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Fall for Halifax: 7 Things to Do in Halifax This October

Everyone knows winter can be long, spring is a fling and summer is all about the endless chase, but fall… fall in Halifax is easy to fall in love with.

So, say hello to October and get a load of this month’s hottest happenings from new bars opening, museum shows and exciting new attractions, to city wide art crawls, explosive music festivals and haunted houses.

Here are seven things you won’t want to miss this October:  Continue reading

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6 FREE Halifax Cultural Activities You Can’t Miss

In Atlantic Canada, Maritime culture is celebrated in plays, movies, music, and art—and Halifax is no exception. And the best part is that you can experience the best of the city’s culture without spending a penny.


1 – Poetry in the Gardens

Calling all poetry lovers! To mark the 150th anniversary of the Public Gardens, visitors can enjoy free monthly poetry readings at sites throughout the gardens. Continue reading

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The Halifax Area Farmers’ Market Bucket List: 7 can’t-miss markets

Haligonians love a good Farmers’ Market and a well-known Saturday tradition in Halifax is rolling out of be to hit the markets for fresh produce, breakfast, people-watching, or a classic combo of all three!

To help you to organize your market visits, we’ve put together this list of 7 can’t-miss markets in the area. Happy browsing!


1 – Musquodoboit Harbour Farmers’ Market
About a 30 minute drive from downtown Halifax, the community of Musquodoboit Harbour hosts a small but mighty market in their community center every Sunday.

Offering everything from handmade woodwork, to fresh local vegetables and baked goods, the market in Musquodoboit Harbour has a Nova Scotian downhome feel.

I grabbed a couple of Bakehouse Cheese rolls from Dobbit Bakehouse and took the drive to Martinique Beach and had a snack on the white sands.

Location: 67 Park Road, Eastern Shore Community Centre
Hours:
June to December – Sunday 9am – 1pm. January – May – Every second Sunday


2 – Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market 
The Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market is the most popular of all the Halifax markets, drawing the biggest crowds and offering the largest selection of vendors.

Located right on the waterfront with a beautiful rooftop patio, it’s no wonder people make a Saturday morning tradition out of heading to the market for breakfast and enjoying the view.

Location: Pier 20, 1209 Marginal Road on the Halifax Waterfront
Hours:
Monday – Friday 10am-5pm; Saturday 7am-3pm; Sunday 9am-3pm

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3 – Historic Farmers’ Market 
The Historic Farmers’ Market – also known as the Brewery Market – is the original Halifax market.

Housed in the Alexander Keith’s Brewery on Lower Water Street, this market stretches through hallways and down to the lobby area of the Keith’s Brewery, ensuring there’s always something lovely to see (and taste, and smell).

Location: 1496 Lower Water Street
Hours: Saturday 7am – 1pm

The Farmers' Market at Keith's Brewery in downtown Halifax
The Farmers’ Market at Keith’s Brewery in downtown Halifax

4 – Alderney Landing Farmers’ Market
The Alderney Landing Farmers’ Market has become a bustling market with PLENTY of Saturday regulars, right on the Dartmouth waterfront.

Full of ready to eat foods, as well as freshly baked bread, herbs and homemade preserves, we’re just saying, you’re going to want to make sure to bring a big basket or bag to haul it all home!

Location:
Alderney Landing – 2 Octerloney Street
Hours:
Saturday 8am – 1pm, Sunday 11am-3pm

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Local tip: If the weather is nice, park your car by the Halifax Seaport Market, take a walk down the waterfront and hop on the ferry over to Dartmouth. The ferry drops passengers off right at the entrance to the market! Talk about convenient.


5 – The Vegetorium – Fall River
The Vegetorium is a one-stop-shop for free range eggs, vegetables, locally-roasted coffee and more. Make the drive out to the beautiful area and you won’t be disappointed – by the views or the food!

Location: 2900 Highway 2
Hours:
Monday – Sunday, 9am-6pm

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6 – Hammonds Plains Farmers’ Market
This market was designed as an easy stop for community members to pick up fresh, local produce, meats and baked goods on the way home from work, as well as a means to support the community itself.

While it features the usual farmers’ market food items, you can also expect to find local woodworking, including screen doors fabricated from recycled lumber. Local and environmentally sustainable – we like it.

Location: 787 Kearney Lake Road
Hours:  
Thursday 2:30pm-6:30pm


7 – Tantallon Village Farmers Market
The Tantallon Village Farmers Market is a real community affair, giving those that live in the area not only a place to support their local farmers and craftspeople, but also to connect with their neighbours.

Want the full scoop on who you can expect at the Tantallon Market? Learn more here.

Location: 5209 St. Margaret’s Bay Road – Redmond’s Shopping Plaza
Hours:
May-October – Tuesday 2pm – 6pm


Whether you’re a local or a visitor, a farmers’ market is a great place to discover the Halifax region and its residents. If you’re looking for more information on markets around the area, visit farmersmarketsofnovascotia.com.

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3 A-MAZE-ing Corn-Maze Adventures Within a 1-Hour Drive From Halifax

Fall is a truly amazing time of year to get out and explore Halifax and beyond. It’s the season of crisp breezes and comforting, rich flavours; apple picking and pumpkin carving.

This is also the time of year that corn mazes crop up all over the province. Whether you take your family, a date or a group of friends, a corn maze is a fantastic way to enjoy the outdoors in the fall.

Here are 3 great CORN MAZES to check out this fall, all within a 1-hour drive from the city:
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