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.
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!
McNabs Island 📸 Thanks @roxxm_ for snapping this pic! 🤗 A post shared by Karina Gelencser (@karinagelencser) on
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.
From our Sunset Tour last night! It was a beautiful evening for a paddle. #viewsns #halifax #destinationhalifax #paddlelove #seakayak A post shared by Kayak Halifax (@kayakhalifax) on
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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