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Halifax is one of the best little cities in the country and while you're here, our home is your home. You'll find some good guides at destinationhalifax.com and novascotia.com but we'd also like to suggest some of our own favourites.

performing arts

It's always worth checking out Dalhousie Arts Centre (6101 University Ave). A beautiful space to take in music and dance. It's also home to Symphony Nova Scotia. 902-494-3820 toll free at 1-800-874-1669 Box Office open Mon-Sat from Noon-6pm

www.artscentre.dal.ca/

Neptune Theatre (1593 Argyle St). The site has been home to excellent live theatre since 1915. 902-429-7070. Box office open Mon-Fri 9am-5pmClosed on Sat & Sun

www.neptunetheatre.com/

galleries

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (AGNS)(1723 Hollis St), our big provincial art museum. 902-424-7359

gallery hours:
  • Monday-Closed
  • Tuesday 10am-5pm
  • Wed 10am-5pm
  • Thursday 10am-9pm
  • Friday 10am-5pm
  • Saturday 10am-5pm
  • Sunday 10am-5pm
  • Adult $12 Senior (age 60+) $10 Student (with ID) $7 Family (max. 2 adults & 3 youths) $30 Youth (age 6-17) $5 Child (age 5 & under) free

www.artgalleryofnovascotia.ca/en/landing/default.aspx

Seeds (1099 Marginal Rd Suite 116). Located on the downtown campus of Nova Scotia College of Art & Design, this space showcases work from students and alumni. 902-494-8301. Wed-Fri 11am-5pm Sat-Sun 10am-4pm Mon-Tue Closed

www.nscad.ca/en/home/shopsandservices/seedsgallery/default.aspx

Some of our other favourites for contemporary work are Studio 21(1223 Lower Water St), FRED(2606 Agricola St) and Page & Strange(1869 Granville St).

Studio 21: www.studio21.ca 902-420-1852 Tue-Fri 11am-6pm Sat 10am-5pm Sun 12-5

Fred: www.fredsalon.ca 902-423-5400

Page & Strange: www.pageandstrange.com 902-422-8995 Mon-Fri 10am-5pm Sat 11am-5pm Sun-5 by appointment

Museums

Rich in history, you can expect great museums in Halifax. Some of the best are Pier 21(1055 Marginal Rd) and Maritime Museum of the Atlantic(1675 Lower Water St).

Pier 21: www.pier21.ca 902-425-7770 or toll free at 1-855-526-4721

  • May 1 to October 31 OPEN: Seven days a week; 9:30am to 5:30pm
  • Month of November OPEN: Seven days a week; 9:30am to 5:00pm
  • December 1 to February 28 OPEN: Tuesday to Saturday; 10:00am to 5:00pm CLOSED: Sunday and Monday Holiday Hours: Closed December 25 & 26 and January 1
  • March 1 to March 31 OPEN: Tuesday to Saturday; 10:00am to 5:00pm CLOSED: Sunday except for Sunday March 6 and 13, open for spring break CLOSED: Monday
  • April 1 to April 30 OPEN: Monday to Saturday; 10:00am to 5:00pm CLOSED: Sunday Holiday Hours: Closed on Good Friday.
  • Adult $8.60
  • Senior (60 years and over) $7.60
  • Children (7 – 16 years of age) $5.00
  • Children (6 and under) FREE
  • Family Rate (2 adults/3 children) $22.00
  • Student Rate (with valid ID) $6.00

The Museum of Natural History (1747 Summer St) is a natural for kids. Step into the forest, dive under the sea, and travel around the world when you visit the Museum of Natural History. Home to a number of animals from around the province, one of the only Science on a Sphere projection units in Canada as well as galleries dedicated to Mi'kmaq artifacts and Acadian archaeological discoveries showcase Nova Scotia's rich culture. Don't forget to say hello to the museums resident 90-year-old Gopher Tortoise, Gus. nature.museum.gov.ns.ca

Woozles (1533 Birmingham St) is Canada's oldest Children's bookstore. They know kids and they welcome them. Find books, toys and inspiration. www.woozles.com

Mon-Thu, Sat 9:30am-5:30pm Friday 9:30am-9pm Sunday 11am-5pm

Maritime Museum of the Atlantic:

museum.gov.ns.ca/mmanew/en/home/default.aspx 902-424-7490

November 1 - April 30May 1 - October 31
MondayClosed9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Tuesday9:30 am - 8:00 pm9:30 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday9:30 am - 5:00 pm9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Thursday9:30 am - 5:00 pm9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Friday9:30 am - 5:00 pm9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday9:30 am - 5:00 pm9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Sunday1:00 pm - 5:00 pm9:30 am - 5:30 pm

Admission Prices 2010 - 11
May 1 - Oct 31Nov 1 - April 30
Adult$8.75$4.75
Senior 65 + $7.75$4.00
Youth 6 - 17$4.75$2.75
Child 5 and underFreeFree
Family Youth under 17 + 2 adults$22.50$11.00

dining

While we offer great food at Canvas, there is a lot to choose from. And a lot of it is very close to the hotel.

