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The BEST places to go shopping in the Halifax region!

As the fashion capital of Atlantic Canada, Halifax is the most popular shopping destination in the Maritimes. With a variety of malls, boutiques and specialty stores, it’s the perfect place to shop till you drop — and as the seasons change, there’s no better time to get your wardrobe ready for fall!

Here are 5 places to find the top fashions in Halifax:

  1. The Halifax Shopping Centre

The Halifax Shopping Centre is a tried-and-true spot for a shopping spree. With more than 200 stores, it is Atlantic Canada’s largest shopping centre and, since it’s recent renovation, one of the most attractive and convenient complexes in the city. Home to the best name brand stores, you will find everything you need — and more — all under one roof.

  1. City Malls

Halifax is teeming with malls, including Scotia Square Mall, Mic Mac Mall, and Sunnyside Mall. Each house 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, don your best walking shoes, have your credit card ready, and prepare for an East Coast “mall crawl”!

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Photo via Biscuit General Store

  1. Downtown Boutiques

Downtown Halifax is a shopaholics dream. From local treasure troves to carefully curated boutiques, the heart of the city 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, or the Black Market Boutique.

While downtown, take some time to also experience our Top 5 things to do in Halifax.

  1. 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 Make New, Put Me On, Elsie’s Used Clothing and Brilliant Clothing Boutique.

  1. Dartmouth Crossing

Our list of shopping suggestions wouldn’t be complete without this commercial centre. Home to a mix of boutiques, big box stores and outlets, it is a must-visit 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.

Whether you’re looking for an end of season sale or an item from the newest collection, we wish you happy shopping on your next visit to Halifax.

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Vintage shopping photo via Scott Munn
Biscuit General Store photo via Biscuit General
Halifax Shopping Centre photo via Halifax Shopping Centre 

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6 SECRET BARS in Halifax

In the concealed corners of the city, locals and visitors alike can enjoy some of Halifax’s best cocktails, finest brewed beers and creative cuisine. Halifax has underground drinking dens, speakeasies, restaurants hidden down alley ways, on roof-tops, and behind unmarked doors, all waiting to be discovered.

These places may be hard to find, but they’re definitely worth the effort. Here are the best hidden bars in Halifax. Keep your eyes peeled, because they’re all around you—half the fun is finding them!  Continue reading

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5 things you can only do in Halifax in fall

This blog was written by the team at Flight Network 

There’s only one way to beat the back-to-school blues — head to Halifax. The capital city of Nova Scotia truly comes to life in autumn with radiant fall colours, must-visit festivals, seasonal eats, and mild weather that’s ideal for adventuring outdoors.

The team at Flight Network presents these five autumn activities are ones you can only do in Halifax during the city’s most colourful season.

  1. Visit the Halifax Oyster Festival

October is for oyster eating, and there’s no better place to shuck the molluscs than at the annual Halifax Oyster Festival on Oct. 1. The festival is a day-long, all-you-can-eat oyster event with shucking competitions, music, craft beer, wine, and more. The Nova Scotia oyster is known as one of the best in the world, and you can shuck until your fingers hurt at this annual, rain-or-shine event.

  1. Leaf Peep on the Frog Pond Trail

Cape Breton’s Cabot Trail is one of the most popular leaf peeping routes in Nova Scotia, but you don’t have to take the nearly 5-hour drive to see the province’s famous fall colors. Halifax’s Frog Pond Trail offers 1.4 kilometres of trees donned with bright red, yellow, orange, and green leaves.

The popular hiking trail takes roughly 30 minutes to complete, and you’ll want to bring your camera to capture the colours, rare birds, pristine pond waters, and other picture-perfect sights. The family-friendly trail can be found 2.2 kilometres after the intersection of Purcell’s Cove Road and Herring Cove Road at the Sir Sanford Fleming Park.

  1. Shop the Seaport Farmers’ Market

You don’t have to set a Saturday aside for visiting the Seaport Farmers’ Market, because it’s open seven days a week. Known as the best place to purchase fresh local fish and fall produce, the famous farmers’ market is also home to local vendors serving prepared food from around the world, including Turkish, Lebanese, Asian, Italian, and more.

