When two people fall in love and are really, truly, wonderfully in love and best friends and just so perfect together, sometimes they get married. And when they get married, sometimes they get married far away which means you get to travel for their wedding. And sometimes that means going to Halifax! In May, my two friends Sarah and Bill got wonderfully wed in Halifax, so I took the opportunity to take a few days off and head back to a city I hadn’t been to in a decade. To make it even more sweet, my Australian souvenir had arrived the week before, so he tagged along and got to see more of the country!
Halifax is the capital of Nova Scotia, one of Canada’s most eastern provinces. It’s not too big, has a great waterfront, and the people are SO friendly. It’s just fantastic! We stayed at an Air BnB place about a 25 minute walk from the city, which meant we got to explore a bit in a different part of the city we probably wouldn’t have seen. There were some cool old churches and colourful houses that were a great treat. Even bigger treat? The fact that, after spending a night at a bar and not wanting to walk home, a cab ride was like $10! So cheap!
We wandered the waterfront, ate lobster, drank beer, ate donairs, lamented that stores closed at 5pm, drank more beer, watched ships sail, visited the Maritime Museum…it was great. The waterfront of a big part of the city, but make sure to walk uphill and check out the rest of the city; public gardens, the old cemetery, citadel hill…it’s a small city, but it’s a great one.
The day before the wedding I got the chance to get out to Peggy’s Cove with some of my best friends. Peggy’s Cove has a lot of meaning to me; my dad lived in Halifax when I was a kid, and he would take us to Peggy’s Cove every summer. I would spend hours (or what seemed like hours) jumping from rock to rock, letting the wind play with my hair, and watching waves crash against each other. It’s one of my favourite places on Earth, and if you ever go to Halifax, take the 40 minute drive out to Peggy’s Cove. It’s worth it.
After a brisk few hours on the rocks, we went to the kitschy restaurant on site and got some seafood chowder, lobster rolls, lobster spring rolls…like, if it had lobster in it, we wanted it inside of us. We soured the gift shop and I got a tacky magnet (sidenote: I’ve always wanted to collect crappy magnets from everywhere I’ve been, but I’ve always been stubborn about bringing home souvenirs. Not anymore! Also, if anyone is going to Hobart or Prague or anywhere else I’ve been, please bring me home a magnet.) I also got a penny pressed! Watch the video here!!!
That night I (somehow!) convinced everyone to go on a ghost walk through Halifax! YOU KNOW HOW MUCH I LOVE GHOST WALKS! The walk was casual and informative with a lot of great history. And yo, it’s $10! You can’t beat a $10, 2 hour walking tour. A great way to start a night out with a group of friends in town for a wedding (and a great chance to catch up with old friends I don’t get a chance to see often!)
Then, of course, was the wedding. And it was perfect and wonderful and I cried and we drank and we danced.
I wrapped up my few days in Halifax by hitting up some beaches with my old friend James who lives out there. It’s always a treat to have a local show you around! We went on a few easy walks around a few different places, and stopped to have some *amazing* fish n’ chips – the best I’ve had since New Zealand. Then it was off to the airport and on our way home!
When I meet people overseas who say they want to come to Canada, I always tell them that it’s much bigger than they think, and that it’s crazy expensive to travel in. BUT! But it would be such a shame if they came over and missed Halifax. It really is a great place to spend a few days, and it’d be even better if you had a car and could drive around the province a bit. Definitely check it out one day and eat all the lobsters and donairs you can get your hands on! (I was really excited about the lobster and donairs…)