The beguiling charm of Halifax, Nova Scotia is bound to lure you in. The historic city, located on the salty shores of the Atlantic Ocean is surrounded by one of the largest harbours in the world. Meander along the three kilometre boardwalk, passing by Tall Ships reflective of a bygone era. Don’t be surprised if you hear the sound of the fiddle playing in the distance – a staple of the maritime culture and Nova Scotia’s long ties to Scotland. Halifax’s distinctive atmosphere is like no other city in Canada, and a great place to spend twenty-four hours exploring.
Halifax Brew History
The original Alexander Keith’s Brewery, which dates to the 1820s, is not to be missed. Be sure to swig back a taste of the original brand, the Indian Pale Ale. You can partake in several brew samples while on the Alexander Keith’s Brewery Tour. It’s just like stepping back in time. Actors in period costumes rave about the past, lively song fills the old rooms, and, of course, an abundance of ale is served underground in the original ironstone building; a true authentic Maritime experience. Pop in to the Red Stag Tavern right after the tour to indulge in an order of Pale Ale battered fish and chips. The fresh haddock is of course dipped in Alexander Keith’s brew.
A Hotel With Classic Style
The Lord Nelson Hotel is Halifax’s most historic hotel, and certainly makes for a splendid stay. With its grand entrance and 1920s era interior the ambiance of the hotel and classic newly renovated suites provide the feeling of utter relaxation where checking out doesn’t feel like an option. Many of the lovely suites boast a view of Halifax’s Public Gardens, which are located across the street from the hotel. The lush Victorian gardens originated in the 18th century and are home to hundreds of flora and fauna, a tranquil pond, and the Victoria Jubilee Fountain. It’s a perfect haven in the centre of the city.
Maritime Fine Dining
Stories Fine Dining restaurant is truly as intimate and historic as it gets. Located inside the stately Halliburton Hotel, built in 1809, Stories is the perfect place for an evening of culinary delight. Using only the finest of local ingredients, the food is sublime in both presentation and taste. Must-try starters are the pan-seared, rice paper wrapped sea scallops, and the sautéed queen crab cake. For the main course and a distinctively gourmet experience try the roast darne of Faroe Island salmon, and the barbecue duck breast with bourbon mashed potatoes. Save a wee bit of room for one last palette teaser with the blackberry butter tart served along side black current ice cream.
A Jazzy Halifax Night
Step inside one of the oldest buildings in Halifax for some smooth and classy Jazz. The Press Gang is housed in a 17th century building, complete with old stonewalls and candle light. On Friday and Saturday night’s trumpet master Mike Cowie can be heard belting out some stellar jazz renditions of pop and rock classics like Roxanne by the Police. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy a nightcap or two.