If you’ve read any of my blog posts, you know I love taking staycations in my own city. Our family loves to travel far away, but we know it’s just as important to appreciate where you come from. Maybe it’s because I’m from the East Coast and extremely proud of being a Maritimer, or maybe I just really appreciate what Halifax has to offer!
I’m originally from Saint John, NB, but I fell in love with the city of Halifax a long time ago; when I used to come here to visit some very special friends on the Eastern Shore. (You know who you are!) When it came time to choose my university I knew that I wanted to move to Halifax and I’ve had a great appreciation for the city ever since. There is so much for families to do here and so much history to learn about!
When Ford Canada was looking for people to test drive the #FordFocus around the city I knew it would be a perfect time for another staycation! There are always new things for us to do in Halifax, and driving a sporty car around the city is fun on all the hills!
Hy husband and I decided to head out alone on the first day. We were really hoping to try the roller skating at the oval but since it was raining we headed to Dartmouth Crossing for an amazing lunch at Ela and some shopping.
After driving around town for a while we headed back home to get dressed for our night on the town at the unique Diner en Blanc dinner event. This is a really unique outdoor picnic, where you have to bring everything with you, everything has to be white, from the table linens to your outfit and the location is a surprise! We had no problem fitting our two chairs, picnic basket, fancy dinner glasses and more into the trunk of the Focus. It was an amazing night. The dinner location was in the courtyard of Citadel Hill and it was stunning!
The next morning, the weather was much better so we headed off on a tour of the town. We stopped into the Halifax Seaport Market for breakfast burritos.
Drove over to see Fisherman’s Wharf decorated for Tallahassee Days and then stopped in to see the Moose, a well known landmark in Eastern Passage.
I don’t think the moose was very impressed with my husbands posing.
It was a lot of fun driving the Ford Focus on the windy roads of Eastern Passage and playing with the hand paddle gear shifters on the steering wheel. I think my husband may have had a little too much fun shifting through the 6 speed transmission! The car handled like a dream!
After an amazing morning we picked up our kids and headed back into downtown to take a tour on the Harbour Hopper. Our kids have been asking to do this one for a while and it was worth the wait. The Harbour Hopper takes you on an informative tour around downtown Halifax and then drives right into the harbour to finish the tour from out on the water. We learned a lot about the Halifax Explosion and the sinking of the Titanic on this part of the tour.
We had a great weekend whipping around in the Ford Focus. My favourite part of the vehicle was the rear view park assist camera on the dash. It’s such a handy tool for getting in and out of small areas and making sure no one is behind you when you’re backing up.
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Ford Canada, however all opinions are my own.