TD Halifax Jazz Festival Main Stage

TD Halifax Jazz Festival 2024 – Event Information & Guide

Whether you are a fan of the jazz genre or simply enjoy a lively music festival atmosphere, the TD Halifax Jazz Festival is one event you don’t want to miss when visiting Halifax in the summer. From participating venues to the exciting lineups of musical performances, discover everything you need to know about the 2024 Halifax Jazz Festival in this event guide. 

Don’t forget to book your room at Cameo Suites – the best place to stay for the event.

TD Halifax Jazz Festival 2024: General Information

Started in 1987, the TD Halifax Jazz Festival is the oldest jazz festival in Atlantic Canada and has grown into one of the biggest and most anticipated summer events in Halifax, attracting more than 65,000 visitors, 400 volunteers, and over 350 local musicians each year.

This year marks the 38th annual celebration of the event and is poised to be bigger and better than ever, with an exciting lineup of musical performances, free concerts, and complementing attractions and activities.

Event Dates

The Halifax Jazz Festival is a six-day event traditionally held every July. This year, the 38th annual TD Halifax Jazz Festival will run from July 9 to 14, 2024.

  • Dates: July 9-14, 2024

Locations

Participating venues can be found all over the downtown arena. However, the Halifax Jazz Festival has four official concert venues.

  • TD Main Stage – Salter Lot, Halifax Waterfront:5057 Salter St.
  • St. Matthew’s United Church (All Ages) – 1479 Barrington St.
  • The Carelton (19+) – 1685 Argyle St.
  • The Seahorse / The Local (19+) – 2037 Gottingen St.

Ticket Prices

Tickets to the festival’s official concert stages can be purchased through their TIXR portal. Single show tickets are available for each of the festival’s headlining performers. However, the best way to experience the event is with a festival pass, which includes access to all shows throughout the six-day event. Standard Passes start at $215 per ticket.

Age Requirements

Each of the Halifax Jazz Festival’s participating venues features its own age requirements. The Carleton and the Seas horse / The Local have a strict adult-only (19+) policy, while the St. Matthew’s United Church stage welcomes visitors of all ages.

The festival at the TD Main Stage also welcomes guests of all ages. However, those under the age of 19 are required to fill out an underage application form and must be accompanied by a supervising parent or guardian.

TD Halifax Jazz Festival

TD Halifax Jazz Festival 2024 Schedule

So far, the festival committee has only announced its musical lineups for the first five days of its official concert stages. This list will continue to be updated as more announcements are made.

Official Concert Venues

These are the highly anticipated lineups for each of the TD Halifax Jazz Festival’s official concert stages, with more acts and jazz groups still to be added.

TD Main Stage Lineup

  • Killer Mike – July 9
  • Fitz and the Tantrums – July 10
  • Emmylou Harris – July 11
  • Alan Syliboy & The Thundermakers – July 11 
  • Matt Anderson & The Big Bottle of Joy – July 12
  • The War and Treaty – July 12
  • Charlotte Day Wilson – July 13
  • Nick Hakim – July 13

St. Matthew’s United Church Stage Lineup

  • Jill Barber – July 10
  • Julian Lage Trio – July 12
  • Emmet Cohen Trio – July 13

The Carleton Stage Lineup

  • Maryna Krut – July 11
  • Avataar – July 12
  • Laura Anglade – July 13

The Seahorse / The Local Events

  • The Creative Music Workshop (CMW) Series – July 6 to 14
TD Halifax Jazz Festival Partner Stage

Community Stages

Along with its headlining events on its main stages, the TD Halifax Jazz Festival features free musical concerts for all ages at various community stages throughout the city. Lineups for these venues are announced closer to the event. 

  • Hydrostone Park (All Ages) – 5523 Young St.
  • Ferry Terminal Park (All Ages) – Ferry Terminal Park

Jazz Labs

The Halifax Jazz Festival holds their popular Jazz Labs throughout the year as part of their Music Education Program. Offering behind-the-scenes insight into the jazz music industry, these free events welcome guests of all ages and include artist talks, master classes, and interactive concerts. 

  • Halifax Central Library (All Ages) – 5440 Spring Garden Rd.
  • Alderney Gate Library (All Ages) – 330 Lacewood Dr.

Partnered Stages

Each year, the festival works with local bars and restaurants to set up partner stages. Throughout the festival, these stages feature their own line-up of live jazz performances and are great spots to enjoy the soothing musical sounds in a more laid-back setting.

  • Obladee Wine Bar (19+) – 1600 Barrington St.
  • Lion’s Head Tavern (All Ages) – 3085 Robie St.
  • The Local (19+) – 2037 Gottingen St.

Where to Stay for the Halifax Jazz Festival 2024

Check out Cameo Suites if you are looking for a convenient place to stay for the Halifax Jazz Festival. Located within walking distance of all stages and participating venues, our charming hotel is among the best accommodations in Halifax for immersing in all the festivities of the annual event. But be sure to reserve your room now, as we are sure to book up quickly as the anticipated festival dates approach.

Halifax Busker Festival

Halifax Busker Festival 2024 – Event Information & Guide 

As the warm weather begins to overtake the streets of Halifax, so too does the anticipation for one of the city’s most exciting summer events – The Halifax Busker Festival. 

Soon, the waterfronts of Halifax and Dartmouth will be host to some of the most unique and talented street performers in the world, bringing with them an abundance of entertainment and attractions for the whole family to enjoy. 

Discover everything you need to know about the 2024 Halifax Busker Festival in this event guide and don’t forget to book your room at Cameo Suites before it’s too late.

Halifax Busker Festival 2024: General Information

Every year since 1986, the Halifax Busker Festival has attracted some of the best street performers from around the world for six days of family-fun entertainment throughout the Halifax and Dartmouth waterfront areas. During the event, the city’s streets come to life with awe-inspiring displays of street music, fire breathing, acrobatics, and magic. 

While the street performers are the centre of this exciting annual event, the Busker Festival has grown to include so much more, with carnival rides and novelty vendors found scattered throughout the fairgrounds, promising plenty of fun and entertainment for guests of all ages.

