It looks like 2016 is determined to go out with a bang, as quickly this already crappy year seems to be getting worse and worse.  Get yourself out of this funk and start 2017 off right by treating yourself to some of the awesome activities we’ve listed below!

Gather your squad and take advantage of the awesome deals we’ve collected to make this winter one you’ll remember.

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1. Relax with Sauna Nova Scotia

This innovative Nova Scotian company has built a mobile sauna by hand, which is transported all over the Province so that guests in every town and neighbourhood are able to give it a try.  Right now Sauna Nova Scotia is located in the backyard of 2616 Windsor Street, so be sure to book a session with some friends and unwind at this unique mobile spa - click here to learn more

Cost: book during open sauna sessions for a 90-minute treatment at only $25!


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2. Rent a cozy Air BNB

Get out of the city for a weekend and enjoy beautiful Nova Scotia at one of the many lakefront cottages available for rent on Air Bnb at awesome prices.  You can find massive places, with balconies and hot tubs, for under $200 a night!  Get a big group of friends together and split the cost to get the ultimate cottage deal.

Cost: varies based on the size of your group and cost of the property.


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3. Go for cocktails at Fire and Ice

The Bicycle Thief will be operating their unique Fire and Ice Bar all winter long every Friday and Saturday night on the patio outside their Bishop’s Landing Restaurant.  As long as there isn’t a blizzard Fire and Ice will be serving drinks the Canadian way starting at 5pm – stop by and try some of their creative cocktails before heading downtown this weekend!

Cost: Cocktails go for $12 each so you can grab a couple and stay under budget!


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4. Grab brunch at Black Sheep

If you haven’t been to Black Sheep you have to try their delicious brunch ASAP!  This Dresden Row restaurant opened up almost exactly a year ago, and they are killing the brunch game, with a super affordable menu that features some really creative takes on traditional breakfast foods.  They also have an incredible dinner menu that you have to check out.

Cost:  Brunch entrees typically range between $12 and $14 (without mimosas).


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5. Treat yourself at The Salt Room

If you’re looking for a new way to relax, try booking a session at The Salt Room on Joseph Howe Drive.  Spending time meditating in a salt room is called Halotherapy, and can be really beneficial for those suffering from sinus infections, asthma, allergies, psoriasis, eczema, acne and emphysema.  For more information, check out The Salt Room schedule here.

Cost: 1 session at The Salt Room costs $45.


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6. Go for a wine tasting at Obladee

Not only is Obladee wine bar on Barrington Street a great place to grab dinner and drinks with friends, but they also offering some very informative private and group tasting sessions!  Round up a group of friends and learn about your favorite wines and what they pair well with at An Introduction to Wine and Cheese Pairing - book your session here today.

Cost: $40 per person for one tasting!  Includes cost of wine and cheese samples.


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7. Book a manicure at Remedy Facial Spa

Remedy offers a variety of relaxing spa services from the best aestheticians in Halifax, including manicures, pedicures and their signature facial treatments.  Their Granville spa offers private sessions, couples appointments and even large bookings for private parties!  For more information check out their website here.

Cost: $40 for a 60-minute manicure.


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8. Have dessert for dinner at The Old Apothecary Bakery & Cafe

Grab coffee and a pastry at The Old Apothecary on Barrington Street, or customize an order for your next dinner party – on their site this awesome Halifax café offers custom pies, cakes and cookies all for under $50.

Cost:  Coffee and a pastry at The Old Apothecary is around $5, while a custom pie or cookies is $28.


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9. Stretch it out at Moksha Yoga

If you’re looking to try yoga in the new year, Moksha offers an amazing deal on introductory memberships at their downtown studio.  Learn Flow, Pilates, Yin Yoga and much more with the help of the talented professionals at Moksha – for more information about their classes check out the site here.

Cost: Introductory membership is $40 for your first month of unlimited yoga at Moksha.


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