seasonal menu & sommelier-selected wines. DOWNTOWN HALIFAX GRAFTON CAFÉ BY SCANWAY CATERING 1567 Grafton Steet, Halifax scanwaycatering.com Catering and pastry shop in Downtown Halifax. DOWNTOWN HALIFAX

BISTRO LE COQ 1584 Argyle Street, Halifax Quaint, tin-ceilinged bistro offering French fare along with a wine selection & weekend brunch. DOWNTOWN HALIFAX

HARBOURSTONE SEA GRILL & POUR HOUSE 1919 Upper Water Street, Halifax harbourstonerestaurant.com Hotel eatery sporting contemporary decor featuring locally sourced seafood dishes. DOWNTOWN HALIFAX

BLUENOSE II RESTAURANT 1824 Hollis Street, Halifax bluenoseii.ca Restaurant featuring seafood, steaks and other classic dishes in an easygoing, wood-accented setting. DOWNTOWN HALIFAX

MORRIS EAST 5212 Morris East, Halifax morriseast.com A creative, neighborhood restaurant featuring local, artisanal Nova Scotian products and specializing in pizzas. DOWNTOWN HALIFAX

CAFÉ TAIYAKI 2009 Brunswick Street, Halifax taiyaki52.com Halifax based dessert café that adds a unique taste & experience in today's dessert culture. DOWNTOWN HALIFAX

OBLADEE, A WINE BAR 1600 Barrington Street. Halifax obladee.ca Snug, warmly decorated cafe focusing on wine and small plates including cheese and charcuterie boards. DOWNTOWN HALIFAX

CHIVES CANADIAN BISTRO 1537 Barrington Street, Halifax chives.ca Warm, urban bistro in a historic building with a select, seasonal menu, daily specials and microbrews. DOWNTOWN HALIFAX

THE PRESS GANG 5218 Prince Street, Halifax thepressgang.ca Choice seafood & meat dishes, classic cocktails & weekend live music in a rustic 18th-century space. DOWNTOWN HALIFAX

CUT STEAKHOUSE 5120 Salter Street, Halifax cutsteakhouse.ca Upscale steakhouse with an acclaimed wine list adjoining a casual bistro & bar with a creative menu. DOWNTOWN HALIFAX DILLY DALLY COFFEE CAFÉ 6100 Quinpool Road, Halifax dillydallyeats.com A little licensed coffee shop serving small batch, market to table coffee and food. WEST END HALIFAX

ROLL ON CHIMNEY CAKES 1810 Granville Street, Halifax facebook.com/rollontwochimneycakes A small family owned bakery specialized in making chimney cakes. The first and only in Halifax. DOWNTOWN HALIFAX SAWADEE TEA HOUSE 1871 Granville Street, Halifax sawadeeteahouse.com Over 375 of the world's finest loose-leaf teas sold locally and through sustainable, organic, and fair-trade practices. DOWNTOWN HALIFAX

STORIES RESTAURANT AT THE HALLIBURTON 5184 Morris Street, Halifax storiesdining.com Restaurant with intricately prepared, fivecourse meals and intimate dining rooms. DOWNTOWN HALIFAX STUBBORN GOAT BEER GARDEN 1599 Lower Water Street, Halifax Locally-made beverages and a delicious food menu on a waterfront boardwalk beer garden. DOWNTOWN HALIFAX SUGAH! CONFECTIONARY & ICE CREAM 1479 Lower Water Street, Halifax theuncommongroup.com/pages/sugah Delicious, local confectionary and ice cream crafted by hand on the Halifax Waterfront. DOWNTOWN HALIFAX TEMPO FOOD+DRINK 1875 Barrington Street, Halifax tempofooddrink.com Contemporary, open kitchen eatery situated street side on the busiest corner in Halifax. DOWNTOWN HALIFAX THE CARLETON 1685 Argyle Street, Halifax thecarleton.ca Modern, stone & wood-accented hangout with a patio, upscale pub grub & live music shows. DOWNTOWN HALIFAX THE OLD APOTHECARY BAKERY & CAFE 1549 Barrington Street, Halifax theoldapothecary.com Bakery and cafe offering baked onsite and locally sourced goods. DOWNTOWN HALIFAX THE STUBBORN GOAT GASTROPUB 1579 Grafton Street, Halifax stubborngoat.ca Comfy tavern serving creative tapas, comfort food and craft cocktails. DOWNTOWN HALIFAX WATERFRONT WAREHOUSE 1549 Lower Water Street, Halifax waterfrontwarehouse.ca Overlooking the Halifax waterfront and offering fresh seafood and a large selection of oysters. DOWNTOWN HALIFAX WING’N IT RESTAURANT 4 Forest Hills Parkway, Cole Harbour wingnit.com Restaurant with full menu specializing in chicken wings, offering over 93 different flavours! DARTMOUTH-COLE HARBOUR

SHOPPING AMOS PEWTER LTD. 1521 Lower Water Street, Halifax amospewter.com Pewter products designed and made in our local workshop. DOWNTOWN HALIFAX


