Sam Willan from Flight Centre’s Marketing team explains why and how you should enjoy an city break to Halifax on your next trip to Canada.
When you think of a city break to Canada, Halifax may not jump out as the obvious choice, but there is more to the capital of Nova Scotia than you may think. Only a 5 hour flight from the UK and with only a 4 hour time difference, many of the negatives of travelling to north America can be avoided.
Air Canada fly directly year round to Halifax, and it has to be one of the most stunning landings in the world. Approaching the airport you get a feeling that you are entering a real Canadian wilderness as the runway finally appears from amongst the vast expanse of forest, interspersed only with the hundreds of shimmering lakes. The city centre is just a short ride away, either by shuttle bus or private car, whichever way you choose it is advisable to prebook as the airport is still relatively quiet!
As with any North American city all the usual hotel chains can be found here, and as a relatively small city, there isn’t really a bad place to stay. A good choice would be the Delta Barrington, while, although not directly on the waterfront is a great all round property. Its sister property , the Delta Halifax is also a good option and does an incredible breakfast! Everywhere of interest is walkable and much of the main central shopping area is connected by covered pedways (walkways to you and I) so whatever the weather you can remain indoors (a good option when winter hits!)
Eat and Drink
With 5 universities calling Halifax home, it’s not surprising that there are more bars per capita here than anywhere else in Canada. For a relaxed drink, head to Granville Street and the Split Crow Pub, the premises with the oldest liquor licence in the province. (Editor’s Note: Love that their tagline is ‘Eat. Drink. Be Social’ – says it all really!) You will be treated like a regular from the moment you arrive and an extensive beer menu is likely to keep most people amused for a while… try the local Keith’s IPA or the Split Crow Cream Ale.
For a taste of Halifax, try the Five Fishermen restaurant on Argyle Street, which unsurprisingly, specialises in seafood. There are two sections to the restaurant, catering to all tastes and budgets, the more formal of the two offers up gastronomy that wouldn’t be out of place in a Mayfair restaurant. All you can eat fresh mussels will keep you occupied before the main event. I can highly recommend the Lobster stuffed scallops with a glass (or two) of Nova Scotia’s very own Tidal Bay wine.
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