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1507 Lower Water St, Halifax, NS B3J 1S2, Canada
Halifax is a small city that is a bit spread out. If you don't have a car or you don't want to deal with parking, seeing the city by bike is a great way to go. I Heart Bike offers day and night bike tours throughout the city as well as bicycle...
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1055 Marginal Rd, Halifax, NS B3H 4P7, Canada
The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 (also known as simply 'Pier 21') is the location where over one million immigrants entered Canada for the first time from 1928-1971. Similar to New York's Ellis Island, today Pier 21 has been...
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1215 Lower Water St, Halifax, NS B3J 3S8, Canada
With over 90 exhibitions, the Discovery Centre in Halifax is an interactive science museum for kids of all ages. You can spend an hour or the whole day exploring and learning. There is a room filled with more Legos then you can imagine, you can...
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1149 Marginal Rd, Halifax, NS B3H 4P7, Canada
Located next to the Halifax Seaport Farmers Market, the Garrison Brewing Company opened its doors in 2007 and has been tickling Halifax's tastebuds with its fine brews ever since. At the brewery you can learn how the beer is made, try some taste...
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1675 Lower Water St, Halifax, NS B3J 1S3, Canada
Halifax's identity is tied to the sea, and its rich maritime history is the central theme of this eclectic museum. Popular exhibits include one dedicated to the role of Halifax after the sinking of the Titanic (the city's ships helped with the...
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1209 Marginal Rd, Halifax, NS B3H 4P8, Canada
Located at the south end of the Halifax waterfront the Halifax Seaport Farmers Market is the oldest continually run farmer's market in all of North America, having opened in 1750. Here you can find fresh and local foods along with handmade arts...
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5425 Sackville St, Halifax, NS B3J 3Y3, Canada
Since 1749, there have been a series of four different forts on top of citadel hill in the middle of downtown Halifax. The highest point in the city, the current fort was built in 1856 is now a popular tourist attraction. Recognized as a National...
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1496 Lower Water St, Halifax, NS B3J 3R5, Canada
Alexander Keith's beer has been brewed in Halifax since 1820, making it one of the oldest commercial breweries in North America. Today the beer is brewed across Canada and the original brewery in downtown Halifax offers one of the best brewery...
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Spring Garden Rd, Halifax, NS, Canada
Spring Garden road in Halifax is the busiest street in Canada east of St. Catherine Street in Montreal, and is one of the best places in downtown to go shopping. The most popular span of the road stretches from Barrington Street to South Park...
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Halifax, NS B3H, Canada
The Halifax Public Gardens are one of the best places in the city to go for a stroll, have a picnic, get an ice cream, feed some ducks, and (literally) stop and smell the roses. The gardens opened in 1867 and occupy 16 acres of land in the middle...
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5050 Salter St, Halifax, NS B3J 1T3, Canada
The Harbour Hopper is an amphibious vehicle that gives you an hour-long, fully narrated tour of the city and the harbor. Great for all ages, the vehicle tours the city showing you all of the best highlights, including going to the top of Citadel...
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5530 Point Pleasant Dr, Halifax, NS B3H 1B5, Canada
Point Pleasant Park sits at the south end of the city, occupying 190 acres of land. A serious hurricane leveled many of the parks old trees several years ago but it hasn't lost its charm. More trees have now been planted and the park is a favorite...
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1723 Hollis St, Halifax, NS B3J 1V9, Canada
The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is the largest art museum in Atlantic Canada, and has a varied collection, from historic Inuit stone carvings to Nova Scotian folk art, nautical paintings, classical portraits, and even the small home of one of the...
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1600 Barrington St, Halifax, NS B3J 1Z6, Canada
Obladee is the only wine bar in downtown Halifax. The bar has a casual atmosphere with an ever changing wine menu and a few other select drinks like beer and cider if that is what you would prefer. They feature wine "flights" that pair three wines...
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1869 Upper Water St, Halifax, NS B3J 1S9, Canada
The perfect place to buy souvenirs or to take home a little part of Nova Scotia for yourself. The Historic Properties are located along the north end of the waterfront boardwalk in downtown Halifax. These buildings were originally warehouses that...
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5245 Blowers St, Halifax, NS B3J 1J8, Canada
The intersection of Grafton Street and Blowers Street in Halifax is affectionately known to locals as Pizza Corner. Three of the four corners of the intersection were once home to pizza shops; however, one has now been converted into a MYO frozen...
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1097 Marginal Rd, Halifax, NS B3J 3S8, Canada
Each summer the Atlantic Film Festival brings Halifax the AlFresco FilmFesto on the waterfront boardwalk. The AlFresco FilmFesto takes place on Friday nights from July to August and features outdoor movies, often with a theme, like Billy Murray...
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5480 Point Pleasant Dr, Halifax, NS B3H 1A1, Canada
Each summer in Point Pleasant Park a series of theatrical performances by the theatre group Shakespeare by the Sea take place outdoors in the park. It is definitely a unique experience and every year they feature a different production of...
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1593 Argyle St, Halifax, NS B3J 2B2, Canada
Neptune Theatre has been delighting audiences in Halifax since 1963. With two performance spaces, Neptune's season runs from September to May. They have performed everything from Cats, to Westside Story, Beauty and the Beast, and more. Ticket...
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5657 Spring Garden Rd, Halifax, NS B3J 3R4, Canada
Park Lane Mall is located in the popular shopping area known as Spring Garden Road and is only a block away from the Public Gardens. With over 40 different shops and services, the mall is most popular for its eight-screen movie theater, which is...
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5361 Inglis St, Halifax, NS B3H 1J4, Canada
Vinnie's Pasta Bar is one of Halifax's hidden gems. It's popular enough to always draw a crowd, but just enough of a secret that there is never an enormous line to get into the place. This is by far my favorite place to get pasta in the city. The...
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1663 Argyle St, Halifax, NS B3J 2B5, Canada
The Economy Shoe Shop in Halifax (despite is odd name) is a popular restaurant and a favorite watering hole for locals. I mostly go for the nachos. The nachos at the Shoe Shop have been voted the best in the city many years running, and for good...
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1869 Upper Water St, Halifax, NS B3J 1S9, Canada
Sure Halifax has a bunch of Tim Horton's, Starbucks, and some other, local coffee places, but there is one that rises above the rest, and that is Two If By Sea. The original store is located in Dartmouth, but in the past couple years they have...
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1729 Barrington St, Halifax, NS B3J 2A4, Canada
One of Halifax's quirkier stores is the Freak Lunchbox. Inside you can find pretty much any candy imaginable. From old school Big League baseball chewing gum to (disgustingly) flavored Harry Potter jelly beans that taste like ear wax. They also...
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1537 Barrington St, Halifax, NS B3J 1Z4, Canada
Chives is probably best described as eclectic Canadian fusion, with flavors from all over Canada popping up on a breezy little menu. The restaurant itself is cool and casual, though it has a hidden trick up its sleeve you'll have to ask to see:...
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1209 Marginal Rd, Halifax, NS B3H 4P8, Canada
Halifax Seaport Farmers' Market was established in 1750 - just think about that for a moment - and now houses more than 250 vendors selling everything from fresh seafood, fish, meat, bread, veggies, cheese, coffee, and just about everything else...
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5425 Sackville St, Halifax, NS B3J 3Y3, Canada
The Citadel National Historic Site is one of the most important and iconic preservation areas in Canada, and a must-see on any visit to the East Coast — but seeing it like this is an extra-special adventure. Hours of Operation: May 7 - June 30 – 9...
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Spring Garden Rd, Halifax, NS, Canada
Local Tasting Tours prides itself on leading authentic culinary adventures throughout Halifax; from the famed Farmers Market to the kingdom of the Spice Trekker (pictured), these tours are designed to present Halifax in the most delicious light...
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1579 Grafton St, Halifax, NS B3J 2C3, Canada
Halifax is in love with "eat local," and well they should be. With bounty from sea and land, it's a food lover's destination. The Stubborn Goat pairs big flavors with local and other craft beers in a friendly, relaxed environment. Should you tire...
