Posted August 4, 2009 by Amy Westervelt
With the CAT Ferry offering speedy service between Maine and Nova Scotia, a visit to the charming port city of Halifax is easier, and more affordable, than ever. The capital of the province has much to offer in its own right—from delicious seafood to lovely art galleries and a delightful mix of royal, military, and literary history. Don't forget to bring your passport or a driver's license and birth certificate or you'll have to march right back onto the ferry.
Halifax Historic Downtown Walk: The Halifax Historic Downtown Walk, which begins at the Halifax Argyle Visitor Centre at the corner of Argyle and Sackville streets, takes two to three hours depending on your pace and how often you like to stop. The walk shows off nearly all of the city's landmarks, including the 19th-century mansions of wealthy merchants along Barrington Street, the Old Town Clock (a gift from Prince Edward in 1800), and the Province House, home to the first member of the British government in Nova Scotia in the early 19th century.
Rhubarb Grill & Cafe: Just steps away from the ocean, Rhubarb Grill & Cafe makes the most of Halifax's seaside location by preparing fresh seafood with a creative twist. The restaurant places an emphasis on locally sourced foods, which visitors can taste in dishes such as char-seared Fundy Bay scallops on linguine, tamarind basil haddock, and Frangelico pork made with Annapolis Valley pork medallions. Entrees range from $19 to $27 CAD (about $17.70-$25.10 US, see XE.com for current exchange rates.)
Waverly Inn: Oscar Wilde once stayed in Halifax's over-the-top Victorian Waverly Inn, which was originally built in the 1860s as the extravagant home of a wealthy merchant looking to impress the locals. When the merchant lost his shirt in the dry goods business, the sheriff of Halifax took over the house and eventually sold it to two sisters who turned it into a hotel. Today, rooms still have a Victorian vibe, but come complete with modern amenities such as Wi-Fi, and a large, hot breakfast buffet each morning. Rooms start at $109 CAD per night, depending on the season.
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