CARREFOUR ATLANTIC EMPORIUM 1869 Upper Water Street, Halifax carrefouratlantic.com An eclectic store offering Atlantic Canadian literature, handicrafts, fine art, folk art and more. DOWNTOWN HALIFAX

KARL PENTON GALLERY 1869 Upper Water Street, Halifax kpentonart.com A gallery selling a unique collection of wooden and slate row houses. DOWNTOWN HALIFAX

THE IKEBANA SHOP 6417 Quinpool Road, Halifax theikebanashop.com A retail and workshop dedicated to ikebana – the art of Japanese flower arrangement. WEST END HALIFAX

DARTMOUTH CROSSING 34 Logiealmond Close, Dartmouth dartmouthcrossing.com A shopping hub and home to IKEA. DARTMOUTH-COLE HARBOUR

MIC MAC MALL 21 Mic Mac Boulevard, Dartmouth micmacmall.com Atlantic Canada’s largest shopping mall. DARTMOUTH-COLE HARBOUR

HALIFAX SEAPORT FARMERS’ MARKET Pier 20, 1209 Marginal Road, Halifax halifaxfarmersmarket.com The oldest, continuously operating farmers’ market in North America, with 250+ vendors. DOWNTOWN HALIFAX

NOVASCOTIAN CRYSTAL 5080 George Street, Halifax novascotiancrystal.com Canada’s only maker of mouth-blown, handcut crystal, and one of few in the world. DOWNTOWN HALIFAX

THE PLAID PLACE 1903 Barrington Street, Halifax plaidplace.com A selection of Celtic gifts, jewelry, fashion wear and Highland Dress rentals. DOWNTOWN HALIFAX

HALIFAX SHOPPING CENTRE 7001 Mumford Road, Halifax halifaxshoppingcentre.com Atlantic Canada’s largest multi-building shopping centre. WEST END HALIFAX

PARK LANE MALL 5657 Spring Garden Road, Halifax shopparklane.ca Enjoy the shopping experience, the downtown vibe, and the entertainment in Park Lane DOWNTOWN HALIFAX

INKWELL MODERN HANDMADE 2011 Brunswick Street, Halifax inkwellboutique.ca Gift shop specializing in letterpress and handmade goods. DOWNTOWN HALIFAX

PENELOPE’S BOUTIQUE 5685 Cunard Street, Halifax penelopesboutiquehfx.com Fine consignment apparel, contemporary and vintage clothing for women. NORTH END HALIFAX

ISLAND BEACH CO 1675 Lower Water Street, Halifax islandbeachcompany.com Local clothing and souvenir shop. DOWNTOWN HALIFAX

SCOTIA SQUARE 5201 Duke Street, Halifax scotiasquare.com A mall and centre with shopping, restaurants and amenities connecting the Halifax Pedway. DOWNTOWN HALIFAX

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TOUR OPERATORS ATLANTIC TOURS LIMITED 1 888-937-6183 | atlantictours.com Scheduled and customized group tours in Halifax and beyond. DARTMOUTH-COLE HARBOUR GO NORTH TOURS 1-877-365-2552 | gonorthtours.com Quality tours from Peggy’s Cove to Halifax for small groups focused on the highest customer service and excellence. DOWNTOWN HALIFAX

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THE PORT BY THE NSLC 5485 Clyde Street, Halifax mynslc.com/ThePort A specialty store by the NSLC offering unique product assortments of wine, beer and spirits. DOWNTOWN HALIFAX

At the corner of Barrington and Prince Streets

1684 Barrington St Suite 400 Halifax NS B3J 2A2

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GRAPE ESCAPES NOVA SCOTIA WINE TOURS 1-855-850-WINE (9463) novascotiawinetours.com Providing tours to Nova Scotia’s wine country from Halifax. DOWNTOWN HALIFAX

NORTH END BUSINESS ASSOCIATION 206-2099 Gottingen Street, Halifax gonorthhalifax.ca Connecting businesses and hosting events in the Halifax’s North End. NORTH END HALIFAX

HALIFAX TOUR GUYS 3045 Robie Street, Suite 99, Halifax halifaxcruiseshipshoretours.com Offering a wide range of customized and suggested tours in Halifax and beyond. BEDFORD-SACKVILLE

QUINPOOL ROAD MAINSTREET DISTRICT ASSOCIATION 6139 Quinpool Road, Halifax quinpoolroad.ca Representing more than 120 businesses within the heart of Halifax on Quinpool Road. WEST END HALIFAX

HALIFAX URBAN ADVENTURES 1522 Lower Water Street, Halifax urbanadventures.com Group, kayak and customizable urban tours in Halifax. DOWNTOWN HALIFAX I HEART BIKES 1507 Lower Water Street, Halifax iheartbikeshfx.com A seasonal bicycle tours, bike rentals and retail shop right on the Halifax waterfront. DOWNTOWN HALIFAX LOCAL TASTING TOURS (902) 818-9055 | localtastingtours.com Explore the exciting cuisine and culture which make Halifax such a memorable city. DOWNTOWN HALIFAX SEGWAY NOVA SCOTIA 1521 Lower Water Street (Sands at Salter), Halifax Waterfront segwayns.com Segway tours in Halifax and on the Halifax waterfront. DOWNTOWN HALIFAX

