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4 ways to fall in LOVE with winter in Halifax

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Halifax and Nova Scotia’s weather can be summed up with one word: moderate.

It is rarely scorching hot or freezing cold, however we are in Canada so it still gets chilly of course! When the fresh snow falls and the air gets crisp, Canadians know that it’s time to make the most of the season.

Here are some fun ideas for enjoying all the BEST of winter in Halifax:

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Top 7 things to do within a 7 minute walk of the NEW Discovery Centre

The Discovery Centre has always been a favourite Halifax attraction for both the young and the young at heart. Now that they’re preparing to move into their new home on the waterfront this February, there’s even more to be excited about.

A new space, new permanent exhibits and displays for kids of all ages; it seems as though everyone is buzzing about this grand opening! Since we all know you’ll be visiting the Discovery Centre, here are 7 other places to visit within a 7 minute walk of this cool, new space:

1. Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
Located just a short stroll down the boardwalk from the Discovery Centre, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic has something for locals and visitors alike. With permanent collections devoted to the Titanic, the Halifax Explosion and Shipwreck Treasures, as well as fascinating pop-up exhibits there’s plenty for everyone to explore!

For hours and admission, visit the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic’s website.

2. Halifax Seaport Farmers Market
Practically a next-door neighbour of the new Discovery Centre, don’t miss a trip to the Seaport Farmers Market. Baked goods, local produce, amazing coffee and a beautiful rooftop patio – this place has it all.

Click here for a list of the market vendors and for the largest selection, visit the market on a Saturday morning.

3. Elements on Hollis
Diagonally across from the Discovery Centre, in the beautiful Westin Nova Scotia, you’ll find Elements on Hollis. With a focus on working with local suppliers, Elements on Hollis helps to support local agriculture – even the wine list features numerous Nova Scotian selections. Feeling hungry? Check out the menu here.

4. Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
Just a few steps down from the Halifax Seaport Farmers Market, the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 will help you learn about the path immigrants took to Canada. You can also use the Scotiabank Family History Centre to help uncover your roots as well – a trip worth taking for the whole family.

5. Garrison Brewing Co.
Need to wet your whistle after exploring the Discovery Centre? Head to Garrison Brewing Co. Across from the Seaport Farmer’s Market, Garrison has a flavor for every taste – and a lovely patio in the summer, too! If you’re bringing the kids along, that’s okay, too: they brew their own craft sodas! The root beer is a personal favourite.

6. I Heart Bikes
Looking to travel just a little bit further? From May through October, I Heart Bikes offers a variety of tours around Halifax and Dartmouth. Looking to explore on your own? No worries – grab a rental and head out!

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7. Murphy’s Cable Wharf Harbour Hopper Tour
If a tour is what you’re looking for, the Harbour Hopper should be your next stop. Open May to October; the interactive tour escorts passengers around the downtown on an amphibious vehicle! One second you’re on the street, and before you know it, you’re cruising on the harbour!

It’s a great way to see the city by land and sea. You can view the complete schedule here.

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Top Halifax Trends for 2017!

While last year will be tough to beat, 2017 is shaping up to be one of Halifax’s biggest and best years yet. There are so many reasons to visit Halifax this year, and we’ve narrowed down to a few must-sees and must-dos of 2017 for visitors and locals alike – we think you’re going to love them!

Restaurants

With more pubs, clubs, and eateries within its borders than most other cities in Canada, it’s no surprise that foodies flock to Halifax. There is always somewhere new to taste, including these delicious dining experiences:

  1. As the winner of the Coast’s Best New Restaurant, Studio East and its Asian fusion dishes have become a fan favourite. If you haven’t visited yet, you don’t know what you’re missing!
  2. Black Sheep is a relative newcomer to Halifax but, with an amazing atmosphere and unforgettable flavours, you’ll be hooked after one bite.
  3. Be one of the first to taste the cozy Italian cuisine of Mappatura Bistro, which just opened in November 2016. You won’t be disappointed!

Activities

Just when you thought that your Halifax bucket list couldn’t get any longer, 2017 brings another year filled with amazing activities, including:

  1. The new Discovery Centre opening in February, featuring STEAM-oriented galleries, an Innovation Lab, a Travelling Exhibits Gallery and an Immersive Dome Theatre.
  2. This year is Canada’s 150th anniversary of confederation and Halifax is the place to be for patriotic Atlantic Canadians. All year long Halifax will celebrate Canada’s Birthday with free admission to Parks Canada sites, and the biggest and best events to date.
  3. 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion. Details on the commemorative event are still pending, but are bound to be an incredible memorial.

