The To Do List

Welcome to Halifax

If you are on this site, you may be looking for things to do, you could be a student who is looking to come to Halifax for school, you may be coming in off of one of our many tour boats or you could be here for a business conference.

Whatever the reason, there is always something to do for you here in Halifax. 

For the short term, here is a list of the different things that you can do in Halifax.

Trip Advisor Links

Destination Halifax links

Nova Scotia – Halifax

Downtown Halifax

Virtual Tourist

Pinterest to do in Halifax

My waterfront map


For Everyone (Year Round)

Pier 21 – Canada’s Ellis Island

Seaport Farmers Market 

Walking the Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk

Ferry Ride to Dartmouth

Scotiabank Center events (formerly known as Halifax Metro Center)

Halifax Regional Library

Go swimming in our Pools

Go skating (the oval or indoor)



Alantic Playland – Open daily 11- 6pm during the season  Feature’s waterslides and bumper boats, an antique carousel, mini – golf and batting cages, bumper boats, go carts, arcade games and more. (Summer)

Bedford Institute of Oceonology – take a free guided tour of Canada’s Largest Center for Ocean research May through August weedkdays from 9am – 4pm. They also have an Open House in September and a Gala Celebration in October. (Spring / Summer)

Maritime Museum of Atlantic– learn about Nova Scotia’s rich maritime heritage and check out their permenit exhibit to the Titanic or step aboard the CSS Acadia (Year Round)

Discovery Center – check out their exhibits, live Science Shows and work shops. Three floors  of interactive fun with temporary and permanent exhibits so there is always something new to see. (Year Round)

Shearwater Aviation Museum – history and technology of Canadian maritime aviation (Year Round)

Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame (Year Round)

Point Pleasant Park – get a great view of the sea, or go for a walk on one of the many nature trails (Year Round) – (All of the amenities only open in Spring / Summer)

Lawrencetown Beach – a popular beach for both families and surfers (Summer)

Neptune Theatre (Year Round)

Clay Cafe Pottery Studio (Year Round)

Halifax Public Gardens (Year Round)

The Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo – check out this week long annual event – (July)

Citadel National Historic Site (Spring / Summer)

Hatfield Farm– trail wagon sleigh rides, pony rides, horseback riding and a petting zoo and much more – (Year Round)

Fairview Lawn Cemetery – the final resting place for many of the Titanic victims – (Year Round)

Halifax Harbor Ferry – (Year Round)

Scotiabank Centre (Year Round)

Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 (Year Round)

H.M.C.S. Sackville (Year Round)

Africville Memorial Park (Year Round)

Emera Oval (Year Round)

McNab’s Island (Spring / Summer / Fall)

Old Burying Ground (Spring / Summer / Fall)

Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History (Year Round)

Province House (Year Round)

Shakespeare by the Sea (Spring / Summer / Fall)

Symphony Nova Scotia (Year Round)

Watch a comedy show at Yuk Yuks

York Redoubt National Historic Site (Year Round)

Historic Properties (Year Round)

Berry Picking (Summer)

Halloween Events: Haunted House: Fear the Darkness at Alderney Landing, Nights of Gore Corn Maze, A Spooky Night at the Movies (Sept / October)

take an art class at your local Michaels or independent craft store

Prince of Wales Tower (Year Round)

Check out the historic town clock (Year Round)

Christmas Events: TD Dartmouth Christmas Tree Lighting, Parade, Handmade Holidays a free events hosted by the Centre for Craft, or numerous craft shows (November / December)

The Halifax Seaport Farmer’s Market – open Tuesday to Sunday from 8am to 4pm and 7am on Saturdays (Year Round)

Halifax Swimming Pool(s) (Year Round)

Crystal Crescent Beach (Summer)

Bayers Lake Loop Trail (Year Round)

Take an Alexander Keiths Brewery Tour (Spring / Summer / Fall / Winter)

go for a walk on the Halifax Boardwalk (Year Round)

Halifax Common – Canada’s oldest city park now serves as a recreational area during the summer for baseball, football, soccer and more. (Year Round)

Nova Scotian Crystal watch how they make crystal following a century old tradition of mouthblowing and hand cutting each piece (Year Round)

The Monkey Show – make your own sock monkey or other sock creature (Year Round)

Indoor Rock Climbing at Dalhousie University (Year Round)

Tattle Tours – walking or van tours full of interesting facts, also hosts the Ghost Walk of Historic Halifax (Spring / Summer / Fall)

I Heart Bikes – take a guided tour of Halifax by bicycle (Spring / Summer / Fall)

local tasting tour – features delicious samples from downtown eateries (Year Round)

Go public skating at one of Halifax’s indoor or outdoor ice skating rinks (Year Round)

Halifax Shopping Centre (Year Round)

Cole Farm Heritage Farm (Spring / Summer / Fall)

Fisherman’s Cove (Spring / Summer / Fall / Some Winter)

Halifax Citadel National Park (Spring / Summer / Fall / Some Winter)

George’s Island (Spring / Summer / Fall)

go sight seeing on a double decker bus – Ambassatours (Spring / Summer / Fall)

Visit Peggy’s Cove or go on Peggy’s Cove Expressand go whale watching (Spring / Summer / Fall)

Adventure East (Spring / Summer / Fall)

Brewery Market (Year Round)

Dingle Tower – open daily 8am – 5pm from May to September. Free Admission. (Spring / Summer / Fall)

Fort Needham Memorial Bell Tower – (Spring / Summer / Fall)

Granville Mall – (Spring / Summer / Fall)

Atlantic Fringe Festival (September)

Rev M.W.  Burke-Gaffney Observatory  – free public tours weather permitting on the first and third Saturday of every month

Visit an Art Gallery:  Anna Leonowens Gallery, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Dalhousie Art Gallery, Mary E. Black Gallery, Eye Level Gallery (Year Round)


Spring Garden Road Public Library (Year Round)

Word on The Street Festival – held annually in September celebrating the written word

Blue Nose Marathon (May yearly)

Nova Scotia Multi Cultural Festival (June)

TD’s Halifax Jazz Festival (Yearly)

check out a trade show – Atlantic Brides, Halifax International Motorcycle Show, Halifax International Boat Show, Nova Scotia Ideal Home Show, just to name a few.

Annual Savour Food & Wine Festival – celebrated through February


Swiss Air Memorial

Halifax Busker Festival

watch a Hockey game – High School / University / Mooseheads





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