InsightsPOSTED October 1, 2018

#Weekending on the East Coast!

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Beach boardwalk

Studies show that people who take part in extra-curricular activities are better problem-solvers and more creative. So, over the summer we’ll share what we like to do in our spare time.

Senior Consultant Katie Good talks about her weekend visit to the Maritimes.

After three years of living in this bustling city, Toronto is officially home. However, as a native East-Coaster I am lucky to be able to return to the Homeland a few times a year to see family, re-connect with friends and revel in the good old Maritimes ocean breeze – only available east of Quebec.

This summer, I had an amazing weekend in Halifax, Nova Scotia doing just that. While it’s always a whirlwind trip returning East, with so many family and friends to see and so many must-visit restaurants (I’m looking at you Salty’s, aMano, Bicycle Thief … I could go on!), I often get to experience more tranquil moments and a slower-pace than I am typically used to in Toronto, which is something I have come to truly appreciate with each visit.

Nova Scotia is renowned for its beaches, and for good reason. There are dozens of public beaches within easy driving distance from Halifax (and hundreds more outside the city), each with their own history and personality. One of my personal favourites is Crystal Crescent Beach and Provincial Park, less than 20 minutes outside of Halifax.

With three beautiful, white-sanded beaches connected by boardwalks it is a picture-perfect scene for families, groups or even a solo trip. I spent the day splashing in the ocean, building sand castles and wandering the boardwalk with a good friend and her daughter, in what can only be described as the Best. Day. Ever. The beautiful weather, not always found so close to the ocean, was an added bonus!

The best cure for any sun exhaustion after a beach day in Nova Scotia? Dinner and drinks at a restaurant in downtown Halifax!

Argyle Street in Downtown Halifax has undergone a total transformation over the past few years, with the recent completion of the Halifax Convention Centre earlier this year and the quirky trend over recent years to paint the street argyle-patterned.

You can find many of the best restaurants Halifax has to offer on this strip, including Lot Six, a favourite among my group of friends. With an intimate interior and beautiful patio right in the middle of bustling Argyle Street, there are few better places in town for a cocktail paired with people-watching and catching up with old friends.

Friends at restaurant

It’s always exciting to return to the action in Toronto, but I’m already planning my next trip East – and making a list of all the must-see beaches and restaurants along the way!

Katie Good is a Senior Consultant at APEX Public Relations. Check out more of our #Weekending series to see what we do on our weekends.