Local Tips / Seasonal May 8, 2018

7 Tips to Help You Pack For Your Summer Trip to Halifax

Have a trip planned to Halifax and wondering what to bring? Here are 7 things you should bring to ensure that you’re ready to explore Halifax from dawn until dusk!

1 – Comfortable Walking Shoes

If you’ve seen pictures of Halifax, you know our port city is essentially built around Citadel Hill. This makes for superb hilltop harbor views, but it can also make for achy feet if you’re not prepared.

A good pair of broken-in sneakers will go a long way toward helping you comfortably explore Halifax’s walkable downtown core!


2 – Baby Wipes

If you have kids, you probably carry these everywhere anyway (but SURPRISE! We’re actually not recommending these for cleaning the kids)!

These are for all the yummy, messy, donairs, lobster, fish & chips and ice cream you’ll be sampling! Keep your fingers and face clean between mouthfuls with these handy secret weapons.


3 – A Waterproof Jacket

The weather can change quickly in Halifax (especially if the fog rolls in)! It’s not unusual for a cool breeze to bring a quick chill on an otherwise hot day.

Ensure that there’s nothing standing in the way of your Halifax exploration by bringing a light, waterproof jacket with you, just in case!

4 – A Hat and Sunscreen

Did you know you can get sunburned even on an overcast day? We’re lucky to have so many bright and sunny days, but Halifax can also have cloudy and warm weather.

Whether you’re on the water, walking the boardwalk or lounging on a patio, make sure you have some sunscreen and a hat with you.


5 – Your Camera or Smart Phone

There are many scenic spots to snap photos of the city. Try snapping some pics of Citadel Hill, Peggy’s Cove, the Dingle Tower, Fisherman’s Cove, the Halifax Wave statue, the waterfront boardwalk, the Halifax Public Gardens, and the city from a Harbour Hopper Tour!


6 – Flip-flops and a Swimsuit

Flip-flops are a must for any summer vacation, but they are especially important in Halifax. Halifax has more than 150 kilometers of coastline, so your trip wouldn’t be complete without sunning yourself on one of the Top 10 Beaches in Halifax!


7 – Your Sense of Adventure!

Halifax is a lively city all summer long, with events like the Halifax International Buskers Festival, Canada Day celebrations, ghost tours and so much more.

Bring your sense of adventure and try something new here in Halifax!


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Originally written May 2015, updated May 2018


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