Hey guys! Two weeks ago I was on vacations for the first time in ... I can't even recall. The week before as I was having dinner with Phil I said "I'm on vacation soon. I wanna go somewhere". He responded "Well, let's go to Halifax" "K" I said. And that was it. We booked a room at the Four Season Motel located just a few minutes away from the city center.
Because I can't drive (don't worry I'm working on this) Phil drove all the way there and on the way back, a good thirteen hours non stop (26 hours in total for the whole trip). Do I feel bad? Kind of, but he knew that's how we were going to deal this out. So on Monday the 20th we left Montreal and got there during the night.
On Tuesday we decided to pay a visit to the Waterfront where, apparently, there is a lot to do and see. Being naturally attracted to water I thought it was a good idea to just chill by the water and take it easy. Also, I wanted to see if their waterfront could measure up to Toronto's (it actually does considering the much smaller scale of Halifax). Truthfully Halifax is such a small city there isn't a lot to do anyway. We parked the car at one of the Waterfront's parking lots and started walking.
The Waterfront being a touristic destination as well as a historic site, some of the original settlements have been preserved and that part of the city is protected. It did undergo a lot of changes over the centuries so whenever possible bits of history such and anchors or memorials can be found around.
Here is a mandatory picture of a child playing with bubbles. Just because.
Store, souvenirs boutiques, and restaurants are the new tenants of the old houses located in the historic properties. Being a historic site the rent must be quite high, so expect to spend a few bucks more than you would elsewhere.
That place right there, the Lower Deck, is apparently a very good place to spend the evening at according to reviews online. Besides, just look at the facade. Isn't it inviting?
Have a picture of a badass lobster riding a motorcycle. Just because.
Located just a bit south from the historic properties is a part of the Boardwalk where people can hop on a boat for a tour of the surroundings. Many shacks selling snacks, food, jewelry and souvenirs are also located in that part. We found it was also the most crowded part of the Boardwalk.
After sitting down to eat a lobster roll, we decided to head to the Alexander Keith's brewery for a guided tour of the notorious home of the famous Nova Scotia's IPA. We happened to have our student IDs and benefited from a discount on the regular admission fees as well as an extra 15% reduction for a limited-time promotion.
Most of the building is exactly as it had always been since 1820. The tour lasts about an hour and the guides are dressed in clothing that resembles the fashion of the 1860s. They also speak with what I think is supposed to sound like the accent from back then. After hearing the history of Mr. Keith and the brewery, you get to have a peak at the process of beer making and also get to have a few samples of IPA and Red in what used to be the pub. The guides also tell you funny stories and sing songs in their beautiful voices.
After coming out by the tunnel Mr. Keith would use to roll barrels of beer to his friends at the pub, we kept heading south on the Boardwalk, where the development is more modern, with mixed used buildings, apartment complexes, and restaurants.
The huge glass building right here seems to be the head quarters of Emera. Knowing that there is a design school in Halifax I thought it was one of its buildings but turns out I was wrong. Oops.
Farmers' markets being a very popular thing in Quebec (and in Montreal all year round) we decided to take a look inside and maybe try some things out. Unfortunately we realized that even though a few stands were there, the farmers and artisans actually come over on the weekends. The place was basically almost empty.
We didn't visit the other "attractions" because we honestly weren't in the mood for them so we walked back north.
Right next to the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic is the information kiosk as well as playgrounds for the young ones. We thought about going to the museum later in the evening but ended up not going. Now I kinda regret not going.
People are not supposed to climb on the wave but the ground has been padded anyway because of course people will want to climb it. I had to restrain myself from climbing on it because I didn't want Phil to be ashamed of being seen with such a child like me (those who know well you know I have the tendency to climb whatever I can).
As I was taking pictures of the children playing Phil said "Admit it, you want kids". Pffff no.
After all that walking and sightseeing, and considering the fact that we slept like crap the night before, we decided to go grab something to eat, grab some beers and chips, head back to the motel and be couch potatoes. We watched that weird episode of South Park in which goth kids are being turned into emo kids by emo plants.
And so that's it for now! We didn't experience Halifax's nightlife because we're both lazy introverts and because it doesn't seem to be the number one reason why people visit Halifax. Also, I don't know if it had anything to do with the fact that it was the construction holidays, but we realized there were a lot of Quebecers all over the place. Exactly when you try to get away from home, home is following you ...