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The only producer of crystal in Canada, Nova Scotian Crystal takes pride in helping to preserve the Irish tradition of creating beauty from sand and heat. The exquisite goblets, bowls, vases and more are made the way they have always been, with care and an almost intuitive feel for the materials. As corporate gifts or additions to your own collection, these pieces may be just what you're looking for. During the summer months, take time out of your walk along the harbor front to watch the glassblowers work their amazing craft.
Halifax Farmers' Market was established in 1750. This market is one of the oldest of its kind in the continent that is still in operation. It is home to over 250 vendors and features local and organic products. Peruse the market for fresh produce, cheese, meats, seafood, baked items, coffee, spirits, and crafts. Their maple products make for trademark Canadian souvenirs.
After the Halifax Explosion in 1917, the Hydrostone District was created and, within that area, The Hydrostone Market stands. A Federal Heritage Site, it has won the Nova Scotia Heritage Award and is well worth a stroll. Nine shops of pastries, woven treasures, household accessories, gourmet tasties and more, nestle side by side. Shop for a while and have a lunch outside on a sunny day. Wander about the neighborhood, it is truly one of a kind. Business hours vary but most shops are open seven days a week.