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 – often in entirely new ways.
Whether you’re looking forward to seeing what’s new at your favourite attractions, or are eager to reacquaint your palate with the incredible local restaurants and breweries, rediscover Atlantic Canadians’ #1 favourite Canadian destination* with 10 more reasons to visit Halifax in 2022.
*Based on a 2021 destination reputation study conducted by Leger
10 Reasons to Visit Halifax in 2022
1. See the new Peggy’s Cove viewing platform
If you’ve ever visited Halifax, you’ve probably made the trip out to Peggy’s Cove to take a look at one of the world’s most photographed lighthouses.
The new viewing deck is a public space where people can view the lighthouse and experience the waves and rocks in a way that is safe and accessible for all. Other improvements to the area include new public washrooms, walkways leading to the lighthouse, and expanded nearby parking.
The newly-installed accessible viewing deck is truly a reason to get back out there and see the amazing updates made to this famous fishing village.
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
Have you ever noticed how much art can be found around the Halifax region? Enormous murals cover the sides of buildings and tiny artistic details bring life to otherwise unremarkable sidewalks, alleyways, and street corners.
At night, lighting installations illuminate the city on both sides of the harbour, and every neighbourhood features its own unique and vibrant works of art. Lamppost sculptures revel on the Halifax waterfront, messages of love and encouragement adorn the walls of downtown Dartmouth, and words of welcome greet international students in more than 20 languages at their downtown residence building.
Inspired by the people, the place, and the unique culture of the city, Halifax’s public art is the perfect way to explore the undiscovered corners of the region.
3. Dine Around 2022
February 1-28, 2022
February is for foodies! Dine Around is Halifax’s annual month-long foodie celebration, where 100+ local restaurants offer special menus priced at $10, $20, $30, $40, or $50 all February long.
Take this opportunity to try something brand new; check out that restaurant you’ve been meaning to try, or order something you may not normally choose – all while supporting your favourite restaurants.
4. Halifax ComedyFest
April 27-30, 2022
For 4 days every April, Halifax is filled with laughter as 30+ comedians from across North America hit stages across the city for the Halifax ComedyFest.
5. Fortress Halifax, the new exhibit at the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site
Exhibit opens May 7, 2022
Opening in May 2022, the brand new Parks Canada exhibit, Fortress Halifax brings the history of Kjipuktuk to life at the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site.
6. Halifax Jazz Festival
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 a range of free and ticketed performances and musical programming throughout the city. Past performers have
Don’t miss the 36th annual Halifax Jazz Festival, coming to Halifax in 2022!
7. Halifax Pride Festival
July 14-24, 2022
The Halifax Pride Festival is an 11-day celebration of Halifax’s 2SLGBTQ+ community, featuring over 150 events, including youth hangouts, dance classes, drag shows, comedy, sports, and various 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.
Hali-Fact: 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!
8. 2022 ICF Canoe Sprint and Paracanoe World Championships at Lake Banook
August 3-7, 2022
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.
9. 49er World Sailing Championships in St. Margaret’s Bay
August 31-September 5, 2022
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. Maragret’s Bay, making Nova Scotia the first Canadian destination ever to host the World Sailing Championship event.
10. 3rd Annual Evergreen Festival
November-December, 2022 (dates TBD)
The annual Evergreen Festival illuminates the Halifax waterfront, downtown Halifax, downtown Dartmouth, and beyond for 4 weeks of holiday festivities showcasing the best of Nova Scotian culture, food, spirits, art, and music.
BONUS: Explore the new Queen’s Marque District
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.