By Lauren Kmec
Halifax
Canada
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Commonly known as the “gateway to Atlantic Canada,” Halifax, Nova Scotia, is a port city located on the second-largest natural harbor in the world. Nova Scotia’s capital city is known for it    s quaint fishing and farming villages, as well as its rugged beaches and rich maritime history.

EscapeWizard.com encourages you to consider a trip to Halifax. This world-class city is served by Halifax Stanfield International Airport (YHZ), located just 30 minutes from the heart of downtown Halifax. With more than 600 regional, domestic, and international flights per week, getting here is a snap. Follow this link (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php) to make your flight arrangements with EscapeWizard.com. For hotel accommodations, please consult EscapeWizard.com’s top selections (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).

EscapeWizard.com recommends kicking off your stay with a visit to one of the best-known attractions in the region, the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site of Canada. Designated as a National Historic Site in 1951, the Citadel is a restored British masonry fort that pays homage to Halifax’s role as a major naval station in the former British Empire. Today, visitors can tour the fort and attend on-site educational presentations to get a glimpse of what life was like at a 19th century Canadian fort. The Citadel contains one of the most famous landmarks in Halifax: the historic Town Clock, which officially began keeping time in 1803. The Halifax Army Museum also lies within the Citadel grounds. Founded in 1953, this museum commemorates Canada’s storied military history. Convenient for visitors, the Citadel is located near the Halifax waterfront (Halifax Harbour) area and is easily accessible by public transportation.

EscapeWizard.com also suggests exploring the most famous neighborhood in Halifax, known as The Hydrostone. This area was built as part of the restoration effort following the 1917 Halifax Explosion, the result of the detonation of a French cargo ship in Halifax Harbour. Completed in 1920, The Hydrostone includes 325 homes constructed from non-combustible concrete blocks known as “hydrostones.” Originally designed as housing for working-class families, the Hydrostone is now considered to be one of the most desirable places to live and play in Halifax. Visitors will enjoy browsing through the area’s unique shops and getting a bite to eat in one of the European-style cafes. The Hydrostone is easy to reach via many different transportation options and promises to be an entertaining place to spend an afternoon.

Adult travelers may be interested to sample the offerings at Alexander Keith’s Nova Scotia Brewery, located in the vibrant Halifax waterfront area. Established in 1863, the brewery was run by Keith, Nova Scotia’s first brewmaster. Actors in the costume and character of Keith’s day lead brewery tours and discuss the original brewing process. After the tour, stop at the adjacent Stag’s Head Tavern to taste the brews and relax with music, food, and games.

After a meal at the Tavern, EscapeWizard.com suggests strolling north along the waterfront for a short distance until reaching Casino Nova Scotia. Admission to the casino is free for guests ages 19 and up, and once inside, the Casino features over 750 ways to play, including slots, poker, and blackjack, among others. The Casino also has two on-site restaurants and provides free live entertainment, ranging from concerts to theater to stand-up comedy.
   
For sports fanatics, EscapeWizard.com advises a trip to Halifax Metro Centre, a premier venue for major sporting events, in the center of the downtown area.  This impressive facility has a seating capacity of more than 10,000 and is home to the Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame features exhibits dedicated to the area’s best athletes, a theater showing highlights from the greatest moments in Nova Scotian sport history, and the popular sport simulator, which allows visitors to test their skills in various sports such as hockey, baseball, and basketball. A unique feature of the Metro Centre is the noon skate hour at the facility’s ice rink, which began as a way to encourage exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle for locals and tourists alike.

Truly, this lively Canadian city is a very special vacation destination. Let EscapeWizard.com assist you in planning your next adventure in Halifax.
Hotels in Halifax
By B. Lloyd
Four Points by Sheraton Halifax
1496 Hollis Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
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Four Points by Sheraton in lovely Halifax, Nova Scotia, is an ideal hotel for a vacation or a business trip. It is located just thirty minutes from Halifax Stanfield International Airport. This hotel has a business center where event and meeting facilities are available upon request. In your free time or if you are vacationing, there are several places to visit that are in walking distance from the hotel; here is a list of just a few of your many options of places to see: Casino Nova Scotia, The Discovery Center, Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame, Scotia Square Shopping Mall, Neptune Theatre, and Halifax Public Gardens. The hotel is also within a mile of countless eateries. One of the best aspects of this hotel is that it is a one-hundred percent smoke-free venue. 
For a small fee, you can park your vehicle in the hotel’s indoor heated parking.