Shopping

As the fashion capital of Atlantic Canada, there’s nowhere better to shop until you drop than Halifax. There are plenty of beautiful new boutiques popping up all over the city, including these shops:

  1. For trendy and versatile apparel and accessories for men and women, 11 Street Boutique is a great spot to find everything you’re looking for and more!
  2. If you enjoy style, while being socially responsible, SattVa Boutique is the perfect place for you. We have no doubt that you’ll leave looking and feeling
  3. Coined the retailer for “It Girls” everywhere, Alexa Pope is a must for fashionistas in the city. From casual to glamorous, you’ll always find the right look.

Fitness

New year, new goals, new workouts! New Year’s fitness resolutions are much easier to keep if you’re having fun, so this year our must-try fitness routines are all about the exercise and the experience.

  1. Halifax’s boutique fitness studios, such as Rio Pilates & Yoga Studio and Cyclone Fitness, are all about variety. Workout and try something new with a class you’ve never taken before.
  2. There’s nothing like tapping, pirouetting or twirling yourself in shape. Halifax Dance offers drop-in classes for adults that will leave you sweaty and happy!
  3. This year, take your fitness to the great outdoors with one of the many outdoor yoga classes around the city, such as classes at Point Pleasant Park or at Bishops Landing.

Events

If you are itching to fill your new calendar, look no further! 2017 is full of events you won’t want to miss, including our favourites:

  1. The Rendez-vous 2017 Tall Shipd Regatta will return to Halifax this summer! Additional information will be available in the coming months but prepare for lots of excitement on the waterfront.
  2. Canada Day is always a blast, but with Canada 150 it is going to be the biggest free event of the entire year and we can’t wait!
  3. This year the Halifax Seaport Beerfest will celebrate their 11th year of Beer on the Pier. With lots of local brews, what better way to quench your thirst this summer?

Feeling inspired to visit Halifax in 2017? Find out more about Nova Scotia’s capital city from Destination Halifax!

 

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Top 5 LATE NIGHT eats in Halifax

If you’ve ever watched the show ‘How I Met Your Mother,’ you’ll remember Ted Moseby reflecting on the words of his mother: ‘nothing good happens after 2am.’ While we’ve probably all had a moment where we should have just called it a night and gone to bed… when it comes to tracking down a snack after hours, I have no regrets. There’s just something about digging into salty, greasy comfort food at 2am that makes everything feel right with the world.

Here are some of my favourite late night snacks in Halifax:

1. Willy’s Poutine
Location:
5239 Blowers St., Halifax

Poutine is an essential late night stop, and Willy’s is the original. I always go for the poutine, but Willy’s also has burgers and cheesesteak, so step right up to the window and place your order!

Nom poutine with stuffing. 😋 #newfiepoutine #vegetarianpoutine #willysfreshcut #willyspoutine

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2. Sicilian Pizza Location: 5245 Blowers St., Halifax Sometimes a slice of pizza the size of your head is just what the doctor ordered. I love grabbing a fresh slice of pepperoni with donair sauce on the top. A little messy, but it’s the perfect treat.

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3. Mezza Lebanese Kitchen
Location: 1558 Barrington St., Halifax

If you’re looking to end your night with some delicious Lebanese flavour, head to Mezza Lebanese Kitchen. Wraps, pizza and plates are all great suggestions, but my favourite selection is the chicken shawarma wrap – don’t forget the pickled turnip!

Roadtrip food! Thanks dad. 😄 #mezza #vegan #nsvegan

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 4. Johnny K’s Authentic Donairs Location: 5246 Blowers St., Halifax Halifax is known for its top-notch donairs and Johnny K’s is no exception! If you’re travelling with a crowd that has diverse dietary needs Johnny K’s even has a vegan option that I’ve heard is delicious!

5. Burrito Jax
Location: 5215 Blowers St., Halifax

Looking to spice things up? Head to Burrito Jax. I’ve had pretty much everything on this menu (and not just late at night!), and you really can’t go wrong. If you’re not sure if you want to tackle a burrito, I suggest the quesadilla with pulled pork as an alternative!

Lunch is served 😍

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