With plenty of top-flight hotels and a new convention centre likely, Halifax is a premier destination for groups of all sizes. By Christine Otsuka, December 13, 2010
Gio Restaurant at The Prince George Hotel
Recommended Website: destinationhalifax.com
Average Hotel Room Rate: $160-$200 (varies seasonally)
Getting There: Air Canada and WestJet fly daily direct to Halifax from major Canadian centres. Porter Airlines flies direct to Halifax from Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal.
Convention Facilities: The city’s largest convention facility, the World Trade and Convention Centre, features 100,000 sq. ft. of space and connects to more than 1,000 four-diamond guestrooms. At press time, it appeared likely that a new Halifax convention centre would be getting the green light and open in 2015.
A boutique property, The Prince George Hotel has 189 guestrooms, 14 suites and offers 6,800 sq. ft. of meeting space. Garden patios are available for meetings, as is the award-winning Gio restaurant.
The Lord Nelson Hotel and Suites
is a Halifax landmark that’s transformed to meet the needs of today’s business travellers. The hotel has more than 12,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, including two ballrooms.
With 332 rooms and 20 suites, The Marriott Halifax Harbourfront is the city’s largest hotel. The waterfront property has 17,000 sq. ft. of total meeting space and is connected to Casino Nova Scotia by indoor skyway.
Attractions + Distractions
Take in the sights of this charming seaside city and the world’s second largest natural harbour aboard the Tall Ship Silva, a historic 130-ft. sailing schooner. Dinner cruises are offered seven days a week.
Step outside the city and explore the world famous fishing village of Peggy’s Cove, just 45 minutes from downtown. Or learn to kayak in St. Margaret’s Bay. Both are available with Sea Sun Kayak.
Take an interactive tour of the Alexander Keith’s Brewery in downtown Halifax. Actors in period costumes will lead you back in time and teach you about life in 1863. Tours last 55 minutes.
Sea kayaking in St. Margaret’s Bay
À la Carte
Saege Bistro is ideal for corporate dining. The Purple Saege dining room off ers guests a private entrance and accommodates 60 people, stand-up and 45, seated.
For laid-back dining, try Brooklyn Warehouse. The owners are bringing back the practice of farm-to-table cooking by working with rural producers, local market and regional suppliers. The result? Nationally recognized, award-winning cuisine.
Located on the waterfront, Stayner’s Wharf is a destination true to the city’s charm. Come for the famous pan-fried haddock and stay for the live jazz and blues music, Wednesday through Saturday.