Bluenose II(1824 Hollis St 425-5092) - the diner, not the schooner. A long-time favourite, it's a throwback to the authentic diner-style menu that features the hot hamburger sandwich, clams & chips, even liver and onions. **Bluenose has no website**

Gio (1725 Market St 425-1987) in the Prince George Hotel offers exquisite, critically acclaimed dining. 902-425-1987 Lunch-Weekdays 11:30am-5pm Dinner-Nightly 5pm-11pm

www.giohalifax.com/

Morris East(5212 Morris St) is a hip little place with wood-fired pizza. Check out Cha Baa(1546 Queen St 406-3008) for Thai, and Dharma Sushi (1576 Argyle St) for, you guessed it, sushi.

Morris East: www.morriseast.com/ 902-444-7663 lunch: Tues-Sat 11.30am-2.30pm happy hour:Nightly from 5pm-6pm dinner: Tues-Thurs & Sun 5.00pm – 9.00pm Fri-Sat 5.00pm – 10.00pm no reservations closed Mondays

Dharma Sushi: www.dharmasushi.com/ 902-425-7785 Open daily 11:45pm-9:30pm

tourist traps

Let's face it, some places are a magnet for tourists because they are, in fact, really great.

Found at the waterfront on Lower Water St, the Harbour Hopper is a fun way to see the city.. Drop your pretentions and go along for the ride. 902-490-8687

Adults: $ 25.99
Seniors: $ 23.99
Children 6-15:$ 14.99
Infant-5:$ 8.99
Family Rate: $ 70.99 (2 Adults, 2 Children - Additional children $9.99)

Peggy's Cove. If you've never seen it, do. If you've seen it before, do it again. And please obey the signs that say don't go too near the waves. This awesome stretch of the Atlantic coastline deserves respect.

Keith's Brewery Tour (1496 Lower Water St). It would be fun even without the beer.

www.keiths.ca/ Adult $15.95 Senior $13.95 Youth $7.95 Family (2 adults, 3 youth) $41.95 Group $13.95 Military $13.95 Spring (May 1-31) Fri 5pm-8pm Sat 12pm-8pm Sun 12pm-5pm Summer (Jun 1- Oct 31) Mon-Sat 12pm-8pm

Sun 12pm-5pm Winter (Nov 1-Apr 30) Fri 5pm-8pm Sat 12pm-8pm Sun 12pm-5pm

outdoor adventure

As much as we love Halifax, one of our favourite things about being here is how easy it is to get out of the city. You don't have to travel far to hit a beach or find an amazing hike.

Lawrencetown Beach has year round surfing. There are a number of places to rent equipment, including Happy Dude's Surf Emporium (4891 Highway 207) and the If Only Surf Shop (1300 Queen St) right downtown.

Happy Dude's: www.happydudes.ca/happy-dudes.htm 902-827-4962 Open daily at 9am-dark

If Only Surf Shop: www.ifonlysurfshop.com/ 902.405.3223

Store Hours:
Mon 1:00pm – 7:00pm
Tues & Wed 10:30am – 7:00pm
Thur & Fri 10:30am – 8:00pm
Sat 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sun Closed

For a good surf site, visit scotiasurfer.com

If you're heading toward the South Shore, East Coast Outfitters (2017 Lower Prospect Rd) will fit you out with a kayak and lessons. www.eastcoastoutfitters.com/ 902-852-2567 or toll free at 1-877-852-2567

I Heart Bikes is Halifax's premier bicycle rental service. We offer our customers the opportunity to experience the best the city has to offer through five carefully crafted routes. Each route brings together different aspects (nature, food, architecture, art, history) of the city fully integrating cycling, walking, dining and sightseeing.

For more details on I Heart Bikes visit www.iheartbikeshfx.com

bars

We've heard that Halifax has more bars per capita than any city in Canada. We don't know if it's true. We just know our favourites.

Tom's Little Havana (5428 Doyle St) A hang out for the local scholars and hipsters. Get ready for interesting conversations. 902-423-8667

Reflections (5184 Sackville St). LBGT and proud of it. The best house music in town continues after hours. www.reflectionscabaret.com/ 902-422-2957 Happy Hour 10pm-1am Open until 3:30am $7 cover charge before 1am, $9 after 1am

The Old Triangle (5136 Prince St). This Celtic pub fills up with an after-work crowd and continues into the wee hours with a kitchen party atmosphere. www.oldtriangle.com/ 902-492-4900

Sunday 11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Monday 11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Tuesday 11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
Wednesday 11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
Thursday 11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Friday 11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Saturday 11:00 AM - 2:00 AM

The Bitter End (1572 Argyle St). Chill and stylish. Attracts the well groomed and the wildly original. www.bitterend.ca/ 902-425-3039

The Lower Deck (1869 Upper Water St). A guaranteed good time on the waterfront. www.lowerdeck.ca/ 902-425-1501

Lots of others. Many bars have live music. So please, wander around. We're pretty sure Halifax has more musicians per capita than any city in Canada.

cafés

Every town worth it's salt has their favourite cafes where you find the locals. In our town, it's Steve-O-Renos (just across the street from the hotel), Just Us café, The Wired Monk, and Java Blend, where the family has been roasting coffee on site since 1938.

