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Fishing in Halifax – everything you need to know!

With 7,600km of coastline, 6,700 lakes, and 100 rivers, the waters of Nova Scotia offer some of the best fishing on the east coast. From casting a line on the shoreline for bass, perch, trout, and mackerel, to setting sail on a deep sea fishing adventure for cod, haddock, wolffish, and Boston bluefish, the Halifax area offers fishing opportunities for all skill levels.

Whether you’re introducing your children to fishing for the first time or you’re a life-long angler, here is everything you need to know about fishing in Halifax.

What You Need:

Having the right gear can make the difference between a good day and a great one when you’re out on the water. Don’t forget the following:

Required:

  • Fishing License
  • Fishing Rod & Reel
  • Lure/Bait & Hook
  • Extra Line
  • Net

Optional:

  • Fishing Basket

New anglers can take advantage of the Tackle Share Program, which allows visitors to borrow fishing equipment at no charge at six provincial parks across the province, including Laurie Provincial Park, just minutes from downtown Halifax.

Learning to Fish:

New to fishing? Don’t worry! Get started with these local programs:

Learn to Fish
This interactive program teaches children the basics of sport fishing, along with ethics and environmental stewardship.

Becoming an Outdoors-Woman
This program is a great opportunity for anyone 18 years or older to learn a variety of outdoors skills, including fishing.

Where to Fish:

Halifax has many places to fish and opportunities to fish all year round. Fishing can be done from the shore at one of the many rivers or lakes, from the wharf on the Halifax Harbour, by boat in the deep sea, or on ice in the winter.

Reel in even more fun with these fishing activities:

A&M Sea Charters: Located at the mouth of the Halifax harbour, this sea charter offers the opportunity to bring home fish that have been caught miles offshore.

Blue Shark Fishing Charters: Experience the thrill of big game shark fishing with state-of-the-art saltwater fishing equipment and an experienced crew. This tour practices ‘catch, tag, and release’ with all data being sent to the Bedford Institute of Oceanography.

Murphys Deep Sea Fishing: From May to September, this fishing tour travels out the mouth of the harbour into the North Atlantic on a fishing adventure you’ll never forget.

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Photo 1: Photo taken by Scott Munn
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Getting to Dartmouth from Downtown Halifax

Dartmouth is affectionately known as the City of Lakes, and in recent years the region has increasingly grown in popularity and into a vibrant community with a plethora of amazing things to do. Situated across the harbour from Downtown Halifax, Dartmouth shares its cosmopolitan feel and east coast vibe, but with a charm all in its own.

So be sure to check it out Dartmouth for yourself, it’s easy to navigate with a wide variety of smart transportation options!

1. Alderney Landing Ferry & Woodside Ferry

Halifax Transit Harbour Ferries makes trips from Halifax’s Waterfront to Dartmouth’s Alderney Landing terminal and Woodside terminal every 15 to 30 minutes depending on the time of day and take about 10-12 minutes to travel between Dartmouth and Downtown Halifax.  One-way fare for adults range from $2.50. Schedules and terminal information are available on the Halifax Transit website.

2. The King’s Wharf Harbour Water Taxi

For $10 you can catch a round trip ride with Harbour Water Taxi between Dartmouth’s Alderney Landing and the Halifax waterfront. The Harbour Water Taxi has been in operation since summer 2015, offering locals and visitors a fast, safe and fun method to travel back and forth across the harbor!

3. Halifax Harbour Bridges (Macdonald Bridge & MacKay Bridge)  Brought your own car on vacation to Halifax or have a rental? You’ll be able to easily commute back and forth between Halifax and Dartmouth on either of the Halifax Harbour Bridges. It’s approximated that 105,000 vehicles cross the Macdonald and MacKay Bridges on an average workday. If you’re commuting on the Macdonald Bridge, be sure to check to see if it’s open or closed due to the Big Lift redecking project.

4. Halifax Transit

Halifax Transit provides bus service in downtown Halifax and outlying neighborhoods in the region. Commuting via bus from Downtown Halifax to Dartmouth is easy, whether it be downtown or with a trip on Route 10 to Mic Mac Mall. Time-tables and route maps are available on their Halifax Transit website. Halifax Transit also has a mobile app available for iPhone and Android.

