What can I say about Halifax, Nova Scotia other than that it is a VERY special city and I loved it! It has a very relaxed atmosphere with a cosmopolitan flare!!! Johnny & I arrived on Thursday afternoon and checked in at Homewood Suites on Brunswick (beside The Citadel). Awesome hotel in a lot of ways, only one year old, nice sized rooms all with kitchenettes. Our room had a view of the Harbour. The only downside to this hotel was that the elevators were crazy busy and although the breakfast wasn’t bad for included buffet, there were just way too many people there and it was difficult to move around and find a place to sit. In spite of that I would certainly recommend it. We hurriedly got settled and then headed down to the Pier for a nice long walk – all the way down to Pier 21. The weather wasn’t wonderful – overcast with a cool wind and it was pretty quiet but it was great to stretch our legs after our drive from Saint John, NB. After much deliberation we decided to have dinner on the patio of Waterfront Warehouse where we feasted on Nova Scotia, New Brunswick & PEI oysters to start followed by lovely big lobsters! We were actually freezing to death, so ordered hot toddies after dinner and took them inside to warm up! We then headed off and found ourselves at a great little dessert & cocktail place called The Middle Spoon – YUM 🙂 A friend had recommended that while in Halifax we should stop by the Split Crow for a little music and that we did! We were a bit on the tired side by then so only stayed one set, then headed back up the hill to our hotel.
Next day I had lunch with friends (one of whom wahhh had just broken her foot)….we ate at a great little restaurant called The Stubborn Goat – yum again, I had Lobster Mac n’ Cheese! The weather was great so Hilary, Andrew & I sat on the patio! After lunch Johnny & I found each other again and we headed off to a nearby beach at Crystal Crescent Beach Provincial Park, took a walk and caught a few rays! After that we went for a drive, crossed over to Dartmouth & headed out to Lawrencetown Beach/Park where we watched some kite surfers! Chloe & Kyle arrived from Saint John around 8 pm and we immediately headed out for dinner at Durty Nelly’s Irish pub where we managed to nab a patio table. Food was great and the place was jammed with people having a great time on a Friday night. After that we headed off to yet another Halifax music experience and spent the rest of the evening at The Old Triangle where we danced & enjoyed the entertainment! After that we made our way back up the hill to the hotel. Admittedly, our Saturday was somewhat sluggish *blush*, Halifax had offered us much too good a time for two nights running. Once breakfast was over we again walked the Harbourfront and the weather was much warmer. My English Mum had arrived in Canada aboard the Queen Mary at Pier 21 in Halifax in 1946, so we went to the Pier 21 Museum and I was able to get a copy of her arrival documents. Later that day we went back out for more lobster and had a pretty early evening 🙂 The next morning we headed off bright and early to our next destination.
All in all, I loved Halifax, really didn’t take many photos that didn’t involve food or cocktails and know for sure this is one city I will visit again!!
5 more sleeps until we pack up the tiny ATS with everything we need for 2 weeks on the road! Then we hop in and commence our 14 day road trip!!! Johnny & I just love going from place to place and seeing new things (as was evidenced yesterday by an 11 hour ride from a place 2 hours away 🙂 As you can see our preference is for coastal experiences and we are squeezing as much of that in as possible. Odds are, if there isn’t water, I’m not staying anywhere long!
Google Screen Shot #1 – Routing for our August 7th to 21st Roadtrip
Google Screen Shot #2 – Routing from our trip home from a 1 night camping trip at Bonnechere Provincial Park