I grew up a short ferry ride across the harbour from Halifax, in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia (Halifax's much maligned, but awesome little sister) and moved out east again four years ago.
Halifax is a historic city with the Celtic charm expected of Nova Scotia, overflowing with arts, culture, music and bars, so many bars.
I have a friend who refers to Halifax as the "lady-gay capital of Canada," which it very well might be, per capita anyways. Despite some Toronto lesbians telling me that there were like five queer women in Halifax, and they all lived in one house (note: I love you Toronto, but most Torontonians don’t know much about anything East of Montréal), there are oodles of queers in Halifax.
As Halifax is the biggest city in the Maritimes region of Canada, lots of queers from across Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and PEI make the pilgrimage to our seaside city. Hali is also home to five universities (including an arts university folks, think of all of the queers), drawing uni-aged homos from across the country.
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