Editorials Halifax 'fam' By Nadine Godwin / August 22, 2000 Share 1 -- I explored the small downtown and port of Halifax, Nova Scotia, on a recent sunny Saturday. It was a kind of fam trip, so I offer here my "fam trip report." The information is all real, the format fabricated.Greater Halifax, population 320,000, is a popular meeting site, and so its hotels are at 90%-plus occupancy May through October, the CVB said. On the leisure side, it targets active travelers with a focus on water-related activities.Highlights are listed below. All monuments cited are in excellent condition.Halifax Citadel, historic fort built in the 1850s in case of war with the U.S. (and the only costumed guard I heard speak was American!); re-created barracks; audiovisual presentation; great views of the city; Living History unit that reenacts 19th century drills, illustrates other aspects of life at the fort; very popular; entry fee, $4.50, in season. (902) 426-5080.Province House, elegant Georgian building, site of Canada's first legislature; debuted in 1819; chambers still used by Nova Scotia's representatives; can visit most days of year. (902) 424-4661.St. Matthew's Church, charming little 19th century with gated pews; tours offered. (902) 423-9209.Old Burying Ground, 18th/19th century cemetery, lovingly restored, pleasant city-center stroll.Halifax International Buskers Festival, annual event, free street entertainment in port area, Aug. 3 to 13, with side shows of body painting, spoon players, etc. (902) 429-3910.The Harbour Hopper bus/boat, rather awkward and wonderful-looking amphibious vehicles seen on city streets and at sea; too little time to sample. (902) 490-8687.Historic Properties Privateers Wharf, 10 restored 19th century buildings with a history of providing storage for loot collected by privateers (meaning men paid by Britain to raid enemy vessels ... one privateer used his ill-gotten gains to found Nova Scotia's first bank); now a setting for shops and eateries and lots of socializing. (902) 429-0530.Alexander Keith Brewery and Brewery Market, 19th century complex housing a working brewery; tours offered with guides in period costume; also a farmers' market, open in the mornings. (902) 455-1474.McKelvie's, lunch site, at Prince Street and Bedford Row, $26 Canadian for lobster, other items well under $20C, good food, pretty. (902) 421-6161.Hotels: Ideally, hotel details would appear here.Web sites: www.meethalifax.com; www.explore.gov.ns.ca; www.halifaxinfo.com.OK, this is not a real fam trip report, and not all good attractions are cited, but this is my way of asking you to please share with me samples of real fam trip reports. I would love to see how you do these.