The Coast : 2020-07-09

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GO NEAR

Where to go when you gotta go GO NEAR Public washrooms are always important, but especially so during COVID-19 when marginaliz­ed communitie­s may have less access to retail store and coffee shop washrooms. “At the basic level, everyone in our community deserves access to hand washing and washroom facilities,” HRM public safety advisor Amy Siciliano told Coast writer Lezlie Lowe. Here is a comrehensi­ve list of all the public (read: free) washrooms available for use in HRM: Albro Lake, Birch Cove Park, Crescent Chocolate Lake, Cole Harbour Commons, Dartmouth Bridge Terminal, Dartmouth Ferry Terminal, Dewolfe Park, Fairview Cemetery, Halifax Common, Halifax Ferry Terminal, Kiwanis Grahams Grove Park, Lacewood Bus Terminal, Point Pleasant Park, Portland Hills Terminal, Public Gardens, Ravenscrai­g Drive Park, Sackville Bus Terminal, Shakespear­e By The Sea, Sir Sandford Fleming Park, Shubie Park, 1 Sea King Drive 44 Oakdale 3 Melwood Avenue 460 Auburn Drive 24 Nantucket Avenue 88 Alderney Drive 150 Waterfront Drive 3720 Windsor Street 5816 Cunard Street 5077 George Street 45 Grahams Grove 320 Lacewood Avenue 5906 Chain Rock Drive 866 Portland Street 5771 Spring Garden Road 15 Ravenscrai­g Drive 7 Walker Avenue 5480 Point Pleasant Drive 150 Dingle Road 54 Locks Road` Explore the city and take in the waterfront's Drunken Lampposts and King's Wharf's latest mural. THE COAST Now’s the perfect time to play tourist in our own city. BY ISABEL BUCKMASTER Anormal summer’s day in Halifax has streets throbbing with tourists from far reaches of the world. They’d pour out of cruise ships and make their way in from the airport to soak up all the good that this city has to offer. But this year, COVID-19 had other plans which means it's high time for you, humble Haligonian to make like Leslie Knope and turn this town into your own Pawnee. on their mind: Lobster (taken care of on page 37 and donair. Now it's your turn to indulge in Halifax's official food— famous for its raunchy-sweet sauce, spicy meat and onions (but never lettuce). Keep it classic with King of Donair or, for a twist on the authentic treat, try everything from donair pizza to donair poutine and even vegan donairs. (Or skip the meat and use garlic fingers as a vehicle to devour the sauce.) sheets of concrete at King’s Wharf that make the perfect photo back drop. Or poke your head around the side of Alteregos Cafe on Gottingen Street or visit the Freak Lunchbox mural on Barrington Street to experience a different side of the city. Get inspired to take it all in on your bike on page 16. Soak up the sea Historic views People come from afar to sit by the ocean and soak up the salty air. They're trying to escape the hustle and bustle of their busy lives. Lucky for you, all that and more is within walking distance on the Halifax Waterfront. Swing the morning away on a hammock, stop for ice cream, grab a seasidepat­io beer, even take a photo with George's Island in the background. Do it at sunset and sit in awe of the pink and orange sky. From there take the ferry to Dartmouth and do the silly Titanic thing at the front. Ride the ferry all day if you want, call it a cruise. The Halifax Citadel National Historic site isn’t the only historical landmark with an expansive view of the city for your eyes to ogle. Dingle Tower at Sir Sandford Fleming Park, otherwise known as Dingle Park, is an imposing tower that stands 34 metres tall and is flanked by two bronze lions. Overlookin­g the Northwest Arm, it is surrounded by 95-acres of greenery and neighbouri­ng Frog Pond as well as several small beaches and walking paths. Or for the history buff with a lust for the macabre, look no further than Fairview Cemetery (3720 Windsor Street). It's the largest of three burial sites containing victims of the RMS Titanic with about 121 gravestone­s. Essential history touring includes museums for relearning our past by highlighti­ng the contributi­ons of Black Nova Scotians over the centuries. Read more about that on page 9. Smell the rhododendr­ons There are plenty of opportunit­ies for you to experience mother nature within the city’s walls, but the is the stunning Victorian-inspired Public Gardens. Spanning 16 acres, it has over 240 varieties of flora and fauna arranged with symmetry, artistry and harmony in mind. Halifax's Public Gardens is worthy of an afternoon stroll, ice cream in hand (get inspired on page 31 or take advantage of the family area and have a picnic with take-out from your favourite nearby business. pièce de résistance Pandemic precaution­s COVID-19 is not over. Worldwide, cases are still increasing. Due diligence helped Nova Scotia flatten the curve and we need to keep it that way. Whether you’re on a patio, at the beach or hanging out in your backyard this summer, don’t forget that COVID-19 hasn’t gone away. Wash your hands or sanitize frequently, and if you can’t keep your two-metre physical distance from those outside your group of no more than 10 people, wear a mask. NS top doc Robert Strang recommends it! Nights under the stars Art on the street While some cities in Canada are using COVID as an excuse to loosen the rules against drinking in pubic, Halifax still lags behind. For those who don't have their own backyard to lounge in, the stars and the cool evening breeze from Halifax's plethora of patios can fulfill all your night out needs. Just don't forget to wash your hands, wear a mask and get inspo on where to go on page 32. There are over 200 public sculptures and art installati­ons in Halifax, from the famous Drunken Lampposts on the Halifax Waterfront to the pearl-and-shell near Grand Parade on Barrington Street—and countless linger-worthy murals. Let your feet take you to discover several distinct pieces of art and graffiti. There are abandoned buildings and Foodie heaven When somebody from away comes to visit, they've got exactly two food groups a • • The Coast 12 HOT SUMMER GUIDE 2020

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