8 Hours in Halifax

Welcome to Halifax.

If you are reading this, it means that you are only in Halifax for a few hours… there is a pretty good chance that you just came off one of the cruise ships and you are trying to plan your trip around the city.  If that is the case, I have a walking tour of Halifax from the cruise ships that you should check out.

If you don’t want to go there, here is a list of the different things that you can do while you are in town.

1 – Pier 21 – The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, is Canada’s national museum of immigration. The museum occupies part of Pier 21, the former ocean liner terminal and immigration shed from 1928 to 1971. Pier 21 is Canada’s last remaining ocean immigration shed. The facility is often compared to Ellis Island (1892-1954), in terms of its importance to mid-20th century immigration to Canada[1] an association it shares with 19th century immigration history at Grosse Isle, Quebec (1832-1932) and Partridge Island in Saint John, New Brunswick (1785-1941)[2]. The Museum began as an independent institution run by the Pier 21 Society in 1999. It became a national museum run by the Canadian federal government in 2011.

2- Garrison Brewery – Sudsy rise against the norm or UK-styled beer invasion fermented in Nova Scotia, Garrison started in protest. As the first major wave of craft brewing in North America was cresting, Garrison was determined to see small batch, independent brewing come back to Halifax. Launched in the city’s deep north-end, the brewery released first an Irish Red Ale (August 1997) & Nut Brown Ale (October 1997). Restless & innovative, the early years saw McNab’s Pale, Raspberry Wheat, Martello Stout, Titanic Ale, Jalapeno Ale & more. By 2004, craft beer was surging again & the Lady Hammond plant was busting at the seams – time to move!

Vacant & derelict but solid & historic, the Immigration Annex on the south-end waterfront was begging for a brewery. By February 2006 the 1929 character building had one – us – & the new Halifax Seaport had its’ first anchor tenant. The added space and exposure was like oxygen to Garrison & the brewery grew rapidly. New tanks & better bottling gear allowed for a tripling of production, but by 2012 the space could give no more.

Determined to stay “100% SEAPORT BREWED”, the team found another beautifully derelict Port space in the old CN Rail Repair Building just a keg roll away. By spring 2014 Garrison was running trial batches on their state-of-the-art, PEI-built brewhouse, & this fully updated craft-brewing plant continues to meet the growing Garrison demand. The new plant isn’t open to the public but you can still catch our brewers in action at the market brewery knocking out specialties & collabs on the original gear. Cheers!

3 – Walk the boardwalk – If you decide that you just want to go for a walk, you can walk down the Halifax boardwalk.  While walking you will come up on Bishops landing, the waterfront shanty area, the tourist bureau, the waterfront bridge, Murphy’s on the water, historic properties, and the Casino.

Bishop’s Landing offers exceptional shopping, dining, and living on the Halifax waterfront. We’ve been growing and developing the Halifax waterfront community for well over a decade, and have a passion for local business. Our 40,000 square feet of retail space is home to independent restaurants, boutiques, and local businesses and services. And, with 206 residential suites, hundreds of location-conscious people enjoy the luxury and convenience of living at Bishop’s Landing.

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