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Underage? Have quad fever? There's still a city out there for you.

click to enlarge Rare and cool places abound at The Black Market - SCOTT BLACKBURN

Halifax is rumoured to have the highest amount of bars per capita in North America. That's great, if you're 19 or older. But this leaves those who are underage wondering, what can you do in this city for fun if you're too young for the bar scene?

Don't worry, those bus passes included in your tuition can still be put to good use. Here are a few options of fun activities that won't require getting carded and are sure to cure quad fever.

The Halifax Pavilion (5816 Cogswell Street, has all-ages music events for those who are keen to see shows. Right near the Common, this venue has showcased the talents of bands such as In-Flight Safety, Joel Plaskett, Wintersleep, Shiny Toy Guns, Alexisonfire and many more. Obey the Brave hits the bricks on September 21.

Want to see some cheap movies? On Tuesdays, for $6.50, you can go see a film at the The Oxford (6408 Quinpool Road, 423- 7488), a short walk from south end campuses. Get a group together, get some popcorn, you know the drill.

As a resident, the Halifax Seaport Farmers' Market (1209 Marginal Road, 429-6256) is a must-visit. Saturday morning is the best time to go and sample vendors that sell fresh produce, local treats, all different types of cuisine and jewellery/clothing. It's a long walk from campus but worth the trek. (Or take the number 8 bus.)

If you're a nature lover, runner or just in need of a mind-clearing walk, Point Pleasant Park is the place to go. With many paths, trees and the beautiful Black Rock Beach, it's one of the best civic spaces in Halifax.

For shopping lovers, Halifax has some unique boutiques that are worth checking out. Sweet Pea Boutique (1542 Queen Street, 423-0975) and Biscuit General Store (1661 Argyle Street, 425-5436) are Halifax-only boutiques and have good (albeit pricier) finds. Also, for vintage clothing, check out Lost & Found (2383 Agricola Street, 446-5986) and Elsie's (1530 Queen Street, 425-2599). The Black Market (1545 Grafton Street, 423-5724) has interesting jewellery and rare pieces.

Book lovers should hop the ferry to Dartmouth to visit John W. Doull Booksellers (122 Main Street, 429-1652) for rare, used and hard-to-find books. Comic book fans should check out Monster Comic Lounge (2089 Gottingen Street, 429-2398) and Strange Adventures (5262 Sackville Street, 425-2140) to add to your collections.

Also, just because you can't legally drink doesn't mean you can't legally eat. Places to try that are student-budget friendly include Ace Burger Company (2605 Agricola Street, 406-8050), Coburg Coffee House (6085 Coburg Road, 429-2326)---the open mic night on Tuesdays is all ages!) and the croissants at Two If By Sea Cafe (1869 Upper Water Street, 492-4600, or the Dartmouth anchor at 66 Ochterloney Street, 469-0721).

Quad fever does happen. You will look back and kick yourself if you realize that you wasted all of freshman year watching Scrubs in your dorm room instead of going out and experiencing the great things Halifax has to offer.


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