It’s almost time for Nova Scotia’s favourite season: summer! It’s when Halifax comes alive with exciting outdoor events, the beaches are at their best, and the natural beauty of the region is at its peak.
To get you as excited for summer as we are, we’ve rounded up a list of some of the things to do in and around Halifax that we’re most excited for. So grab your shades and your sense of adventure and see how many items you can cross off your summer bucket list!
1 – Hit up a beer garden (or two… or three!)
On a sunny day, it’s a safe bet that you can find our patios packed. Locals love going to Halifax’s beer gardens for a relaxed outdoor vibe and sunny space to try some of Nova Scotia’s local brews.
Bonus: lots of local beer gardens are dog friendly!
A couple suggestions:
2 – Enjoy a lobster feast!
An East Coast summer wouldn’t be complete without a lobster dinner! Luckily, there are plenty of places to chow down.
Head to The Shore Club for an old-fashioned lobster dinner in one of Nova Scotia’s last remaining dance halls, or to The Sou’Wester to dine with a view of Peggy’s Cove, or Murphy’s On the Water for dinner on the pier in the center of Halifax.
3 – Plan a shopping trip to Halifax
Summer is the perfect time to plan a shopping trip to Halifax, not only because of the great selection of stores – especially stores you can’t find anywhere else in Atlantic Canada like IKEA, H&M, Zara, The Apple Store and many more – but because of the AMAZING deals.
4 – Hit the beach!
With so many beaches just a short drive away, a beach day is a definite must on any summer bucket list.
5 – Get jazzy on the Halifax Waterfront
TD Halifax Jazz Fest is one of the most talked about events of the year, let alone the summer! This year’s Halifax Jazz Festival runs from July 10–15 and the lineup includes artists like Chaka Khan, Daniel Caesar, Whitehorse, Matt Andersen and SO many more.
6 – Hang ten in Halifornia
Not only is Lawrencetown a Provincial Park and beautiful beach just a short 30-minute drive from Halifax, it is Nova Scotia’s surfing Mecca!
Plus, if you’re just starting out you’re in luck, because Halifax is the PERFECT place to learn to surf.
Discover 5 Reasons to Surf in Halifax
7 – Take the harbour ferry to Dartmouth
Discover Halifax beyond the downtown core! Take a ferry ride to Dartmouth and discover the coolest shops, restaurants and things to do in Downtown Dartmouth.
8 – Embark on an island adventure
During your waterfront walk, you’re likely to see an island just offshore. Did you know that you can visit it?
Want more island adventures? Discover 7 Islands In and Around Halifax That You NEED to Visit
9 – Wander the Waterfront
The Halifax’s Waterfront boardwalk is quintessential Halifax – an absolute must for anyone visiting the city.
Visit the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market for a bite to eat, see the wave, board a ship, or join the thousands of people who participate in events on the Halifax Waterfront each year, like the Route Halifax Saint-Pierre Ocean Race, Halifax International Busker Festival, RibFest, Afrifest, and more!
10 – Tour Nova Scotian Vineyards
It’s an exciting time for Nova Scotia wine. The province’s Annapolis Valley is making some award-winning bottles of wine and their vineyards are producing more than grapes! Tour some of the province’s most beautiful wineries, sample some local varietals, and see the beautiful Annapolis Valley during its peak season on a wine tour!
Grape Escapes departs Halifax daily on a variety of tours, from afternoon adventures, to wine lunches. Cheers!
11 – Hike the Halifax trails
Locals know that summer is the season to get out and enjoy the great outdoors in Nova Scotia.
12 – Sample some cider
Ready for a break from beer? Or simply looking for a refreshing summer sipper?
Explore the stunning 100 Wild Islands along Nova Scotia’s Eastern Shore!
14 – Kayak the ocean waves
See Halifax from a brand-new point of view by kayaking through Halifax Harbour! Take a guided tour, or simply head out and explore – it’s up to you and the waves!
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