9 Instagram photos that will make you fall in love with Halifax

Halifax is a city of breathtaking beauty and rich history, just waiting for you to discover!  From street art and rows of colourful houses, stunning sunsets, harbour views and more, Halifax has a number of great locations to snap that Insta-worthy pic. Some are well-known and right in downtown and along the waterfront, others are a fun journey or a short drive away.  Here are 9 Instagram photos that will make you fall in love with Halifax!

Photo of public art taken on the Halifax Commons
Image: @liveheist

Halifax Commons

The Halifax Common totals 235 acres, stretching from the corner of Cunard and Robie Streets in the north, to the corner of South Park and South Streets in the south.  Famous visitors include Pope John Paul II, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles and Princess Diana, The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Kiss, and more!

Photo of the Halifax Public Gardens bandstand
Image: @millersshoryotombo

Halifax Public Gardens

Halifax Public Gardens (16 acres) are one of the finest surviving examples of a Victorian garden in North America. They were founded by the Nova Scotia Horticultural Society in 1836 and were recognized as a National Historic Site in 1984.

Arial view of the Halifax Citadel
Image: @halifaxcitadel | Tourism Nova Scotia

Halifax Citadel

Chosen in 1749 for the fort destined to protect the city, The Halifax Citadel’s star shaped architecture is equally as impressive from the inside and out. Step back in time with the 78th Highlanders and the 3rd Brigade Royal Artillery costumed reenactors.

Arial view of the Halifax Town Clock
Image: @osbornecody

Old Town Clock

The Halifax Garrison Clock, more commonly known as the Town Clock, was installed in 1803 under the direction of Prince Edward, Duke of Kent (Commander-in-Chief of British Forces in the Maritime Provinces.) It has since become one of the city's most beloved and familiar landmarks, nestled in the protective shadow of the Halifax Citadel.

Arial view of the Sir Sandford Fleming Park tower
Image: @osbornecody

The Dingle (Sir Sanford Fleming Park)

Sir Sandford Fleming Park is a 95-acre Canadian urban park located in the community of Jollimore in Halifax Regional Municipality. It is also known as Dingle Park, which means wooded valley. The park was donated to the people of Halifax by Sir Sandford Fleming in 1912.

Photo of the anchor monument near Point Pleasant Park
Point Pleasant Park

Point Pleasant Park is a historic 75-hectare wooded park with 39 km of easy winding trails and wide paths.  Halifax rents the site from the British Government for 1 shilling (about 10 cents) a year, with a 999-year lease. It once hosted several artillery batteries, and still contains the Prince of Wales Tower - the oldest Martello tower in North America.

Night time photo of the Halifax Convention Centre
Image: @adrian_mclean

Downtown Halifax

Downtown is the bustling city centre known for its vibrant pubs and beer gardens, plus global eateries. It’s also a busy shopping district, serving as the business, entertainment, and tourism hub of the region.  See new street art, old and new architecture, and historic sites dating back to Halifax’s founding in 1749!

Photo of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia building
Image: @discoverhalifax

Old & New Architecture

Downtown Halifax is known for the historic architecture of its landmark buildings and is home to government landmarks such as Province House, built in 1819, and home to the Nova Scotia House of Assembly.  Halifax has many Victorian Era buildings nestled amongst new 21st century builds.

Photo of Lupins growing in St. Margaret's Bay, Nova Scotia
Image: @discoverhalifax

Along the Coast

The coastline of Halifax is heavily indented, accounting for its length of approximately 400 km. The largest coastal features include St. Margaret’s Bay, Peggy’s Cove, Hackett’s Cove, Duncan’s Cove, Fisherman’s Cove, and Lawrencetown Beach. It includes a number of islands and peninsulas, among them McNabs Island, Beaver Island, Melville Island, Deadman's Island and Sable Island.

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