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#1 bcleesha

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Posted 08 June 2006 - 01:04 AM

So I've scheduled a weeklong apartment-hunting trip to Halifax, and I'm trying to compile a list of "things I should go see/do while I'm still a tourist", on the assumption that I'll find an apartment quickly and will have free daylight hours to goof off during. ;)

They sent the "Halifax Visitor's Guide", and I read it, but if it's anything like a typical visitor's guide, it includes every idiot museum, gallery and old piece of rock or plant as a must-see exhibit. So far my list includes:

1. The brewery. I'm not a beer drinker but a friend strongly suggested I do the tour anyway because it's "really amazing". I'm not sure if she's just screwing with my head or not, but it remains on the list.

2. The Citadel. I've seen enough of these old-big-forts, but I might as well go see this one, it seems to be shaped funny anyhow.

.. can anyone recommend anything else? :)

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Posted 08 June 2006 - 08:32 AM

I have a feeling you'll have a lot of free time if you're there for a week! It shouldn't take you that long to find something, before I found the place I did, I was going to go for a day or weekend at most. You should have lots of time to explore! Have fun :)

#3 Crackhead101

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Posted 08 June 2006 - 10:50 AM

He'll have plenty of time to explore all of nothing that Halifax has to offer outside of the Granite Brewery. Unfortunately, he's not much of a drinker so that'll be the worst $15 he ever spent. Well, there's always camping at Dollar Lake...

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Posted 08 June 2006 - 11:45 AM

Actually, Halifax is a great way to indulge in East coast culture even if your not much of a drinker. Many pubs have fantastic live acts at night and there are many great restaurants. I would recommend taking a drive to some of the coastline as there are many beautiful beaches within an hour from downtown (Lawerencetown, Rainbow Haven, Rissers). Peggys cove is a tourist trap but is worth a visit for that postcard shot of Nova Scotia. Enjoy!

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Posted 08 June 2006 - 01:29 PM

I went to Halifax ages ago and the Citadel can be "seen" in about fifteen-twenty minutes. You walk up the stairs, you walk around, you see the cannons, you walk down the stairs. I can't really remember exactly what I did when I was there that was noteworthy except for the lobster dinner that I had - it was very Maritime-y, I felt.

#6 bcleesha

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Posted 08 June 2006 - 01:47 PM

I can't really remember exactly what I did when I was there that was noteworthy except for the lobster dinner that I had - it was very Maritime-y, I felt.


Shit. I hate lobster. :shock:

So is everyone who loves Dal just happy because they drink beer and enjoy lobster? There must be some other redeeming quality about Halifax! Someone.. give me hope. :)

As for it not taking a week, I'm actually fairly slow moving and very picky. ;) I intend to visit as many places as humanly possible until I either find one that's _perfect_, or get tired of looking and decide to settle.

#7 jenn_w

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Posted 08 June 2006 - 05:03 PM

things i am making my sister do while she's here (ie. the must-do of touristiness):

- shop on barrington st and spring garden (a couple must sees - JWD bookseller, freak lunchbox (candystore), venus envy. cd plus
- walk the water front (get cows ice cream if the construction is done, or a beavertail)
- pier 21
- keith's brewery tour
- peggy's cove (if you have a car)
- economy shoe shop (restaurant) - best nachos EVER.
- rogue's roost (microbrewery/pub/restaurant)
- brewery market (saturday morning 7am-1pm)
- casino (if you're into gambling)
- any restaurant patio on argyle street
- steve-o-reno's cappucino (best espresso in the city - on brunswick st)

i will find my list of apartment websites and post them for you and others who are apartment hunting. i can tell you my three bedroom is available if you want to see it. :-)

jenn

#8 bcleesha

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Posted 08 June 2006 - 05:25 PM

i can tell you my three bedroom is available if you want to see it. :-)


Thanks for all the tips!

I'm only one person, but I might see your apartment if I rapidly gain weight between now and then, though the smart money is I won't. :)

#9 ragnar

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Posted 08 June 2006 - 06:31 PM

It sort of depends on the kind of things you like to do. There's a good night life, and there are lots of good outdoorsy places around to check out (beaches, hikes, and the like). I'm not too sure about the tourist type stuff, but i do know a lot of people go on city and harbour tours.

