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Ultimate City Guide: The Best Things to Do in Halifax

Things to Do in Halifax

Watching the Highlanders: one of the top things to do in Halifax (Photo: baekken)

MARITIME GOTHIC

With centuries of history, a city gets its fair share of mysteries and folklore. Explore the city’s more sinister side with the Halifax Ghost Walk. Meet the group at 8:30 p.m. at the Old Town Clock on Citadel Hill (just up from Sackville Street). Narrators lead you through historic Halifax’s nooks and crannies, sharing tales of pirates, ghosts and haunted houses.

WIDE OPEN SPACES

At the south end of the peninsula, Point Pleasant Park is a popular year-round destination. Ocean-side and woodland trails draw hikers, bikers and runners in any weather. The park also hosts productions of theatre al fresco with Shakespeare by the Sea throughout the summer. In the midst of the downtown on Barrington Street, the Old Burying Ground is a secluded historic cemetery. It’s also notable as the resting place of British Major General Robert Ross, who burned Washington, D.C. in the War of 1812. Uptown on Spring Garden Road, the Halifax Public Gardens are one of the finest Victorian gardens in North America. In the summer, its bandstand hosts Sunday afternoon concerts. Across the harbour, the Dartmouth Common is a green oasis with splendid views of the Halifax skyline.

CENTRE STAGE

The region’s largest professional theatre company, Neptune Theatre on Argyle Street, wraps up another season with another blockbuster. Continuing through May 26, Legally Blonde: The Musical stars Halifax-born Lindsey Frazier as Elle Woods, in a Broadway re-invention of the Hollywood hit.

LOCAL HARVEST

From Lonely Planet to the Montreal Gazette to The New York Times, Halifax draws constant praise as a premier culinary destination. In the Guide to Dining you’ll find listings for a tremendous variety of restaurants. And discover where Halifax’s talented chefs find their inspiration: the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market on Marginal Road. Fresh-baked goods, savoury snacks, artisanal cheeses, award-winning Nova Scotian wine and produce aplenty—you’ll find plenty to entice.

TIME TRAVEL

Still the geographic (and emotional) heart of the downtown, the Halifax Citadel is Canada’s most popular National Historic Site.

In Halifax’s early days, citizens were notoriously unpunctual. The solution, courtesy of an early noble, was the Old Town Clock on Sackville Street.

You can shop and dine where privateers once stashed their booty in the Historic Properties.

Discover a long line of sports heroes—most recently, Sidney Crosby. Learn more: Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame on Duke Street.

Devastated in the Halifax Explosion almost a century ago, the area now called The Hydrostone has regrown as a stylish neighbourhood with unique architecture, quaint shops and world-class dining.

DAY TRIPPIN’

Centrally located, Halifax is an ideal day-trip base. Take a 45-minute drive east, and you’ll find the Memory Lane Heritage Village, a living-history museum that re-creates life in rural Nova Scotia as it was 70 years ago. Or, take a 45-minute drive west, and you’ll find the historic fishing village of Peggy’s Cove. Its iconic lighthouse, perched on the rocks just above the wild Atlantic waves, is Nova Scotia’s most photographed site.

 

Assiniboine Park Zoo Named Best Summer Attraction 2012 by Where Winnipeg

Each summer, regional Where editors announce their picks for Canada’s Best New Summer Attractions.

Assiniboine Park Zoo has completed two new attractions as part of a $120 million expansion plan to be completed in 2014 with a state-of-the-art polar bear exhibit, Journey to Churchill. This year’s makeover phase actualized a South American tropical house of lush, jungle vegetation showcasing species such as Caiman crocodiles, a 2,000-square-foot enclosed butterfly garden with more than 700 winged creatures, a live-action birds-of-flight show, and an educational International Polar Bear Conservation Centre.

“Assiniboine Park Zoo is one of Winnipeg’s most extraordinary places, and has been an integral part of our urban life for decades. Many lasting memories have been formed while kids of all ages have discovered its magic. This makeover will attract people from all over the province and beyond, and keeps this family attraction a great reason to visit Winnipeg,” says Where Winnipeg publisher Laurie Hughes.

“The changes underway are going to transform the Assiniboine Park Zoo into a world-class attraction that  all Manitobans can be proud of,” said Margaret Redmond, President & CEO of the Assiniboine Park Conservancy. “We are thrilled that the community is enjoying the new additions so far and I can assure you this is just the beginning.”

 

Getting to the Sweet Spot in BIXI Bike Pricing

Photo by Ian Muttoo

By Amanda Yiu

Montreal-based bike-sharing company BIXI, which launched in Toronto, Ottawa, and Boston in the past few months, may be expanding to Vancouver in the near future, and plans for a 10,000-fleet New York City launch are set for next summer.

BIXI has grown rapidly since first launching in Montreal in 2009, beginning operations in Toronto, Ottawa and Boston in the past four months and rolling out overseas in 2010, in London, Melbourne and DC. The bike-sharing program is undeniably popular, with more than 3 million BIXI trips taken since the beginning of 2010.

For visitors, borrowing a bike at a pay-as-you-go rate can be a fabulous way to explore the city. But be sure to keep your ride short. A friend visiting from Australia last month made the mistake of taking out a BIXI bike in Toronto for the full day and ended up paying over $100 in usage fees. As the breakdown of non-subscriber fees (below) shows, long trips can add up quickly. (Subscribers can pay $95 for a one-year membership, waiving the $5 daily flat fee, but the same time-of-use rates still apply.)

BIXI fees for 8 hours of continuous usage:

$5 flat 24-hour access fee (includes first 30 minutes)

+ $1.50 for 31–60 min

+ $4 for 61–90 min

+ $104 for additional 6.5 hours ($8 x 13 half-hour increments)

= $113.50 before tax

Additionally, a $250 security deposit is charged to your credit card and refunded after 10 days.

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Where Cover Feature: Winnipeg Jets Land

 

MTS Centre

MTS Centre, the new home of the Winnipeg Jets.

The NHL’s return spins off benefits to a hockey-crazy city

When the Winnipeg Jets play their season home opener on October 9, Lauren Robb will be at the MTS Centre, along with 15,000 other crazed fans cheering themselves hoarse.

After all, 15 years is a long time to wait for the return of the home team.

“I’ve been excited at the prospect for years,” says the 35-year-old, who runs the website Winnipegjetsonline.com.

He’s not alone. (more…)