Free Things To Do In Halifax When On A Budget

Free things to do in Halifax on a budget

Halifax is a beautiful historical city promising plenty of attractions and activities for a wide variety of travellers. What's even better is that between its historical landmarks and natural areas, many of the city's top attractions are entirely free, making Halifax one of the most affordable travel destinations in Canada. These are the ten best free things to do in Halifax for getting the most out of your holiday without breaking your budget.

The 10 Best Free Things To Do In Halifax On A Budget

1. The Halifax Harbour

Spanning 4 kilometres along the city’s iconic waterfront, the Halifax boardwalk is the longest boardwalk in the world. No visit to Halifax is complete without first taking a stroll along this historic waterfront, which is free to access and rewards picturesque scenery and great photography spots.

While the Halifax waterfront boardwalk is free to use, some of the area's top attractions do require a small admission fee, such as the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and the Canadian Museum of Immigration. These stops do elevate the historical significance of Halifax Harbour but can be skipped if you are working with a budget.

2. Nova Scotia Sport Hall Of Fame

Not all of Halifax's fantastic museums and galleries require an admission fee to access, and one of the best attractions offering free admission is the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame. Opened in 1946, this permanent exhibit contains over 7000 artifacts and photographs of sports history, with one of its most popular pieces being the dryer once used by Sidney Crosby as a kid for target practice.

Other Halifax museums offering free admission include the Maritime Command Museum, Shearwater Aviation Museum, the University Art Galleries, and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (Thursdays only).

3. The Emera Oval

Built for the 2011 Canada Games, the Halifax Oval promises free year-round activities right in the heart of the Halifax Common. Throughout the summer months, the Emera Oval is popular amongst rollerbladers, walkers, and bikers. However, when visiting in the winter months, be sure to bring your ice skates, as this massive oval is converted into the largest artificially cooled ice surface in Atlantic Canada throughout the season and is entirely free to use.

Free public skating at the Emera Oval

4. Halifax Central Library

Standing prominent amongst the city's more historic buildings, the Halifax Central Library is a beautiful contemporary complex of glass windows and modern architecture. Along with admiring the finer details of the picturesque facility, the library itself offers an array of free activities, workshops, and classes throughout its five stories and an outdoor rooftop cafe.

5. The Halifax Public Gardens

Established in 1867, the Halifax Public Gardens commemorate the Canadian Confederation and are the oldest Victorian Era gardens in all of North America. Combining the beauty of nature with a little history, these 16-acre gardens provide a green escape in the heart of the city and become even more beautiful in the winter months as they are set aglow for the Public Gardens Holiday Lighting Display.

6. Fairview Lawn Cemetery

Marking the final resting place of 121 victims of the Titanic disaster, Fairview Lawn Cemetery has become a popular tourist attraction for history buffs and fans of the 1997 movie. Free to stroll through, the cemetery is best explored along guided or self-guided tours, during which you will learn the true, real-life stories of many of the Titanic victims.

7. Citadel Hill

While the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site itself requires an admission fee to access, the hill around the monumental complex is entirely free to climb and offers some of the best views of the city and the citadel's colossal exterior. Among the top sites observed from the top of the hill is the Halifax Town Clock, a 200-year-old gift to the city from Prince Edward, the father of Queen Victoria.

Picnicking on Citadel Hill is one of the best free things to do in Halifax

8. Halifax Seaport Farmers Market

First opened by Royal Proclamation in 1750, just a year after Halifax’s founding, the Halifax Seaport Farmers Market is the oldest continuously operated farmers market in all of North America and has become an essential part of any itinerary to the city. Home to 250 vendors today, the market features plenty of fantastic items to purchase, although entering the facility requires no fee and is one of the best free things to do in Halifax.

9. Halifax Walking Tour

Another great thing to do for visitors to Halifax on a budget is to take a free walking tour of the city. While a tour guide provides local insights into many of the city's top attractions, visitors looking to save a few dollars can instead partake in self-guided tours through the harbourfront, downtown area, and surrounding historic neighbourhoods.

10. Point Pleasant Park

With several beautiful natural areas scattered throughout its historic city, Halifax's park promises a scenic and free setting for enjoying the great outdoors. Home to 35 km of walking trails, Point Pleasant Park is a popular spot for winter strolls or summer picnics, while other popular natural areas nearby include Sir Sandford Fleming Park and Shubie Park. All are free to enter and promise a relaxing day surrounded by natural beauty.

Booking The Best Budget Hotel In Halifax

Blending history, comfort, and convenience, Cameo Suites promises premier accommodation in the heart of the city and is the best hotel for experiencing Halifax on a budget. Located directly in downtown Halifax, guests have all of the city’s free attractions at their fingertips, with no need for added transportation costs. Meanwhile, our budget-friendly rates and onsite services provide the perfect combination of affordability and premium lodging.

There’s no reason to break the bank on a trip to Halifax. Book your room today and explore one of Canada’s most historic cities while maintaining a budget.