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5 Museums in Halifax you HAVE to visit during summer vacation!

The last thing most of us want to do when the weather is sunny and warm is stay inside, but even the beautiful Halifax summers bring some rainy days that require a plan B! So if you’re stuck indoors and looking for a fun outing, one of Halifax’s local museums are always a great option for indoor fun.

These museums are great for all ages, and are perfect for Halifax’s unpredictable weather at any time of year. On top of it all, there are plenty of super-cool events taking place at Halifax’s museums this summer!

Here are 5 Halifax Museums You Have to Visit During Summer Vacation

1. Museum of Natural History

Cat Fest: Dig out the cat ears from your costume trunk! The 3rd annual celebration of all things feline is taking place July 8th and 9th. There will be live cats, hands-on activities, cat charities, vendors and even a pop-up cat café. This event is sure to be a paradise for cat lovers, not to mention a great way to support animal welfare in our community.

Fantastic Frogs: Cats are not the only creatures taking over the Museum of Natural History this summer. Between now and July 8th, you can learn about and interact with a variety of live frog species! This exhibit will include live demos and interpretive panels to show you exactly why frogs are so fantastic.

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2. The Discovery Centre Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family exhibit is likely to be slightly more epic than your average family reunion. This interactive exhibit is making its North American debut right here in Halifax, and visitors have until August 25th to check it out. See enormous dinosaur fossils and learn all about where and how these amazing creatures lived and evolved around the world. You can even pretend you’re an extra in Jurassic World and get up close and personal with the whole clan in the augmented-reality experience.

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3. Halifax Citadel National Historic Site

Canada turns 150 years old this year, and to celebrate, Parks Canada is offering FREE ADMISSION to all national parks for the entire year! On Canada Day at the Halifax Citadel, visitors will enjoy free cake, music and military performances, and on July 18th and 19th, the Citadel will host the mesmerizing RCMP Musical Ride. And as though there wasn’t enough going on this summer, there’s even more to do! Make sure you’re in Halifax during the Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta, taking place from July 29th to August 1st. There will be plenty of activities to enjoy as part of the event, including historic tunnel tours at one of Halifax’s other fascinating National Historic Sites, George’s Island.

4. Maritime Museum of the Atlantic Tuesday Night Tunes: This is the 5th year running for the annual free concert series. Scheduled every Tuesday night from June 6th to August 29th at 7pm, a different featured performer will play each week by the boardwalk outside the Maritime Museum. Enjoy an evening relaxing (or dancing, if that floats your boat) on the Halifax waterfront, listening to local talents such as The Ragged Robins, Keonté Beals, and Jigs Start Here. Halifax Wrecked: 2017 is the 100th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion, a defining event in the history of the city. The blast occurred on the morning of December 6th, 1917, killing approximately 2,000 people and injuring 9,000. This award-winning exhibit walks visitors through that day, and demonstrates what life was like in Halifax both before and after the tragedy.

A Pirate’s Fate Piracy is murder and robbery at sea. It dates to ancient times and continues today. The “Golden Age of Piracy” occurred from 1690 to 1730 when Nova Scotia, was largely unsettled by Europeans, making it a possible location for pirates to hide-out or refit. The governor of Fortress #Louisbourg in the mid 1720s was so afraid of pirate attacks in Cape Breton that he asked for extra naval protection. One of the nastiest pirates of the “Golden Age”, Ned Low, raided fishing fleets who used Nova #Scotian harbours as shelters and fishing stations. Low terrorized a New England fleet in Shelburne in 1720. Some have suggested that he hid #treasure in Nova Scotia. . . . . . #pirate #piratefate #martimemuseum #martimuseumoftheatlantic #lowerwaterstreet #museum #halifaxns #novascotia #canada #halifaxnoise #discoverhalifax #destinationhalifax #igers_novascotia #narcityhalifax #downtownhalifax A post shared by Pardeep Kumar (@pardeep131085) on

5. Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

Canada Day 1: This exhibit runs until November 12th as part of the Canada 150 celebrations. Compelling artwork and objects are displayed to illustrate newcomer experiences from the dawn of confederation to today. You can even plot the journey of your own ancestors on a giant interactive map. This exhibit has already travelled to 7 Canadian cities, with more stops planned before the year is out. Make sure you enjoy it before it moves on!

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TOP events happening at the Halifax Public Gardens in 2017

It’s no secret that Canada is celebrating its 150th birthday this year – but did you know the Public Gardens is as well? The beautiful Victorian garden at the heart of the city covers 16 acres and has been a National historic site since 1984. They’ve got a slew of special events planned for this special summer, here are a few of the highlights:

June 10 – Public Garden Birthday Party
Come celebrate another beautiful year in the Public Gardens with their 150th birthday party! Festivities start at the main gates at 11am, and will be followed by birthday cake and music throughout the afternoon. Stop on by!

June 11 – 14 – Rhododendron Days
Spanning four days, Rhododendron days celebrate the flowers when they’re at their brightest and best. There are many special events scheduled, visit the events calendar to learn more.

