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(2023 - Spring/Summer Issue)


Get off the beaten path in Halifax. Influenced by the land, sea, history and people, Halifax has a distinct character and charm you won’t find anywhere else. The capital of Nova Scotia, Halifax is made up of more than 200 unique communities from beachside surf towns to the downtown urban centre and home to some of the friendliest people in the world. So no matter who you are or where you are coming from, Halifax is ready to welcome you.

There are some Halifax staples that are well worth a spot in your itinerary, like the vibrant Halifax waterfront or the iconic Peggy’s Cove lighthouse. But be sure to set aside your bucket list and take some time to wander.

Halifax is in Mi’kma’ki (meeg-maw-gi), the ancestral territory of the Indigenous Mi’kmaq (meeg-maw) people, which encompasses present-day Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland, parts of the Gaspé Peninsula, Québec and Maine. The Halifax area itself is known as Kjipuktuk in the Mi’kmaw language, which means “Great Harbour.”

Here are some ideas to create your perfect Halifax summer activity playlist.

#1 Halifax Classics

If you’re looking to enjoy a beautiful Halifax day, there are plenty of parks ideal for an afternoon picnic. For stunning views of the Halifax Harbour, pack or pick up a picnic and take the ferry to Georges Island National Historic Site where you can explore the tunnels beneath Fort Charlotte after your meal.

For a glimpse into Halifax’s military past, visit Citadel Hill right in the middle of the downtown core. This National Historic Site was a strategic location built in the mid-18th century and was once the site of several military fortifications, including the present-day star-shaped fort. Visitors can take a guided tour of the fort, explore the barracks, and watch the changing of the guard ceremony. Additionally, the hill offers breathtaking panoramic views of the city and the harbour, making it a must-see destination for any visitor.

#2 Take a Hike

Halifax and the surrounding area offer a variety of hiking trails for all skill levels with diverse terrain and natural beauty at every turn.

For a peaceful and scenic escape from the city, the Salt Marsh Trail is a must-visit destination for any nature lover. A nine-kilometre trail located about 30 minutes from downtown, the trail is flat and well-maintained, ideal for a leisurely stroll or a bike ride and making it accessible to all skill levels, including families with young children and those with mobility issues.

For another local favourite, Crystal Crescent Beach Provincial Park is just 20 minutes from downtown. Near the half-moon-shaped span of sand, you can enjoy the crashing wave soundtrack and 10 kilometres of beautiful, rugged coastal hiking trails.

#3 Foodie Fix

Halifax has a diverse food scene known for fresh seafood and international cuisine. Local favourites include traditional seafood dishes like fish and chips and seafood chowder, as well as an explosion of new international options like Korean and Middle Eastern cuisine.

Some of the top restaurants in Halifax include The Bicycle Thief, a waterfront Italian eatery, 2 Doors Down, a modern pub with local ingredients, and Edna, a farm-to-table restaurant with a rotating menu. For coffee, try Pavia Gallery Espresso Bar and Café, and for craft beer, visit Propeller Brewing Company or Stillwell.

#4 At the Beach

Surfers and beachgoers unite in the Eastern Shore region. If you’ve never ridden a wave but are eager to give surfing a try, check out Lawrencetown Beach or Martinique Beach. Both feature beginner-friendly swells and surf schools where you can rent gear or book a lesson before surfing solo. 

A dependable family favourite is Rainbow Haven Beach, just a 25-minute drive from downtown. This beach has public amenities, parking and a wheelchair-accessible boardwalk. Between hiking, swimming, sunbathing and sandcastle crafting, outdoor enthusiasts will lose track of time, and feel the mind-clearing power that comes from a day breathing in the fresh sea air.


10th North American Indigenous Games (NAIG), July 15-23. Get ready to see star Indigenous athletes from across Turtle Island (North America) in this eight-day competition taking place across Kjipuktuk (Halifax) and neighbouring locales. naig2023.com

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For more Halifax trip planning, visit discoverhalifax.ca

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