Halifax 'fam'


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.

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