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Business trip to Canada, where?

post #1 of 33
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Hey guys,

Need to do a business trip to Canada in late June. I can either do it in Calgary or Halifax, was thinking of taking an extra day or 2. Which place should I go?
post #2 of 33
Locations are as different as night and day.

Halifax, Nova Scotia is by the sea. Canada's version of Maine.

Calgary, Alberta is in cowboy country and has a very western American feel.

Nova Scotia is much more quaint, picturesque and has an English or Scottish feel.

It all depends on what you like.




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Edited by Millerp - 5/29/12 at 9:10am
post #3 of 33
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Locations are as different as night and day.
Halifax, Nova Scotia is by the sea. Canada's version of Maine.
Calgary, Alberta is in cowboy country and has a very western American feel.
Nova Scotia is much more quaint, picturesque and has an English or Scottish feel.
It all depends on what you like.
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Like western, like 10 gallon hats and spurs western? Or western like pac west flannel shirts and hey brah?
post #4 of 33
Alberta is essentially a cold Texas where people are into hockey. Calgary is right next to the Rockies and visiting Banff / Lake Louise is very convenient and unbelievably beautiful. Calgary is not the most exciting city to visit as it is very suburban (although urban life is growing), but then i wouldn't necessarily consider Halifax to be a city (pop. 400K ). I'd personally go to Calgary, but it really depends on what you feel like
post #5 of 33

These are as opposite as can be. Maritimes vs. Rockies. 

 

I think Nova Scotia is Canada's prettiest province. You can do it all in a few days and each section is quite different. I find Cape Breton a pretty special place, but I like the cold grey Atlantic.

 

So this:

 

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or this:

 

Moraine_Lake,_Banff_National_Park,_Canada.jpg

 

lefty

post #6 of 33
Halifax can be a lot of fun. Lots of bars and pubs in the downtown, and a generally more hospitable atmosphere than Calgary. Despite its smaller size Halifax is still a port city, with port city problems; which is to say I wouldn't want to veer too far from the downtown core after dark.
Calgary has lots of money and lots of attitude, but is a short drive to some pretty spectacular sites. Like others have said, it depends what you're into.
post #7 of 33

Nova Scotians over Calgarians for a fun evening out.

 

Solo cycled/camped the Cabot Trail a number of years ago. One of the best trips of my life.

 

The_Cabot_Trail1.jpg

 

lefty

post #8 of 33
Another vote for Halifax though I am heavily biases as:

- I live in the Maritimes (next door to Nova Scotia in New Brunswick)
- I hate every version of cowboy; real and wannabe.

For Halifax, make sure you stay downtown, somewhere near Barrington and/or SpringGarden. I can give some restaurant, pub, shopping recommendations if you end up going here.
post #9 of 33
Thread Starter 
I think I've decided for Halifax, looks like a nice town.
post #10 of 33
Halifax! Hands down my favourite city. I'd move there in a heartbeat.

Visit Peggy's Cove (in the picture with the lighthouse)

Good places to eat last time I was there: Gio, The Press Gang, Morris East, Ryan Duffy's. icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
post #11 of 33

Spend a day travelling down the coast - Halifax to Peggy's to Chester to Mahone Bay to Lunenburg.

 

lefty

post #12 of 33
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Spend a day travelling down the coast - Halifax to Peggy's to Chester to Mahone Bay to Lunenburg.

lefty

Thanks for that, bro
post #13 of 33
Thread Starter 
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My trip likely looks moved to Ottowa, is that a cool city or a shithole?

Was looking forward to Halifax.
post #14 of 33
Oooof.
post #15 of 33
I've never been to Halifax, but I lived in Calgary for a year. If I were you I'd go to Halifax.

The best part about Calgary was Banff. You're basically in BC by that point anyway.
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