Skip to Main Content Jump to Main Content
Things To Do

Best Places to Do Nothing in Halifax

Imagine feeling the warm sun on your face as you drift off to sleep in a hammock by the ocean. Or gazing out at the vastness of the sea, listening to the crashing waves and feeling the power of nature. Picture lying on the beach at night, watching the stars twinkle above, or losing yourself in a book in a tranquil, Victorian-style garden. Take a break, let your worries melt away, and lose yourself in the beauty of Halifax’s best places to do nothing.

Watch the world go by

Step back for a minute and spend some time watching the world float by. Stroll the tree-lined paths of historic Point Pleasant Park to find a spot among the rocks on the shores of the Northwest Arm. Let your worries melt away as you watch the boats go by along this peaceful ocean inlet.

Take an afternoon nap

If a place to rest your eyes and put your feet up sounds like your way to spend an afternoon, the hammocks on the waterfront are one of the best places you will find to take a nap in the sun. Conveniently, you’ll be right on the bustling Halifax waterfront if you wake up hungry for great local food or a drink on a sunny patio.

Feel the magnitude of the ocean

If you’re looking for a place that will leave you in awe and feeling small in comparison to the grandeur of nature, you don’t need to look any further than the giant granite rocks at Peggy’s Cove. Once you’ve got your postcard-perfect photo of the lighthouse, spend some time exploring the coastline. Climbing over boulders until you find your perfect spot to just sit and take in the vastness of the sea from afar.

Visitors are reminded to exercise caution at Peggy’s Cove and stay off the wet, dark rocks. The safest way to enjoy the view is to make sure you are walking on dry, white rocks.

Have a picnic

For a laid-back al fresco dining experience, live like a local and spread out a blanket on the Halifax Common. Pack or pick up a picnic from a nearby spot like Luke’s Small GoodsRatinaud, or Local Source Market. Then sit back, feel the breeze on your skin, and enjoy your snack with a side of people-watching in one of Canada’s oldest urban parks.

Sit and read a book

A moment for a quick escape into the plot of your newest travel read is easy to find right in the middle of the city. Head to The Halifax Public Gardens and watch time slow down as you enter a Victorian-style storybook garden. Stroll the well-kept paths, find a bench, or a spot in the grass, and enjoy your book.

Stay in touch.