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Local’s Tips on How to Spend a Weekend in Halifax

Our fashion accessory creator Katja Presnal is the founder of Skimbaco Lifestyle a brand that she initially launched in 2006 (her backstory is an interesting read). The Skimbaco ENJOY LIFE essential oil diffuser jewellery is a design collaboration with a Texas-based artist (view the full collection here).

Originally from Finland, Presnal lives an international life with her husband and three children, and they currently are living a “Skimbaco Life” in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Katja-and-gaby-in-bali @Skimbaco

Who better to ask than a lifestyle blogger for her top picks for a weekend in Halifax?

Coffee Time in Halifax:

Julien’s Patisserie Bakery & Café in the Hydrostone District is where I get our almond croissants almost every weekend. The historic Hydrostone District is not to be missed.

Julien’s Patisserie Bakery & Café
5517 Young Street
Halifax,Nova Scotia, B3K 1Z7
Canada
(902) 455-9717

In downtown Halifax, I like Pavia Cafe in the new public library. The library is my favourite architectural building here, and the top floor cafe offers views of the city. Added bonus: all of the free magazines to read while you sip your coffee.

Pavia Café
Halifax Central Library
5440 Spring Garden Road
Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3J 1E9
(902) 407-4008 ext.3

Fishermans Cove Nova Scotia #VisitNovaScotia @Skimbaco

Halifax Breakfast:

My hidden gem is Armview Restaurant & Lounge; they have a sinful Morning After Poutine, and I also recommend their lobster Eggs Benny with fresh local lobster.

The Armview Restaurant & Lounge
7156 Chebucto Road
Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3L 1N4

Lunchtime on the Coast:

Morris East has the best thin crust pizzas in Halifax with options like peach and goat cheese pizza, or their speciality: Lumberjack pizza with smoked bacon, maple-brushed sausage, caramelised onions and maple syrup drizzle.

Morris East
5212 Morris Street
Halifax Nova Scotia B3J 1B4
(902) 444-7687

Lobster Roll in Halifax Nova Scotia #VisitNovaScotia @Skimbaco

Dinner in Halifax:

Five Fishermen and McKelvies should be on anyone’s fine dining list for Halifax, but my off-the-path dining suggestion is Edna on Gottingen Street. I love their laid back atmosphere and fresh local food options.

Five Fishermen
1740 Argyle Street
Halifax NS B3J-2B6
(902) 422-4421

McKelvies
1680 Lower Water Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia  B3J 2Y3
(902) 421-6161

Edna Restaurant
2053 Gottingen Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3K 3B2
(902) 431-5683

Halifax Shopping:

Don’t miss Biscuit General Store on Argyle Street for fashion and fun, and check out The Independent Mercantile Co. on Gottingen Street for home decor. The Hydrostone District also has several cute little shops.

Biscuit General Store
1661 Argyle Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3J 2B5
(902) 425-5436

The Independent Mercantile Co.
2091 Gottingen Street
Halifax, NS B3K 3B2
(902) 425-8462

Don’t miss this! Iconic Nova Scotia experience:

Peggy’s Cove. I don’t know what it is, but this grand old lighthouse and the village has my heart.

Peggy's Cove Nova Scotia

Where the local’s go:

Point Pleasant Park in the south end of the Halifax peninsula is a historic 75-hectare wooded park with 39 km of easy walking trails. Go in the mornings to catch the sunrise at the beach or for afternoon walks. Dogs can run free in some parts of the park, and this is where city dog owners mingle while throwing the ball.

Images credits: All photos were provided by and published with the permission of Skimbaco

Travel Tips: How to Enjoy a Vancouver Weekend by KOTI Designs

Atelier creator Kaarina Talvila of KOTI Designs has lived in Ontario, Zimbabwe and Victoria, but there is no question Vancouver is her home. We all know that Vancouver is beautiful, but her description will make you want to move to this west coast metropolis.

A cyclist rides through Jericho Park #Vancouver @MyVancouver

“I absolutely love living in Vancouver and wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. Vancouver is a place with the perfect balance between big-city amenities and the outdoors. It’s a short five-minute walk to the beach from my house, and I have a forest at the end of the road, but I can also get right into the centre of the city in about half an hour. Inspiration comes easily when you live in a place where you’re surrounded by the serenity of nature, but also have access to top-notch museums, galleries and a vibrant craft community. And of course, there’s also a strong Asian influence in Vancouver which has definitely had an impact on my design sensibilities.”

Beach sunset friends #Vancouver @MyVancouver

Kaarina founded KOTI Designs in 2004. In the last five years, she has focused (full time) on her creative pursuit. The KOTI Designs silk evening bags are a reflection of this lady’s mathematical mind meeting her creative self. Read the background on KOTI Designs here.

Sunset silouettes people at beach #Vancouver @MyVancouver

Ask a local how they would spend the perfect Vancouver weekend?

Coffee at Nelson the Seagull in Gastown. This café has a small but excellent menu in a lovely old building with wooden floors, high ceilings and a bakery in the back.

Gastown Streets #Vancouver @MyVancouver

Lunch at La Taqueria, downtown on Hastings Street (right in the vicinity of two of my favourite fabric stores!). A tiny hole-in-the-wall place with a big selection of bite-sized pinche tacos. There is always a line-up, but it moves quickly.

Edible Canada under Granville bridge @EdibleCanada

Dinner at Edible Canada headquartered at Granville Island Public Market. This restaurant is where locals, visitors, professional chefs and passionate foodies congregate to experience the best in BC and Canadian cuisine. Edible Canada is a big promoter of innovative Canadian cuisine. All their food is locally sourced, and they have a great patio (for dinner or anytime).

Edible Canada Dining Room #CanadianFood @EdibleCanada

Edible Canada Food #CanadianFood @EdibleCanada

Iconic Vancouver – It’s almost a cliché now, but I think the Stanley Park seawall epitomises Vancouver. It provides views of all the disparate elements that make up the city. Stanley Park has views of the downtown skyline, the working port, the ocean, the forested mountains.

Vancouver, BC Canada #Vancouver @MyVancouver

Stay here – I’ve never stayed at the Granville Island Hotel, but I’ve always thought it would be the perfect place for visitors. It’s right in the city, but being on Granville Island, it’s surrounded by the waters of False Creek with all its marinas and small water taxis. As well, all the great restaurants, theatres and artists’ studios of Granville Island are right outside your door.

Don’t miss this insider experience – If you spend any time in Vancouver, you have to go hiking. Skip the Grouse Grind and instead, do the Sea to Summit hike on Howe Sound. It’s 7.5 km with a 900-metre elevation gain. When you reach the top, you can relax over dinner and a drink with a fabulous view. Afterwards, take the gondola down.

Image credits: Photos provided by and published with permission
Cover Photo:  Seaplane over Coal Harbour – Tourism Vancouver
Photo 1: A cyclist rides through Jericho Park – Tourism Vancouver
Photo 2: Beach sunset friends – Tourism Vancouver
Photo 3: Sunset silouettes people at beach – Tourism Vancouver
Photo 4: Gastown Streets – Tourism Vancouver
Photo 5: Edible Canada under Granville bridge – Edible Canada
Photo 6: Edible Canada Dining Room – Edible Canada
Photo 7: Edible Canada Food – Edible Canada
Photo 8: Vancouver, BC Canada – Tourism Vancouver