1) Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame – The Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame is located in the ScotiaBank Center at 1800 Argyle Street. (Formerly the Metro Center) This non-profit organization officially opened in 1964 and holds more than 7000 artifacts and photographs. Unique artifacts include an 1870’s penny-farthing bicycle and a 19th century wooden cricket bat. The NS Sport Hall of Fame is currently closed for renovations. Check their website for updates.
2) Maritime Command Museum – The Maritime Command Museum is located at the Canadian Forces Base Halifax (Stradacona) on Gottingen Street. Located in a stately Georgian Mansion called Admiralty House, the museum holds a library of over 50 thousand volumes. Also included in the collection are historical artifacts including model ships, weapons, photos, medals and much more.
3) Cole Harbour Heritage Farm – The Cole Harbour Heritage Farm Museum is about a 15-minute drive from downtown Halifax, at 471 Poplar Drive. Dedicated to preserving Cole Harbour’s agricultural past they have a wonderful selection of animals, a garden and tea room. The site has eight heritage buildings, dating from 1780 to 1938. Most of the buildings are set up as museums and house a fantastic selection of antiques. This museum is a lot of fun for kids.
4) Scott Manor House Museum – Scott Manor House is a Provincial and Municipal Heritage Property located at 15 Fort Sackville Road in Bedford. Built in the 1700″s, it is the only full two and a half storey, gambrel-roofed colonial structure in Nova Scotia. The third floor attic”s hand-hewn floorboards and handmade nails are still intact. There is a tea room and reading room in the house. The museum is open during the summer months.
5) Shearwater Aviation Museum – Located at 34 Bonaventure St, in Shearwater, about a 15-minute drive from downtown Halifax, the Shearwater Aviation Museum is a fantastic addition to your day trip to Fisherman’s Cove. The museum has a library, uniform collection, flight simulator, art gallery, gift shop and a casino online T-33 cockpit. There are also 11 actual aircrafts to see including a Canadair Tutor CT-114 “Snowbird” and Swordfish HS469.
6) William Ray Quaker Whaler House – William Ray was a Quaker and cooper, from Nantucket, who moved to Dartmouth in 1785. As a cooper her serviced the local whaling industry. His house is the oldest in Dartmouth and one of the oldest in Halifax. It closely resembles Quacker houses in Nantucket. The Quacker Whaler House is located at 57 – 59 Ochterloney Street, in Dartmouth.
7) University Art Galleries – The Dalhousie University Art Gallery at 6101 University Avenue, The Anna Leonowens Gallery (Nova Scotia College of Art and Design) at 1891 Granville Street, The Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery at 923 Robie Street and the Mount St. University Art Gallery at 166 Bedford Highway are all free of charge and hold large collections of Canadian and local art.
8) Canada’s Naval Memorial: HMCS Sackville – The Canadian Naval Memorial is housed in the HMCS Sackville, the only remaining Flower Class Corvette and the oldest warship in Canada. The ship was built in Saint John, NB in 1940. The HMCS Sackville was chosen to be Canada’s Naval Memorial because of its role in the Battle of the Atlantic. The ship is only open to the public from mid June to late October or by request and is located at Sackville Landing at the Halifax Waterfront
9) York Redoubt National Historic Site of Canada – York Redoubt is located off Purcells Cove Road, about a 20 minute drive from Halifax. This 200-year-old fortification was originally built in 1793. The batteries were strengthened, over the years, to create an impressive fort, high on a hill, overlooking the Halifax Harbour. You can wander among the fortifications and enjoy incredible views at this free National Historic Site.
For 2017, all Parks Canada National Historic Sites are free for 2017!
10) Emera Oval – The Emera Oval on the Halifax North Common is a great choice if you’re looking for a free family activity. Not only is your entrance free, but they also offer free ice skate, roller skate and helmet rentals in both summer and winter. Keep an eye out for other free events, such as concerts, throughout the year. Check their schedule here!
Photo credit: The Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame