Designed by course architect Les Furber, The Links at Penn Hills’ 18-hole course weaves through waterways, wooded tracts, and rolling terrain for 7,236 yards of challenging golf. Breezes drift onto the course from the nearby Shubenacadie River, creating a tranquil environment for players to split fairways with soaring drives and carb-free clubs. At the end of each hole, bent-grass greens present a slick surface for each testy, breaking putt. Water hazards come into play on six holes, including the par 5 seventh, where shots must clear water and land on a bunker-fortified island green patrolled by a bearded, marooned Tom Hanks. The course promotes game improvement with a training complex that includes a 300-yard driving range, a nine-hole practice green, and a practice bunker. Course at a Glance:
Fundy Tidal Bore Adventures founder Morgan McDonald is a passionate rafter with a decade of experience navigating the Shubenacadie River, whose shores are made of clay and dotted with trees. The high and low tides here mean that there are varying degrees of wave intensity, and the company's experienced guides can tailor the experience to suit each group’s comfort level. Before the trip, guides will help passengers suit up in PFDs and store their valuables in waterproof bags. The crewmember can snap pictures of the trip along the way; they’ll then email the photos to you later or stuff them into a bottle and float them to postal workers wearing waterskis.
Among Halifax's largest tour boat and restaurant operators, Murphy's shoves off into the northern Atlantic on deep-sea fishing ventures for catches of cod, haddock, mackerel, and Boston bluefish. The family pass grants passage to two adults (a $109.98 total value), two children younger than 16 (a $79.98 total value, additional children $5–$9.99 each), and one waterproof governess aboard the Summer Bay, which embarks on daily fishing tours between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (3 p.m. to 7 p.m. in July and August). The two-level Cape Island–style boat spans an enclosed and heated deck area, an open-air upper deck, and fully equipped washrooms. Boatswains outfit up to 100 anglers with all necessary equipment and will clean catches for fishermen to take home or snap photos of to use to decoupage the tackle box.
Cole Harbour Place—the home of hockey player Sidney Crosby—welcomes community members into a complex that hosts three pools, two regulation-size ice arenas, squash courts, and a weight-training centre and cardio room with more than 21 new pieces of equipment. The sprawling facility invites swimmers to splash during open sessions or learn how to greet a passing octopus properly during swim lessons; fitness classes get hearts pumping in boot camp and core yoga. A wealth of youth programming entertains whippersnappers throughout the year, and the wellness centre’s health classes and programs impart preventive-health advice to members of all ages.
I Heart Bikes loans two-wheelers and recommends a variety of self-guided routes to visitors and locals looking to explore downtown Halifax. A couples bike rentals include four hours of biking time and a picnic blanket on which to spread a romantic lunch of energy bars and protein shakes. After selecting their spokes, explorers depart from the waterfront location to chart their own course or follow one of five routes, each of which encompasses opportunities for sightseeing, dining, walking, and shopping. Couples who work up a hunger surveying the city topography or racing flying carpets up the skyline can stop in for a snack at one of the three eateries along the routes at which I Heart Bikes' touring customers receive a 25% discount.