The Coast - Doors Open - - Front Page -

1. Alexan­der Keith’s Brew­ery 1496 LOWER WA­TER STREET

Con­struc­tion of this sub­stan­tial iron­stone and gran­ite com­plex was started in 1820 by Alexan­der Keith, a lo­cal brewer and well-re­spected Hal­i­fax cit­i­zen, who served as mayor in 1843 and again in 1853– 54. The build­ing was de­signed by Wil­liam Hay, a Scot­tish ar­chi­tect who, in part­ner­ship with David Stir­ling, also de­signed the Hal­i­fax Club (1862) and the Fed­eral Build­ing, which cur­rently houses the Art Gallery of Nova Sco­tia. Dur­ing the 1980s, the brew­ery com­plex was adapted to house both re­tail shops and meet­ing spa­ces.

Ex­clu­sive to Doors Open week­end, vis­i­tors can ex­plore one of North Amer­ica’s old­est com­mer­cial brew­eries free of charge. This unique tour, hosted by an­i­ma­tors in pe­riod cos­tume, will take you back in time. Th­ese char­ac­ters will let you dis­cover his­toric se­crets, in­clud­ing the art of the brew master and the plea­sures en­joyed while savour­ing a brew, as well as a visit to Mr. Keith’s din­ing room and study. There will be live mu­sic in the bar, beer sam­ples, le­mon­ade and iced tea.

2. Canada Bor­der Ser­vices Agency 1061 MAR­GINAL ROAD, SUITE 100

Ev­ery day, marine ves­sels of all types en­ter Cana­dian wa­ters. The Canada Bor­der Ser­vices Agency’s (CBSA’s) Marine Cen­tre of Ex­per­tise (MCE) is a na­tional train­ing and re­source cen­tre that teaches bor­der ser­vices of­fi­cers the nec­es­sary skills to search marine ves­sels and cargo con­tain­ers for weapons, drugs, or other con­tra­band. The MCE in Hal­i­fax trains of­fi­cers from across the coun­try, and around the world.

The MCE also de­vel­ops train­ing ma­te­rial, and pro­vides sup­port to CBSA marine op­er­a­tions na­tion­ally to sup­port safe and ef­fec­tive com­mer­cial ves­sel, marine con­tainer and plea­sure craft ex­am­i­na­tions. The cen­tre is con­tin­u­ally adapt­ing cour­ses as new risks, trends and tech­niques are iden­ti­fied, con­tribut­ing to the se­cu­rity of Canada’s bor­ders.

5. HMCS Sackville, Canada’s Na­tional Naval War Me­mo­rial 1675 LOWER WA­TER STREET

This Cana­dian naval me­mo­rial is, in fact, the ‘soul’ of the Navy. That soul was shaped and im­parted to Sackville and to the Navy by the lead­er­ship, spirit and ac­tions of men like Alan Eas­ton, her very suc­cess­ful early cap­tain, and the ships com­pa­nies that they led.

HMCS Sackville is the last of Canada’s 123 corvettes, one of many con­voy es­cort ves­sels built in Canada and the United King­dom dur­ing WWII. She is Canada’s old­est fight­ing war­ship and has been our of­fi­cial Naval Me­mo­rial since 1985. It is ap­pro­pri­ate that the ship is in Hal­i­fax, as this east coast port was an im­por­tant assem­bly point and des­ti­na­tion for con­voys dur­ing the Bat­tle of the At­lantic.

Open Sun­day Only 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

4. Keith Hall 1475 HOL­LIS STREET

Orig­i­nally the res­i­dence of Alexan­der Keith, Keith Hall is a three-storey sandstone and brick build­ing; its cor­ner­stone was laid in 1863. The build­ing was de­signed by Scot­tish ar­chi­tect Wil­liam Hay and show­cases Ital­ianate ar­chi­tec­ture with its many or­nate win­dow sur­rounds and elab­o­rate pil­lared por­tico with urn-topped balustrade. In 1999, a ma­jor restora­tion was be­gun and, af­ter 15 years of work, Hal­i­fax firm DSRA Ar­chi­tec­ture re­ceived the 2014 Lieu­tenant Gover­nor’s De­sign Award in Ar­chi­tec­ture for their out­stand­ing restora­tion of Keith Hall.

