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WHERE TO EAT
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Preceding HPX is Nocturne, an awesome curated nighttime art festival. On October 15th, from 6 pm – midnight you can view art installations and more all over the city. Best of all, it’s completely free! Definitely worth coming into town a little early for.
UNIVERSITY ART GALLERIES
Halifax’s Universities have some of the best Art Galleries in Canada. Host to local, and international exhibitions, each University consistently programs engaging and relevant art that will blow your mind: NSCAD, DAL, SMU, MSVU.
An artist-run centre which is always up to something cool, there’s a reason Joel Plaskett wrote a song about it. Check out their programming to see what art or music event they’re hosting.
The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is largest Art Museum in Atlantic Canada. The Gallery’s Permanent Collection contains over 17,000 works, and hosts noteworthy rotating exhibitions.
THE NEPTUNE THEATRE
Halifax’s place to see local and traveling theatrical and musical productions: Neptune Theatre.
DAL ARTS CENTRE
Bringing the Halifax audience touring and local comedy, music, dance, and the home of Symphony Nova Scotia. Also where you’ll be catching their collaboration with HPX and Rich Aucoin! Dal Arts Centre.
MUSEUM OF THE ATLANTIC
Feeling Nautical? The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic will satisfy all your salty marine cravings.
On the route into Halifax is The Glooscap Heritage Centre where you can learn about the rich history of Mi’kmaq culture in Nova Scotia.
Unassuming from the outside, but inside is the most beautiful art-deco inspired movie theatre, with a balcony, wall sconces, drapes, and more legroom than you’d ever need: Oxford Theatre.
Start off your city tour right with Downtown Halifax. Explore the numerous shops and restaurants on the historic Barrington Street. Grab a drink and a bite to eat on Argyle Street, Halifax’s heart of entertainment. Take a walk down one of the busiest streets in the city, Spring Garden Road, home to numerous diverse retail stores, services, and restaurants ranging from pub grub to fine dining. Make sure to take a trip up to the top floor of the architectural marvel that is our Halifax Central Library to get a killer view of the city.
What’s a trip to Halifax without a walk along theWaterfront Boardwalk? Climb to the top of the infamous wave statue, taste local treats and check out some boutique shops at Bishop’s Landing. Grab a coffee and stock up on some fresh, local goodness at the Halifax Seaport Farmer’s Market. Rent a bike or a kayak, or jump on the Harbour Hopper for a unique tour of the city.
Halifax’s North End is a community filled with culture, diversity, and creativity. It also happens to be where all the cool kids live, so you’ll find everything from cafes, bars, restaurants, salons, and yoga studios all within the same few blocks. Discover unique shops and restaurants on Agricola and Gottingen Street. Check out the North End Business Association for more details on what you can find in this happening neighbourhood. Head a few blocks further North and you’ll find the quaint and historic Hydrostone District.
Quinpool Road is the place to serve your every need. Home to numerous unique small businesses, restaurants, grocery stores, markets, and even a movie theatre. Windsor Street may be a mostly residential street, but it holds some dining gems, new and used instrument shops, and even a book store.
Throw around a frisbee, take a roll around the skate park, play a game of tennis or just hang out and watch a softball game.
RAILS TO TRAILS
Have access to a bike? Halifax’s trails are at their most beautiful in the fall, worth getting some exercise for: Rails To Trails
You’ve probably seen the photos of the Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse, but even us locals can’t resist a trip out there. Take the scenic Lighthouse Route and stay off the black rocks!
POINT PLEASANT PARK
Wilderness in the city, take a stroll with the ocean on one side and a forest on the other: Point Pleasant Park.
THE PUBLIC GARDENS
Established in 1874, it’s one of the finest surviving examples of Victorian Gardens in North America, and it just happens to be right downtown: Public Gardens
Visit the adorably picturesque fishing village and UNESCO world heritage site. Lunenburg also just happens to have amazing cafes, restaurants and shops.
In such a historically rich town, there is no doubt that the dead walk among us. Learn who they are — IF YOU DARE. Take a creepy stroll with the Halifax Ghost Walk, spook yourself at the Bluenose Ghost Festival, and be intrigued by the historical and eerie Old Burying Grounds and Titanic Graveyard.
A beach day in October may not be ideal, but so long as it isn’t raining it’s worth a trip to check out some of our most beautiful beaches.