A visit to Halifax doesn’t need to break the bank! In addition to lots of budget-friendly activities, the city has a number of awesome adventures that are completely free.
Walk Along the Waterfront
Whatever the season, there is always lots going on along the Halifax Waterfront. The four-kilometer (2.5-mile) boardwalk is one of the largest in the world and is always bustling with activity.
While you’re there, why not relax in one of the waterfront hammocks? All summer, you’ll find hammocks strung along a portion of the boardwalk, and they’re the perfect place to relax and enjoy a view of the ocean.
Take a Free Fitness Class
Take a Guided Tour of Halifax
Explore Halifax from a local perspective with Halifax Free Tours. They offer twice-daily tours during the summer months for absolutely free (though donations are welcome).
Watch Artisans at Work at NovaScotian Crystal
Stop by NovaScotian Crystal on the Halifax Waterfront to watch the talented artisans create mouth-blown, hand-cut crystal glassware. It’s a fascinating sight and always draws lots of onlookers.
Check out the City Parks
Watch an Outdoor Movie
The Atlantic Film Festival puts on free movie screenings on the Halifax Waterfront during the summer. Bring a comfy chair and some popcorn and enjoy a movie on the water.
Samples at the Seaport Farmers’ Market
The Seaport Farmers’ Market is brimming with delicious food vendors, and there are so many free samples that you can enjoy a delicious assortment of treats without ever making a purchase. For the best selection, hit up the market on Saturday mornings.
Skate or Rollerblade at the Oval
Head to the Halifax Commons for a few laps around the Oval, initially built as a skating rink for the Canada Games. Locals loved it so much though that it became a permanent fixture. In the winter, you can get free skate and helmet rentals and free rollerblade rentals in the summer.
Visit a Nearby Beach
There are plenty of beautiful beaches just a short drive from downtown Halifax. Rent a car and visit local favorites such as Crystal Crescent, Lawrencetown, Queensland, and Rainbow Haven.
Hang out at the Halifax Central Library
The locals love their new downtown library, and it’s not hard to see why. This beautiful building has five floors of seating and a rooftop terrace. The library also offers lots of free classes and workshops available to the public.
Enjoy the View from Citadel Hill
Right in central Halifax, you’ll find Citadel Hill, which is topped by the historic Citadel fortress. While entrance to the structure has a fee, you can enjoy hanging out on the hill for free. Depending on the season, you’ll find lots of locals sledding, jogging, suntanning, and picnicking at this popular hangout.
Canoe in the Northwest Arm
Head to Saint Mary’s Boat Club on weekends during the summer for a free hour canoe rental. After all, a visit to Halifax isn’t complete without at least one ocean adventure.
Take a Hike
Get outside the city for a day in the great outdoors! There are lots of great hiking trails around the province, most within just a couple of hours of Halifax.