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Jessica is a marketing and communications gal based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with a love of travelling both locally and beyond. Born and raised in the East Coast, she can’t get enough of exploring her Maritime home. From the culture and the cuisine to the beautiful coastline and regional recreation, she loves finding the next hidden gem - and sharing them with friends! She is also the owner of Wedding Whisper, a wedding planning and coordinating company dedicated to making your day go your way! For wedding inquiries, please contact her at wedwhisperer@gmail.com.
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Halifax’s AMAZING LGBTQ+ Friendly Wedding Venues

Planning the perfect wedding can be stressful, but finding the perfect place for you and your partner to say “I do!” doesn’t have to be! Nova Scotia has long been hailed as an international LGBTQ-friendly destination and is home to a variety of wedding venues.

Whether you’ve been dreaming of a church wedding, a more casual setting, or somewhere in between, we’ve compiled a list of our favourite places to plan your nuptials. Continue reading

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TOP Walking Tours In Halifax

Of all the ways to truly explore a city, there’s nothing like a walking tour—and Halifax is no exception. Taking to the streets with a guide gives you the chance to see landmarks with rich history, listen to authentic tales, and discover hidden gems in just a few hours.

So, on your next trip to Halifax, try out one of these walking tours:

1. Halifax Free Walking Tours

If you want to discover Downtown Halifax, this is the tour for you! In just 1.5 hours, your tour guide will take you from the top of the Citadel Hill, through the iconic parts of the city, to the beautiful waterfront. Throughout the trip, you’ll learn the historical, cultural, political, and military significance of Halifax’s top landmarks, as well as more modern locales.

Interested? Simply meet your tour guide at the pedestrian entrance to the Halifax Citadel on the observation deck right above the Town Clock.
Schedule:
June into September 5th—Monday-Sunday at 10:00 am and 3:00 pm.
September 5th into November—Tours organized by booking through e-mail.
Price: By Donation

2. Local Tasting Tours

Since Halifax is known for its delicious dining, you simply can’t miss this tasty tour—a terrific way to check out Halifax’s culinary delights. With five unique tours to choose from, you’ll get a taste of some of the best restaurants and breweries in the city, while gaining an inside look into the minds and kitchens of local chefs.

Interested? All you have to do is book your tour online at the following link.
Schedule:
Downtown Halifax Tour—Sunday, Monday and Tuesday at 1:30 pm
Somo Downtown Tour—Wednesday and Thursday at 1:30 pm
North End Food Walk Around Tour—Friday and Saturday at 1:30 pm
Quinpool Road Tour—Wednesday and Thursday Evening at 7:00 pm
Night Out in Halifax Tour—Friday and Saturday Evening at 6:00 pm
Price: Price varies by tour, ranging from $40-60.

3. Halifax Literary Walking Tour

Halifax’s literary history comes alive in this virtual walking tour highlighting famous authors, publishers, bookstores and libraries throughout the city. By setting out of this walking tour, you’ll see Halifax as never before—through the eyes of Canada’s celebrated authors and world literary greats! Best of all, this tour is absolutely free!

Interested? Visit the following link for more information, including your walking tour map.
Schedule: At your leisure
Price: Free

4. The Halifax Ghost Walk

Want to hear about the spooky side of Halifax history? Then join the Halifax Ghost Walk (if you dare!). On this two hour tour, you’ll learn fascinating facts about the city’s most eerie sites, troubled spirits and odd occurrences—including famously haunted buildings.

Interested? Simply meet at the Old Town Clock.
Schedule: June to October at 8:30 pm on scheduled nights as shown at the following link.
Price: $15 per person (children under 9 free; $10 for seniors at youth 9-12)

Do you have a favorite walking tour in the city? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter. If you’re looking for even more ways to discover the best of Halifax, check out our Top 10 Guided Tours in Halifax.

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Unique Nightlife In Halifax

With the highest number of bars per capita in Canada, it’s no surprise that Halifax is known for its nightlife. But with so many amazing atmospheres to choose from deciding where to party can be overwhelming. But have no fear, from old favourites to new places, we’ve compiled a list of the most unique nightlife in the city.

1. Murphy’s Party Cruises
Location: Lower Water Street, Halifax (Along the Halifax Waterfront)

There’s no better way to truly let loose in our port city than by taking your party to the open water. And, whether it’s a country cruise with FX 101.9 or Hot Country 103.5, an open deck dance party on the Tall Ship Silva, a live band on the Harbour Queen, or a Moonlit sail, there’s no better way to do so than with Murphy’s Party Cruises—rocking the waters every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night in the summer!

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2. Timber Lounge
Location: 2712 Agricola Street, Halifax

The Timber Lounge isn’t your typical night out! It’s a restaurant, bar, music venue, the city’s premier indoor axe throwing facility, and the perfect place to unleash your inner lumberjack. So, grab your friends, throw on some plaid, and take aim for that bullseye! We promise it’ll be a night to remember.

