There’s just something about Downtown Halifax in the summer months! The electric vibe and the variety of things to do make it the perfect family-friendly destination.

The biggest draw to Downtown Halifax during the summer has got to be the refreshing salty sea air and sunshine. Spending time outdoors is every Atlantic Canadian’s favourite pastime, and Halifax’s downtown core has been built with that in mind. Whether you are bringing your little ones to burn off some energy at a playground, hopping from shop to shop, or looking to dine al fresco at one of over 70 patios, Halifax has got you covered.


Explore the 4.4 km Halifax Waterfront Harbourwalk, visit Georges Island or splash into the harbour with a Harbour Hopper tour.  If you’re in the mood to learn more about Atlantic Canadian history and culture, we recommend you visit Halifax’s world-class attractions: The Discovery Centre, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic or the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21.  When you’re done, satisfy that sweet tooth at one of the many Downtown Halifax’s specialty candy shops like Freak Lunchbox, Underground Snax, and Sugah!. If ice cream is more your thing, try COWS or Black Bear ice cream on the Halifax waterfront!

Enjoy Halifax’s annual summer events like the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo, the Halifax Pride parade, the Busker Festival on the Halifax Waterfront, and the free Grand Oasis Festival in Grand Parade!


There certainly is no shortage of family-friendly things to do and see in Downtown Halifax this summer. No matter where you choose to go, you’ll find people ready to welcome you, and unexpected discoveries along the way.

For more ideas of what to do this summer, checkout the list “100 Things to Do this Summer in Downtown Halifax” at