The Most Unique Experiences in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Citadel Hill | © Courtesy of Destination Halifax
Citadel Hill | © Courtesy of Destination Halifax
Photo of Kate Horodyski
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.

McNabs Island | Courtesy of Destination Halifax

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

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.

Chowder | Courtesy of Destination Halifax

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

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

The Most Unique Experiences in Halifax

Citadel Hill | © Courtesy of Destination Halifax

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.