Whether you’re visiting for school or just moved to Halifax in pursuit of an awesome new job, there are a couple things every resident needs to check off their bucket list during their time in the HRM. Many of the activities below are super popular amongst Haligonians in the know, while others you may not have heard of before.
Get the most out of living here by trying them all!
1. Wait in line at The Lower Deck
On Sunday nights the party at this historic Lower Water Street bar is definitely worth the wait!
2. Rent a bike from I Heart Bikes
For only $12 a day rent a bike and tour the city, or upgrade to a tandem and bring bae along.
3. See an exhibit at the Art Gallery Of Nova Scotia
Artists from all over the country exhibit their work at our awesome provincial gallery, located downtown on Hollis Street.
4. Take a tour of Citadel Hill
Though it might seem like a touristy thing to do, try taking a tour of the historic fort atop Citadel Hill - or even participate in the ghost tours conducted there at night!
5. Enjoy brunch at Mary's Place Cafe II
Every Haligonian will tell you that Mary's II is the place to go for a delicious, affordable weekend brunch!
6. Ride the ferry over to Dartmouth
Take in an awesome view of the harbour and explore Halifax's sister city.
7. Catch at flick at the Atlantic Film Festival
Films from all over the world make their premier at the annual Atlantic Film Festival, held all over in HRM every September.
8. Go shopping at MakeNew
Sift through some vintage threads at this trendy North End shop.
9. Kayak in the Harbour
Get up close and personal with the Halifax harbour in a Kayaking tour from Kayak Halifax.
10. Climb the Dingle Tower
Explore Halifax's Northwest Arm, Sir Sanford Fleming Park and climb the Dingle Tower during operational hours for an unprecedented view of the city.
11. Camp out at McNabs Island
Take a water taxi over to nearby McNabs Island Provincial Park, hike around the region and book a campsite for the night this summer!
12. Go skating at the Emera Oval
Skates are free to rent and the oval is open late at night - take bae up to The Common for an unforgettable date night on ice.
13. Catch a show at The Marquee
See some local talent play this awesome North End venue, and be sure to party at The Seahorse downstairs as well!
14. Try the oysters (and a cocktail) at Press Gang
Stay within your budget on a classy night out by sharing some oysters and grabbing a drink at this upscale Halifax restaurant.
15. Grab a beer at the Garrison Brewery
Visit this famous Halifax waterfront brewery, take a tour of their operation and sample some of the goods yourself.
16. Visit Pier 21
1 in 5 Canadians can trace an ancestor who immigrated through Pier 21 in downtown Halifax - learn more about our country's history and how the ports of Halifax played a major role in Canada's growth at this informative museum.
17. Try the Donair at King of Donair
Enjoy a traditional Halifax delicacy at this beloved Nova Scotian fast food joint.
18. Go tobogganing at The Pit
Wait for a fresh layer of snow then hit the slopes in the North End's Merv Sullivan Park.
19. Hike through the Birch Cove Lakes Wilderness Area
This quiet wilderness reserve just outside Halifax is the perfect spot for an epic hike or a low-key nature walk - a must visit if you've never been!
20. Catch a blues set at Bearly's
Almost every night you can find some unreal live music being played at this classic Halifax blues joint on Barrington.
21. Visit the brand new Nova Scotia Discovery Centre
As of February Haligonians will be able to observe international science exhibits and mess around with lab equipment at this brand new, state-of-the-art institution!
22. Laugh your ass off at Gus's amateur stand-up comedy night
Drop by this North End bar on Monday nights to hear some talented local comedians try out their hilarious new material.
23. Shop local at The Halifax Seaport Farmers' Market
Saturday mornings vendors from all over the province bring hand-made crafts, soaps, food and so much more to this modern waterfront facility - drop by for a Halifax experience that can't be missed.