Winter In Halifax: Discover 7 Fun Things To Do

Emera Ova Halifax in Winter

Winter in Halifax is one of the best times of year to visit the city. Along with hosting far fewer tourists than in the summer, the city is also at its most beautiful, with colourful lights and white snowfalls enhancing the overall serenity of the East Coast setting. From traditional snow sports to breathtaking attractions best experienced during the cold months, these are seven of the best things to do for winter fun in Halifax.

7 Fantastic Things To Do When Spending Winter In Halifax

1. Enjoy Free Outdoor Skating At Emera Oval

While open to visitors throughout the year, the Halifax Oval is best experienced in the winter when its 55,000 sq. feet are converted into an ice surface three times the size of a hockey rink right in the heart of Halifax Common. Initially constructed for the 2011 Canada Winter Games, the Emera Oval promises free public skating throughout the cold months, with complimentary skate and helmet rentals for those with a government-issued ID. 

2. Take To The Slopes

Located an hour from downtown Halifax, Ski Wentworth is an idyllic destination for winter activity following a fresh snowfall. With a few centimetres of snow, this outdoor winter wonderland promises traditional downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, and night skiing. Alternatively, guests looking for downhill fun can instead head over to Ski Martock. Located just under an hour from the city, this nearby ski destination promises a fantastic day trip from downtown Halifax while promising a fun challenge for all skill levels.

Winter in Halifax's Shubie Park

​3. Go For A Winter Stroll Through Point Pleasant Park

With 39 km of walking trails weaving their way throughout its 75-hectare wooded area, Point Pleasant Park makes for a fantastic Halifax winter attraction that the whole family can enjoy. So pack your winter boots because with fresh snow topping the picturesque foliage, a stroll through this dreamy winter park is a great way to enjoy the natural beauty of the winter season in Halifax. 

Not interested in a winter walk? You can also have a snowball fight, build a snow fort, or have a winter picnic instead. And these outdoor winter activities don’t just have to be limited to Point Pleasant Park. There are tons of outdoor areas in the city made even more beautiful during the winter, including Shubie Park and Merv Sullivan Park.

4. Sled Down Citadel Hill

Is there a more quintessential winter activity or better way to spend a snowy day than tobogganing down the local hill? How about if that local hill is home to a nearly three century old citadel with a history as old as the city itself? Set within the heart of the city, Citadel Hill is just a short walk from downtown Halifax and promises plenty of slopes for some of the area’s best sledding. Just be careful, as many of the hills end near roads. The Wanderer’s Grounds side of the hill promises plenty of landing areas for a fun and safe tobogganing experience.

5. Admire Picturesque Views At Peggy’s Cove

Set just a half hour’s drive from downtown Halifax, Peggy’s Cove is perhaps one of the most iconic views in Nova Scotia and is made even more magical following a fresh snowfall. And while the rugged snow-covered rocks around its famous lighthouse are a must-experience attraction, you should also plan on stopping by the Peggy’s Cove village for a traditional Atlantic Canada fishing town, complete with colourful houses and traditional lobster boats.

Peggy's Cove Halifax in Winter

6. Visit Halifax’s Indoor Attractions

While Halifax is known to have a mild winter, it does experience the occasional cold day. And when I say cold day, I mean unbearably freezing. Luckily, these days of frigid weather conditions provide the perfect opportunity for tourists to explore Halifax’s numerous indoor attractions. From museums to galleries, the city promises plenty of local arts and history to explore, including the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, the Museum of Natural History, and the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21.

7. Walk Along The Iconic Halifax Waterfront

No visit to the city would be complete without taking a stroll along the Halifax Boardwalk. And while many of the popular kiosks are closed during the winter months, the Halifax Harbour is still a great picturesque spot to enjoy the fresh air while enjoying a hot chocolate from one of the stores and restaurants that remain open. For even more adventure in the city, you can also grab the ferry over to Alderney Landing in downtown Dartmouth.

The Best Hotel For Visiting Halifax In Winter

Whether partaking in classic winter activities like sledding or skiing or exploring the city’s seasonal attractions and snow-covered vistas, you are going to need a great place to base your winter visit to Halifax. Located in the heart of downtown Halifax’s Entertainment District, Cameo Suites places you within walking distance of Citadel Hill, the Halifax Harbour, and the Emera Oval while providing a cozy and private retreat for escaping the seasonal chills.

Take advantage of our onsite amenities and seasonal deals, and book your suite today.