This blog was written by the team at Flight Network
There’s only one way to beat the back-to-school blues — head to Halifax. The capital city of Nova Scotia truly comes to life in autumn with radiant fall colours, must-visit festivals, seasonal eats, and mild weather that’s ideal for adventuring outdoors.
The team at Flight Network presents these five autumn activities are ones you can only do in Halifax during the city’s most colourful season.
- Visit the Halifax Oyster Festival
October is for oyster eating, and there’s no better place to shuck the molluscs than at the annual Halifax Oyster Festival on Oct. 1. The festival is a day-long, all-you-can-eat oyster event with shucking competitions, music, craft beer, wine, and more. The Nova Scotia oyster is known as one of the best in the world, and you can shuck until your fingers hurt at this annual, rain-or-shine event.
- Leaf Peep on the Frog Pond Trail
Cape Breton’s Cabot Trail is one of the most popular leaf peeping routes in Nova Scotia, but you don’t have to take the nearly 5-hour drive to see the province’s famous fall colors. Halifax’s Frog Pond Trail offers 1.4 kilometres of trees donned with bright red, yellow, orange, and green leaves.
The popular hiking trail takes roughly 30 minutes to complete, and you’ll want to bring your camera to capture the colours, rare birds, pristine pond waters, and other picture-perfect sights. The family-friendly trail can be found 2.2 kilometres after the intersection of Purcell’s Cove Road and Herring Cove Road at the Sir Sanford Fleming Park.
- Shop the Seaport Farmers’ Market
You don’t have to set a Saturday aside for visiting the Seaport Farmers’ Market, because it’s open seven days a week. Known as the best place to purchase fresh local fish and fall produce, the famous farmers’ market is also home to local vendors serving prepared food from around the world, including Turkish, Lebanese, Asian, Italian, and more.
Don’t hesitate to start your holiday shopping at the countless craft vendors at “North America’s Oldest Farmers’ Market”, including Gypsy Road Glass, Silver and Stone, Kudos Signs and Gifts, Osha Mae Soap, Naturally Wood, and dozens of others.
- Hike the Haunted Hollow of Hammond Plains
Visit Halifax during the month of October, and you’ll enjoy an especially spooky treat. The hair-raising Haunted Hollow trail winds through an eerie stretch of woods, loaded with scary noises, strange creatures, and wild animals to get you in the Halloween spirit. Ghosts, ghouls, and demons hide behind trees and gravestones, providing suspense and scares that haunt visitors long after they leave. The hike through the woods costs $12 per person and fall is the only time to take part in the fun.
- Get on the Water While It’s Warm
September and October are known as some of the most pleasant months in Halifax. Temperatures linger around 10- to 16-degrees Celsius, making outdoor activities more comfortable than in the heat of summer and chill of winter. Kayak Halifax and East Coast Outfitters are two local companies that are eager to help you experience the beauty of Halifax from a different angle — the Atlantic Ocean.
Cruise along the sea with a professional guide, learning about the history of the area, admiring the vibrant colors of fall, and visiting islands and other natural wonders that those who don’t venture off the coast never get a chance to see.
Photo 1: Len Wagg Photography (Kayak)
Photo 3: Scott Munn (Oysters)