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  • hey guys samuel and audrey here and today we're  going to be showing you around halifax nova  

  • scotia canada this summer we had the chance to  visit halifax in partnership with tourism nova  

  • scotia and over the course of our visit we went on  some fun and unusual tours and also hit up some of  

  • the city's must visit attractions in this video  we'll tour the recently opened george's island  

  • and venture deep into the tunnels we'll go on  a spooky after-hours ghost tour of the citadel  

  • we'll sail aboard tall ship silva as we sample  local nova scotia wines we'll explore the maritime  

  • museum of the atlantic where we'll learn more  about the titanic and the halifax explosion  

  • we'll ride a colorful amphibious vessel known  as the harbour hopper and a whole lot more  

  • the following is our halifax travel guide  in nova scotia canada so join us as we share  

  • some of the best things to do in halifax  on your visit let's go explore shall we

  • we're going to kick things off with halifax's  newest attraction george's island set in the  

  • middle of halifax harbor this island has  been a parks canada historic site since 1965  

  • but it only opened to the public this  summer to reach the island we traveled  

  • aboard the harbor queen 1 which is  operated by ambassador's greyline

  • all right guys so this morning we are  on a little bit of an excursion we have  

  • come to george's island which is the newest  attraction here in halifax nova scotia it was  

  • just a 15-minute ride to get here by boat  we got beautiful views of the waterfront  

  • and yeah this is a really cool place we've got  a guide who's going to be showing us around  

  • sharing a bit of the history of this  place and yeah let's go check it out

  • okay so we've got our handy little map here and  we're basically going to be exploring the island  

  • on foot there's lots of places of interest along  here once we reached george's island we got to  

  • see the lighthouse walk along the fortifications  and take a guided tour of the historic tunnels  

  • there is a lot of history to unpack here so  doing the guided tours highly recommended  

  • in order to learn more about the roles the  micmac acadians and british forces played here

  • that was a great tour yeah we just got out of the  tunnels just so fascinating to hear the importance  

  • of this island as a strategic fort also to learn  about its history and the fact that we're some  

  • of the very first people getting to visit here  yeah that feels special it feels very special  

  • also guys you can see a bit of wildlife here  on the island i have counted three snakes so  

  • far and some cute little mice keep an  eye open for those little step on them  

  • but don't worry the snakes are small and as you  can see the mice are super cute so nothing to fear

  • one place we revisited time and time again over  the course of our trip to halifax canada was the  

  • harbor front the boardwalk runs almost four  kilometers in length and it's where many of  

  • the restaurants museums boutique shops and tour  operators are located there are also plenty of  

  • hammocks benches and chairs where you can stop and  enjoy the view and you can't miss the drunken lamp

  • posts  

  • but now it's time for a little day trip across the  water dartmouth is located on the eastern shore  

  • of halifax harbor and it's just a 10 minute  ferry ride over they have an awesome foodie  

  • scene with restaurants cafes plenty of craft  breweries plus lots of really cool street art

  • okay guys so we just took the ferry over to  dartmouth it is 275 per person to get over to  

  • the other side and it's only a 10 minute ride like  it is so close by so if you're gonna be visiting  

  • halifax nova scotia you may as well cross over  and see what's on the other side of the harbor  

  • also you get some amazing views of the  halifax skyline so we were on the deck  

  • snapping photos like crazy filming a little  bit for you guys today's a bit of a windy day  

  • but we have beautiful blue skies it's sunny sothink we're really going to enjoy our time here  

  • our plan is to maybe grab a meal on this side and  also walk along the harbor front trail which looks  

  • really nice and we'll see what we find along the  way so let's get to it so this is kind of cool  

  • walking along the trail here we came across the  dartmouth cove mural project and basically there's  

  • this area with old warehouses and buildings where  they've given access to different artists to come  

  • and create their works of art so you  can actually see some of them here  

  • over my shoulder there's a bit of everything  like some of it is stencils graffiti you've  