TOURISM & BUSINESS INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION DOWNTOWN DARTMOUTH BUSINESS COMMISSION 163 Portland Street, Dartmouth downtowndartmouth.ca The Commission delivers a wide range of programs to promote growth in downtown Dartmouth. DARTMOUTH-COLE HARBOUR DOWNTOWN HALIFAX BUSINESS COMMISSION 1546 Barrington Street, Halifax downtownhalifax.ca The voice and resource for the businesses located in the central business district of Halifax. DOWNTOWN HALIFAX

WOODS LIMOUSINE SERVICE INC. 1 844-809-1906 | woodslimo.com The largest limousine company in Halifax offering luxury Sedans & Limousine Services. DOWNTOWN HALIFAX WORLD CLASS EXECUTIVE TRANSPORTATION 1-800-565-2777 | nslimo.ca A premier limousine and transportation company based out of Halifax. AIRPORT AREA

THEATRES AND GALLERIES

SPRING GARDEN AREA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION 5670 Spring Garden Road, Halifax springgardenarea.com SGABA represents member businesses and aims to keep the area pleasant and safe. DOWNTOWN HALIFAX

ART GALLERY OF NOVA SCOTIA 1723 Hollis Street, Halifax artgalleryofnovascotia.ca The largest art museum in Atlantic Canada and home to the Maud Lewis Gallery. DOWNTOWN HALIFAX

TRANSPORTATION

SALONS AND SPAS

AMBASSATOURS GRAY LINE 6575 Bayne Street, Halifax ambassatours.com Long-standing tour company chain offering a variety of bus tours throughout Halifax. DOWNTOWN HALIFAX

LIFE SALONSPA – HALIFAX 1592 Barrington Street, Suite 1, Halifax lifesalonspa.com An urban Aveda spa designed to inspire diversity and individuality using environmentally responsible products. DOWNTOWN HALIFAX

AVIS CAR INC. 1717 Grafton Street, Halifax avis.com Reserve your next car rental online with Avis and select from a large selection of vehicles. DOWNTOWN HALIFAX/AIRPORT AREA COACH ATLANTIC TRANSPORTATION GROUP 1161 Hollis Street, Halifax coachatlanticgroup.com Expect excellence from Atlantic Canada’s most diverse transportation and charter group provider. PEGGY’S COVE COASTAL REGION HALIFAX INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AUTHORITY 1 Bell Boulevard, Enfield halifaxstanfield.ca The Halifax Stanfield International Airport is Atlantic Canada’s principal full-service airport. AIRPORT AREA KING’S WHARF WATER TAXI 31 Kings Wharf Place, Dartmouth harbourtaxi.ca Halifax’s only public water taxi servicing areas like Dartmouth, Bedford Basin & McNab’s Island. DARTMOUTH-COLE HARBOUR

THE TEN SPOT 5165 South Street, Halifax thetenspot.com/halifax Full service beauty salon in Downtown Halifax. DOWNTOWN HALIFAX

ENTERTAINERS, MUSIC & SPEAKERS SONIC CONCERTS Halifax sonicconcerts.com Concert producer throughout Atlantic Canada. DOWNTOWN HALIFAX

PRINTING, PUBLISHING & DESIGN SERVICES THE COAST 2309 Maynard Street, Halifax thecoast.ca An independent newspaper and organizer of events like Oyster Fest and Burger Week. NORTH END HALIFAX

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The Official 2018 Halifax Highlights Visitor Guide is provided as a service by Discover Halifax. Discover Halifax is the designated Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) for the Halifax Regional Municipality. Since our inception in 2002, our goal is to promote Halifax as a destination of choice for leisure and business travellers. Every effort has been made to make this publication as accurate as possible. Discover Halifax will assume no responsibility for errors, changes or omissions. Members listed in this publication were members as of March 20, 2018.

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Hal-Con 2018 October 26th–28th

Over 100,000 square feet showcasing the best of pop culture entertainment. Over 250 hours of events and fun crammed into one weekend. Actors, Comic Artists, Guest Q&As, Fan Panels, an Entire Floor of Gaming, Costume Contest, Dance and more! Everyone is welcome!

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MAJOR ATTRACTIONS & VENUES A. Alexander Keith’s Nova Scotia Brewery B. Art Gallery of Nova Scotia C. Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 D. Casino Nova Scotia

I. Halifax Central Library J. Halifax Citadel National Historic Site K. Halifax Convention Centre L. Halifax Public Gardens

P. Museum of Natural History Q. Neptune Theatre R. Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame S. Old Town Clock

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M. Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market

F. Cunard Centre

N. Historic Properties

U. Scotiabank Centre

G. Discovery Centre

O. Maritime Museum of the Atlantic

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H. Government House

T. Province House

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