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The Most Unique Experiences in Halifax, Nova Scotia

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Updated: 31 August 2017
There’s always something new going on in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and if you’re looking to try a different activity, then check out these top picks for the most unique experiences in the city.

Take a Ghost Tour

If your idea of a good city tour is one that involves ghosts, you’ll want to check out one of the city’s haunted tours. A number of companies, including The Halifax Ghost Walk and Tattle Tours, will take guests on a journey to the city’s most haunted spots! Most tours run from May-October.

Take a Day Trip to McNab’s Island

Located at the entrance of the Halifax Harbour, McNab’s island is just a 25-minute boat ride from downtown. A trip to the island makes for a wonderful day, and you can visit on your own or take a free guided tour, courtesy of the Friends of McNab’s Island Society. Learn about the island’s history, explore the natural surroundings and take in the wildlife.

The Most Unique Experiences in Halifax
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Grab a Drink at Noble

If you’re into exclusivity you need to check out Noble, a hidden bar tucked under the Middle Spoon Desserterie & Bar. Sign up for the mailing list through the Middle Spoon’s Facebook page and you’ll receive the week’s password every Thursday. Go to the Middle Spoon and, after grabbing a slice of their delicious cheesecake!, give one of the waiting staff the password to be led downstairs to Noble.

1563 Barrington St, Halifax, Canada, +1 902 407 4002

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Sauna Nova Scotia

Sauna Nova Scotia is a mobile sauna service that sets up at different locations around the province. A great way to rejuvenate and relax on your trip!

Current location – Lawrencetown, Halifax, NS, Canada, +1 902 305 0330

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Kayak Halifax

Explore the Halifax Harbour by kayak with a Kayak Halifax tour! Choose between two hour and full day tours and get ready to paddle, hike, explore, and enjoy Halifax’s beautiful scenery.

1521 Lower Water Street, Halifax, NS, Canada +1 902 210 7728

Harbour Sailing Tours

If sailing is more your thing, you can enjoy the harbour by boat instead. Choose from a variety of adventures including booze cruises, pirate adventures, and Halifax’s own Theodore Tugboat.

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Consider a Haunted Dinner at Five Fisherman

While this isn’t an experience we can guarantee, there have been many accounts of haunted activity at the Five Fisherman, a popular downtown seafood restaurant. Staff, locals, and tourists have all recounted paranormal activity, so if this is up your alley it may be worth a dinner reservation!

1740 Argyle Street, Halifax, NS, Canada, +1 902 422 4421

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Citadel Hill National Historic Site

Originally built to defend the city from invaders, Citadel Hill is now a popular and fascinating historic site open to the public. With activities and tours for all ages and re-enactment interpreters, this is a must visit for history buffs.

5425 Sackville St, Halifax, NS, Canada, +1 902 426 5080

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Food Trucks

Halifax’s food truck scene is hot right now and offers tourists and locals the perfect on-the go meal. Favourites include Halifax Press for gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, Ol’ School Donuts, and the classic Bud the Spud, which serves up killer fries.