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Making the Most of Halifax, Nova Scotia

Making the Most of Halifax, Nova Scotia

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GETTING THERE

The Disney Magic docks at Pier 22 in cruise-focused Halifax Seaport, at the south end of Harbourwalk, the city’s mile-long waterfront promenade. As you exit the terminal, turn right and keep walking. In the Seaport complex cruisers will find a tourist-targeted marketplace, the city’s Farmer’s Market, dining, galleries, and the fine Canadian Museum of Immigration—visit http://www.cruisehalifax.ca. Taxis, a city bus stop, and tour buses are just outside. All Ashore time on October 26, 2017 is 8:30 am, All Aboard is 4:45 pm.

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GETTING AROUND

The #90 bus serves the downtown waterfront, running between Morris St. near the cruise terminal to the ferry terminal on the north. The fare is $2.50/$1.75 (ages 5-15 and 65+). Exact change only, in Canadian funds, with a free transfer (up to 90 minutes) to any bus or ferry, ask as you board. The Alderny and Woodside ferries won’t take you to major attractions, but they’re an inexpensive way to take a harbor cruise. (Note: The free downtown tourist bus route was discontinued.) Taxis are metered, and cost $3.20 for the initial fare, $2.72 per mile, in 77 meter (0.05 mile) increments. Drivers at the cruise pier can also offer fixed rates: $10 to downtown, $45 per hour for a city tour, $135 for a 3-hour tour to Peggy’s Cove, $167 for a 4-hour city-plus-Peggy’s Cove tour (per vehicle). Gray Line runs a Hop On Hop Off city tour bus that stops at the cruise pier and most major points of interest. Cost is $50—visit http://www.ambassatours.com The nearest car rentals, Ace, Budget, and Enterprise, are more than two miles from the pier. Play it safe and take a tour to spots like Peggy’s Cove and Lunenburg; the roads are long and winding, and your day is short. Don’t miss the boat! Safety in Halifax isn’t difficult. Haligonians tend to be friendly and polite, and the streets well-populated and non-threatening. The crime rate is moderate among Canadian cities, so as always, be aware of those around you.

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LUNCHING

Hungry? Lobster, haddock, and Digby scallops are all local catch, and mussels come from nearby Prince Edward Island. Smoked salmon is hard to find. It’s not really a local delicacy, but the New England-style seafood chowder is, featuring fish, not clams. The lobster chowder at Salty’s, near the ferry terminal, was excellent, as was the fish and chips at the Red Stag Tavern near Alexander Keith’s Brewery. The Old Triangle Irish Pub, two blocks from the water on Prince St., is a cozy spot with very good, affordable food. Alexander Keith’s beer is now made far out of town, but the local Propeller brews are quite nice.

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Top Photo Slice: Fishing boats at Peggy's Cove (℗ 53560) Photo contributed by © Dave Marx



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