Halifax Busker Festival

Event Dates

The Halifax Busker Festival traditionally runs for six days and is held over Nova Scotia’s Natal Day long weekend. In 2024, the event will be held between July 31 and August 5.

Halifax Busker Festival 2024 Dates: July 31 to August 5, 2024.

Locations

One of the best parts of the Halifax Busker Festival is that amazing street performances can be found all over the Halifax and Dartmouth waterfronts. Meanwhile, scheduled performances can be found at stages at the end of Sackville Street, the Halifax Seaport, and Dartmouth’s Alderney Landing.

Alderney Landing also hosts the East Coast Amusements Midway, while Glow Funland can be found at The Seaport.

Ticket Prices

The festival features admission fees and is entirely free to visit. With that said, tipping the street performers themselves is highly encouraged. Buskers put a lot of hard work and effort in entertaining pedestrians, it is always nice to give something back when appreciating their artistry.

While the fairgrounds are free to enter, guests do require tickets to enjoy the vendors and rides operated by East Coast Amusement’s Midway. While ticket prices are still to be announced, they are typically offered within individual, 25, or 50 ticket bundles, while an all-you-can-ride daily bracelet is also available.

Halifax Busker Festival Highlights

Halifax Busker Festival

The Buskers

The most prevalent highlight of the Halifax Busker Festival is undoubtedly the street performers themselves. Each year, the waterfronts of Halifax and Dartmouth come to life with exciting shows highlighting the specialized talents of international buskers from around the world. 

You can expect plenty of impromptu demonstrations to break out along the streets, but the festival also features plenty of scheduled acts along its various stages found throughout The Seaport and Alderney Landing.

While the official 2024 lineup has yet to be announced, guests can expect world class performances of daring acrobatics, firebreathers, musicians, and magicians. At the end of the festival, guests are invited to vote for their favourite busker to win the converted People’s Choice Award.

East Coast Amusement Fair

The popular East Coast Amusement’s midway will be returning to Alderney Landing in Dartmouth for the 2024 Halifax Busker Festival. While the schedule and ticket prices are yet to be announced, guests can expect all the family-fun features of the fair that have accompanied the street festival in recent years. Vendors can be found peddling delicious carnival foods while the fair’s 18 rides include family-favourites, such as the Zipper, Tilt-a-Whirl, and the Expo Wheel.

International Vendors

Along with those found within the East Coast Amusement Fairgrounds, the Halifax Busker Festival brings with it its fabulous collection of international vendors, selling everything from food and snacks to clothing and jewelry. Festival stalls include both international and local vendors and promise a great variety of merchandise to explore. The festival committee is still accepting vendor applications. If you would like your business featured in the festival, be sure to submit your request before applications close on June 1, 2024.

Where to Stay for the Halifax Busker Festival

The annual Busker Festival is one of the most anticipated summer events in Halifax, and you are going to want to book your room soon if you want to stay near the action. Boasting a coveted location in the heart of the historic Entertainment district of downtown Halifax, Cameo Suites puts guests less than a 5-minute walk from both the street stages along the Halifax waterfront and the ferry to Alderney Landing.

It’s the perfect base for attending all the great street performances and festivities, while the nearby restaurants and bars provide some of the best nightlife in the city. Be sure to reserve your rooms now before we are booked up.

Emera Blue Nose Marathon

Emera Blue Nose Marathon 2024 – Race Information & Guide

It’s time to start training—the annual Emera Blue Nose Marathon is quickly approaching, and with it comes a new and exciting weekend of athletic events and races. From how to register for a race to the courses’ routes through the city, this is everything you need to know about the upcoming Emera Blue Nose Marathon 2024.

Emera Blue Nose Marathon General Information

Started in 2004 with the dream of becoming a world-class race that showcases the beauty and splendour of the Halifax-Dartmouth region, the Emera Blue Nose Marathon has become one of the premier athletic events of Atlantic Canada.

Traditionally held over the Victoria Day long weekend, the marathon has grown into a weekend-long athletic event consisting of six different running events and an Active Living Expo promoting healthy lifestyles with more than 80 booths.

Whether partaking in the Boston qualifier race or joining in on one of the many other events, the Blue Nose Marathon promises an exciting weekend of activities that the whole family can enjoy.

Emera Blue Nose Marathon Dates: May 17-19, 2024

Where to Register

Those looking to partake in one of the weekend’s races can register for the event of their choice through the marathon’s official registration portal. Registration is open until the day before the event itself, but be sure to sign up before 5:00 pm on April 24 to receive a personalized racing bib.

What is Included

All participants receive a complimentary marathon kit, which can be picked up at the Zatzman Sportsplex on May 17 between 10:00 am and 8:00 pm or on May 18 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. All kits include;

  • Access to the Blue Nose Marathon Expo Presented by Subaru
  • Premium ASICS Runkeeper Go™ trial
  • Routes with stunning views of Halifax and Dartmouth
  • Participant shirt
  • Personalized race bib (if registered by 5:00 PM on Wednesday, April 24, 2024)
  • Blue Nose Marathon medal
  • Chip-timed race

Emera Blue Nose Marathon Events

Emera Blue Nose Marathon

The Blue Nose Full Marathon 

The Blue Nose Full Marathon is the keystone event of the weekend. This Boston Qualifying race takes participants along the full 42.2 km track through the streets of Halifax and Dartmouth, showcasing many of the city’s top attractions, such as Lake Banook, North End, Point Pleasant Park, and the Halifax Harbourfront.

  • Date: Sunday, May 19, 2024
  • Official Start Time: 8:00 a.m.
  • Official Race Closure Time: 2:00 p.m.
  • Distance: 42.2 km

Killam Marathon Team Relay

The Killam Marathon Team Relay takes the same route as the Full Marathon but breaks it up into smaller legs to be completed by a team. Teams can consist of four to eight participants and include corporate groups, charity fundraisers, families, and groups of friends. Participating in this event also earns participants entry into the Corporate Relay Challenge, where they can win various rewards and prizes.