Don’t hesitate to start your holiday shopping at the countless craft vendors at “North America’s Oldest Farmers’ Market”, including Gypsy Road Glass, Silver and Stone, Kudos Signs and Gifts, Osha Mae Soap, Naturally Wood, and dozens of others.

  1. Hike the Haunted Hollow of Hammond Plains

Visit Halifax during the month of October, and you’ll enjoy an especially spooky treat. The hair-raising Haunted Hollow trail winds through an eerie stretch of woods, loaded with scary noises, strange creatures, and wild animals to get you in the Halloween spirit. Ghosts, ghouls, and demons hide behind trees and gravestones, providing suspense and scares that haunt visitors long after they leave. The hike through the woods costs $12 per person and fall is the only time to take part in the fun.

  1. Get on the Water While It’s Warm

September and October are known as some of the most pleasant months in Halifax. Temperatures linger around 10- to 16-degrees Celsius, making outdoor activities more comfortable than in the heat of summer and chill of winter. Kayak Halifax and East Coast Outfitters are two local companies that are eager to help you experience the beauty of Halifax from a different angle — the Atlantic Ocean.

Cruise along the sea with a professional guide, learning about the history of the area, admiring the vibrant colors of fall, and visiting islands and other natural wonders that those who don’t venture off the coast never get a chance to see.

Photo 1: Len Wagg Photography (Kayak)
Photo 3: Scott Munn (Oysters)

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5 Reasons to check out the Atlantic Film Festival

Summer is coming to a close, and fall is right around the corner. But there is no need to be sad – fall is a great time for festivals in Halifax! One of my favourites is the Atlantic Film Festival, which runs this year from September 15-22. There is a ton of variety to suit every taste; here are a few reasons why I love to check out the Atlantic Film Festival:

  1. See your favourite movie stars in a new light

Sure, blockbusters are great but sometimes I tire of explosions and cheesy dialogue and crave a deeper, emotional story and performance. Believe it or not, your favourite celebrities do more than remakes and set box-office records. They also make small-budget, artsy, independent films that most people never hear about.

See some of today’s biggest stars, such as Rachel Weisz, Adam Driver, Kristen Stewart, Marion Cotillard, Kate Winslet, and Michael Fassbender as you have (probably) never seen them before.

2. Get to know local talent before they make it big

The AFF is a wonderful opportunity for Atlantic Canadian filmmakers to share and grow support for their projects. Don’t miss the Sunday Night Gala: Reel East Coast Shorts on September 18 for films by directors from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, PEI and Newfoundland, as well as the much-anticipated “Weirdo”, written by NS playwright, Daniel MacIvor, starring Allan Hawco and Molly Parker.

When these talented locals nab their Oscar noms, you can say you were an early-adopter!

3. View countless fascinating documentaries

With a huge number of docs on varying subjects screening, this is a great opportunity to educate yourself about a fascinating true story. I’m personally looking forward to Theatre of Life and Perfume Wars, but if those aren’t your cup of tea, you can see docs on subjects as varied as the Indian women’s national boxing team, polar bears near the North Pole, and Celtic musician, Ashley MacIsaac.

4. Brush up on local history

I believe the saying is, “in order to know where you’re going, you have to know where you’ve been”. Learn where we have been by viewing films that focus on Atlantic history and traditions. Subjects include Maud Lewis, life in remote outports, small town living in the 1970’s, and a massive offensive by the Newfoundland Regiment in WWI.

5. Enjoy a full East Coast artistic experience

The festival celebrates not only fantastic films, but music too. The Marquee transforms into the Festival Music House Atlantic, featuring concerts by local favourites like the Joel Plaskett Emergency!, Amelia Curran and Paper Lions.

I see the AFF as an opportunity to see films that wouldn’t otherwise come to theatres in the area, or soon-to-be hits before they are more widely released.

Expand your mind this September and check out the Atlantic Film Festival!