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25 facts you may not know about Halifax Pop Explosion!

Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, Halifax Pop Explosion (HPX) is hands-down one of my favourite things about this city. There’s something about picking up a schedule (or lately, downloading an app) and comparing your musical must-sees with friends and planning your festival experience.

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When those five days in October finally arrive, you can’t beat getting out on crisp autumn nights, grabbing a few drinks, hearing some great music and maybe forgetting that you’ve got to wake up and be a responsible adult in a few hours.

Whether you’re completely new to the festival, or you’re a reasoned regular, here are 25 FACTS YOU MAY NOT KNOW about HPX:

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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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TOP Walking Tours In Halifax

Of all the ways to truly explore a city, there’s nothing like a walking tour—and Halifax is no exception. Taking to the streets with a guide gives you the chance to see landmarks with rich history, listen to authentic tales, and discover hidden gems in just a few hours.

So, on your next trip to Halifax, try out one of these walking tours:

1. Halifax Free Walking Tours

If you want to discover Downtown Halifax, this is the tour for you! In just 1.5 hours, your tour guide will take you from the top of the Citadel Hill, through the iconic parts of the city, to the beautiful waterfront. Throughout the trip, you’ll learn the historical, cultural, political, and military significance of Halifax’s top landmarks, as well as more modern locales.

Interested? Simply meet your tour guide at the pedestrian entrance to the Halifax Citadel on the observation deck right above the Town Clock.
Schedule:
June into September 5th—Monday-Sunday at 10:00 am and 3:00 pm.
September 5th into November—Tours organized by booking through e-mail.
Price: By Donation

2. Local Tasting Tours

Since Halifax is known for its delicious dining, you simply can’t miss this tasty tour—a terrific way to check out Halifax’s culinary delights. With five unique tours to choose from, you’ll get a taste of some of the best restaurants and breweries in the city, while gaining an inside look into the minds and kitchens of local chefs.

Interested? All you have to do is book your tour online at the following link.
Schedule:
Downtown Halifax Tour—Sunday, Monday and Tuesday at 1:30 pm
Somo Downtown Tour—Wednesday and Thursday at 1:30 pm
North End Food Walk Around Tour—Friday and Saturday at 1:30 pm
Quinpool Road Tour—Wednesday and Thursday Evening at 7:00 pm
Night Out in Halifax Tour—Friday and Saturday Evening at 6:00 pm
Price: Price varies by tour, ranging from $40-60.

3. Halifax Literary Walking Tour

Halifax’s literary history comes alive in this virtual walking tour highlighting famous authors, publishers, bookstores and libraries throughout the city. By setting out of this walking tour, you’ll see Halifax as never before—through the eyes of Canada’s celebrated authors and world literary greats! Best of all, this tour is absolutely free!

Interested? Visit the following link for more information, including your walking tour map.
Schedule: At your leisure
Price: Free

4. The Halifax Ghost Walk

Want to hear about the spooky side of Halifax history? Then join the Halifax Ghost Walk (if you dare!). On this two hour tour, you’ll learn fascinating facts about the city’s most eerie sites, troubled spirits and odd occurrences—including famously haunted buildings.

Interested? Simply meet at the Old Town Clock.
Schedule: June to October at 8:30 pm on scheduled nights as shown at the following link.
Price: $15 per person (children under 9 free; $10 for seniors at youth 9-12)

Do you have a favorite walking tour in the city? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter. If you’re looking for even more ways to discover the best of Halifax, check out our Top 10 Guided Tours in Halifax.