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Top 10 FREE Things to do in Halifax!

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1 – Visit the Halifax Public Gardens
The Halifax Public Gardens are often celebrated as jewel of green space in the city, with Haligonians delighting each spring when the gates are unlocked after a long winter. One of the finest surviving examples of a Victorian Garden in North America, the Halifax Public Gardens began on Common land by the Nova Scotia Horticultural Society in 1836. The gardens are a great place to relax on a bench in the sun, or explore the diverse plants and ponds throughout the space.

2 – Browse the Seaport Farmers Market
Sure, you could certainly spend money at the Seaport Farmers Market – after all, it is chalk-full of vendors selling local produce, baked goods and any number of hand made wares, but if you have strong will power you can simply delight in the sights and sounds of the space.

While open pretty much all week, Saturdays are the best time to check out the market for maximum selection. Don’t forget to spend some time on the rooftop! Find more Halifax Farmers’ Markets here.

3 – Take in the Halifax International Busker Festival
While not technically free, (the performers do travel the globe to perform and make their living!) the Buskers bring in talent from around the world to delight and entertain the large audiences that gather on the Halifax Waterfront. Running from July 30th to August 4th, expect to see everything from magic to fire performances and extreme juggling – there’s really something for everyone!

4 – Explore a Trail
While Halifax has all the urban amenities you desire, one of its best features is just how easy it is to escape the hustle and bustle and take in some nature. The city is surrounded by well-maintained trails ranging from pathways for beginners to higher difficulty levels for those looking for something more strenuous. Depending on the trail you choose, you can expect to see ocean views, lush forests and animals in their natural habitats. For a complete listing of trails around Halifax, including details on accessibility and parking, click here.

5 – Stroll the Waterfront
After the Market, take some time to stroll the Halifax Waterfront. The scenery changes on the waterfront every day: some days you may catch a cruise ship in town, or see a yacht docked along the boardwalk. One thing always remains the same: expect to encounter exceptional local businesses and smiles on the faces of everyone you pass.

7 – Visit a Beach
Halifax is surrounded by beaches – the perks of being on the ocean! Many locals have a favourite – consult this list and find the one that sounds the best for you. If you’ve got a four-legged friend in your life, head out to Long Lake. With hiking trails and a beach that is pet friendly lots of dogs (and their owners) head here to cool off on hot summer days.

8 – Lounge on Citadel Hill
For a truly ‘Halifax’ experience spend a sunny afternoon lounging on Citadel. When the sun peeks from behind the clouds and the temperature starts to rise Haligonians of all ages take some time to relax on Citadel hill. Activities range from music listening to reading, but most importantly include taking in the beautiful scenery and the great weather.

9 – Rollerblade at the Oval
Looking for a new way to get active? Sounds like you should try roller blading (or skating) at the Emera Oval. Built to accommodate sped skating events at the Winter Canada Games, the Oval has become a fixture of the city. No gear? No problem! Bring along government issued idea and you can borrow a pair of skates and all the protective gear required. Learn more here.

10 – Watch a gorgeous sunset
This seaside city is home to PLENTY of stunning locations to watch the sun go down. Find out where to see the best sunset views here.


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