A Local’s Guide to a Day in Halifax

Mike Lim, an owner at Chain Yard Urban Cidery in Halifax, suggests what to see and where to eat in the capital of Nova Scotia. 
 

Mike Lim at Chain Yard Urban Cidery in Halifax, photo by Scott Munn

Mike Lim is passionate about Halifax’s food and drink scene. Along with his wife, Susan Downey Lim, he is among the owners of Chain Yard Urban Cidery, and one of the founders of culinary tour operator Taste Halifax and Grape Escapes (a company that leads wine tours through the Annapolis Valley). Lim, the cidery’s president and operations manager, shares a few of the spots he likes to frequent in Halifax.

Pizza stop

“You’ll typically find us at Salvatore’s Pizzaiolo Trattoria, located in Halifax’s North End. We like that it has a variety of craft beers and ciders, and our go-to dish is the Lombardia pizza.”

Favourite day trip

“The Annapolis Valley. There’s hiking with beautiful views overlooking Minas Basin. A more daring way to experience the high tides from the Bay of Fundy is to go tidal bore rafting.”

Cultural destination

The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic is a nice stop for anyone interested in the role Halifax played after the sinking of the [RMS] Titanic. Get there by walking along the boardwalk and you’ll also see displays about [Nova Scotia painter] Maud Lewis and the ‘drunken lampposts’ [a two-part sculpture on the waterfront].”

Best neighbourhood

“Without a doubt, the North End. It’s a historic area that’s now experiencing a rebirth. There’s just so much going on right now—there’s a vibrant, lively feel to it with all the new craft breweries, restaurants and artist studios.”

 

[This story appears in the June 2018 issue of WestJet Magazine]

 

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