Written by: Brigitte Diem-Guy, Vice President Sales & Marketing, SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts
Chances are you know that Halifax is the largest city east of Quebec, that it has more pubs per capita than any other city in Canada (for some the number one reason to visit), and you might vaguely remember from your history class that there is a cannon on Citadel Hill that fires every day at noon.
But if you have not visited this very social city with its upbeat and friendly culture, you are missing out on a fantastic travel experience!
Here are 7 reasons to book your ticket to Halifax today:
- Lobsters and Such: In Halifax you will find an abundance of locally harvested seafood at its freshest: Clams, oysters, mussels, lobsters and fresh and smoked fish along with locally crafted specialties such as chowder, fish cakes and beans, and lobster rolls. You can enjoy these delicacies in one of the many great restaurants ranging from contemporary fine dining to traditional diners to food trucks.
- Beer and Wine: You can try to personally verify that Halifax really does have more pubs per capita than any other city in Canada and taste some of the best microbrews available, or you can simply take the award-winning theatrical tour of Alexander Keith’s original Brewery including a taste of a variety of Mr. Keith’s ales. Few people are aware that Nova Scotia also produces character-rich and award-winning wines and is home to more than 16 wineries and vineyards. The best way to enjoy a winery tour is to leave the driving to somebody else by joining a tour.
- Shopping: Spring Garden Road is a delight for any shopaholic! With more than 200 retail shops, Spring Garden area offers a world of goods, from clothing and home décor to jewelry, gifts and more, along with spas and salons, restaurants, pubs, coffee shops and a movie theater. Also a great spot to people watch!
- The Unsinkable Ship: The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic hosts the permanent exhibit that tells the story of Titanic’s creation and demise, drawing out the key role Halifax played in the disaster.
- Festivals & Events: Halifax is a year-round destination with festivals and events for everyone such as The Halifax International Busker Festival, the oldest and largest of its kind in Canada.
- Halifax Farmers’ Market: The longest running farmers’ market in North America created by Royal Proclamation in June of 1750 is a must visit! Here you find over 250 vendors selling fresh produce, fish, jewelry, leatherwork, baked goods and arts and crafts.
- A Sideways Tour of Nova Scotia: You want to see more but you are simply not into bus tours. May I suggest touring in a motorcycle sidecar rig? Blue Nose Sidecar Tours makes this unique way of touring possible and you will watch heads turn!
There are many more reasons to explore and get to know Halifax. Share your personal favorite spot or restaurant with us!