Summer is a great time to explore, and as Maritimers we’re lucky to be surrounded by some pretty amazing places to visit. Personally, I’m most looking forward to exploring the city right outside my door.
You see, Halifax has some great attractions that are appreciated by both locals and visitors alike, so I’ve rounded up 5 reasons to explore Halifax this summer so you can see for yourself:
1. We’ve got history: Halifax is old. But not in a stuffy, plastic on the furniture kind of way. This city is old in a cool, “we had the first newspaper in Canada” kind of way.
Thanks to the fact that the city has been around for a while, there are some pretty fun sites to check out. Not to be missed is the Halifax Citadel, a fortress at the centre of the city, as well as the newly renovated Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, and the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, which features exhibits from the sinking of the Titanic and the Halifax Explosion!
2. We’ve got beer: That title got your attention, didn’t it? Halifax has a great craft beer community. Halifax has a slew of unique craft brewers to choose from, including Propeller Brewery, Garrison, Good Robot and Unfiltered Brewing. Enough variety to ensure no one goes thirsty!
If you’re looking for a beer that satisfies everyone, make sure to visit the historic Alexander Keith’s Brewery and get a tour from period actors.
3. We’ve got great food: Once you’re adequately hydrated, you need to eat. Halifax has plenty of spots to do just that. The Gahan House boasts a beautiful waterfront patio and has a great gastropub menu that has something for everyone.
If you’re looking for seafood, the Waterfront Warehouse has pretty much every option you can imagine (including an awesome tower of seafood, allowing you to try a taste of everything!). If a taste of France is what you’re after, Bistro Le Coq’s duck fat frites will be just the ticket. Okay, enough food talk – I’m getting hungry.
4. We’ve got outdoor adventures: Burn off some of that delicious food by getting out and about! Looking to get out on the water? East Coast Outfitters has kayaks and more for rent. Whether you’re looking for a guided adventure, or even some paddling lessons, they’ve got you covered!
Halifax is also surrounded by some great trails that cater to a wide range of skill sets and cover a variety of terrains. Here’s a breakdown of the trails by location within the Halifax region.
5. We know how to relax: No matter if you’ve travelled to Halifax or you’ve lived here for years, everyone needs a little downtime. Spirit Urban Spa is a full-service spa, offering everything from massages and body wraps, to manicures. Once you’ve been pampered, head down the street to Rousseau Chocolatier for some handmade chocolates and macarons.