Old July 18th, 2005, 09:10 PM
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Seen all kinds of posts and questions. Here's some highlights, I live in Halifax ;-)

The Pier is pretty well Downtown. You can walk the whole downtown Waterfront (Pier to the Casino) in about 20 minutes (if you don't get distracted by something ;-) and I'm pretty sure you will).

About half way along this walk, you will find a fine selection of Harbour Tours (http://www.murphysonthewater.com). You can go Whale Watching/Harbour tours in different type vessels. Kids will love Theodore Tugboat (he had his own Kid show for a while), you can do a sailing tour (sometimes the Bluenose is in port and you can do a tour on it). I just did a Tour yesterday on the Harbour Hopper ($20 adult, $65 for a family of four). It starts out by giving you a short roughly 30 minute tour of the downtown, going up to the top of Citadel Hill), it then heads back down to the Harbour and drive right in the harbour and does a 30 minute harbour tour. I would rate it a must do in Halifax :-)
The Tours through Murphys range between $20-$25. Bus Tours are also available, (http://www.atlantictours.com/tours.cfm?section_id=2) some you can do on Double Decker Busses. I'm not sure fo the price but probably are in the $35-50 range for a 3hr tour. For $65 you can do a all day city tour hopping on and off at your leisure and combine it with a water tour.

Things to see on the Waterfront, you will have all kinds of ships on your right, always a fine assortment in the harbour.

First thing as you leave the Ship. (This is in order as you walk away from the ship)

-Pier 21 (where you dock) Canada's version of New Yorks Ellis Island. Lots of History here. (http://www.pier21.ca/)

- Bishops Landing, some small shops, upper class restaurants

Across the Street will be Brewery Market, it has a Brewery tour and a few different restaurants in it. My favourite in here would be Cheelins Chinese. Best Chinese in Halifax, more authentic not your typical North American Chinese food.

- Waterfront Warehouse (big Restaurant never eaten there so can't give you a review, never heard good or bad about it). If your looking for Seafood, most Restaurants in Halifax have it.

- next up is Maritime Museum (http://museum.gov.ns.ca/mma/) Lots of History here. War stories, Halifax Explosion (biggest man-made explosion, only Atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki were bigger), and lots of Titantic (even some stuff from the ship). They also have two ships you can go on and look around, Acadia is a survey ship which helped chart Arctic Waters, and the Last surviving Corvette from WWII, HMCS Sackville.

- Next up are some smaller type tourist attraction shops/snack stands. Fish & Chips are pretty good, but I would highly recommend the Beavertail, they are awesome. This is where you book the Harbour Hopper.

- You will then cross over a pedestrian bridge, and will come to Murphys on the Water Complex, you can book your harbour tours here, shop in there gift shop, they even have a very good Restaurant built right on the Pier (I have eaten there ;-)

- Next Building you come to is the Harbour Ferry, for $2 you can cross over to the Dartmouth side, fine views of the Harbour but then again if your on a Cruise ship in the Harbour you'd have those same views anyways ;-(

- On you left will be a little strip mall, Stayners Restaurant (we really like Stayners), Perks Coffee Shop is here, as you go around it the side facing the street they have a few shops, one which rents Bicycles.

- Going back to the Waterfront, you will then come to Historic Properties. It has a bunch of small shops, and a upper scale food court. They even have a little Micro brewery in the Court.

- Next would be Salty's Restaurant (it's good too, we prefer Stayners however). Lower and Upper Deck are also in Historic Poperties. Lower Deck being Pub Food, Upper Deck being much Fancier/Expensive.

- You Now come to the Sheraton Hotel. you will have to walk for about another 5 minutes and you will come to the Casino. I'm not a gambler, and don't go there but I've heard they have really good food at there restaurants.

That's the Waterfront ;-)))

If you want to stay downtown, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (http://www.agns.gov.ns.ca/)is just up from Perks. Historic Province House is across from the Art Gallery. If you keep on walking up from Perks you will go right up Citadel Hill.. It has a fine Museum, and a ton of History surrounding it.

Now if you want to do some shopping but not leave the downtown, head over to Spring Garden Road (about a 8 minute walk fromt the ship). As you walk along Spring garden you'll find lots of diffrent shops, Parklane Mall. You will come to the Public Gardens eventually (http://www.halifaxpublicgardens.ca/). Very beautiful in there.

Mountain Equipment Coop also has a great store downtown (just up from Brewery Market). You can rent a Kayak there if you energetic enough to carry it back down to the harbour and back, (I would recomment this for serious Kayakers only, Halifax Harbour is not the place to go swimming

As for other stuff to see and do, the downtown is loaded with Restaurants and Pubs, we locals tend to eat more at the Pubs, good food at better prices. Argyle on Argyle St. is one of our favourites. Economy Shoe Shop (yes it is a restaurant ;-) also on Argyle is very popular as well.

