A Day in Halifax, Nova Scotia
Halifax is one of the most beautiful cities that I’ve been to. The city is wrapped by the harbor making it a wonderful place for sightseeing and fishing. 24 hours is not enough time to explore this charming city.
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WHERE TO STAY:
I stayed at Barrington Hotel which is located in downtown and about half a mile from the harbor. A room at the hotel costs $125 a day which is not too shabby for the location.
Halifax uses the Canadian Dollar.
1 USD = 1.32 CAN
Halifax does have a great public transportation, however, I explored on foot. Staying in downtown allowed me to see a lot without having to take public transit.
There is so much to see in downtown Halifax. There are several museums, historic signs, the harbor, and shops. I googled self guided tours and found some great monuments.
When the sun sets, there are lights that illuminates the town. It is quite romantic.
→ 1675 Lower Water St, Halifax, NS B3J 1S3, Canada
Maritime Museum of the Atlantic is the largest and oldest maritime museum in Canada. I paid $7 to explore the exhibits. The main exhibits were the Halifax Explosion and the Titanic displays.
The Halifax Explosion is a big part of Nova Scotia’s history. On the morning of December 6, 1917, a French cargo ship with high explosives collided with a Norweigian vessel. A fire on board the French ship ignited in the cargo, causing a massive explosion that devastated the Richmond district of Halifax. Approximately 2,000 people were killed by the blast, debris, fires, or collapsed buildings, and about 9,000 others were injured. The blast was the largest man-made explosion at the time.
The Titanic is also a big part of Nova Scotia’s history. After the ship collided with the iceberg, Canada was one of the first people on the scene. For the deceased passengers onboard the ship who do not have surviving family members or for those who’s entire family has died on the Unsinkable, they were buried in Nova Scotia.
→ 1655 Lower Water St, Halifax, NS B3J 1S3, Canada
My friends and I went sailing on the Halifax Harbor. We purchased a last minute ticket at a booth just outside of the boardwalk. We sailed for 1.5 hours on the Tall Ship Silva for $34.50. It was my first time sailing. The crew members allowed us to help let down the main sail. We even got a free beer when we checked in on Yelp! The crew members gave us a brief history of the Halifax including the Halifax Explosion, and an island with a unique species of snakes! After a brief history, the crew members went around answering questions from passengers. My friends, being aviation geeks, asked to talk to the captain of the ship. We saw all their little gadgets and exchanged stories. It was a nice experience. The ride was cold but worth the shiver.
Brunch: The Auction House
→ 1726 Argyle St, Halifax, NS B3J 2B3, Canada
I enjoy going to public houses. I think their foods are unique and the beers are tasty. I went to The Auction House to start my day in Halifax. I ordered their brunch special $3 mimosas and their delicious $11 chicken and waffles. Everything agreed with my pallet. I could still taste the apple glazed sauce drizzled over my food.
→ 1891 Upper Water St, Halifax, NS B3J 1S9, Canada
My brunch was heavy that I skipped lunch all together, however, before hoping on my sail boat, I grabbed a cup of ice cream from Cows. I scoop of ice cream was about $4 and you have about 8 different choices to choose from.
Dinner: Pickford & Black
→ 1869 Upper Water St, Halifax, NS B3J 1S9, Canada
It was one of my friends birthday so his parents treated us to dinner at a waterfront restaurant, Pickford & Black. The view was captivating and the meal was to die for. I ordered a chicken sandwich with fries for $17. I was going through a fried chicken phase after eating my chicken and waffles earlier that day. To wish my friend a Happy Birthday, his father made us all order dessert. I ordered the rich vanilla cheesecake with apple compote and pecan crumbs for $9. It was a great way to end our day in Halifax. Thank you to my friends and the parentals for a wonderful experience.