The corner of Lower Water and Sackville street is one of the busiest for people walking during the summer months in Halifax. The Halifax Waterfront is one of the greatest places in Canada to go for a nice walk in the summer months, and this is about the middle of the Halifax Boardwalk. As you head down Lower Water further you will see the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic a great place to go any time of the year.
Sackville & Lower Water
At the base of Sackville Street you will find a very different and interesting park called Sackville Landing. The landing is a large open area with some interesting artwork, some historic anchors (on the back of the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic), the Visitor Information Centre, as well as a small playground for children and an entrance way to the waterfront boardwalk.
Sackville & Bedford Row
When you are heading up Sackville Street you will come across a very small road that actually does not look like it should be there, Bedford Row. Bedford row is one of the greatest secret streets in Downtown Halifax. Depending on what type of food you are looking for, you will be able to find many options here.
On the corner here you will see Ryan Duffy’s Steak house which will give you one of the best steaks in the city of Halifax. You can also get other meals in here and as of late they have also started to serve breakfast. If you are staying at the Radisson Hotel you will find that this is where you will spend a lot of your meals.
On the corner of Granville and Sackville Street you will find a couple of interesting places. On your right hand side you will see the mongolian grill which is an all you can eat buffet, this is a great place if you are looking for a lot of healthy food, as they pride themselves on having some of the best healthy alternatives in Metro. On your left hand side you will reflections cabaret, this is one of the many bars and pubs in Halifax. On your right hand side you will find a travel agency as well as Rock Candy a very unique store in the downtown core.
Sackville & Barrington
As you are heading up the hill towards the Citadel, you will pass through Barrington Street which is one of the oldest streets in Halifax. If while you are in town you are looking for a place to get your glasses fixed, there is vogue optical on the corner of Sackville and Barrington. On the left hand side you will see the Discovery Centre, which is a place where you can go to have fun while learning about science as well as many different displays about fun science facts.
Sackville & Arglye
While heading up Sackville you will pass by Argyle street. Argyle is a very unique street in Halifax. It is well known for the entretainment as well as food and drink. You will see on your right hand side, Durty Nelly’s a great Irish Pub in Halifax, on your left hand side you will see the Neptune Theater, which is where world class theater is held in Halifax. Across the street from Neptune you will find the second visitor information centre in downtown Halifax, it is small but it has alot of information for people who are visiting here.
Sackville & Grafton Street
As you come to closer to the top of the hill you will pass by Grafton Street which is also known for bars pubs and some of the best steaks in Halifax. Originally this area was where you would find the Midtown Tavern, which would give you some of the best steak for the best prices, however they have moved down the road closer to the Metro Centre on the corner of Carmichael Street and Grafton Streets.
On your left hand side you will see Maxwells Plumb which is known for having one of the largest beer selections in Halifax, however as you are heading up the hill keep your eyes on the left hand side and you will see Strange Adventures which is the only comic book store in Downtown Halifax.
Sackville & Brunswick
On the corner of Brunswick and Sackville you will see a large brick building. In 1917 this was one of our many schools. You may notice that on this side of the building you will see that many of the blinds in the school are always drawn even on a day where it is not sunny. The reason for this is that on Dec. 6, 1917 the largest man made explosion prior to Hiroshima happened in Halifax Harbour. It was known as the Halifax Explosion and when it happened all of the windows in all of the buildings in downtown halifax blew out from the explosion, leaving many people blinded by the flying glass an debris. Luckally for the students of the day, the teacher had gone to the window and drew the blinds so that the children would not see the commotion outside, and when the explosion happened the glass hit the blinds and not the children saving many of their lives. Because of this the school today still keeps the blinds closed as a reminder to the Halifax Explosion.
Sackville & Queen
On your left hand side of Sackville you will see a very unique house if you keep your eyes open for it, this would be the Bullard House. The Bullard House was a house that was built with five sides, bordering three roads. The story behind this is that Bullard was a fisherman and he would spend plenty of time out at sea. His wife was a very meticulous house cleaner and so she kept getting mad as when he came home he would be full of mud and fish, and so she demanded that he build himself a place where he could change when he came home from work, and this is where the other entrance came into play. Mr. Bullard built his own entranceway so that when he came home he would be able to drop his clothes in the other room and he would then change and then come into the house. It was an ingenious plan, and that’s why it shows five sides and three entrance ways into the house.
Sackville & South Park
The corner of Sackville and South Park street is a very unique corner, it melds together the combination of the History of Halifax, with much more modern ideas with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) which is a radio and television broadcasting offices. On the corner across the street on the right hand side you will find the original gardener of the Halifax Public Gardens home and directly behind it greenhouses where they move many of the plants out of the Gardens during the winter months.
On the left hand side of the street you will see one of the entrances to the Victorian Public Gardens.
The greenhouses where many of the different plants from the Victorian Public Gardens get moved. Also on your left hand side you will see the pond in the Gardens. Griffin’s pond is the name of this pond and it is named after an unfortunate incident in Halifax. The story behind Griffin’s pond is that there was a very public hanging in Halifax many years ago. The issue here however is that the man who was hanged there was actually an innocent man, and so they named the pond after him when it was found that he was not guilty. The one thing that you need to know is that it is now illegal to feed the ducks in Griffins pond. The reason behind this is that if we keep feeding them they will not leave and migrate and we would have a duck problem in the south end. Today however you will not be hanged for this, but you could receive a fine.
Camp Hill Cemetery
The very end of Sackville Street ends at Camp Hill Cemetery. The Camp Hill cemetery was called this because when people first moved to Halifax the idea was that the best way for someone to attack the town they would come from the back end of the city and up over the hill. Because of this the town had put an encampment of soldiers whos job it was to watch out for anyone attacking Halifax. Over time it was decided that the best way to put up a defence here would be to cut away a large part of the city’s trees so that if someone was coming to attack they would be able to be seen. This is where the Halifax Common grounds came from. You can see the grounds really easily from the top of citadel hill.