Despite the fact that today is technically the first day of spring, Nova Scotia still has yet to begin experiencing anything other than winter weather. Take advantage of these last few days (or weeks) of snow and check the following winter activities off your bucket list!
Even though I think it’s safe to say we’re all ready for summer, you’ll miss the opportunity to get the following epic activities done once the warmer weather arrives.
1. Hit the slopes at Wentworth Valley Ski Club
Only an hour and a half from Halifax, Wentworth offers some of the best downhill skiing in Nova Scotia, with accessible night skiing and cross-country skiing trails available all season depending on the snowfall. Take some lessons at their snow school, or navigate their intricate trail system if you’re already a pro!
2. Try a guided snowshoe adventure
Take advantage of the snow while you still can and rent out two pairs of snowshoes and hit one of the many trails our province has to offer. Check out Hike Nova Scotia’s guided list of hikes here, and sign up for a tour of the Cabot Trail, Smokey Mountain and more!
3. Go skating with the squad
Even though the Emera Oval is closed for skating, there are still plenty of public arenas where you and some friends can get on the ice before winter ends. Take a scan through our article here to find free skate hours in your area.
4. Spending a relaxing spa day at The Salt Room
Warm up with this unusual spa treatment guaranteed to take the edge off and cleanse your pores. The anti-bacterial, antifungal properties, anti-pathogenic and anti-anything-that-is-bad-for-you properties of the salt allow for physical healing of the body, while the tranquil setting promotes relaxation and healing of the mind.
5. Rent a cozy winter cabin for a romantic weekend away
Take a scan through Airbnb and select one of the many luxurious winter cabins available for rent all over Nova Scotia. Embark on an excursion out of the city with your significant other and visit one of the many super affordable spots presented online. Many cabins up for rent have snowshoe and hiking trails nearby, plus hot tubs and fireplaces for cozy nights in!
6. Eat your way through Halifax Burger Week
Halifax Burger Week takes place every winter from March 23rd to the 29th, and includes a ton of creative hamburger options from more than 95 restaurants all over the HRM. One of the most celebrated winter festivals in Nova Scotia, every time a burger is sold during Burger Week a percentage of the profits are donated towards Feed Nova Scotia, providing food for communities in need across the province.
7. Get the full Canadian experience Dog Sledding with Snowpak Kennels
Located out of Riversdale, Stratton Outdoors is offering dog sledding adventures all winter long, where guests can team up with eight Alaskan sled dogs for a wintery trek through the woods. You have to try this unique Canadian adventure before all the snow melts!
8. Embark on an intense winter hike through the Blue Mountain Wilderness Reserve
Only half an hour outside of Halifax lies Blue Mountain, part of the winding trail system and diverse landscape that make up the stunning Birch Cove Lakes Wilderness Area. This stunning region near Timberlea is a massive natural oasis just outside the city limits, and is perfect for both a short day trip to walk the dog or an ambitious hiking adventure.
9. Take advantage of the sweet winter drink options at Humani-T Café
Humani-T Café on South Park Street always unrolls some super tasty holiday drinks during the winter to keep their customers warm, so be sure to drop by and try their hot chocolates or Skor Bar Lattes before the season comes to an end!
10. Road trip out to Sugar Moon Farms and try some delicious maple syrup
Experience the famous Sugar Moon Farm in Colchester County before winter ends. This 200-acre property offers guided tours and serves up lots of homemade maple inspired dishes all year round.
11. Grab a cocktail at the outdoor Fire and Ice Bar
You have to visit The Bicycle Thief’s famous Fire & Ice Bar before it closes at the end of winter! Open every Friday and Saturday at 5pm (unless there’s a blizzard) The Bicycle Thief invites guests to hang out on their festively decorated patio and enjoy cocktails in a very Canadian style. Bring lots of layers, and get warm with the furry blankets provided on hand!
12. Reserve your tickets for the Halifax Beer Bus
The folks at Halifax Food Tours have organized a beer bus tour of Halifax that will be running all through the winter until the month of April! Stay warm while you are driven between up to five different craft beer breweries all throughout the HRM.
13. Toboggan down Citadel Hill next time it gets covered in snow
One of the most obvious tobogganing spots in the city, and for good reason! Pick a side of Citadel and let it rip next time there’s a massive snowfall in the HRM. The only disadvantage of this hill is that sometimes you can pick up too much speed, but is there even such a thing?
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