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08-08-2010, 02:06 PM
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Need Help from St.John/Halifax Residents

My parents are going on a short vac to St. John and Halifax at the end of the month. I was wondering if I could get some tips for places to look out for. Their meals are paid for on the ship, but was wondering if there's any interesting places they might be interested in. Keep in mind they are in their 60's, any cool pubs would be a good place to start.

they have the option to sign up for some things, so they were wondering if it's worth it, here's some of the things they were considering, not sure if anyone can help here but I thought I'd ask.

1. St. John Horse drawn trolly, it's an hour ride but 32 bucks a person.

2. St. John trolley round St. John, 1.25 hours 29.95 a person

3. Harbour cruise and city highlights 2.5 hours 90 bucks a person


1. NS-Peggy's Cove- 3 hours 40 bucks a person

2. Halifax city tour- 3 hours 36 bucks

3. Halifax pub tour 3 hrs 76 bucks

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My parents are going on a short vac to St. John and Halifax at the end of the month. I was wondering if I could get some tips for places to look out for. Their meals are paid for on the ship, but was wondering if there's any interesting places they might be interested in. Keep in mind they are in their 60's, any cool pubs would be a good place to start.

they have the option to sign up for some things, so they were wondering if it's worth it, here's some of the things they were considering, not sure if anyone can help here but I thought I'd ask.

1. St. John Horse drawn trolly, it's an hour ride but 32 bucks a person.

2. St. John trolley round St. John, 1.25 hours 29.95 a person

3. Harbour cruise and city highlights 2.5 hours 90 bucks a person


1. NS-Peggy's Cove- 3 hours 40 bucks a person

2. Halifax city tour- 3 hours 36 bucks

3. Halifax pub tour 3 hrs 76 bucks
Hey man I'm from Halifax and im about 20 so keep that in mind, Firstly pubs, depends on what they themselves are into, (i.e traditional/ modern/ etc.) but the downtown is littered with them, like on every corner there's a pub. Pretty much our only claim to fame is that we have the most bars per capita in the world or NA can't remember. There is Dirty nellys, The triangle, the lower deck/upper deck/middle deck (lol), henry house pub are all kind of traditional wodden rafter pubs, beer and pub fare usually.As well of those the triangle is probably the most traditional and more upscale and they usually feature live music on certain nights. A couple other more upscale ones like The bitter end (specializes in martinis),

I'd recommend one thing about this though, it's a university town and the downtown crowd changes around 9-10 pm too university and younger kids so it gets a bit rowdy. So staying out a little bit late isn't really seen much especially with the older crowd.

With regards to the tour peggys cove is about 30-40 minutes away from downtown halifax and is alright I know alot of people who go who are from the city and have a great time its a little fishing village.

The city tour if there doing the one I'm thinking of, (harbour hopper) drives them to all the cool spots in the city and then drives into the harbour and goes up the waterfront, its an old amphibious landing craft and is pretty cool, Somethings they may be interested in seeing just nearby the downtown (i know where the piers are) is off of spring garden road there's the public gardens which is a really nice spot the gardens are maintained meticulously and isn't that big of a walk around its a nice little spot to relax and have a cup of tea. (my grandparents do that), theres the citadel obviously which is an old british army fort in the center of the city pretty cool view from the top

don't expect much shopping, generally you'll find some really cool places if you walk around downtown but tell them to avoid going farther down the waterfront then the casino its kinda lower income housing after that and gets a little sketchy. It's a great city if you enjoy good food, music and a drink theres a lot of others id mention but like i said it is a university town and I usually see students at more of them then other places but def check out the triangle, citadel hill and the public gardens

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Hey i'm from St.John's here a few things i think they should do:
1.Johnson Geo Centre
2.Signal Hill- Great walking trails
3.Iceberg Quest Boat Tour
4.Visit Fort Amherst
5.check out the South Side Hills
6.Check Out the Row Housing
7.Check our Bowring Park
8.Party Time: George Street. Oreilly's Pub is the Best in my opinion
9.Busker Festival

Newfoundland has many more attractions here are some out of the city. Take day tours to the numerous communities along the Southern Shore of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Conception Bay areas of the Avalon Peninsula. Cape Spear is the most easterly point in North America and is conveniently accessible from our Bed and Breakfast by either rental car, or by a short boat ride from the Harbor of St. John's. Newfoundland is the best place to see an Arctic iceberg drift offshore. Enjoy some of the best boat tours into the North Atlantic and view the largest North American colony, of Atlantic Puffins at the "Witless Bay Ecological Reserve". The French Islands of St. Pierre and Miquelon, off the South Coast of the Newfoundland and Labrador, are accessible by scheduled flights from "St. John's International Airport" as well as by commute to "Fortune harbour" on the "Burin Peninsula" and then by ferry to "St. Pierre". For those who are interested in genealogy, the Provincial Archives are an extremely valuable source of information. There are several ways of finding out how to access the information you are looking for at "The Rooms". It is the place where it all comes together our history, heritage and artistic expression. The Rooms unites the Provincial Museum, the Provincial Art Gallery and the Provincial Archives under one roof. The Rooms is a portal to the many stories our province of Newfoundland has to tell. Archaeological investigations in the 1960's at L'Anse Aux Meadows in Newfoundland discovered proof of an early 11th century AD Norse settlement. This Viking outpost in Canada was likely the first contact point with North American natives called "Skraelings". In latter years, it is probably more prominent as the setting for "The Shipping News". Western Brook Pond, located in "Gross-Morne" National Park, is also in that area and is awesome

I hope they enjoy St. John's, Newfoundland and all it has to offer.