  • got like some really elaborate pieces so it's  kind of a cool area to check out if you do enjoy  

  • street art plus you get some beautiful views  of the cove dartmouth cove right over here  

  • during our visit to dartmouth we also tried  a delicious crop stir roll at the canteen on  

  • portland that's crab and lobster and one delicious  toasted buttery bun now this is a lobster roll  

  • i am proud look at that thing of beauty look at  the size it is overflowing with lobster and crab  

  • it's a cromster so let's just bite  on it look at that i love that i know  

  • you're gonna be sharing that perfectly toasted  i'm insisting you share it looks so good

  • oh my gosh is that the lobster  roll that dreams are made of  

  • most definitely the bun is so buttery and it's  just loaded loaded look at that it's jacked um  

  • this is one of those instances wheredon't want to share but you're going to

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  • you hungry oh yeah me too now let me just  briefly mention the food halifax is a foodie  

  • destination and one of the highlights of our  visit was getting to eat our way around town  

  • that one was a little stuck if you watched the  previous video you already know we feasted on  

  • seafood over the course of our visit from  seafood towers and crab and lobster rolls  

  • to risotto with scallops and lobster  linguini we couldn't get enough of the  

  • food scene we filmed a dedicated food video  showcasing all the places we ate at and all  

  • the dishes we tried so if you're a fellow food  enthusiast you'll want to check that out later  

  • and since we're on the topic of food we  can't fail to mention the halifax seaport  

  • farmers market which is the oldest continuously  operating farmers market in all of north america

  • well good morning it is a saturday here in halifax  canada so today we've come down to the farmers  

  • market it's a really cool place to come and  have breakfast because you have different shops  

  • selling like bagels smoothies sandwiches  there's just a lot to choose from  

  • plus you can also come for  your fresh produce we saw  

  • blueberry smoothies at one spot and they looked  so good so that's what we're having right now

  • it's a local nova scotia product that's so good  

  • the blueberries are actually from gore and we  drove through there yeah on the way here so it's  

  • really cool it makes it a little more it makes it  a little more special doesn't it that's very nice  

  • we got the one with almond milk and they also do  like strawberry blackberry smoothies you can get a  

  • triple blend so yeah very tasty and just a really  cool place to be hanging out on a weekend morning  

  • yeah totally agree yeah there's also seating  upstairs on the second floor and they've got  

  • lots of nice chairs along the waterfront so you  can just come relax enjoy the view it's a nice

  • place  

  • well guys we have come to the halifax public  gardens in search of a bit of greenery  

  • the lungs of the city here it's a nice little  slice of tranquility isn't it it sure is and  

  • apparently this is one of the finest examples of  a victorian garden here in north america yeah so  

  • there you go it's incredible and i mean we just  kind of came through the bustling area of the city  

  • center to come here and just have just an escape  like this loving it yeah you can hear the birds  

  • chirping it's so calm the sun's going down as we  walk through the halifax public gardens we came  

  • across a bandstand fountains ponds statues wrought  iron gates and plenty of flowers in bloom we  

  • really enjoy this spot and it's super close to the  citadel so you can easily visit these two places

  • together

  • all right guys so we have come to the  halifax citadel because today we are doing a  

  • spirit tasting and ghost tour and we are  going to be listening to some spooky stories  

  • and drinking some spirits of our own i hear  there's going to be some gin some rum we'll see  

  • what else but it sounds like a really fun way to  visit the main attraction in the city so why not  

  • do something a little different right we arrived  at the citadel just as the sun was starting to set  

  • right on time to take part in two back-to-back  tours first up a spirits tasting with compass  

  • distillers who age their spirits inside the  citadel how cool is that we joined the raise  

  • your spirits tour first up we were welcomed by  a highlander at the entrance who shared some  

  • history about this fortification the role that  alcohol played in rallying the british troops  

  • and some fun trivia like the fact that the  southern part of brunswick street was infamously  

  • known as knock em down street due to the number  of taverns and fights that broke out there