5. Mar­itime Mu­seum of the At­lantic 1675 LOWER WA­TER STREET

The Mar­itime Mu­seum of the At­lantic fea­tures what is pos­si­bly the de­fin­i­tive ex­hibit on the Hal­i­fax Ex­plo­sion of 1917. This year is the 100th an­niver­sary of that dis­as­ter, and the Mu­seum has opened its doors to vis­i­tors free of charge all week­end for this year’s Doors Open event. This award-win­ning ex­hibit takes vis­i­tors through the time­line of the event, es­tab­lish­ing what life in the city was like and break­ing down the un­for­tu­nate cir­cum­stances that caused the tragedy. Fea­tur­ing per­sonal ef­fects and sto­ries of those who both per­ished and sur­vived, the ex­hibit ex­plores the ex­plo­sion from an anec­do­tal per­spec­tive, giv­ing vis­i­tors a sense of the dev­as­ta­tion that oc­curred, but more im­por­tantly, a sense of the city’s brav­ery in the face of ad­ver­sity.

6. Maple 1583 HOL­LIS STREET

Maple by South­west Prop­er­ties is de­signed to con­trib­ute a con­tem­po­rary, iconic ad­di­tion to Hal­i­fax’s ur­ban land­scape – the largest res­i­den­tial build­ing in down­town. Tar­get­ing LEED ® Gold cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, Maple is a beau­ti­ful, af­ford­able ur­ban oa­sis of rental suites. Of­fer­ing much more than a prime lo­ca­tion, Maple fea­tures mag­nif­i­cent ar­chi­tec­ture, out­stand­ing ameni­ties, mod­ern fin­ishes and con­tem­po­rary liv­ing spa­ces – all de­signed to cater to the ul­ti­mate ur­ban­ite. Doors Open week­end is your chance to glimpse Maple’s spec­tac­u­lar and sus­tain­able con­struc­tion. Maple of­fers a lux­u­ri­ous ex­pe­ri­ence, from a wel­com­ing en­trance lobby with a wall of orig­i­nal art, concierge ser­vice, an in­te­rior pool and fitness cen­tre, res­i­dent amenity space and bil­liard room, and de­signer suites – all with breath­tak­ing har­bour or city views. Group tours will be avail­able.

7. The Alexan­der 1496 LOWER WA­TER STREET

Linked to the his­toric Brew­ery Mar­ket, The Alexan­der is a brand new 23-storey res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment, com­bin­ing Euro­pean styling with im­pres­sive views of down­town Hal­i­fax and the Hal­i­fax har­bour. The ar­chi­tect of the project is Michael Napier Ar­chi­tec­ture. Still un­der con­struc­tion, the Alexan­der will be com­pleted in early 2018. Kil­lam Apart­ment REIT is de­but­ing two model suites of the Alexan­der dur­ing Doors Open week­end – the pub­lic’s first op­por­tu­nity to step in­side this unique prop­erty. Ac­cess through the Brew­ery Mar­ket.

On Satur­day only, watch lo­cal artist Emma Fitzger­ald cre­ate a live il­lus­tra­tion of The Alexan­der from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.


Theodore is a friendly tug­boat who loves to dis­cover and ex­plore brand new things. Theodore Tug­boat in­forms and en­ter­tains, bring­ing the sights and sounds of an ac­tual work­ing har­bour to life. Ex­plore the outer deck and in­side wheel­house of this smil­ing, work­ing tug. Sit at the cap­tain’s wheel, sing along to Theodore’s fa­mous song, colour a map of the Big Har­bour, and learn about Theodore’s job as an am­bas­sador to Hal­i­fax Har­bour.

Keith Hall

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.