With one-hundred and seventy-seven rooms and suites, in a smoke free atmosphere, you will be sure to find this hotel to have what you need. There are traditional rooms with two queen beds, or one king bed. Also there are junior suite’s with a king bed, or a king plus double sofa bed. Lastly the hotel has accessible rooms with a king and double sofa bed. Connecting rooms are available. Every guest room includes free local calls and free wireless and wired access to high-speed internet. Each room is equipped with a thirty-seven inch flat screen TV, cable channels, and in room movies. Along with hair dryers, bathrobes, free bottled water, and a mini fridge.

Dress casually and dine in the relaxing atmosphere of the full service restaurant and lounge. Four Points by Sheraton has various amenities such as an indoor heated pool, a hot tub, twenty-four hour fitness facilities, open air court yard, indoor whirlpool, free wireless internet in common areas, a concierge desk. The front desk is open twenty-four hours a day.

Check out time is twelve pm. Book your stay right now by clicking this link through EscapeWizard.com (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Halifax
By Sandy O\'Neal
Chateau Bedford Hotel & Suites
133 Kearney Lake Road, Halifax, Nova Scotia
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Chateau Bedford Hotel & Suites, (Formally The Holiday Inn) is conveniently located just a short distance from downtown Halifax and the beautiful and historic Halifax Harbour. Whether your travels to Halifax are for business or pleasure, you will find the hotel exceptionally convenient. It’s nearby an array of things to see and do. The business traveler will find the hotel is in close proximity to the Halifax commercial areas. And, it’s just a 20 minute drive from the Halifax Stanfield International Airport. Animal lovers will be pleased to know that the hotel is pet friendly. 

The hotel has 98 luxurious rooms to choose from. You can choose from a room with 2 double beds, or 1 queen bed. And there are two themed Kidsuites®. All rooms are non-smoking. Room amenities include 25” TV with access in pay per view movies, coffee/tea maker, mini refrigerator, and high speed internet with wireless capability. And each morning you will receive a complimentary newspaper.

The hotel is equipped to meet the needs of the business traveler. If you are looking for a place to schedule an impromptu business meeting or arrange a conference of group event, you’ve come to the right place. The hotel has 2,000 square feet of conference space which can accommodate up to 80 people. Complimentary high speed internet access is available. 

If you want to maintain your conditioning routine while you are away from home, be sure to visit the hotel fitness center.  When you’ve got some downtime, why not take some time to relax in the heated pool, or whirlpool.  Before you head out each morning, be sure to enjoy the Express Start breakfast™ buffet which includes both hot and cold menu items. 

Whether your travels to Halifax are for business or pleasure, you are sure to find that Chateau Bedford Hotel & Suites, will be an excellent choice. EscapeWizard.com invites you to book your next stay. Just follow this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Halifax
By Keleigh M. Quinn
Westin Nova Scotian
1181 Hollis Street Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
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The Westin Nova Scotian provides a perfect location for you to explore the beautiful city of Halifax. You will find yourself surrounded by history and natural beauty. The Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and the Museum of Natural History are all easily reachable from the hotel either by walking or by taking advantage of the complimentary shuttle provided by the hotel. You will also find many outdoor activities to enjoy, including whale watching, kayaking or strolling along the Halifax boardwalk. Other nearby attractions include the Halifax Public Gardens, the Nova Scotia Casino, and the World Trade and Convention Center.

There are over 300 guest rooms to choose from, all of them offering views of either Halifax Harbor or Cornwallis Park. All of the rooms offer the Heavenly Bed®, sure to provide a restful night’s sleep. You will also find a 32” LCD flat screen television with cable channels, a refreshment center and complimentary coffee and tea. If you are traveling on business, you will enjoy the separate desk, daily newspaper deliver, and available high speed internet access for an additional fee. Suites are also available for those guests who require additional space.

In-room dining is available, or you may choose to venture out and sample a dish at one of the restaurants located on-site. Roy’s Café serves coffee and breakfast in the morning, and then re-opens in the late afternoon as a bar with outside seating available. Roy’s Lobby Bar is also a great place to enjoy a cocktail and a few snacks. Elements on Hollis is open throughout the day and features delicious dishes that use local seafood and produce, much of which is provided by the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market.

Other amenities include a tennis court, fitness center and indoor swimming pool. There is also a Business Center, Sundry Chop and the Sykea Salon and Spa.

Book your stay at the Westin Nova Scotian now through EscapeWizard.com by clicking here (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).