  • Date: Sunday, May 19, 2024
  • Official Start Time: 8:00 a.m.
  • Official Race Closure Time: 2:00 p.m.
  • Distance: 42.2 km

Medavie Half Marathon

The Medavie Half Marathon is the perfect event for those looking for a fun challenge but aren’t quite ready to take on the Full Marathon. Cutting the Dartmouth portion of the course, this 21.1 km race brings participants through the streets of Halifax, along the waterfront boardwalk, and through Point Pleasant Park and North End before returning to the starting line at the Emera Oval. 

  • Date: Sunday, May 19, 2024
  • Official Start Time: 8:20 a.m.
  • Official Race Closure Time: 2:00 p.m.
  • Distance: 21.1 km

Goodlife FITNESS 10 KM

The GoodLife FITNESS 10 km is the most popular adult race of the weekend. Short enough to be completed by running or walking but long enough to still pose an exciting challenge, the 10 km race guides participants through the streets of downtown Halifax and Dartmouth before circling back to the starting line at the Emera Oval.

  • Date: Sunday, May 19, 2024
  • Official Start Time: 8:05 a.m.
  • Official Race Closure Time: 2:00 p.m.
  • Distance: 10 km

Purple Cow 5 KM

Scheduled for Saturday morning, the Purple Cow 5 km kicks off the entire weekend with one of the most exciting 5 km races in Atlantic Canada. Attracting thousands of participants each year, this shortened route guides racers through downtown Halifax while showcasing the Halifax Common, the Halifax Public Gardens, and Citadel Hill.

  • Date: Saturday, May 18, 2024
  • Official Start Time: 8:00 a.m.
  • Distance: 5 km

Doctors Nova Scotia Youth Run

Welcoming participants 15 years of age and younger, the Doctors Nova Scotia Youth Run is a great way to get the whole family involved in the weekend’s athletic events. The race can be completed within a 2 km or 4 km distance and is a fun way to introduce youth to the exciting challenge of a large-scale fitness event while promoting a healthy lifestyle.

  • Date: Saturday, May 18, 2024
  • Official Start Time: 10:15 a.m.
  • Official Race Closure Time: 12:00 p.m.
  • Distance: 2 km & 4 km

Where to Stay for the Emera Blue Nose Marathon

If you are coming from out of town to participate in the marathon, you are going to want to book a comfortable accommodation nearby. Located in the heart of the downtown area, Cameo Suites is within walking distance of the starting line and provides guests the elevated comforts of home perfect for preparing for your race. Book your room now as accommodations tend to book up fast as the marathon weekend approaches.

Cirque du Soleil Halifax

Cirque du Soleil Corteo Is Coming To Halifax: A Quick Guide

Cirque du Soleil is one of the most anticipated shows coming to Halifax this summer, promising six performances of its captivating Corteo production over four days. The event marks the first time that the celebrated entertainment group will perform within the Scotiabank Centre, blending powerful acrobatics with modern effects for one of the most enchanting shows of the year.

The Halifax event is one of only two stops along the Canadian leg of the production’s 2024 tour. So if you haven’t been able to catch a performance yet, you definitely want to check out the show in Halifax before it heads off to Europe. 

Whether you live in the area or are coming from out of town, here are a few things you should know about the event before buying your tickets. And if you are coming from out of town, don’t forget to check out Cameo Suites when looking for a place to stay in the city.

What is Cirque du Soleil’s Corteo About?

The story of Corteo follows the clown Mauro as he envisions his own funeral. Instead of an atmosphere of mourning, his burial takes place amidst a grand procession with a carnival-like atmosphere that is even attended by angels. Blending the contrasting themes of joy and tragedy, the show brings the audience along on its celebration of life through grand performances that combine the passion of the actor with the power and grace of the acrobat performers.

The play itself was written and directed by Daniele Finzy Pasca and was first performed in Montreal in 2005. The story is written in two acts, with a total of a two-hour run time, including a 20-minute intermission. Since its conception, Corteo has featured 3,500 performances in over 20 countries and has dazzled over 10 million people with grand stunts and enthralling music.

Cirque du Soleil Corteo’s Halifax Performance Schedule

Halifax is one of only two stops in Canada along Corteo’s 2024 tour. It’s scheduled for six different performances over four days, with shows occurring daily between June 6 and June 9. Here is a full schedule for Cirque du Soleil’s Halifax Corteo performances;

Thurs. June 6, 2024 – 7:00 pm

Fri. June 7, 2024 – 7:00 pm

Sat. June 8, 2024 – 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Sun. June 9, 2024 – 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm

Following its Halifax performances, Corteo completes its Canadian shows with four days of performances in Moncton, New Brunswick, before heading down south to Florida and onto Europe the following month.

If you haven’t been able to catch the show yet, I suggest planning your visit to Halifax now before it’s too late.

Where Can You Purchase Tickets for the Halifax Production of Cirque du Soleil’s Corteo?

Tickets to Corteo’s Halifax performances can currently only be purchased online through Ticketmaster. Prices start at $71 per ticket, including taxes and applicable fees. Family and group packages are available at special rates.

VIP Meet & Greet Tickets are also available for the Friday performance. These packages start at $161.50 per ticket, including fees and taxes, and feature premium seating and a private backstage tour after the performances, during which time you can interact and socialize with the artists.

Halifax Busker Festival

Other Shows Coming to Halifax This Summer

Not able to make it to the city for Cirque du Soleil’s performance of Corteo? Don’t worry. There is a long lineup of great performances and shows making their way to Halifax this summer, starting with Snoop Dogg appearing at Scotiabank Centre on June 3. The following month sees the city come to life with the anticipated annual Halifax Jazz Festival between July 9 and July 13. Headliners for this event include Killer Mike, Fitz and The Tantrums, and Charlotte Day Wilson.

