In just two months I'll be heading East to Halifax, the capital of Canada's Ocean Playground. (I didn't just make that up. I swear that's what it says on their license plates!)
This will be my third trip to Halifax in my short life so far, but amazingly, there is still so much I haven't seen and done. To remedy that, I've put together a list of 5 things I plan to cross off my Halifax Bucket List this year. Hopefully it helps anyone else out there who's planning a summer trip to the Canadian Maritimes.
1. Take a Walk on the Waterfront Boardwalk
I feel like all waterfront boardwalks are automatically beautiful places to take a stroll, watch the waves, do a little shopping, and perhaps enjoy a double scoop ice cream cone. The Halifax waterfront is full of history as the place where over 1 million immigrants first landed in Canada. It also promises to deliver eclectic shops, galleries, and some of the city's best restaurants.
2. Visit Pier 21 & the Museum of Immigration
Speaking of history along the waterfront, Pier 21 and the Museum of Immigration are two must-sees for any Canadian. I actually can't believe I've been to Halifax twice and have never been! Immigration is such an integral part of our country's history and culture that I think it's worth a trip to see the Pier where so many Canadians started their lives in this country. A little education for me on the history of immigration in Canada wouldn't hurt either!
3. Check out the Central Library
When I was in Halifax last summer, the new library was a very popular subject among the book-loving Haligonians I met. It's apparently one of the best and most beautiful libraries around, and it's clear that the writers of Halifax are very proud of it. I didn't get the chance to explore it last year so I'm definitely going to make that a priority this time around. After all, any afternoon spent among books is an afternoon well spent.
4. Spend a Day at the Beach
If you're spending most of your days on the University campus like I will be, it's easy to forget that Halifax is on the Ocean. Even the Halifax waterfront feels a little more like a large river than the sea because it's more of a harbour than an open ocean. Never-the-less, beaches aren't far away. Even if I have to rent a car to get a little outside the city, I'm determined to dip my toes in the ocean. I'm going to look into Conrad's Beach, Bayswater Beach, and Martinique Beach.
5. Visit the Seaport Farmer's Market
Ok, I'll be honest: I did go to the Seaport Market last year, but it was so great that I'm putting it back on my list. Created in 1750, the Halifax Seaport Farmers' Market is the longest continuously operating market in North America! It's also where I found the world's best Lobster Rolls, so I'll definitely have to go back for a second round of seafood. It's also a great place to pick up gifts and souvenirs made by local artisans.
What are your favourite things to do in Halifax? After this summer, I'm not sure when I'll be back so I'm taking any and all recommendations!