There is so much to see and do when traveling throughout Atlantic Canada. It can be difficult to see everything in a short amount of time. With the East coast provinces and cities being so close together it becomes easy to see more in a short amount of time, but that means you have less time in each place. Halifax is one of my favorite Maritime cities, not to mention it is in a central location in the heart of Nova Scotia, close to New Brunswick, and close to the gateways for Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland. I visit Halifax as often as I can. I often fly out of Halifax when I travel internationally. Most times I am traveling through Halifax to my next destination. With many of my friends residing in Halifax, I get to experience Halifax differently each time I visit. Every time I visit Halifax I fall more in love with the city. I like it so much I would live there.
If ever you are passing through Halifax and you don’t have much time to stay in the city here is a list of my favorite (and best) things to do in the city in two days:
1. Stay at any one of the many excellent downtown hotels like the Delta Barrington for example (where men in kilts park your car and where valet parking is the same price as self parking). Staying downtown makes it convenient to see more of Halifax in less time, while not having to drive anywhere. I always book my hotel on Priceline (you can bid on hotels too) and get excellent deals in the city.
2. Tour Citadel Hill National Historic Site of Canada to see the Changing of the Guards, noon gun fire demonstration, to learn about the history of the city’s role as a British and Canadian naval base, or take any of their guided tours including their unique Ghost Tour.
3. Walk around Halifax’s waterfront, harbour, and seaport to take in the local sights, sounds, and flavours (fresh seafood anyone?…yum!).
4. Shop at the Halifax Seaport Farmers Market. I love browsing the local booths to sample a variety of ethnic foods (mmmmm samosas), buy fresh produce (Annapolis Valley apples), and examine the unique vendors that have a multitude of handmade arts and crafts. I love the one of a kind jewelry and homemade all natural body products that I find there.
5. Enjoy dinner at the Split Crow. I had a Crow classic: beer battered fish and chips. The #1 voted Celtic band in the world American Rogues was playing while I was eating. The Celtic heritage is alive and thriving in Nova Scotia.
6. After dinner listen to live music at the Lower Deck. Their motto is “where the music flows freely”. The band Pogey was playing during my visit. They sing a lot of traditional seafaring songs including the classic: Farewell to Nova Scotia.
7. Have breakfast at the Bluenose restaurant. The traditional breakfast special (2 eggs, bacon/sausage, hash browns, and toast) is always hot and served fresh to order. Breakfast is also available all day for those late risers, not to mention the breakfast is priced well at $7.
8. Walk around downtown Halifax. Relish in Halifax’s many parks, walking trails, malls, and shops (including a really cool consignment shop called Crimson Clover Boutique for those ladies who love to shop for brand name clothes but don’t want to pay full price).
9. Enjoy a fine coffee or tea at Uncommon Ground. I loved their double iced café mocha! All of their food and drink specialities are hand crafted in Nova Scotia using local and sustainable ingredients.
10. Have lunch at the Hart & Thistle Gastro Pub with the perfect view overlooking the Halifax waterfront. You can see straight across the harbour to the Dartmouth, Nova Scotia side. I fell in love with their bocconcini salad.
Halifax has so much to offer. You don`t have to see and do everything in one stop. There is always more to see and try the next time you are traveling through. That`s what I enjoy the most about the city…I never run out of things to do or see when I am visiting. Each visit is unlike the former. I can`t wait until my next visit. Next time I would like to try the free `Yoga in the Park` that happens weekly at Point Pleasant Park, Tour Site 10, which was started by my good friend from EcoYogini [check out her blog].
See you in Halifax!