🎯 🍁 Bullseye 😏🎯

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 3, Cosmic Bingo Location: 2901 Windsor Street, Halifax (The Halifax Forum) Bingo is no longer your grandmother’s game thanks to Cosmic Bingo at the Halifax Forum. Every Saturday night, the quiet bingo hall transforms into a lively party complete with music, strobe lights, drinks, and late-night snacks, giving a new twist on an old game.

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4. Pong Social Club
Location: 1741 Grafton Street, 2nd Floor, Halifax

Try your hand at table tennis at Halifax’s newest night club. Patrons of this new 5,000 square foot facility can enjoy punny snacks (Pongcorn, Top Spin sliders, Pongos AKA Pogos), sample a sweet selection of drinks, and play a round of ping pong—what more could you ask for?

So many balls… Everywhere. #pingpong #predrinks #coworkers

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5. Yuk Yuk’s Halifax Comedy Club Location: 1181 Hollis Street, Halifax (In The Westin Nova Scotia) There’s nothing like a good laugh on a night out and at Yuk Yuks, Canada’s National Stand-Up Comedy Club, you’re guaranteed one. With new comedians hitting the stage every week and a drink in hand, you’ll be cracking up all night long.

6. Superstar KTV Karaoke Halifax
Location: 2099 Gottigen Street, Halifax

Impress your friends by showing off your singing skills in your very own karaoke room! With over 120,000 songs, flowing drinks, and your turn at the mic, you’ll love letting out your inner superstar until the wee hours of the morning.

Ya, we have fun. #karaoke

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7. Halifax Golfzon Location: 3200 Kempt Road, Halifax Grab your buddies, your golf clubs, and prepare for a good time at this indoor golf centre & lounge, outfitted with four world class golf simulators that feature 170 of the world’s top golf courses and a driving range with swing analysis. Whether you’re a beginner to the game or a golf pro, you’ll love teeing off while enjoying a drink and late-night snack.

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8. Noble
Location: 1563 Barrington Street, Halifax (Beneath The Middle Spoon Desserterie & Bar)

You would never know when entering The Middle Spoon that hidden beneath is the speakeasy-style bar, Noble. All you have do is say the secret password! Intrigued? Sign up for the weekly password here, tell it to your bartender or wait staff the next time you’re at The Middle Spoon, and be lead to one of the city’s best-kept secrets.

Let us know your favourite way to spend a night out in Halifax on Facebook or Twitter.

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Fishing in Halifax – everything you need to know!

With 7,600km of coastline, 6,700 lakes, and 100 rivers, the waters of Nova Scotia offer some of the best fishing on the east coast. From casting a line on the shoreline for bass, perch, trout, and mackerel, to setting sail on a deep sea fishing adventure for cod, haddock, wolffish, and Boston bluefish, the Halifax area offers fishing opportunities for all skill levels.

Whether you’re introducing your children to fishing for the first time or you’re a life-long angler, here is everything you need to know about fishing in Halifax.

What You Need:

Having the right gear can make the difference between a good day and a great one when you’re out on the water. Don’t forget the following:

Required:

  • Fishing License
  • Fishing Rod & Reel
  • Lure/Bait & Hook
  • Extra Line
  • Net

Optional:

  • Fishing Basket

New anglers can take advantage of the Tackle Share Program, which allows visitors to borrow fishing equipment at no charge at six provincial parks across the province, including Laurie Provincial Park, just minutes from downtown Halifax.

Learning to Fish:

New to fishing? Don’t worry! Get started with these local programs:

Learn to Fish
This interactive program teaches children the basics of sport fishing, along with ethics and environmental stewardship.

Becoming an Outdoors-Woman
This program is a great opportunity for anyone 18 years or older to learn a variety of outdoors skills, including fishing.

Where to Fish:

Halifax has many places to fish and opportunities to fish all year round. Fishing can be done from the shore at one of the many rivers or lakes, from the wharf on the Halifax Harbour, by boat in the deep sea, or on ice in the winter.

Reel in even more fun with these fishing activities:

A&M Sea Charters: Located at the mouth of the Halifax harbour, this sea charter offers the opportunity to bring home fish that have been caught miles offshore.

Blue Shark Fishing Charters: Experience the thrill of big game shark fishing with state-of-the-art saltwater fishing equipment and an experienced crew. This tour practices ‘catch, tag, and release’ with all data being sent to the Bedford Institute of Oceanography.

Murphys Deep Sea Fishing: From May to September, this fishing tour travels out the mouth of the harbour into the North Atlantic on a fishing adventure you’ll never forget.

Have you been fishing in Halifax? Share your favourite fishing spots with us on Facebook or Twitter.

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