A native Haligonian, Andy McIntosh has worked at the Prince George Hotel for 25 years, becoming head concierge 12 years ago. He’s been a member of Les Clefs d’Or Canada, an association of professional concierges, for seven years, and served as Atlantic Director for four years.
What’s July’s can’t-miss event for visitors to Halifax?
The Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo, July 1 to 8, starts the month off with a bang. July also has a strong finish on the 30th with the start of the Halifax International Busker Festival, ending August 4. Both events are family friendly and budget friendly.
What’s your favourite spot for a cool drink on a summer afternoon?
Murphy’s on the Water has a great wharf-side section, window panels that can slide open on a hot day, the only thing closer to being on the water is a boat ride.
If you only had one day in Halifax, how would you spend it?
I would start off taking a traditional city tour with Ambassatours or the Harbour Hopper to get the lay of the land. Following that I would head out to explore a bit on my own, hitting some highlight spots: Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, a nice walk on the waterfront boardwalk through Historic Properties and maybe a ferry ride to Dartmouth on the Metro Transit commuter ferry. Halifax Public Gardens, dinner and drinks on Argyle Street and live music at the Seahorse Tavern are also on the list.
What’s the best place to find a unique souvenir of a visit to Halifax?
Rum Runners Cake Factory and NovaScotian Crystal, both on the Halifax waterfront, feature unique products produced right here in Halifax.