If you know Halifax, you know that there are far more than just 10 reasons to visit, but if you’re looking for an excuse to plan a trip, we’ve made it easy with a list of 10 more reasons to experience Halifax in 2022.
This is the year to create new memories, reconnect with the city you love, and enjoy all your favourite things about Halifax – sometimes in brand new ways.
10 Reasons to Visit Halifax in 2022
1. The new Peggy’s Cove viewing deck
You may think you know the iconic lighthouse and its surrounding community, but you’ve never seen Peggy’s Cove like this. The impressive new viewing deck is truly a reason to plan a leisurely coastal drive to see the amazing updates made to the iconic village of Peggy’s Cove.
Hali-Fact: Peggy’s Cove is a village of just 40 residents that welcomes more than 700,000 visitors in a typical year.
2. Public art
Catch a pop of colour around every corner from Dartmouth Cove to the North End’s Mulgrave Park, and dozens of murals, sculptures, and artistic installations in between.
Inspired by the people, the place, and the unique culture of the city, Halifax’s public art is the perfect guide to explore the region.
Explore public art across the region.
3. Dine Around
FEBRUARY 1-28, 2022 (now extended through March 2022!)
February is for foodies in Halifax, so don’t worry if you’ve missed the city’s annual month-long restaurant-fest! Dine Around will be back – and tastier than ever – in February 2023.
APRIL 27-30, 2022
For 4 days every April, talented local comedians and international headliners hit stages across the city to perform for Halifax ComedyFest.
EXHIBIT OPENS MAY 7, 2022
Chronicling the history of Halifax from before European contact to the 21st century, this new multi-room exhibit at the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site offers the most comprehensive and immersive display of the history of Halifax in a single location.
JULY 12-17, 2022
Since 1987, July in Halifax has been scored with jazz music thanks to the annual Halifax Jazz Festival. Every summer HJF hosts shows throughout the city, with headliners performing at the mainstage on the Halifax waterfront.
JULY 14-24, 2022
The Halifax Pride Festival is an 11-day celebration of Halifax’s 2SLGBTQ+ community, with more than 150 events including dance classes, drag shows, bingo, yoga classes, panels, and community gatherings.
Halifax Pride creates safe opportunities and spaces for persons of diverse sexual and gender identities to come together and flourish, not just during the festival, but throughout the year.
Halifax Pride Parade – Saturday, July 16
Halifax’s very first Pride March in 1988 … a group of 75 people marched through Halifax’s North End as a protest over rampant prejudice and discrimination. Since then, the Halifax Pride Festival has grown into an event that welcomes more than 120,000 participants every summer!
AUGUST 3-7, 2022 | LAKE BANOOK, DARTMOUTH
Lake Banook hits the global stage this summer, attracting the world’s most powerful paddlers to Dartmouth for the 2022 ICF Canoe Sprint and Paracanoe World Championships.
Prince Albert Roadway will be closed to traffic for a lakeside festival where spectators can watch the races free of charge.
Hali-Fact: Lake Banook has been travelled and inhabited by the Mi’kmaq people for thousands of years and is the first in a series of lakes that were used as a marine highway through to the interior of the province. Its name fittingly comes from the Mi’kmaq word Panuk, meaning “at the opening/beginning”. Learn more about Lake Banook and the Shubenacadie Canal Waterway.
AUGUST 31-SEPTEMBER 5, 2022 | ST. MARGARET’S BAY
This year, Halifax will host 400 of the world’s best sailors from over 35 countries as they compete in the World Championships for three Olympic classes; the 49er, 49erFX, and Nacra 17.
The event will be held over six days on the spectacular St. Margaret’s Bay, making Nova Scotia the first Canadian destination ever to host the World Sailing Championships event for these sailing classes.
Every year, the Evergreen Festival lights the Halifax waterfront for 4 weeks of festive celebrations showcasing the best of Nova Scotian music, food, drink, and art.
Bonus: The Queen’s Marque District on the Halifax waterfront
Whether you’re a local looking for staycation ideas, visiting from further away, or planning a future adventure, get inspired to discover the Halifax region with the latest local and traveller photos from Halifax.