As a city on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, Halifax has a special relationship with the world’s second-largest body of water, and from June 1-10, 2018 Halifax is celebrating Ocean’s Week with a series of free, accessible events throughout the Halifax region.
As you’ll see on their website, the Ocean’s Week HFX events focus on the importance of the oceans in our lives, and the lives of future generations, and in turn recognize the need to protect this valuable – but vulnerable – resource.
Read on for 5 ways you can celebrate the ocean right here in Halifax!
1 – Kayak one of Halifax’s stunning waterways
Whether you choose to paddle the Northwest Arm, the Prospect coves, the Halifax harbour or anywhere else in the Halifax Region, kayaking is a great way to honour the ocean with little more than a thin layer between you and the sea.
St. Mary’s Boat Club offers canoeing and kayaking programs on the Northwest Arm for all skill levels, and FREE canoe rentals on weekends from June 1-Sept 30. They also offer Paddle Nights on Mondays and Wednesdays throughout the summer for just $15. Learn more here.
Want more paddling info? Check out 9 BEST Routes for Canoeing and Kayaking in Halifax!
2 – Get out surfing on the Eastern Shore
Get out and enjoy one of Halifax’s best features – our fantastic surf conditions, especially at Lawrencetown Beach and Martinique Beach on the Eastern Shore.
The Eastern Shore is known around the world for its high-quality surf, but it’s not just for pros! Halifax is a great place for anyone to surf, from those who have never set foot on a board to surfers who shred the swells daily.
Here are a few local places you can rent a surfboard or take a lesson:
Halifax Surf School – Martinique Beach, East Petpeswick
East Coast Surf School – 4348 Lawrencetown Rd, East Lawrencetown
Happy Dudes Surf Emporium – Lawrencetown Location: 4891 Highway 207, Three Fathom Harbour | Martinique Location: 2137 East Petpeswick Road, Musquodoboit Harbour
Kannon Beach Surf Shop – 4144 Lawrencetown Rd, East Lawrencetown
3 – Go Whale Watching!
Nova Scotia offers amazing whale watching in Cape Breton, Digby Neck and Brier Island, but those areas can be tough to access if you’re just visiting Halifax! Fortunately, Ambassatours’ Coastal Exploring Tours, based right here in Halifax, will have no problem making all your whale watching dreams come true!
4 – Take on Stand Up Paddleboarding
Ready for a new challenge? Try stand up paddleboarding (aka SUP)!
There are several places you can enjoy stand up paddleboarding in the Halifax Region, including:
East Coast Outfitters in Prospect – 1976 Lower Prospect Rd, Lower Prospect
SUP Monkey on Lake Banook – 300 Prince Albert Rd, Dartmouth
SUP Yoga Halifax on St. Margaret’s Bay – 71 Todd’s Island Rd, St. Margaret’s Bay
St. Mary’s Boat Club on the Northwest Arm – 1641 Fairfield Rd, Halifax
Kannon Beach Surf School – 4144 Lawrencetown Rd, East Lawrencetown, Eastern Shore
5 – Dine on sustainable seafood in Halifax
Halifax is known for nothing if not its delicious, fresh seafood, and fortunately respecting our oceans doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy those lobster rolls, fish & chips, lobster dinners, and many other seafood snacks! Halifax is filled with restaurants and markets offering sustainably caught seafood.
Next time you’re in Halifax, try one of these sustainable seafood options and enjoy the fact that it was likely caught not too far from where you’re eating it!
Afishionado Fishmongers – 2867 Isleville St, Halifax
Katch: A Modern Seafood Shack – Location 1: 1599 Lower Water Street, Halifax | Location 2: 5126 St Margaret’s Bay Road, Halifax
Hooked Halifax – 5783 Charles Street, Halifax
What’s your favourite way to enjoy the ocean in Halifax?
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