  • yes it's pretty awesome we also got  to see where the barrels are kept and  

  • learn how the various spirits are aged  and then it was time for the tasting  

  • we tried a total of three spirits the noongan gin  the fort george jennifer and the daily ration rum  

  • this was paired with a tasty charcuterie board  featuring an assortment of meats artisanal  

  • cheeses and bread it was a fun way to kick off  the evening before moving on to the ghost tour

  • we are starting the ghost tour anyone who does  come into the citadel at night is always surprised  

  • to find that the place is not unoccupied the first  weird story i ever heard about the citadel i heard  

  • when i was just a little kid they used to tell  us look out for that woman in the white dress  

  • that walks around the citadel and we'd say why and  they'd say well we don't know what she's all about  

  • we've been kicking her out for years and nobody  knows where she comes from or how she gets into  

  • the fort well wherever we travel sam loves to  support the local team yeah the new outfit so i  

  • am supporting the halifax mooseheads yeah i mean  one of the most iconic junior franchises in all  

  • of canada they have a very impressive alumni of  hockey players the most famous recently probably  

  • being the local boy nathan mckinnon who happens to  be my dad's favorite player and arguably the best  

  • player in the world at the moment so really  happy to pick up a team hat and a shirt now  

  • compared to other sports teams in the worldthink they have one of the most iconic logos  

  • and i'd eventually love to come to a game  someday right now is not hockey season but  

  • if you're visiting from like october until early  spring you should definitely go check out a game  

  • great experience if you want to see what hockey  is like in canada if you're visiting canada  

  • for the first time should definitely check  out a hockey game here in halifax and i  

  • forget to mention these are presents for both  of our fathers so go lose it go loose that's

  • next up we visited the maritime museum of  the atlantic this is the oldest and largest  

  • maritime museum in canada with a collection  of more than 30 000 artifacts including 70  

  • small crafts and one steamship there are many  permanent exhibits to visit here with two of the  

  • most famous being titanic the unsinkable ship  and the halifax explosion the titanic exhibit  

  • looks at what travel aboard this vessel would  have been like from third class to first class  

  • the personal stories of some of the workers aboard  the ship and artifacts that were recovered after  

  • the sinking the exhibit also explores the  role halifax played following the tragedy  

  • because while the surviving passengers continued  on to new york those who perished came to halifax  

  • the halifax explosion is another important exhibit  to learn about the disaster that devastated the  

  • city on the morning of december 6 1917. this  occurred when the ss montblanc a french cargo  

  • ship carrying explosives collided with the  norwegian vessel ssemo a fire on board the  

  • friendship ignited the cargo causing the  largest human-made explosion at the time  

  • pieces of debris and photographs from  that day can be viewed in the museum

  • so that was our visit to the maritime  museum of the atlantic thoughts  

  • very impressive museum two stories i mean it's the  most fascinating maritime museum i've ever been to  

  • just so interactive so many fascinating displayslove the model ships far more than just a titanic  

  • although there's some great information about the  titanic too like i'm not a huge museum person but  

  • i can honestly give this a very generous two  thumbs up as a place to visit when you're in  

  • halifax and as a tip once you're on the second  floor of the museum there's an observation deck  

  • you can come out to that's where we are right  now and also something really interesting too  

  • is on tuesday afternoons it's free and uh  we're visiting on a tuesday afternoon so we  

  • paid no admission yeah it's free between 1 and  4 pm yeah definitely check it out we mentioned  

  • earlier that the maritime museum of the atlantic  has a steamship on display and that's the acadia  

  • she was the first vessel specifically designed and  built to survey canada's northern waters and her  

  • career took her from the icy waters of hudson's  bay to nova scotia's south shore at the end of  

  • her career she was used to chart the coast of  newfoundland and she also holds the distinction  

  • of being the only surviving ship to have served  the royal canadian navy during both world wars

  • while we were exploring the harbor front we came  across the hmcs sackville this is a corvette or