Five Reasons to Visit Halifax, Nova Scotia

Posted by on Jun 30, 2016 in Canada, Destinations, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Travel Photo Thursday | 25 comments

Halifax, Nova Scotia

This week I’m taking you to Halifax, Nova Scotia,  and five reasons why Halifax and Nova Scotia should be on your bucket list. Any of my readers here or on Facebook know that Halifax, Nova Scotia is home, and I’m a big advocate of why it is such a fab travel destination. Welcome to week 284 (06/30/2016) of Travel Photo Thursday, and Happy Canada Day! I arrive in Halifax on August 1st, which is Halifax Natal Day! Okay, so here’s why I think you should visit my city and my province. If you’re in town during the first three weeks in August, give me a shout!


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Theodore the Tugboat the in Halifax Harbour.

Theodore the Tugboat in Halifax Harbour, Halifax, Nova Scotia

1. Canadian Museum of Immigration  (Pier 21)

It served as an immigration shed between 1928 and 1971. If your family emigrated to Canada from Europe during those years, they would have been processed through Pier 21. The pier also has the dubious distinction of being the location from where our Canadian troops went off to fight in both world wars.


Pier 21, Halifax

I wrote a post about my 2012 visit, on July 1st. 

2. Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk

Our boardwalk billed as one of the longest waterfront promenades in the world, is easy to spend a day or two wandering around. You’ll find everything from museums, restaurants, sailing vessels, local shops and a casino; something for everyone! Believe me; there is nothing prettier on a blue sky sunny day. Here’s a view of our beautiful ice-free harbor, and historic George’s Island, from the boardwalk.


A View of George's Island, Halifax, Nova Scoita


The last time that I was on the boardwalk the world’s largest solar-powered vessel, the Turanor PlanetSolar, was docked. I wrote about that here. 

3. Old Burial Ground

Take a break from the waterfront, and head towards the citadel (obviously away from the water). Take a left on Barrington Street, and walk about 7 minutes. On your right is the Old Burial Ground and on your left is the residence of Nova Scotia’ Lieutenant Governor. Guided tours offered during July and August. (schedule)


Old Burial Ground, Halifax,Nova Scotia



Nova Scotia Government House


You can read my previous post about the Old Burial Ground here. 

4. Spring Garden Road 

Billed as the longest shopping street east of St. Catherine’s Street in Montreal, you’ll find gorgeous architecture, and lovely shops and restaurants. Walk about 10 minutes, and you come to the historic Public Gardens and number five on this list! Going through my photos, I realize that I don’t have any good shots of Spring Garden Road. I will have to rectify that in August. However, I am anxious to see if the iconic Bud the Spud is still serving up the city’s best French fries!


Bud The Spud, Spring Garden Road, Halifax


5. Halifax Public Gardens. 

One of the oldest Victorian styled gardens in North America, they are pride and joy of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Visit during the summer months, and you can take in a free concert at the bandstand on Sunday afternoons.


Bandstand, Halifax Public Gardens, Nova Scotia


Halifax Public Gardens


I haven’t even scratched the surface of what you can see and do in my fair city, and there is still the entire province. Come back next week, and I will show you more. I hope this little tour has whetted your appetite and that you’ll be walking our historic tree-lined streets very soon!  Halifax, Nova Scotia in August, here I come!

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  1. Great post! I’m Canadian and I’ve seen so little outside of Ontario. I’ve never been to the east coast, and I want to see all of Canada. 😀

    • Hi Becky! Canada is such a huge and beautiful country. Luckily to for me, when I worked in corporate Canada I traveled almost everywhere in the country. The only province I haven’t been to is Saskatchewan, and I haven’t been to the territories. I’m sure you would love the East Coast. Of course, I’m biased, since Nova Scotia is my home! 🙂

  2. That looks lovely. I’ve never really thought about going there…(long way for us, I guess)

    • Hi Lydia! It is a beautiful part of the world, and a little bit difficult to get to. However, well worth the traveling time. I traveled from Halifax to Australia in 1980, and it was long. 🙂

  3. Hey Nancie, I really enjoy your posts about Halifax. I hope to get there later this summer – or fall. Fingers crossed!

    • Hi Marcia. Wow! If you’re there in August, let me know. I arrive on the 1st and leave on the 22nd. 🙂

  4. Hope you have a great time at home! I am sure you have only scratched the surface of what to see and do in the city. I would like to take a boat around the harbor or waterfront.

    • Hi Ruth. Yes, there is so much to see and do. Harbour cruises are so much fun. I’m hoping that the Bluenose will in while I’m home. It’s been years since I have been on her. She is the racing schooner that is on the Canadian dime.

  5. Reasons good enough to plan a visit! Only I don’t know when! 😛 🙂 The public garden looks like a great place to spend some time. Loved your captures! 🙂 Thank you for hosting!

    • Hi Indrani. You would love Halifax, and Nova Scotia. The best time to visit is summer or fall (September to mid October). The weather can be miserable in the winter, and our springs can be cold and wet.

  6. I would absolutely love to visit your home town Nancie. I adore Canada and so far have only visited Montreal and Quebec City. Nova Scotia is on my bucket list! Thanks for the tour.

    • Hi Kathy. Montreal and Quebec City are two of my favorite cities, after Halifax. Next time, do visit, and I might even be in town 🙂

  7. I’m looking forward to seeing more of the Province in the weeks to come Nancie and lots of Lobster posts too please! I didn’t realise the promenade was so long in Halifax. When we get there I’m going to be spending lots of time on the waterfront – eating Lobster and enjoying the gardens. Hopefully you will be there when and if we finally get there.

    • Hi Jan! I’ll do my best 🙂 I do hope I am in the city when you guys visit. That would be so much fun!

  8. Happy Canada Day!! Looking forward to visiting your part of the world. Hoping to take a cruise up that way…

    • Hi Vicki. Thank you! Maybe I’ll be in town when you arrive. Let me know if and when. I’m there for sure the first three weeks of August. 🙂

  9. It’s been years since I visited Halifax. I loved it, but I don’t think I saw any of these 5 things. I obviously need to go back. (A East Coast trip has actually been on my list for a few years.)

    • Hi Donna. GO GO !! As you know, Halifax is a beautiful city, and probably nicer than the last time you visited. There’s also so much to see within a short drive of the city, too.

  10. My appetite is “whetted” and my interest is thoroughly piqued! We loved our visit to New York’s Ellis Island several years ago and I’d love to see both Pier 21 as well as the Old Burial Ground to get a sense about the history of Nova Scotia. One of these days, when we’re back in North America, we’ll have to travel north to Nova Scotia, a good place to be from and, no-doubt-about-it Nancy, a fine place to return to!

    • Hi Anita. Halifax and Nova Scotia will always be home! I do hope that you and Dick get to visit one of these days. If I’m in town, I’ll happily be your tour guide!

  11. A lovely town with beautiful parks I’ve never been. It would be a good starting point for our North America explorations next year #TPThursday

    • Halifax would be a perfect start. Summer and fall are the best time to visit. 🙂

  12. I’ve only visited Halifax while enroute to other destination so definitely need to spend a long time period next visit. It looks gorgeous!

    • Hi Michele. The city and the province are both worth a visit. I know you wouldn’t be disappointed. I don’t get home that often, but if I’m there I’ll be happy to show you around.

  13. I give you credit for inspiring me to go to Chiang Mai. One day, I’ll visit Halifax, too, and I’ll thank you for it.

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