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1673 Barrington St, 2nd Floor, Halifax, NS B3J 1Z9, Canada
Nocturne is a fall art festival that takes place in Halifax between 6 p.m. and midnight on October 18, 2014. With exhibits set up in various galleries and other spaces, this celebration is completely free.
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1800 Argyle St, Halifax, NS B3J 2V9, Canada
The Halifax Metro Centre will be the location for the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) Men's Hockey Championships for 2015 and 2016. Check out tickets for this coming March 6, 2015 for the chance to see top players up close and personal.
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5775 Cogswell St, Halifax, NS B3K 4B2, Canada
Constructed a few years ago for the Canada Games, the Emera Oval is a concrete oval located in the Halifax Commons. Built as a track for speed skating the city has invested money into it and now keeps it open year round. In the winter months the...
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1800 Argyle St, Halifax, NS B3J 3N8, Canada
Since 2010, this fan-led sci-fi, fantasy, gaming, and comic convention has been turning the streets of Halifax into the inside of a graphic novel. With special guest appearances, photo ops, autographs, and costumes, this annual event is fun for...
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5425 Sackville St, Halifax, NS B3J 3Y3, Canada
The Citadel at Halifax looms over the city’s downtown from its hilltop location. While the capital of Nova Scotia below has been described as a “city of the future”— thanks to its commitment to the environment and excellent infrastructure—a visit...
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2011 Brunswick St, Halifax, NS B3J 2G8, Canada
Should you be despondent over the idea that letter writing is a dead art, the designs at Inkwell will revive your love of pen and paper. Featuring stationery and letterpress artwork that is modern, retro, minimalist, and ornate, the shop stocks...
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2534 Agricola St, Halifax, NS B3K 4C5, Canada
When your travel companion needs coffee but you're ready for a beer, the Lion & Bright is your answer. It's part café, part wine bar and open early to late; there's a small variety of things to eat, but you won't get any attitude if you just want...
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5688 Spring Garden Rd, Halifax, NS B3H 1H5, Canada
Stillwell, one of Nova Scotia's most beloved beer bars, goes into pop-up mode for the summer, opening a converted shipping-container bar in a former performance space on the boardwalk. Pouring daily during the summer as long as the weather...
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1661 Argyle St, Halifax, NS B3J 2B5, Canada
It's rare that a clothing store elicits rave reviews from both men and women, but the Biscuit General Store has achieved just that. It goes beyond the outfit and has been making friends out of customers long before social media existed. A modern...
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1841 Argyle St, Halifax, NS B3J 3N8, Canada
Donuts are a meal, no? Pick how many mini donuts you want and always a variety of choices for toppings - Boston cream are of course the best, followed by anything with Skor, caramel, or peanut butter. Follow them on Twitter for their food truck...
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1685 Argyle St, Halifax, NS B3J 2B5, Canada
Go here for the atmosphere, oysters and award winning bar tenders, Shane Beehan and Jeff Van Horne. My advice? Sit at the bar in the main atrium, and let them decide what drink to make for you or choose off the ever changing "innovative" list....
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1526 Queen St, Halifax, NS B3J 2H8, Canada
This series of vintage stores housed in pastel-hued buildings is a thrift-shop-lover's dream, where you can dig for designer duds on the cheap. Among some of the treasures: cardigans, feathered hats and sequined tops.
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1479 Lower Water St, Halifax, NS B3J 1R9, Canada
This shop, which is within walking distance of the cruise port, turns out many artisanal confections that you can easily pack in your suitcase (in large quantities, if necessary). Small batches of chocolate are made in copper kettles. The finished...
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5670 Spring Garden Rd, Halifax, NS B3J 1H6, Canada
It's hard to believe you won't find something to purchase in this shopping district, which is chockablock with everything from handicraft and home-décor boutiques to vintage and apparel shops. There's a strong mix of familiar brands (Roots,...
