Top 10 FREE Things to do in Halifax!
1: Visit the 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!
3: Take in the Buskers
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! They’re going to be announcing the full line up soon – visit www.buskers.ca to learn more.
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: Catch a Free Concert
The East Coast of Canada is rich with musical tradition and Halifax is no exception. From talented buskers who take up a perch on street corners to large scale concerts and everything in between, we’ve got you covered if music is your thing. Don’t miss the Sam Roberts Band headlining Canada Day festivities at Alderney Landing, and stay tuned for upcoming announcements on Natal Day festivities. Looking for something more intimate? Then you might want to check out Tunes at Noon in Grand Parade or the Sunday Afternoon Concert Series in the Public Gardens.
6: 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: End the Day with a Firework Show
What better way to cap off a full filled summer day than with a fireworks display? If you’re in the city for Canada Day or Natal Day (Monday, August 4 this year) don’t miss the fireworks! Pick a spot on the Halifax waterfront and get ready for the show.