June 30, July 21, August 11 – Atlantic Film Festival – ‘Canadian Comedy’
The Atlantic Film Festival brings their popular outdoor film showings to the Public Gardens this year, with the Canadian Comedy series. Don’t miss free showings of Strange Brew, The Grand Seduction and Meatballs one Friday a month on the inflatable big screen.

July 8 – Brides Day Revisited
Did you have your wedding photos taken at the Public Gardens? On July 8th, from 1pm – 4pm, brides are invited to return to the gardens in their wedding dress to have their photo taken and relive their special day.

August 5 – Mayor’s Garden Party

Join Halifax Mayor Mike Savage for the annual Natal Day Mayor’s Garden Party.  Come and enjoy live music presented by the Atlantic Federation of Musicians and many activities for children. There will also be refreshments while quantities last – including birthday cake!

There are also numerous recurring events scheduled for the summer:
Don’t miss story time at the public gardens, taking place at 10:30am every Tuesday and Thursday throughout the summer. Co-hosted by beloved local businesses, Woozles Children’s Bookstore and Uncommon Grounds, the program is free with no registration required. In nice weather, story time occurs outside by the big tree near the café in the gardens, otherwise the group meets inside the coffee shop. Looking for more info? Call Woozles at 902-423-7626.

Interested in learning more about the history and horticulture of the gardens? Get a guided walking tour each Wednesday, from July 5 – September 28, at 10am. Learn more here.

Starting June 4th, don’t miss Sunday Band Concerts happening at the band shell; from 2pm-4pm. Visit the Public Garden’s event calendar for information on who’s playing.

What events are you most looking forward to? Share your comments on Facebook.


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.

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BEST Halifax attractions for families

A city like Halifax is one of the best places for families to visit – the compact size makes it quick, easy and affordable to explore but it’s large enough that there are tons of things to do for all ages to enjoy.

Here are some of the best attractions for families in Halifax: 

1. Halifax Citadel National Historic Site

One of the top attractions in the city, this National Historic Site gives you the chance to experience life as a soldier in the 18th and 19th centuries. The authentic and exciting family activities on offer include solving a 100+ year old mystery using a comic book guide, firing of the noonday cannon and learning to send coded messages.

With 2017 marking Canada’s 150th birthday, admission to all National Parks is FREE with the 2017 Discovery Pass, so this is the year to visit!

2. Maritime Museum of the Atlantic  

This fascinating museum brings Nova Scotia’s maritime history to life through various exhibits and collections, including thousands of photographs and sailors’ memorabilia, arctic expedition discoveries, and an award-winning Halifax Explosion display.

Make sure the kids visit the CSS Acadia, the Museum’s Canadian Scientific Ship, moored on the Halifax waterfront.

3. Discovery Centre

This science centre just moved to it’s shiny new digs on the waterfront, and the open, colourful space is a curious child’s dream! They can jam with real instruments and learn about the science of rock n’ roll (on exhibit until May 14th), learn how to fly a plane, and explore a full replica town on RBC Someday Street.

4. Museum of Natural History

Another museum where you can really get your hands dirty, you and the kids will learn all about the geography, geology and zoology of Nova Scotia (and elsewhere).

Be sure to say hi to Gus, the 94-year-old turtle who has lived at the museum for many decades!

5. Murphy’s Harbour Tours

Murphy’s the Cable Wharf offers various land and sea tours that are perfect for families. Jump on the Harbour Hopper, an amphibious adventure that shows you the best of land and sea or climb aboard Theodore Tugboat’s Big Harbour Adventure. Try being a pirate for a day aboard the Tall Ship Silva, or you can even learn to sail a real sailboat (new family hobby, perhaps?).

 6. Halifax Central Library

This stunning building only opened a little over 2 years ago, and it’s already one of the most popular attractions in Halifax. The kids will enjoy going up and down the zany staircases, reading a book on one of the bright, comfy couches, or taking selfies with the fantastic view from the 5th floor Living Room.

You may even want to fuel up with some delicious pastries and Italian-style drinks at one of the library’s cafes first!

These next attractions are a short way outside of downtown Halifax, but worth making the trek:

7. Fishermen’s Cove

Located in Eastern Passage, this 200-year old restored fishing village looks just like a postcard. Grab a water taxi to nearby McNab’s Island, stroll the boardwalk with an ice cream, or browse locally-made souvenirs at one of the many quaint shops.

8. Atlantic Playland

Opening for the 2017 season June 30th, this theme park will provide your family with hours of fun. There are bumper cars, waterslides, go-karts, a carousel, mini golf, a haunted castle, bumper boats, and much more!

9. Cole Harbour Heritage Farm

This farm is in the middle of Dartmouth but feels as peaceful as the country. It dates back to 1800, so there is a lot of history here. The kids can learn all about what life on a farm was like, including interacting with various livestock such as sheep, chickens, pigs and calves (just remember to be gentle – this isn’t a petting zoo!). Grab some homemade pie or soup in the charming tea room before heading back downtown.

There are so many more family attractions to enjoy here. Why not make Halifax your next family vacation destination?