Yes, Halifax is a small city. But if you look hard enough, you can always find something unique happening and make an awesome memory out of it.
Here are some of the coolest things I’ve done in Halifax over the past three years:
1. Saw Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, June 28, 2010
One of the coolest experiences of my life. There aren’t a lot of people I’d stand outside in a pouring rain storm in order to see, but the Queen and Prince Philip are two of them.
Given their advancing ages and recent health problems, another large-scale tour of Canada seems unlikely, so I’m especially glad I got to see them.
2. Titanic 100, April 2012
The Titanic has always fascinated me, so the fact that I’m living in one of the Titanic “captials” of the world is not lost. Last year the city hosted a ton of events related to the Titanic’s 100th anniversary, including this candle-lit march to the Grand Parade, complete with period costumes and music.
3. Jess of Anarchy, April 6, 2013
I owe my friend Jenn a huge debt for even pointing out this event. Starstruck? You bet! Sons of Anarchy is an addictive show. Sure, it’s gory and violent, and motorcycles don’t really interest me; but as an aspiring storyteller, I love the way the characters come together. I love the way they work. Everything is organic and wonderfully written. Given the chance to meet Tig Trager, resident psycho in SAMCRO? I wasn’t going to pass that up.
4. Hot Air Balloon Ride, August 2012
Fine, you caught me — it was tethered to the ground. But I’ve always wanted to take a hot air balloon ride, and this was a start. Plus, the bird’s eye view of the Commons was great.
5. Tea fit for a Queen, June 2012
Watch Queen Elizabeth’s coronation at Government House surrounded by monarchists who gossip about the older members of the Royal Family, and I get to meet the Lieutenant Governor? I don’t drink tea, but I couldn’t pass this up.
I sat at a table with older monarchists who gossiped about what the Queen Mother must’ve been like, and they were warm, fun people. We got to watch the coronation reel — some of them were telling me what it was like to watch it live — and eat sweets.
6. Oxford 75 Makes Dreams Come True, Summer 2012
Last year the Oxford celebrated their 75th anniversary and hosted classic movies as a gift to their fans. This was a movie buff’s dream — Casablanca, Grease, Breakfast at Tiffany’s all within a matter of months; and then at Christmas, they showed classic holiday movies like White Christmas and It’s a Wonderful Life.
Luckily for us, the Oxford’s continuing their classics series this year. They’ve already shown To Kill a Mockingbird, Cabaret, and Roman Holiday, and are slated to show What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? next month. My only hope is that this continues for many months to come.
All pictures are my own.
What cool things have you done in Halifax?