TAO's cornucopia overflows with a bounty of outdoor apparel and equipment for camping, canoeing, kayaking, and skiing. Lace up your favorite pair of skis and spend 60 minutes soaking in the knowledge of cross-country skiing—beginner's classes teach budding powdersporters the basic manoeuvres, and more advanced sessions are available to help experienced skiers hone existing skills and learn about the latest styles in trans-national snow travel. If skis don't agree with your feet, you can choose to float on frozen water for two days while safely held above snow by a pair of weight-distributing shoes.
Through trials and tribulations, Dacane Surf Shop owner Lance Moore has always strived to provide the best opportunities and gear for wave-tamers. Having hatched the shop's first incarnation in his mother's basement and moved on to locations where break-ins and robberies were rampant, he maintained his focus on learning his trade before finally settling in Halifax. Always looking to stay one step ahead of the sport, Lance and his team seek out the most cutting-edge surfing equipment available from reputable designers such as Channel Islands, Santa Cruz, and Watercooled. His instructors customize surf camps and lessons to help mould burgeoning aquanauts of all ages and skill levels, and hip threads from the likes of Quiksilver and Billabong keep them looking the part. The surf shack also sets up adventurists with stand-up paddleboards, skim boards, body boards, and all the accessories needed to coast the whitecaps or add authenticity to an online dating profile.
Canadian Living named Alexander Keith's Brewery one of "7 reasons to visit Nova Scotia." Yahoo! Travelers. Nine Yelpers both give the brewery an average of four stars, and TripAdvisors give Alexander Keith's an average of three stars.
At Irises Flowers, master florists design a versatile array of smile-inducing arrangements, bouquets, and gift baskets. Celebrate the return of spring and forcible eviction of freeloading snowmen with a vibrant spring bouquet of fresh tulips ($29.99). Romantic petal bundles, such as the three rose bouquet ($19.95) celebrate Cupid's fine marksmanship, which can be further enhanced with the addition of gourmet chocolates ($12.95–$24.95). Giftbaskets are laden with the likes of fruits ($49.99 and up), candies ($30 and up), and unusually intelligent flocks of doves.
Sock It to Ya specializes in garbs for the waist down as well as designer lingerie, sleepwear, and accessories from brands such as Hue, Bjorn Borg, and Spanx. Non-elastic socks ($5+) and tights ($10+) come in a variety of colours and patterns including stripes, fishnets, and optical illusions from M.C. Escher's stocking line. An array of Calvin Klein designs from bras ($48+) to select men's pyjama bottoms ($38) provides close comfort beneath outerwear or duvets. For corporeal adornment or help passing off an extraterrestrial as a fashion trailblazer, Sock It to Ya accessorizes bodily landscapes with funky jewellery ($10+) and variously styled whimsical reading glasses ($20).