Travelling on a budget doesn’t have to mean skimping on fun – especially in Halifax, one of Canada’s most affordable cities.
Here are five things you can do for under $5 in Halifax:
It only makes sense to start this list at one of my favourite places in the city – the Halifax Central Library. I’d use my $5 for a small coffee from Pavia and a Ricciarelli cookie, one of my top treats in the city.
After you grab your snack, browse the books and magazines, take in the view of the city from the 5th floor or drop in for a free event or program.
2 – Free night at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
Did you know that every Thursday evening from 5pm – 9pm there is no admission charge to enter the AGNS?
Thanks to the Bank of Montreal, the gallery is free to everyone. A perfect opportunity to see some beautiful art and be friendly to your bank account. A win-win!
3 – Ride the harbour ferry to Dartmouth
Halifax is lucky to have a ferry as part of our transit. It’s a nice opportunity to sit back for 15 minutes and take in the view of the city and the activity in the harbour. Think of it as a mini-cruise for only $2.50!
Grab the ferry over to Alderney Landing, and spend some time exploring downtown Dartmouth. Make sure you ask for a transfer when you pay your fare, so that if your trip is 90 minutes or less you can ride the ferry back to Halifax for free (and use that extra $2.50 to grab a coffee at TIBS!).
Even if you miss the ferry – you can get home for $2.50, keeping the round trip at an even $5.
4 – Walk the Frog Pond Trail
If you have a method of transportation, this is a free trip. If you need to take public transit, just take Route 15: Purcell’s Cove, which drops you off a short walk from the Frog Pond parking lot.
5 -Visit the Africville Museum
Located at the Northern end of peninsular Halifax sits Africville, a once thriving community that was home to hundreds of families who’s Nova Scotian roots could be traced back to the late 1700s.
The community was dismantled and displaced due to industrial development in the 1960s, and the site is now home to the Africville Museum. The museum is located in a replica of the community’s church, and walks visitors through a history of the area, and the resilience of its inhabitants.
The Museum is a must-visit destination for locals and visitros alike. Admission is only $3.50 (+ hst).