If you want to get together and shoot the breeze while you're here let me know. I might be able to help show you around and what not, and i'd love to meet a future classmate. Maybe we could organize a get together of soon to be oneL's.

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Posted 08 June 2006 - 06:47 PM

I hope you like the "lighthouse route" because if you don't drink, there's honestly nothing to do in Halifax outside of taking an hour drive down to the South Shore, which gets really dry, really quick - especially if you hate sea cockroaches (Lobster).

And trust me, there's nothing worse than being the only sober guy amongst a sea of sick drunks at the bar. As one who's coming to Halifax to study law, this is guaranteed to make up the majority of your nightlife as outings with the law group undoubtedly end up at the Alehouse or the Dome.

Dude, you'd better learn how to get sloppy drunk before you head out there, or it'll be the worst experience you've ever had.

#11 Dan J

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Posted 08 June 2006 - 07:00 PM

And trust me, there's nothing worse than being the only sober guy amongst a sea of sick drunks at the bar. As one who's coming to Halifax to study law, this is guaranteed to make up the majority of your nightlife as outings with the law group undoubtedly end up at the Alehouse or the Dome.


the Dome is for peckerheads. The only way I'd set foot in that hole is if I was planning to go on a killing spree.

Pogue Fado is a great spot to drink, as is the Alehouse when it isn't overcrowded. Take in some live music while you're in Halifax. Going out to see the local talent is one of my favorite things to do during the school year

#12 bcleesha

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Posted 08 June 2006 - 08:37 PM

If you want to get together and shoot the breeze while you're here let me know. I might be able to help show you around and what not, and i'd love to meet a future classmate. Maybe we could organize a get together of soon to be oneL's.


Either one sounds good to me. If no 1L gathering happens, I'll PM you. :)

Dude, you'd better learn how to get sloppy drunk before you head out there, or it'll be the worst experience you've ever had.


Are you referring to September, or to this coming week, cause I've really only got three days to practice drinking, two of which are going to be spent driving. ;) Anyhow, I'm not convinced. ;) People have been stressing the importance of beer-induced drunkeness since high school, if my life sucks it could just be that I'm too dim to notice. ;)

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Posted 09 June 2006 - 05:43 AM

Your life won't suck minus the drinking. But there is something to be said for the general debacle which is Domus Legis night. It does get messy, and it's good fun. I wouldn't write off the drinking just yet.

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Posted 09 June 2006 - 04:42 PM

there is SO much to do in halifax besides get drunk. SO MUCH. i've been here for a year and i've honestly been drunk maybe ten times - including domus.

law students don't just go to the dome and the alehouse. sure there's a crowd who hit up the dome every week for student night, but there's also crowds who check out the shops downtown, walk the waterfront, hang out in coffee shops, watch movies, go for dinner, and drink good beer (in small quantities) on funky patios.

EDIT: there's more than beers on the patios. awesome appetizers for light munching and lots of yummy food. :-)

halifax has more going on than you could possibly hit in a week, even a year. i still have a huge list of things i want to do - and only two more years to do it!

don't underestimate halifax. and don't overestimate the amount of drinking law students do. there's WAY more to halifax and law school than that.

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Posted 09 June 2006 - 06:53 PM

Please name some of these things to do because I lived in Hali for 3 years and outside of getting trashed, there is nothing that I recall doing that rated higher than a "2" on my scale of excitemment.

Shops? Yeah, like 10 of em on Spring Garden. The excitement lasts about a whole 15 minutes. There's essentially one other mall in Hali unless you wanna take a long walk over the bridge into ghetto-town.

Walk the waterfront? Aside from hitting a boat cruise, nothing happenin there unless you like pissing on the buildings down Hollis at 3:00 in the morning.

Coffee shops? Come on, Perk's on Quinpool? Are you kidding me? Maybe you're into Tim Horton's?

Movies? If this is a highlight, you must have come from the sticks.

Dinner. Ummm, there's Fireside, a taco place on Spring Garden and a whole lot of pizza joints. I hope you like donairs, slices, and fries w/ gravy cause there ain't sheit else.

Patios/bars - tons of these but buddy already said that he doesn't drink.

Bananna, I don't know where you're from, but if you come from a real city, you're going to be bored to death in Halifax. Did I enjoy it? Sure, but I loved getting wasted. Pogue and Alehouse were designed with drunks like me in mind. But in all seriousness, don't listen to these other comments about how much more there is to do in Halifax outside of getting piss drunk. You'll see when you get here. I swear, in one week you'll either be wishing you had stayed in Toronto or turned alcoholic convert.

