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Halifax is a city full of immense beauty any time of year. You’ll find photo inspiration around every corner, and snapping photos of Halifax’s scenic beaches, historic buildings, bustling waterfronts, stunning parks or picture-perfect landmarks is sure to garner plenty of likes on Instagram!
Whether you’re travelling on foot, by car or even by boat, you’ll discover there’s no shortage of snap-worthy places and blogger-approved backdrops in Halifax.
Here is a list of some of our favorite Insta-worthy locations in and around the city:
The Halifax Central Library is a public library located on the corner of Spring Garden Road and Queen Street.
The library was designed with the Danish firm Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects in collaboration with local Halifax architects Fowler Bauld & Mitchell. In 2015, the Halifax Central Library made the shortlist for the World Building of the Year 2015 in the civics and community buildings category.
Built in 1915, the lighthouse is officially known as the Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse. The lighthouse and whole Peggy’s Cove area have become iconic Canadian images, and one of the most photographed lighthouses in Canada, if not the world.
It’s the best known and one of the most photographed locations in Halifax. You’ll quickly realize there’s always something fun and exciting going on on the Waterfront—no matter the time of year! The harbour boardwalk runs from Casino Nova Scotia to the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, with plenty more in between.
4 – Halifax Waterfront Catch-A-Break! Hammock Park
These bright orange hammocks are suspended between posts resembling East Coast fishing buoys bobbing along the Halifax Waterfront boardwalk.
The hammock park is a place for passersby to rest and take a great photo, all while enjoying the easy-breezy east coast lifestyle.
Point Pleasant Park is situated in the South End of Halifax near the opening of the harbour. This historic 75-hectare wooded park has 39 km of easy winding trails and an abundance of Instagram-worthy photo spots.
The Old Town Clock is an iconic Halifax landmark that you need to take a photo of on your next Halifax vacation. This photogenic and historic building is easy to find, as it overlooks the city atop Citadel Hill with a gorgeous view of the harbour.
Lawrencetown Beach is the prefect escape from the city. Only a 45-minute drive from downtown Halifax, it’s easy to capture a still moment of a stunning sunrise or an action shot of surfers catching waves during a fall swell.
Discover Dartmouth—across the harbour from the Halifax waterfront is Dartmouth. Before amalgamation with Halifax in the 90s, it was a separate and unique city. Today, Dartmouth is a proud region with it’s own rich history and heritage.
Halifax’s new convention centre is first part of the $500-million Nova Centre project and is currently under construction in the heart of downtown Halifax. Despite it’s expected completion date in 2017, the building is quickly becoming a favourite location for Instagram-worthy photos in Halifax.
10 – Fisherman’s Cove
More than 200 years old, Fisherman’s Cove is the perfect destination to capture an iconic east coast image for your Instagram account. This quaint, yet vibrant little fishing village has shops, an art gallery, boardwalk, restaurants, a beach to walk on and whale watching tours. Plus, it’s only a 30-minute drive from Downtown Halifax!
One of the finest surviving examples of a Victorian garden in North America, the Halifax Public Gardens is a must-see and a favourite destination for many visitors and locals. The Gardens are open seasonally from April through November, and sometimes longer if weather permits. During the open months, the gates open daily from 7 a.m. to 30-minutes before before sunset.
Crystal Crescent is best known for its three beautiful white sand beaches, and 13 km hiking trail along the ocean through a few wooded areas, and across giant granite ocean rocks that resemble those of Peggy’s Cove.
Take the 3 km trail that extends from Dartmouth’s Alderney Ferry Terminal to the Woodside Ferry Terminal. Along this popular path, make sure you stop to snap a photo of the mural art project created on exterior walls around Dartmouth Cove. It’s a collaborative project involving the creation of murals by local and international artists’ community art pieces.
14 – Agricola Street, North End, Halifax
Running through Halifax’s up and coming North End, Agricola Street is quickly becoming the place to be in Halifax. This vibrant street is full of stylish shops, antique stores, chic restaurants, brightly coloured row houses and new businesses opening everyday. Grab your phone or camera, because there’s no shortage of Instagram-worthy places on this street.