Meanwhile, August is packed with great festivals and shows, starting with the Halifax Busker Festival, which will see hundreds of international street performers flock to the downtown area and waterfront between July 31 and August 5. The following month, Billy Idol will perform at the Scotiabank Centre on August 23, followed by Sean Paul on September 4. Finally, Halifax ends its festival season with the highly anticipated Atlantic Film Festival, which runs from September 11 to the 18th.

Where to Stay in Halifax for Cirque du Soleil Corteo?

If you are coming to catch the show from out of town, be sure to book your room at Cameo Suites. Located in the heart of Halifax’s historic Entertainment District, our welcoming suites promise all the comforts of home and are just a 5-minute walk from the Scotiabank Centre. Whether you are just visiting for the night or staying the whole weekend, Cameo Suites makes for a fantastic base for attending the show and exploring the rest of downtown Halifax’s wondrous attractions and performances.

Whale Watching Spots in Halifax

5 Top Whale Watching Spots in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Set along the shore of the Atlantic Ocean and just a short drive from the Bay of Fundy and the Northumberland Strait, Halifax is a hotbed of marine adventures, including being one of the best places in Canada to go whale watching.

Despite whales being found throughout the waters of Nova Scotia, actually spotting these majestic sea mammals takes some planning. In this guide, we will explore the top whale watching spots in Halifax, along with the best time of year to visit and the types of whales you can expect to see.

The Best Time of Year to Go Whale Watching in Halifax

First things first. For the best chance of spotting a whale in Halifax, you have to plan your visit at the right time of the year. While whales can be found in the waters around Nova Scotia all year round, they are much more abundant in the summer, when migratory patterns result in larger populations flocking to the area to feed on the high volumes of fish, krill, and plankton. 

Peak whale watching season is between June and October, with the absolute best month being August.

Types of Whale Species Near Halifax

There are up to 12 different species of whales that frequent the waters around Nova Scotia. Minke whales, pilot whales, humpback whales, sei whales, and fin whales are the most commonly spotted species and can be found around both the Bay of Fundy and Cape Breton Island.

While not quite as common, the blue whale species can occasionally be spotted within the Bay of Fundy. This fascinating species is famous for its size, even being believed to be the largest animal to have ever existed. Sperm whales, beluga whales, and killer whales can also sometimes be seen within the area, although these species are much more rare. 

Still, even more rare and exciting to spot is the North Atlantic right whale. With only about 400 individuals remaining, this elusive type of whale is considered an endangered species, with the waters around Halifax being one of the world’s best places to spot it.

The 5 Best Whale Watching Spots Near Halifax, Nova Scotia

The two most common areas in Nova Scotia where whales are often sighted are the Bay of Fundy and in the waters around Cape Breton Island. However, there are several regions along Nova Scotia’s rugged coastline where the impressive marine mammal can also often be seen, including numerous spots near Halifax.

Whale watching spots in Halifax

1. Brier Island

For the absolute best chance of spotting a whale, you should head over to Brier Island. Located near the mouth of the Bay of Fundy, Brier Island is about a four-hour drive from Halifax. Still, as one of the most popular spots for humpback, right, and finback whales, it is well worth the extended drive to ensure you have the best chance of actually spotting the aquatic species.

While whales can often be seen from the shores of the island, the best option is to book a boat tour with Brier Island Whale Watch for an experienced guide who knows the waters.

2. Pleasant Bay

Cape Breton Island is a great general area to explore marine life, and whales are often spotted off its northern and western shores. While tour companies operate around the entire island, the best region to go whale watching is around Pleasant Bay along the western shore.

Unfortunately, Pleasant Bay is a longer drive from Halifax than Brier Island, taking about five hours to reach from the provincial capital. Luckily, Cape Breton Island more than makes up for its distance by providing several of Nova Scotia’s top attractions, and a whale-watching tour can easily be paired with a road trip along the Cabot Trail.

3. Digby Neck

For those who don’t want to take the ferry all the way to Brier Island, the next best place to go whale watching along the Bay of Fundy is at Digby Neck. Cutting about an hour off the drive, Digby Neck takes about three hours to reach from Halifax.

While less abundant than the waters of Brier Island, Digby Neck often hosts populations of up to 400 whales. During the summer months, the waters of the neck are even often used as nursing grounds, and pods of whales can frequently be spotted from the shoreline.

Best whale watching spots in Halifax

4. Lunenburg

If you are looking for some prime whale watching closer to the city, you should head over to the nearby port town of Lunenburg. Located just over an hour from Halifax, Lunenburg is a quiet historic town and UNESCO World Heritage Site that is more commonly associated with its historical attractions.

However, just off the town’s monumental shores is a whole world of marine life. Along with being a great spot to go whale watching, other animals you may find swimming the town’s surrounding waters include dolphins, ocean sunfish, leatherback turtles, and bluefin tuna.

5. Halifax Boat Tours

While the city of Halifax isn’t the best spot to go whale watching in Nova Scotia, it is definitely the most convenient. Although very rare, whales can occasionally be spotted in the waters just off the Halifax Harbour. However, the much more effective way to go whale watching in the city is to sign up for a whale-watching tour.

Along a Halifax whale watch tour, visitors are brought just a short boat ride from the Halifax Harbour to more naturalized areas where whales are much more abundant. There are several tour providers operating from the Halifax Harbour, including A&M Sea Charters and Capt. Mark’s Whale and Seal Cruise.

Planning a visit to Halifax for the upcoming whale-watching season? Don’t forget to book your room at Cameo Suites for a convenient base near the harbour.

outdoor patios in downtown Halifax

15 Best Outdoor Patios in Downtown Halifax

Summer is just around the corner in Halifax, and with it comes patio season. Soon, the streets will be lined with outdoor bars, cafes, and restaurants beckoning visitors to explore the city’s culinary flavours while enjoying the beautiful maritime setting.

As the weather begins to warm, here is a look at some of the best outdoor patios in downtown Halifax that will soon be opening, all of which are just a short walk from our premium rooms at Cameo Suites.

1. Pickford & Black

Address: 1572 Argyle Street

Outdoor patios don’t get much better than the one at Pickford & Black. Boasting a breathtaking waterfront location near the Halifax Ferry Terminal, patrons can sit back and relax as they watch ships come and go from the harbour while enjoying a delectable craft beers and seafood menu.

