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Halifax Lifestyle & Entertainment

Easy going east coast attitudes mix with urban landscapes and rugged coastal getaways that result in a city that balances work and play with city and nature. Halifax offers an array of recreational, entertainment and cultural options that will satisfy any taste.


Halifax Public GardensYou can take advantage of Halifax's urban parks or take a short drive and explore local beaches and hiking trails. Point Pleasant Park is an ideal place to take your dog for a walk, go for a jog, or have a picnic. Explore Shubie Park in Dartmouth where you walk along the historic Shubie Canal, ride your bike or take a swim in the lake. Heading out of the city, you can be kayaking in St Margarets bay in just 30 minutes,  relaxing on ocean front beaches, or exploring nearby hiking and biking tails. There are also many options for organized sports and indoor recreational facilities throughout Halifax Regional Municipality.

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Arts & Culture

The local arts scene offers plenty of options for live theatre, music, museums, and art galleries. You can catch a live Broadway production at Neptune Theatre, a local staging from Zuppa Theatre Co, or classic Shakespeare outdoors in Point Pleasant Park. The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia boasts work from local and international artists, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic charts our nautical history, and the Natural history museum is a favorite with the kids. If live music is more your thing you can catch up with some classical tunes from Symphony Nova Scotia, take in the Atlantic Jazz Festival every summer, see touring acts like Paul McCartney or the Rolling Stones on the Halifax Common, or check out the local artists playing at bars and pubs all over the city.

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Nightlife & Entertainment

Halifax NightlifeYou'll never go hungry in Halifax with dining options ranging from standard pub fare to fine dining found at more than 450 establishments. Sample local favorites like lobster, Atlantic salmon, and Digby scallops from favorites like the 5 Fishermen or McKelvie's restaurant or explore ethnic offerings from Cha Bha Thai, Hamachi House (Japanese), Il Mercato (Italian), It's All Greek to Me, Mezza (Lebanese). Great culinary experiences can also be found at fusion restaurants like Onyx, TwelveFourtyOne, and Jane's on the Common.

After your meal be sure to take in the legendary Halifax nightlife at one of hundreds of local watering holes. You can find your Celtic roots at popular spots such as the Lower Deck, The Old Triangle, or Celtic Corner where there's sure to be live local music. For the late-night dancer head down to night clubs like Reflections Cabaret, The Palace, or Taboo. If a good conversation is more your speed you can choose from dozens of cozy speakeasy's like Tom's Havana, the Henry House, or the Economy Shoe Shop.

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“Culture is a reflection of the soul of a city…Halifax is blessed with an incredibly vibrant cultural scene.”

Gregor Ash, Executive Director
Atlantic Film Festival Association