Steve-O-Reno's: 902-429-3034 Open Mon-Sat 7:30am-6pm Sun 8am-6pm

Just Us Café: 1678 Barrington St 902-422-5651 www.justuscoffee.com

The Wired Monk: 5147 Morris St 902-422-2219 www.wiredmonk.com

Java Blend: 6027 North St 902-423-6944 Monday to Friday, 6:30am to 6pm Saturday, 7:30am to 5pm

live venues

Have we mentioned music yet? Walk through any neighbourhood in Halifax and hear bands practicing in what seems like every basement. You can catch them after rehearsal at venues such as The Carleton (1685 Argyle St), and The Seahorse (1665 Argyle St).

The Carleton: 902-422-6335 Open Mon-Sat 11:30am-2am Sun 12pm-2am

The Seahorse: 902-423-7200

festivals and events

There's pretty much always something going on. Some of the best are Halifax Pop Explosion, Atlantic Film Festival, and Nocturne: Art at Night.

For a longer list, check out: destinationhalifax.com/visitors/festivals-events

people watching

Ahh. The best free fun you can have. Some of the best look-outs are Halifax Public Gardens, Point Pleasant Park, and right around the corner from the hotel, Spring Garden Road.

shopping

There's lots of good stuff out there.

Farmer's Market (1496 Lower Water St). Housed in a striking new LEED-rated building in the Seaport district, it offers the best of the locally-made and locally grown. www.halifaxfarmersmarket.com/

  • Saturday Farmers' Market : 7am-4pm
  • Sunday Farmers' Market : 8am-4pm
  • Wednesday Farmers' Market : 10am-6pm
  • Friday International and Farmers' Market : 10am-6pm

John David Shoes (Park Lane Mall-Spring Garden Rd) has established a unique niche as Halifax's specialist in fashion footwear for women of all ages. 902-422-8466

When you're looking for exclusive brands, superior quality and an unforgettable shopping experience, Dugger's (5476 Spring Garden Rd) on Spring Garden Road is your destination. www.duggersfashion.com/ 902-425-2525

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 9:30am - 5:30pm
  • Thursday, Friday 9:30am - 9:00pm
  • Saturday 9:30am - 5:30pm

Biscuit General Store (1661 Argyle St). Funky and fab apparel and gifts. 902-425-5436 Open Mon. – Wed. 11 – 7 Thurs. – Sat. 11 – 8 Sun 12 – 5

The Hydrostone Market. Nice shopping and a bit of history. www.hydrostonemarket.ca/

Attica (1566 Barrington St). Furniture and home d├ęcor for stylish urban living. www.attica.ca/

Elsie's (1530 Queen St). Used clothing looking for true love.

oddities

If they sound a little strange, they are.

The Halifax Ghost Walk. Meet dead people.

The Freak Lunchbox (1723 Barrington St) A candy store of Willy Wonka proportions! 902-420-9151 www.freaklunchbox.com Summer (Apr 1 - Sept 5) Mon - Sat 9am - 10pm Sun 11am - 7pm

Winter (Sept 6- Mar 31st) Mon - Sat 10am - 9pm Sun 12pm - 6pm

Carbonstok (1235 Barrington St) Looking for a clock made out of bicycle chain? Maybe a Buddha piggy bank? You'll find it here. 902-404-7288 Sun noon to 5pm Mon to Wed 10am - 6pm Thur & Fri 10am - 9pm Sat 9am - 5pm www.theuncommongroup.com/v/carbonstok_about.asp

fitness

Beyond our Fitness Studio, explore

Moshka Hot Yoga (1512 Dresden Row). Or hot pilates and dance at Studio in Essence (1717 Barrington St).

If you're looking for a full workout then choose to pump iron at the YMCA (1565 South Park St). Give the old college try at the Tower (920 Tower Rd) or Dalplex (6260 South St)

Do you like getting wet? Throw on your speedo or bikini and take a dip in the Olympic sized pool at Centennial Pool (1970 Gottingen St).

www.mokshayogahalifax.com/ 902-420-0888

www.studioinessence.com 902-405-5500

www.ymcahrm.ns.ca 902-423-9709 Mon-Fri 5am-10pm Sat-Sun 7am-8pm

www.smu.ca/athletics/tower-memberships.html 902-420-5555 Day Pass: $7.83 + hst Mon - Fri: 6:00 am - 10:30 pm Sat, Sun & Holidays: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm

July to August Hours: Mon - Fri: 6 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sat, Sun & Holidays: 8 - 5 p.m.

www.athletics.dal.ca 902-494-3372

Monday-Friday 6:00am-10:30pm
Saturday 7:00am-9:00pm
Sunday 9:00am-10:30pm

And then there's Halifax Parkour. Free and welcoming to all, it's a fitness phenomenon inspired by the city itself. www.halifaxparkour.blogspot.com/