If you want to head out from the downtown, Car Rental is the ideal way to do it.

Shopping - I would head over to Dartmouth and go to Mic Mac Mall. Halifax Shopping Centre is very good as well.

Experiencing Nova Scotia - Head to Peggys Cove, or maybe even Lunenburg (90 minute drive). Eastern Passage has a very quaint little tourist friendly Fishing Village. It's about a 30 minute drive from the Ship, it's on the outskirts of Dartmouth

Here's some informative websites about Halifax

http://www.mikecampbell.net/tour.htm has some excellent info about Halifax.

If ya need more specifics just email me!!!
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Old July 25th, 2005, 12:46 AM
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Thanks for the informantion.
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Old July 28th, 2005, 03:09 PM
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Yes, thanks so much for the information--it is very helpful!!


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Thanks, that was very nice of you to post that.


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Old August 4th, 2005, 12:52 PM
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First of all, thanks ever so much for all the information!

Second, my friend and I have been to Halifax many times and I always love to come and see what has changed since the last time.

Third, what information do you have on the Museum of Natural History? How close is it to the cruise dock? What is the admission price in Canadian money?

Fourth, can you book the local tours when you arrive in Halifax or do you have to do this ahead of time?

Fifth, anything special happening September 14 or 15 ? Any local events?

Thanks once again for all the information.

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Old August 7th, 2005, 07:10 PM
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Ok, here's the website for the museum "http://museum.gov.ns.ca/mnh/home.htm"

You can book tours the day you arrive no problem whatsoever. No Events of any signifigance planned for when your here ;-(

It's about a 15-20 minute walk from the Pier. Easiest way to find it is to head up to Spring Garden Rd. walk along it till you come to Summer St. turn right and the Museuem is about a block and a half down on Summer St.

Summer Season (Pricing)

June 1 - Oct 15
Child/Youth (6-17 years) $ 3.00

Adult (18yrs +): $ 5.00
Family A (2 adults & children) $ 15.00
Family B (1 adult & children) $ 10.50
Senior (65 +) $ 4.50
University Students $ 4.00
Children 5 & under
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Old August 8th, 2005, 12:35 PM
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Once again thanks for your help.

I heard something about 7 ft. lobster sculptures are supposed to be all over the city. Is this true? NYC had "cows" a few years back. Each one was decorated differently and the money raised when to charity.

Should I be on the look out for these large lobsters in Halifax?

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Old August 10th, 2005, 01:12 PM
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Thank you so much for the very useful information! My husband is a tall ship fanatic and we would love to see the Bluenose or another tall ship while we're there. Do you know where we can find a 2005 schedule of the port times of the tall ships for Halifax and Lunenberg? I haved searched the internet for hours and have not found a website that has updated information. Any advice would be appreciated.

Thank you!
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Old August 11th, 2005, 08:01 PM
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Yes, there are painted lobster all over the City ;-). Not sure when it ends, but I'm pretty sure the money is going to Charity.
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Old August 11th, 2005, 08:06 PM
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Here' the schedule for the Bluenose for the rest of the summer. There's a couple small sailing ships you can do Harbour tours on while in Halifax, Silva and Mar II. Hope this helps.

Port Hawkesbury Aug. 12 - 14 50th Anniversary of Canso Causeway/
Public Cruises

Halifax Aug. 17 - 18 Public Cruises

Lunenburg Aug. 20 - Sept. 6 International Dory Races/
Fishermen's Picnic and Reunion / Public Cruises

Halifax Sept. 8 - 18 Public Cruises

Lunenburg Sept. 20 - 21 Public Cruises

Western Shore Sept. 22 - 23 At Anchor

Lunenburg Sept. 24 - 30 Public Cruises
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Old August 12th, 2005, 07:59 AM
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Thank you for your help, I look forward to visiting your beautiful city!
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Old August 14th, 2005, 07:59 PM
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We just got back from 7 days on the Enchantment. Had a wonderful time. We did the tall ship excursion on the Mar. Wonderful boat, Great captain and crew (of 2). If there had been wind enough to sail it would have been awesome. He did give us a nice tour though and we did see some harbour seals.
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Old August 15th, 2005, 02:11 PM
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I printed out many of these great ideas--have had the pleasure of enjoying many on our first trip--we did a full day of everyting we could & can't wait to return someday... It is one of the nicest ports with the nicest friendliest people....
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