Halifax literally has something for everyone, from the honeymooning couple to the family on holiday. Whether you prefer the fast-paced action of the casino, or an urban culinary adventure, you can enjoy the vacation of your dreams all within one beautiful city! From historic adventures to more modern ones, from ocean adventures to the thriving theatre and musical scene, you will never be at a loss to find thrilling activities to fill your days and nights
Here are some top tips for getting the best of Halifax:
- Maritime Museum of the Atlantic: in the heart of the Halifax waterfront, there is no better place to indulge your inner sea captain! Discover the stories, events and people that make up the rich fabric of Halifax’s maritime history, or participate in interactive workshops on boat building. Find out the interesting connection that Halifax has to the sinking of the Titanic, and view their permanent exhibit dedicated to the historic disaster, complete with Titanic artifacts and more.
- Beer and Wine: tour the Alexander Keith’s Brewery and be treated to a fully costumed and character driven romp through the brew house and tap room, acting out the company’s rich history, which dates back to 1820. Take a short drive or catch one of the many tours out to the Annapolis Valley wine country, where you can visit wineries, breweries, and have lunch amongst the vines in a winery restaurant, or bring a picnic lunch to enjoy surrounded by the beauty of rolling hills and vineyards.
- Festivals: From the many Canada Day celebrations to the myriad festivals dedicated to almost any kind of music. The Halifax Jazz Festival happens in July, while the popular Halifax International Busker Fest, which takes place over six days in August, is a busy festival dedicated to street performers of all kinds. For Opera lovers, the Summer Opera Festival spans July and August and features over eighty performances from talented young singers from across Canada and the United States. The Maritime Fiddle Festival is an intense three day competitive event known for its liveliness and some of the best old-time fiddle music you will have the pleasure of hearing. The eight day Atlantic Film Festival is on in September, and features films from the Atlantic film making community as well as international festival entries from around the world. Also in September is the Celtic Festival, celebrating Celtic languages and heritage through song, dance, costumes, storytelling and more.
- Ocean Adventures: take a guided sport fishing tour out into the big waters of the Atlantic, or stay closer to shore and do some kayaking in Lower Prospect, or take a ride on a tall ship, cruising around the harbor in style – and for those who want to get the full sailing experience, you can even help the crew set sail.
- Halifax Seaport Farmers Market: Open daily, the Farmer’s Market boasts over two hundred and fifty vendors. Established in 1750, the year after the founding of Halifax, the market is located in the vibrant arts and cultural district at the south end of the Halifax waterfront. Much more than just a market, you’ll find artisans, café’s, museums and galleries, enough action to pack into a whole day of wandering, sampling and shopping.
- Bike to the Beach day trip: Starting a short thirty minute drive from Halifax, visit the Bike and Bean café in Tantallon. A bike shop and café, they offer bicycle rentals, and are conveniently situated along the Rails and Trails route between Halifax and Hubbards. The thirty-two kilometer ride (each way) along the coastal trail to Hubbards is an easy and family-friendly trail. Passing through beautiful forests, along the shoreline and across rivers to the ocean, you’ll enjoy stunning scenery with the destination of a beautiful two hundred and fifteen year old quaintly painted seaside village and its beautiful beaches.