Sports in Halifax

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• For $12, you get a full-day bike rental (a $25 value). • For $20, you get a general tune-up (a $40 value). Idealbikes' staff of cycling experts revamp wheels and lend out an array of fully serviced bicycles. During daily rentals, customers can pedal down side streets and jump goldfish-filled bathtubs on any of the shop's myriad used bikes less than $500. Meanwhile, an included lock clasps wheels to nearby security guards, and a provided helmet cushions falling heads. Tune-ups commence as bike gurus fine-tune brakes and shifting, adjust the hub and bottom bracket, and then check the bike's tire pressure. Fresh oil lubricates the seat posts, pedals, and chain, and tools securely fasten all hardware. Finally, cycle docs wipe down and test-drive rides. Cycle parents can usually pick up their bikes the next day.

1678 Barrington St
Halifax,
NS
CA

At Brightwood Golf & Country Club, golfers drive and chip balls across 18 holes populated with lush fairways, challenging water hazards, and ball-trapping bunkers. The "Get Golfing" golf pass treats athletes to two free rounds of golf, two rounds of golf with the rental of a power cart, and additional discounts on greens fees and power-cart rentals. Amid looming trees and views of Halifax's harbour and skyline, players swing clubs or robotic arm attachments, whacking balls across the par 68 course, intricately co-designed in 1921 by prolific golf architect Donald Ross. Golfers are challenged to avoid wandering in the sand traps on Hole 3, falling from the tenth hole's two-tiered green, or plunging shots into the murky depths of the eighth hole's water hazard. At the close of 18 holes, golfers can sate appetites at the clubhouse restaurant.

227 School St
Dartmouth,
NS
CA

Anchor?s Above Zipline Adventures sends riders soaring above the tree canopy with a dual set of ziplines. Experienced staff members will strap patrons into a harness and fling them into the open air on an exhilarating ride. The first zipline stands a towering 240 feet above the ground and descends six stories along a 1,100-foot track. The second line drops another 10 stories over 900 feet of track, depositing riders safely on the ground.

380 McGrath Mountain Rd
Thorburn,
NS
CA

He wears a beaming smile and a red cap, beneath which his eyes turn to meet those of the happy children who pass his way. He is 65 feet tall. He is a boat.

The fleet at Murphy's The Cable Wharf also includes seven other vessels, but the most recognizable is surely Theodore Too: an enormous, custom-built life-size replica of the friendly Theodore Tugboat, star of the CBC children's television show of the same name. He was originally commissioned to sail up and down the Eastern Seaboard, giving kids a chance to take harbor cruises that were previously only possible in their daydreams, until eventually the staff of Murphy's stepped in to give him a permanent home.

Theodore Too wasn't the first remarkable vessel in the Murphy's fleet. In the early 1980s, Captain Gerald Murphy purchased the Mar, a seasoned tall ship that had sailed around the world twice and been the subject of a documentary. He used this storied vessel to establish Murphy's The Cable Wharf, a sailing and tour company based in Halifax Harbour. With ships in the water, Murphy also planned a restaurant?repurposing the old Cable Ship Terminal, which was built in 1913 and had long been dormant.

Decades later, Murphy's nautical vision lives on. The Mar still glides across harbour waters for themed sailing tours and pirate cruises. The spacious Haligonian III embarks on whale-watching excursions that bring passengers face-to-face with minke whales and dolphins, and the Harbour Queen I?an old-fashioned Mississippi-style sternwheeler?embarks on narrated history tours.

The wharf restaurant, meanwhile, continues the nautical theme on dry land, showing off unobstructed views of the waterfront. It even brings a bit of the sea indoors: a lobster tank filled with more than 300 live crustaceans lets guests net their own meals, while a touch tank brings them face-to-face with native marine life. Coastal dishes, from a buttery lobster roll to pan-fried haddock, fuel more maritime adventures.

1751 Lower Water St.
Halifax,
NS
CA

Long before its first kayak hit the water, East Coast Outfitters (ECO) established a commitment to helping the local community as well as the environment. The eco-tourism company is based in the small fishing village of Lower Prospect, which suffered a massive collapse in the groundfishing industry. To help the town recover, the company started employing residents as guides, maintenance workers, and even office managers.

Today, ECO put the area's cultural heritage and abundant wildlife on display at the same time through sea kayak tours and watercraft rentals.

Every tour and skill-building or certification class departs ECO's floating wharf under the watchful eye of at least one expert guide. These guides have all completed a rigorous eight-month training program, and are certified by Paddle Canada and in Wilderness First Aid, making them quite capable of assisting paddlers.

Most excursions are suitable for all experience levels and range from the half-day to multi-day tour, plus special trips at sunset. Tour guides lead kayaks past the rocky coasts of wild islands and explore sheltered inlets. Sometimes, local wildlife such as eagles, seals, and whales make appearances.

2017 Lower Prospect Rd.
Lower Prospect,
NS
CA

Glowing monkeys scamper toward a neon waterfall, and a knight bearing a radiant yellow lance rides past a bright orange octopus emerging from the ocean. What appears to be a time-traveling session gone awry is really the evolving environment within Putting Edge’s indoor black-lit mini-golf course, which whisks players to deep seas, Aztec jungles, and medieval times. Since opening its original location in Canada, Putting Edge has now expanded to 18 North American locations, all of which invite guests onto its challenging 18-hole courses to seek victory over opponents and the forces that keep their teeth from not glowing as brightly as they could. Elsewhere, the facility houses private party rooms, concessions, and an arcade filled with gamer favorites such as air hockey.

182 Chain Lake Dr
Halifax,
NS
CA