Halifax Harbour is not just a feature of our cityscape - it is also an important marine ecosystem. As you stroll the boardwalk, take a peak over the edge. At low tide, you will see clusters of tiny white barnacles and dark black mussels (yup, the same type of mussels we can eat!) clinging to exposed rocks and posts, with marine snails scattered amongst them. These invertebrates might look like very simple creatures, but they are tough - they have to be able to survive both under the sea and exposed to the air! At high tide, in early summer, keep your eyes peeled for jellyfish bobbing and pulsing just under the surface of the water. Scan a little further away and you might be lucky enough to see a curious harbour seal pop up to take a look around. See an angler pull up shiny, striped fish? Those are Atlantic mackerel - a (much smaller!) relative of tuna.
Explore the Halifax Waterfront
The Halifax Farmers’ Market was created by Royal Proclamation in 1750, and is the longest continuous market in North America. Now known as the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market, the waterfront location is open year-round and hosts over 250 vendors! Don’t miss enjoying a snack with a view from the fantastic rooftop patio.
Visitors to the Halifax Waterfront and area will notice a range of statues and memorials that celebrate the city’s cultural diversity. Monuments honour Nova Scotia’s Portuguese, Irish, Italian, Lebanese, and Ukranian immigrants as well as the province’s Acadian community. For a thorough understanding of Halifax’s role in Canadian immigration visit The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21.
This fountain is a popular, seasonal cooling off spot at Bishop’s Landing; kids will thank you for a break in touring, but all ages are welcome to take a refreshing dip.
These popular orange hammocks along the Salter boardwalk are perfect for relaxing and enjoying the harbour breezes. Also perfect for original selfies!
HMCS Sackville is Canada’s oldest warship and the last of Canada’s 123 corvettes. She played a pivotal role in winning the Battle of the Atlantic and is now restored to her war configuration with exhibits and artefacts. Visit the ship to experience the daily routine of sailors who braved the stormy seas and the perilous Battle of the Atlantic. Open seasonally.
Acadia was launched in 1913 as the first vessel specifically designed to survey Canada's northern waters, and her career took her from the ice-infested waters of Hudson's Bay to Nova Scotia's South Shore. Acadia is the only vessel still afloat to have survived the 1917 Halifax Explosion. Her interior displays beautiful wooden panelling and fine brasswork.
An area of the Halifax waterfront that is combines educational, cultural and leisure space for visitors, envelopes a Nova Scotia provincial Visitor Information Centre (VIC), the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, the Submarine Playground and Sackville Landing Park. Here, locals and visitors gather, play, relax and reflect on Halifax Harbour and the ocean environment framed by the boardwalk and interesting seating options and art.
Local children helped create the concept for this fun two-dimensional octopus wall and interactive submarine featuring a sea-themed slide, periscope, and portholes. The first level is also wheelchair accessible.
Designed by Chris Hanson and Hendrika Sonnenberg, the humorous sculpture at the Helipad near Bishop’s Landing features a lamppost slumped across the pier, with its concerned friend looking on. This cheeky art installation is probably fitting for a city with one of the highest number of pubs per capita. Nearby is the Fountain lamp post shooting a stream of water into the harbour.
“Passage” is a dramatic, large-scale granite sculpture by Vasilis Vasili located at Sands at Salter, just waiting for posting on your Instagram feed.
This iconic blue wave sculpture, designed by artist Donna Hiebert is one of the most photographed attractions on the Halifax waterfront.
The Sea Bridge is a fun route between Cable Wharf South Side and Museum Wharf North. The 520 feet of floating dock is open seasonally 24/7, but may close for weather, sea conditions or construction.
Check out the murals along Harbourwalk behind the Marriott Harbourfront Hotel. Guest artists regularly refresh the wall design. An instagram-worthy photo op, right in the heart of downtown.
At just over four kilometres, the Harbourwalk is one of the world’s longest continuous boardwalks. With non-stop scenic water views, fascinating port activity, and plenty of opportunities to settle on a bench or hammock or slip into a café or museum, the Harbourwalk could easily entertain you for a day or a weekend! From here, you can also join a harbour tour, go whale watching, or head to McNabs Island.