A little about Halifax...
Downtown Halifax Restaurants and Nightlife:
The area is home to approximately 200 restaurants and bars, providing an interesting array of world cuisine. There are also over 60 sidewalk cafes that open in the summer months. The nightlife is made up of bars and small music venues as well as Casino Nova Scotia, a large facility built partially over the water.
There are several museums and art galleries in downtown Halifax. Pier 21, an immigrant entry point prominent throughout the 1930s, 40s, and 50s, was opened to the public as a National Historic Site in 1999. The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic is a maritime museum containing 40 small vessels as well as an extensive exhibit on the famous Titantic. The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is housed in a 150 year old building containing over 9000 works of art.
The waterfront in Downtown Halifax is the site of the Halifax Harbourwalk, a 3-km boardwalk popular amongst tourists and locals alike. Many mid-sized ships dock here at one of the many wharfs. The harbourwalk is home to a Metro Transit ferry terminal, hundreds of stores, Historic Properties, several office buildings, the Casino Nova Scotia, and several public squares where buskers perform, most prominently at the annual Halifax International Busker Festival in August.
Downtown Halifax, being home to many small shops and vendors, is a major shopping area in the HRM. It is also home to several small malls, including Scotia Square, Barrington Place Shops, and Maritime Mall. Numerous malls on Spring Garden Road are also located nearby.
List of hotels in downtown Halifax:Cambridge SuitesThe Westin Nova ScotianFour Points by Sheraton HalifaxMarriott Halifax Harbourfront
(formerly Casino Nova Scotia Hotel).
Reputation of the North End:
In recent years, the North End has become a popular destination for Halifax's growing university population. As the prices of apartments closer to Dalhousie University and Saint Mary's University continue to rise, the students are finding cheaper accommodations in the North End.
The Quinpool district usually refers to the commercial section of Quinpool Road in Halifax, Nova Scotia as well as a few streets to the north and south of it. A fairly eclectic variety of local businesses populate the street, including many popular Chinese and Greek restaurants. as well as a Holiday Inn. The art-deco Oxford Theatre, which plays mostly independent films, can also be found on this street.
The South End has become the most prosperous region of Halifax, with a primarily middle class demographic. There is also a high student population, owing to the presence of Dalhousie University, Saint Mary's University, University of King's College, and the Atlantic School of Theology.
Areas of the South End include the downtown core, Point Pleasant Park, the Halifax Ocean Terminal and South End Container Terminal. It borders the eastern shore of the North West Arm.
Spring Garden, along with Barrington Street (which it adjoins) and Quinpool Road, is a major commercial and cultural district in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. It comprises Spring Garden Road, South Park Street, and a number of smaller side streets. The area is considered to be one of the trendiest areas in Halifax.
Spring Garden Road is home to a number of pubs, coffee shops and boutiques, making it busy both day and night. On Spring Garden one can find the Main Branch of Halifax Public Libraries, the Law Courts, the former Technical University of Nova Scotia (now the Sexton Campus of Dalhousie University), the Halifax Public Gardens, and St. Mary's Basilica. The area is also adjacent to the Citadel and the Halifax Metro Centre; several major hotels are located nearby.
The The Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites
, at the corner of Spring Garden Road and South Park Street, is a Halifax landmark. During the 1960s its grounds were a popular hang-out for artists and hippies. The Bud the Spud chip truck is parked on the street outside the library on summer months.