Halifax Public Gardens

Hours Of Operation

May - November: 8 AM till one half hour prior to dusk
Winter Season: 7AM to 3PM, weather permitting

Location

Spring Garden Rd at South Park St, Halifax, Halifax Metro

Contact

T: 902-490-4000

Description

As one of the finest surviving examples of a Victorian Garden in North America, the Halifax Public Gardens is located in the heart of Halifax.  Located on 17-acres and enclosed by a wrought-iron fence with a magnificent set of ornamental gates, take a leisurely stroll through the gardens to view many floral displays that include exotic and semi-tropical ornamental species, trees, shrubs, statues, and fountains.

In 1874, the city of Halifax assumed responsibility for the original garden (N.S. Horticultural Society, 1836) and a civic garden (1867); the gardens were brought together by the present design in 1875. Richard Power, the Garden’s superintendent from 1872–1915, oversaw the introduction of the bandstand, fountains, statues, and wrought iron gates – all features of the High Victorian Pleasure Garden. Each piece honoured a milestone in Queen Victoria’s reign, a contemporary military event, or an important local personage. 

Recognized as a National Historic Site in 1984, the Halifax Public Gardens are a much loved and popular destination for locals and visitors alike.  From mid-June to mid-September, the bandstand features afternoon band concerts.

Contact phone numbers:
  • 311 in metro 
  • 1-800-835-6428 outside of HRM, but within Nova Scotia
  • 1-902-490-4000 outside of Nova Scotia

More Details

Facilities / Services

Bus tours
Public washroom
TeaRoom
Wheelchair accessible

Detailed Information

Admission: Admission free.