Unfortunately, Pickford & Black does not take reservations for their outdoor seating. So if you want to dine at Halifax’s best outdoor patio, be sure to arrive early enough to claim your table.

2. The Bicycle Thief

Address: 1475 Lower Water Street

Located in the heart of the Halifax Harbour, The Bicycle Thief promises a beautiful setting for admiring the waterfront boardwalk. And while it is a great place to take a break to enjoy a refreshing cocktail, the restaurant is also one of the top eateries in the city, promising a delicious upscale Italian menu and wine list.

The outdoor patio at The Bicycle Thief is often very busy during the summer months. So, be sure to book a reservation or drop by in the afternoon to avoid the dinner rush.

Outdoor patios in downtown Halifax -- The Bicycle Thief

3. Stillwell Beer Garden

Address: 5688 Spring Garden Road

Nestled at the corner of Spring Garden Road and South Park Street, the Stillwell Beer Garden boasts one of the best outdoor patios in Halifax, with breathtaking views of Victoria Park and the Halifax Gardens located just across the street.

During the summer, the beer garden promises a social and warm atmosphere for enjoying a great selection of craft beers and a fun menu of exciting snacks and finger foods. However, as an outdoor seating-only venue, the garden closes during poor weather conditions, at which time you can still enjoy the Stillwell menu at the nearby Stillwell Freehouse.

4. Garrison Brewing Company

Address: 1149 Marginal Road

If soaking in the sun along a spacious waterfront patio while sipping some of Nova Scotia’s best craft beers is the idea of a fun summer afternoon, then you have to check out the Garrison Brewing Company.

Located just a short walk from Pier 21 in the Halifax Seaport, the Garrison Brewing Company is one of the most established craft breweries in the city, first opening its doors in 1997. Since then, it has curated a long list of microbrews for you to enjoy, from its flagship Irish Red Ale to newly popular innovations that include the Tall Ship East Coast Ale and its Sea Port Sodas.

5. The Auction House

Address: 1726 Argyle Street

Another downtown staple, The Auction House is a popular hangout spot throughout the year, boasting weekly live music, 26 craft beers, and a delicious bar menu. The restaurant’s offerings include an extensive drink menu of beers, wines, and cocktails, along with all of your favourite bar foods with unique twists.

During the summer months, The Auction House extends its service to its beautiful outdoor patio that overlooks the historical Grand Parade and scenic St. Paul’s Anglican Church for a relaxing hangout spot right in the heart of downtown Halifax.

Best outdoor patios in downtown Halifax

6. The Old Triangle

Address: 5136 Prince Street

As the premier Celtic Irish pub in the city, The Old Triangle is an absolute must-stop when visiting downtown Halifax. Opened in 2000, the venue embodies the city’s rich Irish heritage with a delicious menu of authentic Irish foods, beers, and live music.

While a great spot to hangout throughout the year, The Old Triangle becomes an even more inviting attraction during the summer months. The Old Triangle’s outdoor patio is among the best in Halifax and is the only place in the city where you can enjoy the evening air while dancing along to an Irish Jig.

7. Bitter End Martini Bar & Restaurant

Address: 1572 Argyle Street

If you enjoy a good martini, you have to check out the Bitter End Martini Bar & Restaurant. Since it first opened in 2000, the Bitter End has turned martini-making into an art form and offers their talents within 29 different versions of the famous cocktail.

While you are welcome to visit throughout the year, Bitter End’s summer patio is one of the best in the city and opens up directly along the streets of Halifax’s entertainment district for a suitable historical setting to accompany its signature beverage.

8 More Great Outdoor Patios in Halifax

  1. Bar Kismet – Address: 2733 Agricola Street
  2. Press Gang Restaurant & Oyster Bar – Address: 5218 Prince Street
  3. Pint Public House – Address: 1575 Argyle Street
  4. Sea Smoke – Address: 1477 Lower Water Street
  5. The Lion’s Head Tavern – Address: 3085 Robie Street
  6. Good Robot Brewing Co. – Address: 2736 Robie Street
  7. The Wooden Monkey – Address: 1707 Grafton Street
  8. Barrington Steakhouse – Address: 1662 Barrington Street

Take advantage of Halifax’s patio weather. Book your room today and explore everything the city has to offer from Cameo Suite’s premier location in the heart of the Entertainment District.

Best Halifax Tours

7 Best Halifax Tours And Excursions

Halifax, Nova Scotia, is a city that promises an abundance of adventures, ranging from its historical monuments to its burgeoning culinary scene. Whether you’re a history enthusiast, a nature lover, or a foodie, these are the 7 best Halifax tours for exploring all facets of the monumental capital city of Nova Scotia.

1. Historic Tour of Halifax 

Halifax is home to nearly 300 years of historical landmarks, many of which are confined to a relatively small radius of the downtown area. As such, one of the best Halifax tours is exploring these various iconic landmarks and historic properties along a walking, biking, or Segway tour.

Historic tours of Halifax can be completed in a number of ways, with a good starting point being the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. Starting from the historical landing spot for many Canadian immigrants, tours continue to several other landmarks, including the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, Grand Parade, and the Halifax Public Garden, before ending at the iconic town clock.

While slightly further from the downtown area, no historical tour of Halifax would be complete without visiting the Fairview Lawn Cemetery, where you will find the tombstones marking the final resting place of victims of the Titanic disaster.

2. Peggy’s Cove Tour

Joining a Peggy’s Cove Tour is an absolute must for any tourist visiting Halifax. Luckily, as one of the most popular locations in Nova Scotia, there are several buses and tour groups leaving daily to explore the iconic Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse perched along the picturesque sea-sculpted granite shores of the Atlantic Coast.

Along the way, visitors can stop at several quaint fishing villages boasting a unique maritime culture while being regaled with tales of privateers by their informative guides.

