Parks & Pathways

5 Great Places to Picnic in Halifax-Dartmouth
5 Great Places to Picnic in Halifax-Dartmouth

Outdoor picnics are great family fun! Here’s our list of 5 great places to picnic in the Halifax-Dartmouth Area. 1. Public Gardens The Halifax Public Gardens are the perfect place to picnic in the summertime. Try setting up your basket in the grassy area on the south side of the gardens
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Halifax Public Gardens are open for the season
Halifax Public Gardens

The Halifax Public Gardens are a 16-acre oasis in the heart of downtown Halifax. Officially opened in 1867, The Public Gardens have retained much of their original Victorian character thanks to a series of talented superintendents, chief horticulturists, and gardeners. Through their efforts, the Public Gardens were designated a National Historic
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Halifax Citadel
The Halifax Citadel National Historic Site

The Halifax Citadel National Historic Site opens for the 2019 season on Tuesday, May 7th.  The big event will be celebrated with 78th Highlander pageantry, pipes and drum performances, guided tours, and of course the historic noon gun. Planning some summer fun? Why not sign your kids up for A Soldier’s Life –
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Art in the Wilderness

Explore your craft in the future Halifax Wilderness Park! You and your kids can make nature ornaments led by kind krafts, and painting and sketching with Renee Forrestall. This event is FREE to participate! Kind Krafts is a community-run nonprofit who facilitates art-based workshops along with creating and selling crafts
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Louisbourg Wake up in the past Photo by Debbie Malaidack
18th Century Camping at the Fortress Louisbourg: An Incredible, Historical Cape Breton Experience from Parks Canada

Would your family enjoy spending the night alone in an 18th Century fortress…with only a single sheet of canvas between you and the elements? How about the freedom to explore the restored town, beach and trails throughout the night, and then again the next morning, before any visitors or staff arrive? With
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Halifax Commons Splash Pad by Helen Earley
The Halifax Commons Playground and Skate Park

The Halifax Commons are a group of open public areas containing tennis courts, softball diamonds, a skate park, playground, outdoor swimming pool, large shallow splash pad…and plenty of wide open spaces! In summer or winter, it is an ideal location for free,  healthy outdoor family fun. Throughout the year, there
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Cornwallis Park Halifax
Breakfast at Elements on Hollis, Fun at Halifax’s Peace and Friendship Park: A Perfect Sunday Morning with Kids in Halifax

  ** Note: we have updated the title and some details of this article to reflect the new name of the Peace and Friendship Park *** Good service is when the head chef comes out to ask you if you enjoyed the buffet and then assists you with your coat
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The Dingle Playground, Sir Sanford Fleming Park, Halifax, Nova Scotia
The New Dingle Playground – A Challenging, Natural Playground with Great Views of the Northwest Arm

We arrive at the new Dingle Playground on Remembrance Day, just before noon. A small cluster of children wait excitedly, their noses pressed up against a heavy green fence that separates them from the clean new playground structures, and the impressive new climbing tower. Tom Jangaard, a landscape architect and project
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The Perfect Picnic
The Perfect Picnic at Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Imagine delicious lobster, chicken or vegetarian sandwiches, fresh salads, muffins or chocolate truffles, enjoyed from the comfort of your own cheerful picnic blanket, surrounded by some of the most stunning scenery in the world! This summer, at The Cape Breton Highlands National Park, you’re in for a treat. The gorgeous views of highlands, beaches,
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Hiking Toddler-Style: One Kilometre per Hour on The St. Margaret’s Bay Trail

It’s a gorgeous Nova Scotia fall day. My husband and I have planned a brisk family walk along the St. Margaret’s Bay ‘Rails to Trails’ Trail, starting at the former French Village Station in Tantallon. Our 2-year old will soon fall asleep in the Mountain Buggy stroller (we predict) soothed by the fresh
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