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Posted 09 June 2006 - 07:15 PM

How many years have you been in Law School Crackhead?

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Posted 09 June 2006 - 08:33 PM

to each their own, i suppose, crackhead. i love it here. a lot of people do. if you didn't, i'm sorry to hear that and i hope wherever you are now is proving to be more your style.

j.

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Posted 09 June 2006 - 11:49 PM

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Posted 12 June 2006 - 10:32 AM

I hope you like the "lighthouse route" because if you don't drink, there's honestly nothing to do in Halifax outside of taking an hour drive down to the South Shore, which gets really dry, really quick - especially if you hate sea cockroaches (Lobster).

And trust me, there's nothing worse than being the only sober guy amongst a sea of sick drunks at the bar. As one who's coming to Halifax to study law, this is guaranteed to make up the majority of your nightlife as outings with the law group undoubtedly end up at the Alehouse or the Dome.

Dude, you'd better learn how to get sloppy drunk before you head out there, or it'll be the worst experience you've ever had.


From your post and handle, sounds like your drug of choice is not alcohol....

Those "sea cockroaches" sell for a week's salary here in NY restaurants! You should definitely try to expand your culinary tastes beyond hot dogs.

Guess you also don't like theatre, symphony, festivals of all kinds....come to think of it, what DO you like?

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Posted 12 June 2006 - 08:56 PM

I want to offer a positive view of Halifax, as an outsider. First, I have lived in London ON for years (I admit, London isn't a cultural mecca by any means) and Vancouver for 3 years. As well, I have had the very good fortune to have travelled to many beautiful places. Halifax can hold its own. If we are talking about architecture and historical interest, Halifax beats London. Halifax also has London beat on the personality/cultural history front. If you have any interest in Celtic festivals you will be in all your glory in H.

I personally found H to have a great selection of restaurants for its size. Many ethnicities and price ranges represented. And the clincher for me, Haligonians are friendly! I really like Halifax, to the point that I may stay after law school, but it is damn expensive!

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Posted 12 June 2006 - 09:01 PM

And the art gallery near the waterfront seems pretty impressive from the street. I've never been inside. Also, there is a great market/grocery store off of Spring Garden called Pete's Frootique (sp?) that has a huge produce section containing many fruits and veg that are much too foreign for London's blood.

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Posted 01 September 2016 - 02:03 PM

I thought it may be useful to necro this for incoming students from out of province. The Oval is a great outdoor skating rink that's free to rent skates/use from in the winter, and don't worry if you can't or suck at skating (like myself) because there's always a huge range of skaters of all ages and skill levels.

 

You'd be wise to grab a donair from one of the city's many restaurants (I'd suggest Tony's on Robie St.), as well as a poutine from Smoke's. Garlic fingers are (apparently) an East Coast thing too, so order one from a pizza joint like Jessy's - of course with a side of donair sauce. Keep in mind that these are my preferred sources and that around here best donair is a contentious issue. [a bit of forewarning, someone will eventually ask if you've had a donair/poutine and if you say no you will be berated for 5-10 minutes to explain yourself and promptly told where to get the best one]

 

I'd also recommend getting a meal at Henry House on Barrington St., their prices are reasonable (~$15 meal) and it has a nice Victorian main level + pub lower level. 

 

If you haven't been, there's an IMAX Cineplex in Bayer's Lake and live theatre at Neptune Theatre (Argyle St. off Barrington). If you're into stand-up comedy, check out Yuk Yuk's on Hollis St. The city also sees a fair number of international, national, and local bands play; in the past few years I can recall KISS, Tragically Hip, Black Sabbath, and Matthew Good (Our Lady Peace + I Mother Earth is the next big concert coming up in November). Also, keep an eye out for Jazz Fest in the summer. As for sports, the Scotiabank Theatre is your best bet to catch a Mooseheads (hockey) or Hurricanes (basketball) game.

 

It goes without saying, if you're looking to drink there's no shortage of options in Halifax. Seriously, there are 12 NSLCs and dozens of bars/clubs. Then there's the local breweries such as Keith's, Garrison's, Propeller, and Granite if you're interested in historical tours. 

 

If I think of anything else in the next hour, I'll edit this post.