9 fun things to do with kids in Halifax

Nova Scotian Crystal - a fixture on the halifax waterfrontA friend recently headed to Halifax  with her husband and two young kids for a visit, and asked for recommendations on what to see. If a trip to Halifax with your preschool/elementary age kids is in your agenda, read on for my list of top 9 things to do in Halifax with kids!

First, my tried, tested, and true options: Continue reading

The Prince George Hotel, Halifax

Halifax has no shortage of hotels, inns, and bed and breakfasts, but there are two that, for me, have always had an “old school swanky” aura about them – the Lord Nelson and the Prince George.

Lobby of the Prince George Hotel in Halifax

Not old-school, but definitely upscale, classy, and modern.

Headed to Halifax for the Bluenose Marathon weekend, where I was running the 5k and my daughter was running the 2k (with Daddy’s help), I was looking for a hotel placed conveniently for my mother (who I knew would find Halifax’s hills challenging) and with a pool (for post-run recovery and child entertainment). The Prince George hotel offered an excellent rate for us runners – just $135 a night! – and being located less than a block from the finish line, fit the bill nicely. Continue reading

Museum of Natural History, Halifax

Frog at the Museum of Natural History in Halifax, Nova ScotiaThink about your hometown for a minute. How many places to go/eat at/experience have you meant to visit for years and yet have never made it to the top of your list? Despite living in Halifax for over a decade, I’d only been to the Museum of Natural History once. I remember liking it, and I remember the bee hive, but somehow I never visited again.

Thanks to my mother, we rectified that oversight on our recent trip. Like most grandparents, she was more concerned about making sure the wee one had a good time than anything else. With just enough time to squeeze in one child-centered stop, and a great many enticing options, the impending conclusion of the dinosaur exhibit (it was over at the end of May, I believe) settled us on the Museum of Natural History. Continue reading

Behind the Scenes at NovaScotian Crystal

NovaScotian Crystal showroomWatching the craftsmen at NovaScotian Crystal take material from molten goop to a sparkling piece of fine crystal is mesmerizing. When the weather allows they open up the door to the glassworks and you can see these master craftsmen at work right from the boardwalk.

Ever since the shop opened up on the Halifax waterfront in 1996, I’ve made a point to stop and watch the spinning, shiny, hypnotic process every time I’m there when the doors are open. It’s one of the iconic images of the Halifax waterfront for me.

So when Larissa Law, NovaScotian Crystal’s Marketing & PR Coordinator, offered to give me a behind-the-scenes tour I didn’t just jump at the chance – I drove 826 kms round trip to make it happen. Continue reading

5 tips for enjoying your visit to downtown Halifax

I think the South End of Halifax might always feel like home to me.

Even though I technically only lived there for two or three years, I spent many more at Saint Mary’s University, nestled at the very end of the peninsula, and another four working in an office tower on Brunswick Street.

I bought my wedding ring at FireWorks Gallery, had my second date with my husband at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia‘s Egyptian exhibit in 2006, learned the fine art of parallel parking on the crowded streets surrounding the university, and probably ate in almost every restaurant within a 10-block radius of Scotia Square during the four years I worked in Duke Tower.

So returning to downtown Halifax a few weeks ago was like wrapping myself in a warm cozy blanket. One with lots of panhandlers and challenging parking, sure, but that’s all part of it’s charm.

Headed to Halifax? Great choice! Here’s your guaranteed guide for making the best of your downtown Halifax experience: Continue reading