Looking for affordable transportation from Halifax Stanfield International Airport to Downtown Halifax or Dartmouth? Check out Halifax Transit’s Route 320 from the airport to Albemarle Street near Scotia Square Mall in Downtown Halifax.

 

 

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There are so many wonderful things to do in Dartmouth and these 10 awesome local businesses prove it!

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Halifax’s Top Attractions – Everything You Need To Know (And More)!

As Nova Scotia’s capital city with nearly 270 years of history, the commercial hub of Atlantic Canada and home to more bars per capita than any city in Canada, there is no shortage of things to do in Halifax!

From historical sites to local favourites, here is everything you need to know (and more) about Halifax’s top attractions.

11. Halifax Citadel National Historic Site

Arguably Canada’s most visited national historic site, Citadel Hill is a top attraction in Halifax. While it never actually saw battle, its role in history is undeniable. Explore the fort on your own or with a tour from re-enactment interpreters. Or become a soldier for a day and fire an authentic Snider-Enfield rifle.

Did you know? Many legends surround Citadel Hill. Some believe that secret tunnels were built underneath the city streets to connect the Citadel with the Armoury and perhaps even George’s Island located in the middle of Halifax harbour. Others are convinced that the fort is haunted.

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10. Old Town Clock

As one of the most recognizable landmarks in Halifax, the Old Town Clock has become a symbol of the city. The clock was installed in 1803 as a parting gift from Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Commander-in-Chief of the British military, who wished to resolve the tardiness of the local garrison. Over the years, the tower housing has been used as a guard room and as a residence for the clock caretaker. Did you know? Few have had the opportunity to explore the Old Town Clock, until now—the bottom floor will be open to visitors June 3-4 as part of Doors Open Halifax.

9. Halifax Waterfront

One of the best ways to experience our historic port city is strolling along the downtown waterfront. Admire the beautiful views of the harbour, complete with heritage vessels, small sailboats, tugs, and the oldest, continuous, salt-water passenger ferry service.

Did you know? The Halifax waterfront hosts some of the best events in the city, including the International Buskers Festival, Canada Day and Natal Day celebrations and, this year, the return of the Tall Ships.

 8. Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 

Pier 21 is a National Historic Site which was the gateway to Canada for one million immigrants between 1928 and 1971, and a departure point for 500,000 Canadian Military personnel during the second world war. Today, Pier 21 is home to the Canadian Museum of Immigration—Atlantic Canada’s only national museum—where visitors explore the immigration experience from the homeland departure to being assimilated in a new country. Did you know? You can trace your own family immigration story for free at Pier 21. Find out more here!

7. Maritime Museum of the Atlantic

As Canada’s oldest and largest maritime museum, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic brings the sea indoors with its collection of small craft, model ships, photographs, and relics of maritime history. Exhibits are devoted to sea life and historic events, including the world-famous Titanic. If that isn’t enough, the museum also offers learning initiatives including LEGO Stop Motion Animation User Club and Welcome Wednesdays for families.

Did you know? One of the permanent exhibits at the museum looks at the Halifax Explosion—a maritime disaster that is having its 100th anniversary this year.

6. Halifax Public Gardens

The Halifax Public Gardens is a 16-acre park in the heart of downtown Halifax. The park is a perfect example of Victorian horticulture, boasting ornamental fountains, a bandstand, statues, formal flower-beds, and a beautiful wrought iron entrance. Throughout the park, visitors will find 140 different species of trees as well as ducks and other waterfowl. A can’t miss while in the city is the number of events in the park! Did you know? Having opened in 1867, this year marks the 150th anniversary of the Halifax Public Gardens.

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5. Point Pleasant Park

One of the most popular places for a stroll in Halifax has to be Point Pleasant Park. This 75-hectare park is home to towering trees, 39 km of winding footpaths, historical monuments and ruins, and great views of the Halifax Harbour and North West Arm. The park also features a supervised beach for swimming, off-leash dog walking areas, and summer performances of Shakespeare by the Sea. Did you know? Halifax rents the site from the British Government for 1 shilling (about 10 cents) a year, with a 999-year lease.

4. Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

Halifax’s Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is the largest art museum in the Atlantic provinces. The museum features a permanent collection, numbering more than 17,000 pieces, as well as temporary exhibitions. While there, be sure to check out the work of Nova Scotia folk artist Maud Lewis. Did you know? There are two Art Gallery of Nova Scotia locations—one in Halifax and another in Yarmouth. Admission to the Halifax location can be used for free admission at the location in Yarmouth (max 7 days after purchase). Also, admission is free in Halifax every Thursday from 5 – 9 pm.

3. Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market

The Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market is the most popular of all the markets in the region, drawing crowds of locals and tourists alike. With 250 vendors selling local products and a rooftop patio overlooking the harbour, we can see why! While Saturday and Sunday are the prime days to visit the market, its doors are open with limited vendors Tuesday through Friday as well. To take full advantage of the market, join one of their demonstrations, classes, and workshops. Did you know? Although it has operated in several locations since its inception in 1750, what’s now known as the Halifax Seaport Farmers Market is North America’s longest continuously operating market.

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2. The Discovery Centre

With four floors of interactive, hands-on learning experiences, the Discovery Centre captures the imagination of visitors. As soon as you walk in the door, you can see how they successfully bring STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) to life. Especially with their Immersive Dome Theater, Innovation Lab, and first featured exhibit on The Science of Rock n’ Roll. Did you know? The Discover Centre recently opened in its brand new state-of-the-art 40,000 sq ft facility on the Halifax Waterfront, with exhibits for people of all ages.

 1. Alexander Keith’s Brewery

The brewery has been a part of Halifax history since 1820 thanks to its founder, Scottish-born Alexander Keith. Trained as a brewer, Keith ran the brewery for 53 years, while also serving as the mayor of Halifax. Today, visitors can learn about the man who started it all with an immersive tour of the brewery. During the tour, actors in period costume and character bring 1863 Halifax to life with songs and stories as they lead guests through the brewhouse—which continues to brew Alexander’s ale—and to the tap room for a taste. Did you know? Keith’s Brewery was founded in 1920, making it one of the oldest commercial breweries in all of North America—even surviving the Halifax explosion.

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5 Cant-Miss Activities on the Halifax Harbour!

Springtime in Halifax can make summer feel like as far away as it did when we were in the dead of winter. The good news is that the weeks keep rolling by and the temperature is creeping slowly upwards. Before we know it we’ll be lounging on patios and looking for activities that will take us outside to enjoy the beautiful summer weather. What better place to do that than on the water, specifically the beautiful Halifax harbour?

Here’s a roundup of 5 things to try out this summer on the Halifax harbour!

1. Hitch a ride on a Water Taxi
Whether you’re in Halifax or Dartmouth, you’ve got a couple of options to get across the harbour. The bridges and the ferries are the most common choices, but have you ever considered taking a water taxi? The Harbour Water Taxi serves commuters in Halifax, Dartmouth, Bedford Basin, Eastern Passage, the Northwest Arm and McNab’s Island.  Exact pick up and drop off locations are listed on their website.

#viewsfromthetaxi if you’ve never been on a harbour taxi ride before you’re just not living it up in #halifax @haligonia.ca

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2. Visit McNab’s Island
Now that you’re familiar with the water taxi, hop on board and make your way over to McNab’s Island. Located in the mouth of the Halifax harbour (it’s the larger island that you can see from the roof of the Seaport Farmer’s Market), it features an abundance of hiking and history. Check it out this summer!

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3. Harbour Hopper Tours
While a good portion of the Harbour Hopper tour takes place on land, the best part of the family-friendly experience is when the amphibious vehicle makes its way out onto the water. Get the best possible view of Halifax while enjoying the salty ocean breeze.

4. Kayak Halifax
Experience a guided tour of the Halifax harbour with the team at Kayak Halifax. Located at the Sands at Salter on the Waterfront, stop by Kayak Halifax from May 15 to October 31 to rent a kayak and sign up for a tour. Offering both shorter jaunts and full-day tours around McNab’s Island, including a coastal hike, Kayak Halifax has something for everyone.

5. Watercraft Rentals
If you’re looking for something with a little more speed, make your way to Dartmouth’s King’s Wharf and visit Watercraft Rentals. Wave Runners and Pontoon Boats are available for rent, providing the perfect outing for both small and large groups. Get out on the water today!

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