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1479 Lower Water St, Halifax, NS, Canada
The recipe for this Nova Scotia specialty was concocted in the 1920s as a way to smuggle booze past the authorities during the Prohibition era. The moist confection comes in several flavors, such as chocolate and mango, and is drenched in rum from...
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1675 Lower Water St, Halifax, NS B3J 1S3, Canada
This clothing company produces gear with logos tied to Halifax's history, with garments ranging from T-shirts and crew neck sweaters to aprons and hoodies. The quirky, unique designs reference local industries and traditions. Once you find what...
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5515 Young St, Halifax, NS B3K 1Z7, Canada
This collection of stores and cafés is part of a planned neighborhood built after a 1917 collision between two ships, one of which carried explosives, blew up and destroyed parts of the city, an event known as the Halifax Explosion. Along this...
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1645 Argyle St, Halifax, NS B3J 2B5, Canada
This authentic Irish pub serves some satisfying grub alongside some foot-tapping folk music. Classics are a big part of the menu, and they’re so consistently solid that they rarely disappoint. On the Irish end, try the bangers and mash;...
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1645 Argyle St, Halifax, NS B3J 2B5, Canada
This Irish establishment serves satisfying grub with a generous side of foot-tapping folk music. Pub cuisine classics are a big part of the menu, and they're so consistently solid that they rarely disappoint. Try the bangers and mash;...
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5530 Point Pleasant Dr, Halifax, NS B3H 1B5, Canada
This wooded parkland wraps around the south end of the Halifax peninsula and really shows off the region's natural beauty. Once a hunting and fishing ground for the indigenous Mi'kmaq, and later a military bastion (you can still see ruins of...
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3720 Windsor St, Halifax, NS B3J 3A5, Canada
This cemetery is famous for its connection to the Titanic, and it is a haunting reminder of the maritime tragedy. More than one hundred people who perished when the ocean liner sank were buried here after Halifax vessels aided in the recovery...
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1723 Hollis St, Halifax, NS B3J 1V9, Canada
Housed in two heritage buildings, this exhibition space is a showcase for visual artists from Nova Scotia and other provinces in Atlantic Canada. Its collection is comprised of more than 17,000 works that run the gamut of traditional and...
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1209 Marginal Rd, Halifax, NS B3H 4P8, Canada
Housed in a former bank building, this farmers market spotlights Nova Scotia's regional bounty and unique brand of creativity. Bakeries turn out fresh bread and pastries; farmers sell seasonal produce; and craftspeople hawk items such as enameled...
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5795 Africville Rd, Halifax, NS B3K 2R9, Canada
This cultural institution pays tribute to the black community of Africville, which was located on the northern shore of Halifax Harbour, and to their neighborhood, which was destroyed in the 1960s to make way for industrial development. The city...
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1747 Summer St, Halifax, NS B3H 3A6, Canada
The Museum of Natural History, which focuses on the province of Nova Scotia, contains—among other wonders—a bee colony, a butterfly house, an extensive collection of Mi'kmaq artifacts and a whale skeleton. The museum has strong educational...
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Brunswick St, Halifax, NS B3J 3Y3, Canada
Built in 1803, this iconic landmark was a gift to the town of Halifax from the punctuality-obsessed Prince Edward, the Duke of Kent, who was returning home to England after a long stint in North America. Set atop a Palladian building, the...
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Lower Water St, Halifax, NS B3H 4P8, Canada
The pedestrian-friendly waterfront offers a ton of activities within close proximity to the cruise port. The promenade is enlivened by thought-provoking public art, enterprising street vendors and on-key bagpipe players when the weather is right....
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1675 Lower Water St, Halifax, NS B3J 1S3, Canada
Starting with a lecture of the history of Nova Scotia and Halifax in under 30 minutes, the comical guide of our museum introduction was able to bring to light the longstanding relation between the people, culture, and the sea in this region to...
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Great little cafe with breakfast and lunch. Cute, pleasant and welcoming.
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Halifax, NS B3H, Canada
Victorian style gardens. Scenic, beautiful, tranquil. Big beautiful displays along with quiet places to escape and a beautiful, ornate gazebo. Free entry, clean restrooms, ice cream shop.
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11 Bendview Ct, Moncton, NB E1C 0H7, Canada
Are you ready for this – you can even surf on the Bay of Fundy – sort of. Stop at Bore Park in Moncton and take a seat on the bleachers to watch the tidal bore roll through the Pedikodiak River filling the riverbank with new fresh water every day....
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Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, as well as the rest of Atlantic Canada, have always had their eyes focused on the sea. Fishermen and sailors shaped these provinces, from their lighthouses along the coast to the sea shanties you’ll hear sung in...
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51 Woodstock Rd, Fredericton, NB E3B 9L8, Canada
“Whiskey makes the bagpipes sound better, “ said Frank our whiskey tasting MC for the day. I laughed, but I actually like the sounds of bagpipes, however I had never heard them played for this long of period before. You could hear them echoing...
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47 Charlotte St, Saint John, NB E2L 2H8, Canada
My hometown of Saint John, New Brunswick isn't exactly Canada's tourist hot-spot. But there's one great reason to visit, if your'e a foodie - The Saint John City Market. This is Canada's oldest incorporated farmers' market and it's always a...
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100 Fallsview Ave, Saint John, NB E2K 0G8, Canada
Fallsview Park is the ideal place from which to observe the Reversing Falls Rapids, where the Bay of Fundy’s high tide reverses the flow of the Saint John River. Get an additional adrenaline rush by riding over the Reversing Rapids: Two tour...
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20 Sydney St, Saint John, NB E2L, Canada
A historic district in uptown Saint John, the Trinity Royal Heritage Conservation Area is a 10-block area you can explore on the Loyalist Trail walking tour. The 90-minute self-guided circuit retraces the footsteps of Saint John’s founders—British...
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454 Whipple St, Saint John, NB E2M, Canada
This small circular fort, a National Historic Site of Canada, was built during the War of 1812 and is the oldest building in Saint John. Its military service lasted until the end of World War II, and included a stint as a prison for deserters...
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1 Market Square, Saint John, NB E2L 4Z6, Canada
The New Brunswick Museum, founded in 1842, is Canada’s oldest museum in continuous operation. The Market Square Exhibition Centre has three floors of space dedicated to the province’s natural history and its cultural heritage of forestry, military...
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1 Market Square, Saint John, NB E2L 4Z6, Canada
Chef Jesse Vergen’s menu changes depending on what ingredients are available from local markets, farms and fishermen, as well as from his own organic farm. Halibut, lamb, beef, cheeses and bread baked in-house are among the delicious offerings,...
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89 Germain St, Saint John, NB E2L 2E8, Canada
The Feel Good Store features unique gift items with a focus on wellness. Located in uptown Saint John, the locally owned shop has its own tea bar for those who crave a cup before or after shopping, as well as loose tea to take home.
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Bay of Fundy, Musquash, NB, Canada
On the fourth day of Michael’s itinerary, you’ll cross the Bay of Fundy to New Brunswick and head to St. Andrew’s by-the-Sea. This seaside town has been one of Canada’s most popular resort destinations for more than a century. It will also serve...
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1301 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4L 1C2, Canada
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When champion oyster shucker Patrick McMurray of Starfish opened this authentic Irish pub on the edges of Leslieville, the area suddenly got a little more interesting. Locals could enjoy the craic without crossing the Bloor Viaduct. Even more...
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929 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M 1J6, Canada
Being able to impress Torontonians with something brand spankin' new is no easy feat, but Leslieville Pumps has done just that. Located in––where else?––Leslieville, this joint is a bit of everything rolled up into one cool package: smokehouse,...
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Graffiti Alley, Toronto, ON M5V, Canada
Canada's metropolis isn't just skyscrapers and multinationals, apparently. Welcome to Graffiti Alley, or as the locals call it, Rush Lane. Canada's largest outdoor art gallery (from Spadina Avenue to Portland Street) is located in the...