Peggy's Cove Tour

3. Halifax Shore Tour

Halifax is home to the longest oceanfront boardwalk in North America. Spanning 4 km from Pier 21 to the Halifax Seaport, the Halifax Harbourfront features a great variety of attractions, including historic sites, local restaurants, and boutique shops, making touring the boardwalk a great way to experience a little bit of everything that downtown Halifax offers.

Open to walkers and bikers, visitors can explore the area’s rich history, enjoy live music and street performers, and admire breathtaking views of the water before ending their tour by learning about maritime history and the Halifax explosion at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. From there, you can either head back along the same boardwalk or continue along the Halifax waterfront to the beautiful Point Pleasant Park.

4. Harbour Hopper Tour

The Harbour Hopper Tour is one of the most unique ways to see the city and promises a complete exploration of both sea and land. From the comforts of an amphibious vehicle, visitors drive through the city’s streets, past iconic landmarks such as Citadel Hill, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and the Halifax Public Gardens before taking to the waters to explore offshore attractions, including the Georges Island National Historic Site. 

5. Halifax Food Tour

Halifax’s culinary scene promises diverse and abundant flavours, making a food tour of the city one of the most mouthwatering experiences you can have. Enjoy a morning breakfast at a bistro or cafe along the waterfront before heading over to the Halifax Seaport Farmers Market to shop for local produce.

For lunch, head over to Dartmouth to sample some of the best seafood in Halifax at Evan’s Seafood Restaurant. When finished, you can head back to the Halifax side of the harbour to enjoy a beer at the 200-year-old Alexander Keith’s Brewery before completing your gastronomic adventure at one of Halifax’s fine dining restaurants.

Alexander Keith's Brewery along the Halifax Food Tour

6. Museums of Halifax Tour

A perfect addition to the Historic Tour of Halifax or even a great standalone tour for a rainy day, the Museums of Halifax Tour explores the city’s rich cultural heritage at a series of museums and galleries throughout the downtown area.

Start your tour at the Immigration Museum at Pier 21 and discover the history of those who have arrived along Halifax’s shores. Then, head over to the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, where you will collect further insight into maritime history while exploring Titanic artifacts and other local exhibits.

Finally, you will end the tour at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, the largest art museum in Atlantic Canada, where you can admire over 19,000 pieces, including works by both local and international artists.

7. Annapolis Valley Road Trip Tour

From beautiful valleys to its breathtaking coastal attractions, exploring Nova Scotia’s natural wonders is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. And thanks to its location in the centre of the province, Halifax makes for a great base for embarking on a road trip tour of the surrounding area.

Start with the stunning landscape of Annapolis Valley. Then, follow the coast down to the Bay of Fundy along the southern shore. On the way, you will pass through several small towns and fishing villages, rewarding a fantastic day trip tour of the province. 

There are plenty of adventures just waiting to be had in Nova Scotia’s capital city, but they all seem to begin and end in the heart of downtown Halifax. From its location just steps from the iconic waterfront and Citadel Hill, Cameo Suites promises the best hotel for basing your visit to the city and a great launching point for beginning a wide variety of city tours.

Book your room today and begin planning your adventure!

Five Fishermen Seafood Restaurant

7 Best Seafood Restaurants In Halifax, Nova Scotia

The Five Fishermen Restaurant is easily the most popular seafood spot in Halifax for tourists. Meanwhile, Evan’s Fresh Seafoods is a local gem and is the best choice if you are looking for authentic local fare and fresh ingredients that combine for a delicious adventure for your taste buds.

Of course, these aren’t the only two local establishments serving up mouthwatering seafood dishes in the city. And if you ask any local, they are bound to give you a unique answer of their personal favourite spots depending on the type of dishes you are looking to sample.

Whether seeking traditional fish and chips, a whole lobster dinner, or a plate of delicious fresh oysters, these are the seven best seafood restaurants in Halifax.

1. Evan’s Fresh Seafoods

Set along the water on the Dartmouth side of the harbour, Evan’s Fresh Seafoods offers some of the most mouthwatering local seafood in Halifax and is well worth the ferry ride over to Alderney Landing.

Owned and operated by a local fisherman family, Evan’s sources its ingredients directly from the harbour, guaranteeing its seafood is the freshest in the city. What’s more is that everything is prepared in the traditional Acadian style, featuring a delicious light batter that highlights the delectable fresh flavours.

While it doesn’t serve the traditional English-style fish and chips you may be used to, Evan’s Fresh Seafoods is a must-visit for an authentic Nova Scotian seafood dinner with a great selection of Acadian-style fish and chips, lobster rolls, chowders, fish tacos, and Jambalayas.

2. Five Fishermen Restaurant

A longstanding staple of Halifax’s seafood scene, The Five Fishermen is a must-visit restaurant along any culinary tour of the city. Found on Argyle St. directly in downtown Halifax, this local seafood restaurant combines delicious food and a historic setting, operating out of a monumental building first constructed in 1817.

However, while the complex has a storied past involving haunted halls and the Titanic’s victims, the restaurant ultimately leaves its food to speak for itself and promises some of the freshest and most delicious food in Halifax. Begin your meal with a wide selection of seafood appetizers. The Atlantic Seafood Chowder and Oysters Rockefeller are heavy local favourites and are always a safe bet.

Meanwhile, for your main course, you can enjoy a delicious lobster dinner, an oven-roasted halibut, or go all in and order the famous Five Fish Experience, which features sheared shrimp, local scallops, a half lobster tail, halibut, and salmon.

Oysters at the best seafood restaurants in Halifax

3. Sea Smoke Restaurant

Boasting a beautiful location within Bishop’s Landing, Sea Smoke Restaurant provides a great setting for enjoying some of the city’s best seafood, along with picturesque views of the Halifax waterfront. While open throughout the year, the best time to visit this seafood restaurant is during the spring or summer, when your meal can be enhanced by the facility’s amazing outdoor patio.

The restaurant’s great seafood options range from mouthwatering plates of fresh oysters, salmon, eel, snow crab, butterfish, and tuna to photogenic sushi rolls and poke bowls.

