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THE BEST WAY TO HALIFAX, CANADA
WHERE TO STAY
The Halliburton, 5184 Morris St.; (902) 420-0658, http://www.thehalliburton.com. Three 19th century town houses converted into a sophisticated 29-room boutique hotel. Better for couples than kids. Rooms for two usually $165-$225, less in colder months.
Waverley Inn, 1266 Barrington St.; (902) 423-9346, waverleyinn.com. Most rooms for two $129-$190, less in colder months. Comfortable, semi-restored, three-story 1876 building with 34 rooms, no elevator.
Halifax Heritage House Hostel, 1253 Barrington St.; (902) 422-3863, http://www.hihostels.ca/novascotia/331/nova_scotia_hi-halifax.hostel. Near the action downtown with 75 beds. $35 for a bed in a dorm room, $85 for a private family room with bath.
Prince George Hotel, 1725 Market St.; (902) 425-1986, http://www.princegeorgehotel.com. Not much character but well set up for families and business travelers, with 203 rooms downtown. Rooms for two usually $149-$289.
WHERE TO EAT
The Five Fishermen, 1740 Argyle St; (902) 422-4421, fivefishermen.com. Upscale seafood and steak in a historic building, with fancy restaurant above, grill and oyster bar on ground floor. Main dishes $16-$39.
Stories at the Halliburton, 5184 Morris St.; (902) 444-4400, http://www.thehalliburton.com/stories-restaurant/. Fine dining, often with bison and caribou on menu. Main dishes $17-$37.
Obladee, 1600 Barrington St.; (902) 405-4505, obladee.ca. Stylish wine bar, opened 2010. Three charcuterie and cheese items for $15.
Henry House, 1222 Barrington St.; (902) 423-5660, henryhouse.ca. Bustling two-level pub in an 1834 stone house. Main dishes $13-$20.
The Economy Shoe Shop Café & Bar, 1663 Argyle St., Halifax; (902) 423-7463, economyshoeshop.ca. Sprawling semi-Moroccan space with a busy bar and lively, younger crowd. Sandwiches and main dishes about $10-$22.
Salty's, 1869 Upper Water St.; (902) 423-6818, http://www.saltys.com. Ocean views, especially from the pricier upstairs dining room (white tablecloth and "classy" feel). Upstairs, main dishes about $24-$39. In the casual downstairs space (no tablecloth), main dishes about $13-$28.
WHAT TO SEE
Fairview Lawn Cemetery, 3720 Windsor St.; (902) 490-4883, halifax.ca/history/tfairview.html.
Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, 1675 Lower Water St.; (902) 424-7490, maritime.museum.gov.ns.ca. Adult admission $8.75 May through October, $4.75 November through April.
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