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All 3 options for HFX are good options...how old are your parents? Depending on their age, the pub one may or may not be a good choice....Oh. 60's just spotted it in your original post...sorry...

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I agree with Accident on the Pubs...the Triangle would probably suit them nicely...a nice celtic bar. I am sure all tours are good but I would suggest the Peggy's Cove one; a true NS landmark. They can always walk around Halifax and see some of the other things they would have seen on the other tours. Downtown, at the top of the hill is another good touristy spot, citadel hill.

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I am from Halifax also, and I just moved to Calgary 2 months ago, so Halifax is still fresh in my mind.

The best places for the more mature crowd to go is the waterfront, there is always lots to do there, lots of coffee shops, and events going on usually on weekends. There is another place called York Redoubt It was a command centre for harbour defences in World War II. kinda hard to explain where it is exactly so use google map. The harbour hopper is a good way to see the city as well. Peggy's cove is great and is one of the main tourists attractions in NS I would recommend it. The Titanic burial site is also interesting. Point pleasant park is awesome and great for anyone looking for a leisurely walk by the water.

Pubs wise I would say the lower deck, the triangle, and Maxwells Plum. And any Irish pub is a good time as well for the older crowd.

But when it comes down to it anyone can just walk around Halifax and get a full feel on how great of a city it is, and how the old style buildings are made, and the celebratory atmosphere around you.

Also Pier 21 is interesting. Hope they have a good time, and hope they like seafood!

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Hey i'm from St.John's here a few things i think they should do:
1.Johnson Geo Centre
2.Signal Hill- Great walking trails
3.Iceberg Quest Boat Tour
4.Visit Fort Amherst
5.check out the South Side Hills
6.Check Out the Row Housing
7.Check our Bowring Park
8.Party Time: George Street. Oreilly's Pub is the Best in my opinion
9.Busker Festival

Newfoundland has many more attractions here are some out of the city. Take day tours to the numerous communities along the Southern Shore of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Conception Bay areas of the Avalon Peninsula. Cape Spear is the most easterly point in North America and is conveniently accessible from our Bed and Breakfast by either rental car, or by a short boat ride from the Harbor of St. John's. Newfoundland is the best place to see an Arctic iceberg drift offshore. Enjoy some of the best boat tours into the North Atlantic and view the largest North American colony, of Atlantic Puffins at the "Witless Bay Ecological Reserve". The French Islands of St. Pierre and Miquelon, off the South Coast of the Newfoundland and Labrador, are accessible by scheduled flights from "St. John's International Airport" as well as by commute to "Fortune harbour" on the "Burin Peninsula" and then by ferry to "St. Pierre". For those who are interested in genealogy, the Provincial Archives are an extremely valuable source of information. There are several ways of finding out how to access the information you are looking for at "The Rooms". It is the place where it all comes together our history, heritage and artistic expression. The Rooms unites the Provincial Museum, the Provincial Art Gallery and the Provincial Archives under one roof. The Rooms is a portal to the many stories our province of Newfoundland has to tell. Archaeological investigations in the 1960's at L'Anse Aux Meadows in Newfoundland discovered proof of an early 11th century AD Norse settlement. This Viking outpost in Canada was likely the first contact point with North American natives called "Skraelings". In latter years, it is probably more prominent as the setting for "The Shipping News". Western Brook Pond, located in "Gross-Morne" National Park, is also in that area and is awesome

I hope they enjoy St. John's, Newfoundland and all it has to offer.
Umm...I think he meant St John NB

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Umm...I think he meant St John NB
Uh, Lord chezz you should get a PHD in geography and not in porn. Saint John New Brunswick........St Johns Nfld. People from both places are quick to point out the difference.

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oops yup when i see St.John i immediately though of St.Johns NL lol my bad. Saint John and St.John's i guess if u dont read carefully u could screw up easily.But i guess if anyone is traveling to NL they're the places to go.

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Uh, Lord chezz you should get a PHD in geography and not in porn. Saint John New Brunswick........St Johns Nfld. People from both places are quick to point out the difference.


I felt bad for the poor guy. He typed out that wonderful intro to St Johns and montreal's parent's won't be going there.

On my way back from whale watching, I drove through St John yesterday and saw the Cruise ship. I always wondered what those folks do with their day in the port city.

Personally, St Johns seems much more appealing.

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I felt bad for the poor guy. He typed out that wonderful intro to St Johns and montreal's parent's won't be going there.

On my way back from whale watching, I drove through St John yesterday and saw the Cruise ship. I always wondered what those folks do with their day in the port city.