4. Press Gang Restaurant and Oyster Bar

Another downtown Halifax staple, the Press Gang Restaurant operates out of one of the city’s oldest stone structure buildings that dates back to 1758. Despite its age, the restaurant provides an elegant setting for enjoying the modern complex’s extensive menu of seafood and meat dishes, along with a fully stocked bar serving a variety of scotch, wine, and cocktails.

Among its diverse offerings, the Press Gang Restaurant’s featured service is its raw bar. Along with serving a variety of fresh local oysters caught directly in Nova Scotia, the Press Gang Restaurant also features catches from across New Brunswick and PEI for a full exploration of the delicious oyster flavours of the maritimes.

5. Bar Kismet

Voted as one of the best restaurants in Canada, Bar Kismet is a family-owned restaurant and bar serving a variety of seafood and pasta dishes alongside creative cocktails and a specially curated wine list from its charming location in Halifax’s North End.

This modern restaurant features a contemporary menu that combines the influence of French and Mediterranean cuisines with local Nova Scotian ingredients to produce mouthwatering seasonal dishes you won’t find anywhere else in the world.

The Canteen on Portland

6. The Canteen in Portland

Promising an elevated seafood menu combined with a warm and welcoming neighbourhood diner atmosphere, The Canteen on Portland is one of the most popular seafood restaurants in Halifax amongst both locals and tourists alike.

The Canteen’s fresh oysters, snow crab dip, and mussel and fries are must-try starters that prepare the way for a delectable selection of entrees that include the restaurant’s famous lobster roll, pan-seared haddock, and canteen chowder.

7. Durty Nelly’s

While it shouldn’t be the first stop on your list of authentic Nova Scotia seafood, Durt Nelly’s is the perfect option for those looking for traditional UK-style fish and chips. Promising a rowdy Irish pub atmosphere, this popular watering hole in the heart of downtown Halifax is a great spot to grab a drink and enjoy a fish-and-chip dinner with entertainment and live music. 

Durt Nelly’s fish and chips dinner features thick beer batter Atlantic haddock served with coleslaw and tartar sauce. Meanwhile, those in your party less inclined to the seafood flavours have a great selection of delicious dishes, including the Guinness Irish stew, shepherd’s pie, and roasted ham.

With so many great seafood restaurants in Halifax, why not take a weekend and explore them all? With a central location in the heart of the city, Cameo Suites provides the perfect base for exploring nearby attractions while being within a 5-minute walk of The Five Fishermen, The Press Gang Restaurant, and more. Book your room today to enjoy all the delicious seafood flavours Halifax has to offer.

Day Trips from Halifax

9 Perfect Day Trips From Halifax To Explore Nova Scotia

From its picturesque harbourfront to its historical citadel and museums, there are plenty of things to do in Halifax. However, they are also only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to wondrous attractions in Nova Scotia. Luckily, with its central location in the heart of the province, the city makes for a fantastic base for exploring everything the region offers. From the world-renowned Bay of Fundy to the famously photographed Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse and other small towns, these are the nine best day trips from Halifax you have to experience when visiting the city.

1. Peggy’s Cove

Just a 45-minute drive from downtown Halifax, Peggy’s Cove is the quintessential day trip destination to visit from the city. Along with taking a picture at its iconic lighthouse, day trippers can explore the small fishing village, visit the William e. deGarthe Memorial Provincial Park, or even go on a boat tour of the breathtaking coastline.

2. Mahone Bay

Famous for its three picturesque churches sitting along the waterside, Mahone Bay makes for another great day trip from Halifax and is only about an hour’s drive from the city. Known for its small-town charms, Mahone Bay offers a quiet respite for exploring an authentic maritime community through a series of museums, boutique shops, and art galleries, or you can delve into the countryside along a waterfront walk or bike ride.

3. Lunenburg

If you drive just another 15 minutes past Mahone Bay, you will come to the beautiful quaint town of Lunenburg — a recognized UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its brightly coloured houses and a monumental waterfront that dates back to the 18th century. Along with walking its narrow streets and taking in its historic sites, Old Town Lunenburg also offers a great collection of galleries and museums for exploring local history and culture, including the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, the Knaut-Rhuland House Museum, and the entire Lunenburg Historic District.

Day Trips from Halifax - Peggy's Cove

4. Annapolis Valley

When visiting Halifax, you definitely need to plan a day trip over to Annapolis Valley. Located just under a two-hour scenic drive from the city, this is easily one of the most beautiful regions in Nova Scotia and is home to the majority of the province’s wineries and cideries, making it a great destination for a vineyard tour.

Of course, there are plenty of other things to do in Annapolis Valley, including several historical museums and natural attractions, such as the Port-Royal National Historic Site, the Grand-Pre National Historic Site, and the Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens.

5. Kejimkujik National Park

Kejimkujik National Park is one of the best places to make a day trip from Halifax for those looking to immerse in the natural environments and ecosystems of Atlantic Canada. Protecting 381 km of pristine natural wilderness, the park is separated into two regions — its inland environments and its aquatic habitats along the seaside. 

Activities within the park include hiking trails, camping, fishing, kayaking, canoeing and boating. When you are done, head over to the nearby Port Joli, where you will find plenty of historical attractions in the picturesque small town, along with a great selection of local restaurants and eateries.

6. Cape Breton Highlands National Park 

Another great day trip idea from Halifax is to drive along the famous Cabot Trail — one of the most beautiful road trips in North America — as it weaves its way through Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Starting on Cape Breton Island, the road route spans a total of 298 km and takes about 5 hours to complete, but rewards some of the most breathtaking views of the province.

Day Trips from Halifax - Bay of Fundy

7. Bay of Fundy

One of the most popular tourist destinations in Nova Scotia, the Bay of Fundy makes for a great day trip from Halifax and is only about an hour and a half drive from the city. Here, visitors can experience the world’s highest tides along the Atlantic coast. A great spot to witness the phenomena is at Burntcoat Head Park, where the Bay of Fundy tides reach over 40 feet along the cliffside during high tide while allowing visitors to walk along the ocean floor during low tide.

