Classic Attraction: Wandering the Halifax Waterfront

Dive into Maritime lore at one of the country’s most successful urban renewal projects. The Historic Properties, a collection of 17th- and 18th-century warehouse buildings and wharves, now houses boutique and specialty retailers, polished watering holes galore and the chance to fuel up on some of the best seafood in Halifax.

There’s also the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, a new farmers market by Pier 21 and, this month, the annual Buskerfest with 500 family-friendly and fringe performances from all over the planet.

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“The fall is a gorgeous time to surf here because the water has warmed up from winter by September. You can rent everything or get lessons in Lawrencetown Beach, which is only 20 minutes from Halifax. There’s also Martinique Beach and more surf breaks and beautiful beaches all down the south shore. Some of the most-coveted surfing spots in the world—like California or Hawaii—have very straight coasts, and they don’t have point breaks like we do. We have our pick of points here.”

Lisa Ross, Olympic sailor competing in her final World Cup event of the season this month in England

“I like puttering away my rare free days on foot. I’d start in Dartmouth with a double macchiato from Two If By Sea Café, then wander down to the ferry terminal and cruise into Halifax. I’d go to Taz Records, a classic vinyl and CD shop where I bought all my records and Zeppelin posters growing up. Then maybe [going to] the Halifax Folklore Centre, where they have beautiful instruments like guitars, mandolins, all sorts. For lunch, I’d hit this great strip-mall Mediterranean place called Tarek’s Café, where they’re not shy on portions.”

Joel Plaskett, Juno Award-winning singer-songwriter

“There are many great spots in the Annapolis Valley. One is the restaurant at Evangeline Inn & Motel in Grand Pré, commonly known as Sterling’s Restaurant. It’s the most fabulous, easygoing, country-style spot you’ll ever find, with a really lovely mood that fits so perfectly with their food. They don’t do any deep-fried stuff, and they make the best burger in the world. Kitty-corner to them is Grand Pré Winery, where they serve the most excellent apple cider. It’s refreshing with a little buzz, tasty with no chemicals or garbage, and there’s nothing better on a summer’s day.”

Pete Luckett, founder of Pete’s Frootique, a produce and gourmet food emporium