Top 10 places to watch the sunset in Halifax!
Who doesn’t like a good sunset?
Here is a list of the top 10 places in the Halifax area to watch the sun go down. I kept in mind that as the sun goes down, most people don’t want to be too far from the starting point.
Make sure to dress warm and pack a flashlight/headlamp just in case you need help getting back to your vehicle!
Hop on the Dartmouth ferry and enjoy a nice ride across the harbour on the oldest, continuous, salt-water passenger ferry service in North America. When you’re on the Dartmouth side, walk around the boardwalk and over to the World Peace Pavilion (filled with rocks from various countries all over the world). There, you can sit close to the harbour over looking Halifax and watch the sun come down over the city. Being on the ferry during the sunset is under-rated! The sun sets over the bridges.
9 minute drive from Downtown Halifax (or 15 minute ferry ride). For more information, visit https://my-waterfront.ca/dartmouth/.
Many people may only think of Citadel Hill when you hear about a National Historic site in Halifax. While Citadel is definitely worth the visit, this leaves the York Redoubt fort less crowded! It offers great views of the harbour and McNabs Island and the lighthouse. It’s a great place to “get away” without having to go very far at all.
10 minute drive from Downtown Halifax. Click here for map and directions.
Located on beautiful Grand Lake, the Oakfield Provincial Park is an ideal place to watch the sun reflect off the water as it goes down. The trail is only a few km’s, and you can just sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery. The drive to get there is just as nice. The Waverley Road zig and zags along a series of lakes that are all part of the Shubie Canal system.
45 minute drive from downtown Halifax. Click here for map and directions.
7. MacCormacks Beach, Provincial Park, Eastern Passage
Situated right next to Fisherman’s Cove, an old fishing community that also has gift shops, restaurants, museums, art galleries, cafés and more. You can walk around the long boardwalk, dip your toes in the ocean and when the tide is out you can venture far out onto the wet sand. The sun sets over the water looking back towards Halifax.
25 minute drive from Downtown Halifax. Click here for map and directions.
This beautiful beach park has three white-sand beaches and a nearby trail called Pennant Trail. Give yourself some extra time to explore the trail (10km each way) and the wildlife. This is a popular place in the summer months for beach goers, but gets quiet at night. This is a true gem and worth the drive.
Note: If you drive past the turn off for Crystal Crescent beach and continue down the West Pennant Road a few km’s, you will reach a small bridge crossing. Stop at this crossing and park in the small gravel area on the right side of the road (before the bridge). There, you will see a path that leads to some waterfalls. It’s a great place to be at sundown!
33 minute drive from Downtown Halifax. Click here for map and directions.
Sunset paddle anyone? Head down to East Coast Outfitters in Lower Prospect and head out on a guided, or solo kayak trip in and around the magnificent coastline. East Coast Outfitters can provide you with a route that best suites your abilities, and most of the routes are sheltered by islands and therefor the water is usually calm – especially in the evenings! With the fall upon us, the water is at its warmest and the changing colours of the trees are a sight to behold!
30 minute drive from Downtown Halifax. Click here for map and directions.
4. High Head Trail, Prospect
Known by locals at Wagner’s Cove. This is a great short hike along the coastline and you can sit on rock cliffs and watch the sun go down in front of you. Make sure to dress warm, as the wind blowing off the ocean can be cold even on the warmest of evenings.
38 minutes drive from downtown Halifax. Click here for map and directions
For the really adventurous folks, McNabs Island is truly when one of the best places to watch the sun go down in the city. From Fort McNab, you get an amazing perspective of the harbour and downtown Halifax as the sun sets over the city. Another good spot is at Fort Ives, which is the closets point of land to Halifax.
The drawback of catching a sunset on McNabs? Unless you have your own boat, you might have to stay the night camping on the island. Tour operators may come pick you up at dark, but you’ll have to check with them.
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This is my favourite spot to sit, relax and watch the sun go to sleep over the ocean. The smell, wind and sound of the waves crashing along the shoreline leaves you feeling refreshed. If the waves are good, you might even see some surfers enjoying a sunset surf. Take your shoes off and tip your toes in the ocean. Dress warm, even on the nicest of days, as the wind coming off the ocean is refreshing, but cool.
Note: You can also venture 7.0km past Lawrencetown Beach to Seaforth Beach, which will most likely be completely people free. The beach (or Cove, as I call it) will be on your right, directly across the street from the Hope For Wildlife entrance. Also, Conrads Beach (about 5km before Lawrencetown) is a great spot to sit in the sand and watch the sunset.
32 minute drive from Downtown Halifax. Click here for map and directions.
Chances are, Peggy’s Cove is already on your list of places to visit while in Halifax. But if the weather is right, there really aren’t many places in the world that offer the uniqueness and beauty of a Peggy’s Cove sunset. Funny thing is, most of the tourists are long gone once the sun starts to go down. If you’re looking to get away from the crowds altogether check out Polly’s Cove, which is only 3km down the road from the famous lighthouse but just as beautiful and rarely visited. Also, when leaving take the Prospect Road back into Halifax (take a right out of Peggy’s Point Road) for a more scenic drive back to the city. Again, dress warm!
45 minute drive from Downtown Halifax. Click here for map and directions