This past summer I spent two weeks traveling around Canada’s East Coast and it was some of the best days of my life. We are so lucky to live in such a magical place. Everywhere we looked was beautiful. We drove around and I feel like I could have stopped the car every few feet for all of the breathtaking views.
We started our trip off by flying into Halifax. A place I really knew nothing about. I didn’t do my research ahead of time so I had no idea what to expect. But I was very happy with what we walked into. After landing at the airport, we hopped on a bus and headed to a random mall where our car rental place was located. Found it, picked up the car and were off to search for our hotel. Our first stop after checking in was Alexander Keith’s Brewery. We had a tour booked for 5:30 pm but some time to kill so we had dinner and drinks at The Red Stag which is located in the same building as the brewery. I was very excited to finally be on my first vacation in three years that I didn’t really pay all that much attention the menu. We ordered a few appetizers and a beer that I’m pretty sure I enjoyed.
If you’re heading to Halifax, the Alexender Keiths Brewery is a MUST. Not only do you get to learn the history of the brewery, while touring this magical space, you also get to drink your way through and feel as if you are back in time. We tried almost all of the beers and left there with a pretty solid buzz.
Our next stop was dinner at The Bicycle Theif. This was recommended to us by a few people and it did not disappoint. If it’s warm outside, wait for a table by the water. Each chair is draped with a blanket so you’ll feel extra cozy while eating a delicious meal.
On our second day in Halifax, we were trying to decide what to do (see above when I said we really had nothing planned except accommodations) and I found a tasty looking website – Halifax Food Tours. I love to eat, Tiff and Amanda love to eat. This seemed like the best way to spend a day. So we booked the tour and it was one of the highlights of my entire trip.
We stopped at six places on our food tour and tried a variety of foods. If you like food, are open to trying new things and want to explore the city from a different perspective, I suggest a food tour. Our first stop was Johnny K’s for a donair which is the official food of Halifax. I’d never had one before but I was pleasantly surprised. 10/10 would eat again. Then we stopped at a delicious food truck, Halifax Press for gourmet grilled cheese. Next, we headed to a cidery, Chain Yard Cider where we tasted a few different ciders – I tried one mixed with gin and it was pretty great. We checked out a local olive oil and vinegar store called Liquid Gold Tasting Bar where we got to try all of the oils and vinegar and we even paired them with pizza! I love pizza so I was very excited to try a slice from Salvatore’s Pizzaiolo Trattoria. We ended the tour at The Five Fishermen where we tasted local wine and I tried clam chowder for the very first time. This building is also said to be the most haunted building in Halifax. Most of the staff have experienced odd occurrences and that freaks me out.
I really love city tours and this one was one of my favourites. We not only got to eat our way through Halifax, we also learned a lot about the history of the city, saw the parts that were most devastated by the Halifax explosion and saw the city from a different point of view.