Wednesday, December 11, 2019

48 Hours In Halifax, Nova Scotia

From whale watching to wine tasting, plan your perfect trip on Canada’s East Coast…

Welcome to Nova Scotia’s seaside capital city of Halifax! Here’s a list of don’t miss things to see, do, eat, and drink that also includes tour options, pubs with live music, and the most popular spots that promise a true Halifax experience.

Pubs and Live Music Venues

Halifax is home to the largest number of pubs per capita with many featuring live music. Pull up a seat, order local craft beer, cider, wine, or cocktail made with locally distilled spirits. Enjoy live music from performers from across Atlantic Canada at The Old Triangle Irish AlehouseThe Carleton Music Bar & GrillStayner’s Wharf Pub & GrillThe Lower Deck PubDurty Nelly’s Irish Pub and more.

Explore the Halifax Waterfront

This waterfront boardwalk offers visitors an assortment of unique shops, popular restaurants with waterfront patios, and even a vendor marketplace alongside a waterfront beer garden that serves up local crafted beers and ciders — all with unobstructed views of the busy harbor. With annual festivals such as TD Halifax Jazz FestHalifax International Busker FestHalifax Seaport Beer Fest, and more taking place along the waterfront, there is no shortage of entertainment.

Take a tour… or two

Experience this port city on foot, by bike, boat, bus, segway, or kayak! Here’s how:

Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market

Bring your appetite when you visit North America’s oldest continuously running farmers’ market. Now, it’s home to 205+ vendors featuring seasonal produce, meats, fish, local wines, spirits, craft beers, and ciders, as well as local artisans, in its state-of-the-art sustainable green building.

Be sure to pop up to the rooftop patio at the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market and take in the amazing views of Georges and McNabs Islands.

Halifax Citadel National Historic Site

The Halifax Citadel has long watched over the harbor and downtown core of the capital city of Halifax. Originally built as a military fortification to protect the Empire from enemies (and the occasional pirate), today the Citadel and its distinctive Clock Tower act as a reminder of Halifax’s rich past. Want to get hands-on with history? Dress like a Highlander and become a solider for a day or participate in ‘Ready, Aim, Fire!’ where you get to hold — and fire — an authentic Snider-Enfield Rifle just as they did in 1869.

Historic parks and gardens

Discover the Halifax Public Gardens, a 16-acre Victorian garden oasis in the heart of downtown Halifax. Opened in 1867 and declared a National Historic Site in 1984, stroll the paths and take in the ornate fountains, lush gardens, and the traditional bandstand that hosts performances throughout the summer months.

Want to visit the UK without the jet lag? Visit Point Pleasant Park, a historic wooded park with almost 25 miles of easy winding trails and wide paths that the city of Halifax rents from the British Government for 1 shilling (about 10 cents) a year, with a 999-year lease. During the summer months, take in a theatrical performance in the park by professional theater group, Shakespeare by the Sea.

Stuff for history buffs

Located on the Halifax Waterfront boardwalk, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic is home to the largest collection of wooden artifacts from the Titanic. Halifax played an important role in the rescue and recovery mission following the Titanic disaster and is where many of the deceased passengers were buried. The Museum is also home to a permanent exhibit containing artifacts that tell the story of the Halifax Explosion, the largest man-made explosion prior to the Atomic bomb, that devastated Halifax in 1917.

Did you know that over 25 million North Americans can trace their ancestors’ path back to Pier 21? Between 1928 and 1971 over 1 million immigrants entered Canada through Pier 21, today known as the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, Atlantic Canada’s only National Museum.

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (AGNS) in downtown Halifax is home to a vast art collection and offers a wide range of exhibitions including displays of historic and contemporary Nova Scotian, national and international paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, and ceramics.

A major attraction within the AGNS is its acclaimed collection of folk art including the vibrantly decorated Maud Lewis house which features her charming paintings.

There’s so much more to explore in Halifax after 48 hours. Discover some more things to do here, then start planning your trip on the Nova Scotia website.

 

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This article was originally published by Destination Canada.

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