Each year, Nova Scotia Heritage Day honours notable Nova Scotians. This year, Nova Scotia Heritage Day is Monday, February 19th and will honour William Hall- 2024 will mark the 165th anniversary of Hall being awarded the Victoria Cross. He was the first person of African descent and 3rd Canadian to be presented this distinguished award. If you would like to know more about Nova Scotia Heritage Day, click here for a review of previous and future honourees.

Heritage Day is a great excuse to celebrate Nova Scotia while spending quality time with your family. Here is a list of things to do to celebrate Heritage Day in and around Halifax – and beyond!


Sackville Snow Days Festival

There are fun family events planned for this year’s Sackville Snow Days Festival including a snowman contest, scavenger hunt, colouring contest, snowshoeing, and skating!  Snow days do not specifically link with Heritage Day, but it’s a great way to spend time with family.
When: February 16th – February 19th, 2024
Where: Various Locations in Lower Sackville
Website: Sackville Snow Days

Ataraxy Farm Family Fun Day

Ataraxy Farm will be hosting its first Family Fun Day this year on Heritage Day. Head to the farm to see the animals, get a pony ride, decorate some goat shaped cookies and enjoy a hot beverage.
When:  February 19th, 2024
Time: 10:00 am-1:00 pm
Website: www.instagram.com/p/C2HvtTrrDOR

DELIGHTFUL DOWNTOWN Halifax’s Heritage Day Light Show

Delightful Downtown is a series of vivid light shows and installations around Downtown Halifax. It includes colourful, themed light projection shows that help light up our dark winter nights.
When: February 16th – 19th, 2024
Where: Former Halifax Memorial Library Building
Website: www.downtownhalifax.ca/delightful

Meet Your Farmer Day

Meet Your Farmer is heading to Cole Harbour Place this Heritage Day. There will be lots of fun for the whole family, including farm bingo, a colouring station, and lots of exhibits to explore.
When: Monday, February 19, 2024
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Family Science Fun Day

This free event  will celebrate Engineering Week with fun activities. All ages are welcome!
When: Monday, February 19, 2024
Where: Fundy Geo Museum, Parrsboro
Website: www.fundygeological.novascotia.ca/event/heritage-day-0

Other ideas:

Check out an Exhibition at a Museum

Most museums are open on Heritage Day, so this would be a great time to check out one of the fantastic exhibits happening this month in HRM. Many locations have FREE admission on Heritage Day. Whether you are passing along your appreciation for the visual arts or hoping to teach your child about the world and all of its creatures, you will find something for everyone at a Halifax museum or gallery.
Where: Various Locations
Website: www.familyfuncanada.com/halifax/exhibitions-in-hrm

Take the Family Skiing 

Nova Scotia has some amazing opportunities for winter sports, including several options for fun family skiing. In our Ultimate Guide to the best Nova Scotia ski hills, discover what’s new on the slopes this winter. The hills will be open on Heritage Day, and some even have extended hours, be sure to check each locations website for more details when you’re planning your day.
Where: Various Locations
Website: www.familyfuncanada.com/halifax/the-ultimate-guide-to-nova-scotia-ski-hills