Halifax, Nova Scotia
44° 68'N, 063°57'W
With a laidback vibe and emerging food scene, “Halifornia,” as the natives call it, is one of Canada’s best-kept secrets. The capital of Nova Scotia is a metropolis on the sea, nestled up against the Northern Atlantic and surrounded by miles of rugged and picturesque coastline. To get there, many boaters leave from Maine and cross the mouth of the notorious Bay of Fundy (one of the foggiest places on Earth, and also one of the most tidal). To be safe, your best bet is to check the Bay of Fundy tide Web site on the next page. Once they get to Nova Scotia, boaters usually head to Yarmouth and pick their way east along the coast to Halifax. The Halifax Waterfront Marina has more than a half-mile of public berth space that is particularly popular in the milder months between May and October. Want to enjoy the city by day and a quiet anchorage by night? There are four quiet coves around McNabs Island just south of Halifax. For our money, one of the most interesting restaurants in town is Brooklyn Warehouse on Windsor Street in the city’s North End. Its ambitious “New Canadian” menu changes daily, and its craft-beer selection is expertly curated. It’s a fun and hip spot to check out after you’re done exploring the southeastern Canadian coastline.
Halifax Waterfront Marina , 902-229-2628;
Brooklyn Warehouse , 903-446-8181;
Bay of Fundy tides , www.bayoffundytourism.com/tides/times/