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Cold comfort 

No matter the weather, summer means we are free to indulge in ice cream again. Our cone ranger finds Halifax’s icy hotspots.

Come to Cows for the justifiably famous ice cream, stay for a Justin Beefer sighting. - KRISTA LEGER
  • Come to Cows for the justifiably famous ice cream, stay for a Justin Beefer sighting.
  • Krista Leger

Nothing beats stinking heat and humidity (or cures the rainy, misty blues) like a heaping ice cream cone. And as it turns out, this town isn't just bursting with bars, but a sweet selection of ice-cold summer snacks, too. We hit the streets, braved ice cream headaches and mapped out the creams of the crop.

Black Bear Ice Cream

Before you line up at the new waterfront branch of the Cold Stone chain, consider this locally owned, seasonal stall just a cone's throw away. The friendly folks at Black Bear treat the boardwalk-walkers to banana splits, sundaes, parfaits, crepes and slushies while keeping their muscles bulging from scooping tons of gelato, frozen yogurt and handmade, all-natural ice creams, too.

Queen's Wharf, Halifax waterfront

Cows Ice Cream

That smell of waffle cones wafting through the air just past Historic Properties will lead you to the famed Cows. Cutesy bovine-themed flavours like Moople Walnut and Fluff 'n' Udder (chocolate with peanut butter cups and marshmallow) are code for so-rich-you'll-have-to-lie-down-afterwards. Pick up your very own Justin Beefer shirt here, too.

1869 Lower Water Street, 566-5558

Dee Dee's Ice Cream

If you haven't tried Dee Dee's spicy-yet-sweet Mexican chocolate ice cream yet, add it to your summer to-dos. You can find these guys and their amazing artificial flavour-, colour- and preservative-free ice cream and sorbet at their north end digs, the Halifax Farmers' Market or in Peggys Cove. Try some unique flavours like Shaker Lemon or Banana Cardamom, the really rich and tasty ice cream sandwiches or take a tub home and mix yourself up a Guinness float.

5668 Cornwallis Street, 407-6614

Point Pleasant Grocery

This is the place I first discovered one of my favourite flavours ever, Birthday Party. Vanilla ice cream with rainbow sprinkles and huge hunks of pound cake---yes way! Point Pleasant Grocery isn't doing anything fancy, but they've got over 40 flavours of Farmer's ice cream ranging from the basic grape nut to decadencies like Kejimkujik Campfire S'more. And don't be fooled---the small cone ($2.75) is enough cold stuff to sustain your entire evening walk in the park.

506 Tower Road

Robyn's Dairy Bar

Tucked in next to the Superstore on Quinpool is this unassuming ice cream-lover's dream---perhaps the only place in Halifax you can buy dessert and a bong. Once summer gets into full swing they'll be serving up milkshakes, smoothies, sundaes and blizzards to complement their impressive selection of hard ice cream, fantastic all-natural gelatos and---get this---countless flavours of soft serve, using special syrups to create anything from tutti frutti to peanut butter.

6169 Quinpool Road, 422-5217


Sugah!'s got it figured out. Creamy, hand-paddled ice cream with pretty much anything you can imagine mixed into it. Choose from marshmallows, brittle, nuts, coconut, rum cake, cranberries, dark roast coffee, Garrison malts (beer and ice cream, I tell you) and more to create your perfect ice cream treat. Plop it between two cookies, or into a fresh waffle cone or a cute take-out box. Or maybe skip the mix-in and go for an ice cream float or milkshake. Sugah! also wins points for best back-drop with locations at Bishop's Landing and the Public Gardens.

1479 Lower Water Street, 421-6079, and Halifax Public Gardens, 5711 Sackville Street, 420-1562.

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