When visiting the area, be sure to include a stop at Joggins Beach and Fossil Cliffs to uncover ancient fossils and a history that dates back over 300,000 years.

8. Ovens Natural Park

Located 90 minutes from the city, Ovens Natural Park makes for a fantastic day trip from Halifax or even just a great stop along a day trip to nearby Lunenburg. The park is found along Nova Scotia’s south shore and offers picturesque cliffside trails and outdoor activities. The park is also home to oceanside caves, offering rustic adventure and modern facilities that include bathrooms, picnic tables, and even a restaurant.

9. Shubenacadie Wildlife Park 

Another great day trip destination for nature enthusiasts, the Shubenacadie Wildlife Park is just 45 minutes from Halifax and offers visitors the opportunity to spot diverse species of local wildlife, including bears, moose, foxes, wolves, bighorn sheep, beavers, and otters. Meanwhile, keen-eyed bird watchers will be happy to find plenty of owls, bald eagles, Canada geese, and wild turkeys along the Shubenacadie River.

With so much to explore, it is easy to spend a week venturing into all the wondrous attractions around Halifax, and this doesn’t even include the sights within the city itself. At Cameo Suites, we put you in the center of all the action, with all of Nova Scotia’s great day trips just a short drive from our cozy lodging in the heart of the downtown area. Plan your Nova Scotia adventure today, and book your room now.

SailGP in Halifax

SailGP Canada is Coming to Halifax: What You Need To Know

Mark your calendars sailing enthusiasts and racing fans; the Sailing Grand Prix is finally coming to Canada. For the first time in its four years of competition, the world’s “most exciting racing on water” is finally making its way to the Great White North, with the city of Halifax welcoming sailing fans from around the world as they cheer on teams from 10 international countries.

From the adrenaline thrills of the races themselves to the international cultures being brought to the community, this is one event you don’t want to miss. Whether visiting from out of town or looking for the best spots to experience the event, this is everything you need to know about the upcoming SailGP in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

What Is The Rockwool Canada Sail Grand Prix

Founded in 2019, SailGP has quickly become one of the world’s biggest international sailing competitions that pits national teams from 10 countries in a series of exciting sailing races around the globe.

All teams race using one-design high-speed hydrofoiling F50s, ensuring the competition is the ultimate test of a racer’s skill, handling, and planning.

In 2024, SailGP is coming to Canada for the first time in the event’s history, with the inaugural Rockwool Canada Sail Grand Prix arriving in Halifax for the 11th stop along the Season 4 Tour.

During the Rockwool Canada Sail Grand Prix, Halifax will host the members and fans of the competition’s teams from Australia, Great Britain, France, Germany, New Zealand, Denmark, Spain, Switzerland, and the United States as they battle it out over a weekend of the most exciting races on the water in the iconic Halifax Harbour.

Sail Boats in the Halifax Harbour

When Is The Rockwool Canada SailGP

The 11th stop along the Sail GP Season 4 Tour, The Rockwool Canada SailGP, is scheduled for the first weekend of June, with exact race times still to be announced. Throughout the two-day event, visitors are invited to the waterfront, where they can watch the adrenaline-pumping races that take place just feet from the harbourside.

Rockwool Canada SailGP Dates: June 1 – June 2, 2024

Full List of SailGP’s Season 4 Venues

While the Canadian debut is one of the most anticipated events of SailGP Season 4, it is also only one stop along a year-long tour that brings the impact league to 13 cities across nine countries. Here is a full list of all the stops along the Season 4 Sail Grand Prix.

  1. Chicago, USA — June 16-17, 2023 (Winner: New Zealand)
  2. Los Angeles, USA — July 22-23, 2023 (Winner: Spain)
  3. Saint-Tropez, France — September 9-10, 2023 (Winner: Emirates Great Britain)
  4. Taranto, Italy — September 23-24, 2023 (Winner: Emirates Great Britain)
  5. Cadiz, Spain — October 14-15, 2023  (Winner: USA)
  6. Dubai, United Arab Emirates — December 9-10, 2023 (Winner: New Zealand)
  7. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates — January 13-14, 2024 (Winner: New Zealand)
  8. Sydney, Australia — February 24-25, 2024
  9. Christchurch, New Zealand — March 23-24, 2024
  10. Bermuda — May 4-5, 2024
  11. Halifax, Canada — June 1-2, 2024
  12. New York City, USA — June 22-23, 2024
  13. San Francisco, USA (Grand Final) — July 13-14, 2024
SailGP Halifax course

The SailGP Canada Team

Joining the circuit at the beginning of Season 3, this is just the second season in which Canada has competed in the Sail Grand Prix, but the new team has quickly become a fan favourite. 

The Canadian crew is headed by driver Phil Roberston and features home-grown Canadian talent Annie Haeger, Georgia Lewin-LaFrance, and Isabella Bertold as strategists, Billy Gooderhman as flight controller, and Tom Ramshaw, who serves as a grinder along with Dartmouth’s very own Tim Hornsby.

So far, the Canadian team has a single win under its belt, winning the 10th round of last year’s season in Christchurch. However, with the support of local fans, Robertson and the company look to add to their growing reputation as they take on some of the world’s best at the Rockwool Canada SailGP in Halifax with hopes of a podium finish in home waters.

Where to Stay in Halifax for the SailGP Canada Event

While the races can be watched from either side of the harbour, staying within downtown Halifax is the best way to embrace the celebratory festivities of the international event.

And whether visiting from out of town or looking for a base closer to the action, Cameo Suites promises the best setting for embracing the inaugural SailGP Canada event. With the race itself being held between Macdonald Bridge and Georges Island, our welcoming atmosphere places you right near the start line for convenient access to the best seats. 

Meanwhile, the city’s top bars and restaurants are just a short walk from our front door, promising great opportunities to meet and interact with fellow fans and competitors from around the world.

Be sure to book your room now. Sail GP Halifax is one of the most anticipated events coming to the city this summer, and space is already starting to fill up.