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Outdoor Adventure March 24, 2017

7 BEST Places to Stargaze in the Halifax Region

With twinkling stars, a big bright moon, and far-off planets in the distance, the night sky is one of the most amazing sights.

Luckily the skies come alive every evening (depending on the cloud-cover) and are just waiting to be admired. All you need to do is find your favourite spot and look up!

Here are the best places to stargaze in the Halifax region:

1. Citadel Hill

If you’re looking for somewhere in the heart of Halifax to take in the night sky, there’s nowhere better than Citadel Hill. Once a military fort protecting the city, its hilltop location overlooking downtown Halifax provides a commanding view of the Halifax Harbour, which beautifully reflects the moon at night. Talk about a photo-op!

Located in Downtown Halifax
Find directions here.

2. Sir Sandford Fleming Park (The Dingle)

Sir Sandford Fleming Park, just off Purcell’s Cove Road, is a great site for watching the stars.

The Dingle tower, situated prominently on a knoll looking out over the shores of the North West Arm, provides a great vantage point for amateur astronomers searching for clearer skies while staying close to the city.

Located 6.5 km from Downtown Halifax, about a 13-minute drive.
Find directions here.

3. Herring Cove Provincial Park Reserve Look-Off

The Herring Cove Provincial Park Reserve is a must-stop spot for stargazers.

Not far from downtown Halifax, its look-off doesn’t take long to reach and offers panoramic coastal views—ideal for seeing the sky sparkling with stars and finding your favourite constellations.

Located 14.5 km from Downtown Halifax, about a 21-minute drive.
Find directions here.

4. Peggy’s Cove

Peggy’s Cove is a quintessential fishing village on the eastern shore of St. Margarets Bay, famous for the Peggy’s Point Lighthouse. While it may be a further drive, stargazers will not only see the stars in a beautiful locale, but will cross one of Nova Scotia’s largest tourist attractions off of their bucket list. Win-win!

Located 43.9 km from Downtown Halifax, about a 47-minute drive.
Find directions here.

5. Lawrencetown Beach

Lawrencetown is likely one of the most well-known beaches in Nova Scotia, popular for its world-class waves. Set away from the city lights, it is the perfect place to sit back and watch for a shooting star while breathing in the fresh ocean air. Located 26.5 km from Downtown Halifax, about a 35-minute drive. Find directions here.

6. Hubbards

Set on the St. Margarets Bay shore, Hubbards is a beautiful backdrop for a night under the stars. Whether you set up at Hubbards Provincial Park or make your way to Hubbards Beach, the stars will be at their beaming best in this South Shore setting.

Located 50.8 km from Downtown Halifax, about a 42-minute drive.
Find directions here.

7. Fisherman’s Cove

Fisherman’s Cove is a quaint restored 200-year-old fishing village in Eastern Passage and a spectacular setting for stargazing. Make a night of it by strolling along the picturesque boardwalk and indulging in a seafood meal at a waterfront restaurant while you take in the starry sky over the water.

Located 14.6 km from Downtown Halifax, about a 24-minute drive.
Find directions here.

Now that you know the best places to stargaze in the region, all you have to do is get out there and enjoy the stars!


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