Its position overlooking the harbour below is what led the British military to found Halifax in 1749. Today, the Halifax Citadel continues to watch over the city’s downtown core, serving as a reminder of Halifax’s past. Tour the grounds and interact with costumed interpreters and be sure to plug your ears for the noon gun!
One of North America’s finest examples of a Victorian Garden and dating back to 1836, the Halifax Public Gardens is located on 17-acres and enclosed by a wrought-iron fence with a magnificent set of ornamental gates. Stroll through the gardens to view many floral displays, trees, shrubs, statues, and fountains.
Stroll along the Dartmouth Waterfront andexplore the Peace Pavillion, pop into Just Us! Coffee for locally roasted coffee, and be sure to take in the amazing harbour views. Stop in Alderney Landing, a popular cultural and performing arts centre that is home to an art gallery, local vendors, restaurants, and weekend farmers' and craft markets. For added adventure, hop on the longest running saltwater ferry service in North America, for an impromtu harbour tour of the Halifax Harbour.
Point Pleasant Park, a historic 77 hectare wooded park with 39 km of easy, winding trails and wide paths, is rented from the British Government for 1 shilling (about 10 cents) per year, with a 999-year lease. Park visitors can experience preserved ruins of early fortifications, beautiful water views and coastal ecosystems.
Walk the boardwalk along the Halifax waterfront to discover everything from unique shops and popular restaurants to Halifax’s rich history when you visit Canada’s Immigration Museum at Pier 21 and the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic where Halifax’s connection to the Titanic and the last of the WWII convoy escort corvettes live.
The Dingle Tower, with its bronze lions at the foot, overlooks the Northwest Arm from the centre of the Sir Sandford Flemind Park, a 95-acre park in Halifax. The park was donated to Halifax in 1908 by Sir Sandford Fleming, creator of Standard Time Zones.
This past summer, the province of Nova Scotia designated the 292 hectare site along First and Second Lake in Lower Sackville as Sackville Lakes Provincial Park. The media buzz around this designation had me itching to lace up my hikers and check it out.
After enjoying a few summer and fall hikes throughout 2013, I knew it would make a wonderful spot for a winter hike.
The trails here are wide and are under a canopy of trees. As I enjoyed a winter hike through these trails, I felt as though I was truly in a winter wonderland.
It's fresh, unfiltered and naturally carbonated. Some beer geeks call this smooth brew "a living beer." Some brewers call it an art form.
For the uninitiated, cask conditioned ale is a beer that starts brewing in the fermenter; then it's carefully transferred to a cask for 1-2 weeks, where it ferments a second time. You can't test the beer until the fermentation is complete. When it works, the result is brew that offers subtle carbonation and full, complex flavours. As a beer geek myself, all I can say is - try it. You'll get it.
Just a few minutes from the Armdale Rotary in Halifax, you can visit an interesting location where you can learn about Halifax's military history and where you can spend a few hours roaming the coastline.
I'm talking about York Redoubt, a National Historic Site, which is mostly a self-guided tour of the site. I decided to drop in on a foggy & windy day during shoulder season to check out the sights.
Nova Scotia really is the spirit of the perfect road trip. Around every turn is something new to discover. Whether it's a vibrant seaside town, the perfect spot to get ice cream, a one-of-a-kind shop, or a beautiful sandy beach, you're bound to find something you'll love. All you need to do is hop in the car, turn on your perfect road trip playlist, roll the windows down and go explore all that Nova Scotia has to offer.
While we've created some of our own road trips, we know there's still more discover. You don't have to take our word for it - we've asked our Facebook community for their ideas and they've given us some great ideas for road trips to take all year long.