Personally, St Johns seems much more appealing.
There is no St John, it's Saint John and it has plenty of things to do. Many great pubs. Murrays is quite good for the older crowd. Fish and Brew for older crowds too and if they like karaoke, they have one thursday and sunday. The boardwalk has plenty of pubs as well.

If they could handle the jet boat through the reversing falls it is definitely worth it. The falls restaurant is very good too.

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Suhanna's Restaurant (Thai food) on Lancaster Avenue is a great hidden treasure....it's not exactly in City Centre but it's worth the moderate cab fare. It would be worth skipping a meal on the ship for. Your folks should call the restaurant to make sure they're open however. Sometimes the owners go on vacation and just close the restaurant while they're away.

If your Dad's into meat markets, Rocky's Sports Bar. He can tell your Mom he heard it's a good sports bar and then he can salivate watching the waitresses in action.


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Umm...I think he meant St John NB
Only a newfoundlander

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lol i doubt it anyone could make that mistake it wasn't even spelled properly its saint john not st.john don't be so quick to judge.

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It's come up, but for pubs in Halifax that are specifically good for people in their 60s, I'd say The Henry House. Great traditional pub, quiet (at most they'll have an in-house/un-miced fiddle band) and their own beer.

Ironically, I am also originally from Saint John. Churchill's Pub is near where the ferry will drop them off and if they don't go too late, it is also a very nice place to have a beer and relax.

Of the things you listed from both cities, I'd say only bother with Peggy's Cove. In Halifax, I'd suggest walking around the waterfront and peeking into any of the many shops. Lots of nice things down there. In the area near the Keith's Brewery there are lots of high end shops and restaurants to check out. If they're in on a Saturday, they should head to the market too. New one just opened, so it's split between that and the one in the Brewery.

I'd also suggest brewery tours. If they want the folksy one, take the Keith's tour. If they're more interested in the beer part of the adventure, the Garrison one is best.

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As a tourist from Montreal who went to both Halifax and St. John (NB) last fall, I'd say try to avoid St. John (that's pretty ugly) and try to spend most of your time in Halifax, a pretty nice city. Peggy's Cove is also a place that deserves a visit. It's a very weird and spectacular landscape there, but sadly it's FULL of tourists.

And after a 9 days road-trip in the Maritimes, I'd say my favorite place to see was definitely the Cabot trail. It's not too crowded and it's very beautiful and diversified. Also, driving in those curvy roads was a crazy experiment. I couldn't help but drive a little faster than usual... hehe!

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As a resident of Saint John, I have to agree to disagree with some previous posts about the quality of the city, The city is a blue collar industrial town (think Hamilton) but there are plenty of things to see here. The pub scene is somewhat slow, but depending on the day they are in I'd probably recommend the boardwalk pubs, they're near the wharf and theres about 4-5 to choose from, plus you can sit out on the patio and people watch, some days of the week (Wednesdays and thursday nights) they're having an "American Idol" style contest for the locals, one days country, one days pop. Theres also the Irish pub O'Learys just up the hill from the terminal and the microbrewery "Big Tide Brewing" is right across from it but there beers are average at best.

As for sights and sounds, The tours of uptown might be worth their while but its actually not that hard of a city (although its hilly) to walk to see most of the old architecture in the city. For a North American city it has alot of Victorian architecture in its uptown core, which is where the cruise ship stops. At City Hall you can usually get good guide listing the major heritage buildings because about half the old city burnt down in 1870's so its quite the mismash of older and newer buildings (meaning built in 1880 or later as new). I'd highly recommend them visting the City Market, one the oldest in Canada, The smoked salmon at Lord's fish market is especially delicious in my opinion.

As for touristy things to see, Fort Howe gives you an excellent view of a good chunk of the city and would be about a $6-7 cab ride from the terminal. The old mid 1800's Military fort called Martello Tower on the other side of the river (West Side of town) also gives and excellent view of the city as well and is usually only about $5-10 for the tour. Beyond that there's Reversing Falls where the water in the mouth of the river reverses direction every twelve hours or so and produces rapids and whirlpools. There's a bridge across the river where this happens so its easy to find, theres also an Island in the river with a walking bridge you can get closer picks, just don't mind the giant pulp right across the river. They also offer a Jet boat ride up the river through this area for $50-70 I believe, though its a fairly fast boat.

Hmm beyond that, Most of the other things to see are mostly nature based, there's several large parks, Rockwood being the closest to uptown and the Irving Nature park on the west side has a good spot for seal watching if it's the right time of day, just ask someone there and they can point you too it, its about a 20-30min walk into the park minimum though, but they could get a cab to drive them in but that might get pricey as the roads speed limit in the park is 20km/hr and its about an 6km road. Beyond that, seeing Kings Square and Queens Square uptown are a nice place to relax right in the middle of the city. I hope they enjoy the trip.

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Thanks to everyone for their help, my parents are Irish and Scottish so they will enjoy the pubs for sure, the Triangle sounds like a good place for them to check out.

I told my dad to go to Alexander Keith's brewery and bring me back some IPA

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