Entertainment Halifax Diaries
It’s so easy to get bogged down with daily life that we forget to take time for the things we’ve always wanted to do, right? Well, traveling is your best excuse to try something completely new, whether it be surfing, taking a dance class, visiting a wildlife rehabilitation center, or taking a swing at golf! These are my recommendations for your chance to let loose and get checking off that ever-growing bucket list of yours. Let’s get started already!
Picture Credits: Neptune Theatre
For 57 seasons, Neptune Theatre has been delighting and dazzling audiences with their productions and artistic style. Known for professional excellence of the highest quality since 1963, Neptune Theatre doesn’t show any signs of slowing down! This year, the Neptune’s stages will feature family favorites like Peter Pan, Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, and Cinderella. And with $30 seats every day, it’s an affordable way to support local Halifax artists while enjoying a great evening!
If you’re looking for hands-on experience, Neptune Theatre School offers acting camps for kids and classes for adults. Take an acting class with their highly skilled teachers and you may even discover a lifelong passion!
Picture Credits: Fox Harb’r
Luxury and seaside are two things everyone deserves a bit of in life, and Fox Harb’r Resort delivers just that! Whether your “thing” be golf, relaxation, or adventure this place was designed for various ideas of how to enjoy yourself. After a day on the golf course or in the spa, enjoy some time in some world-class accommodations before a night out on the town. With an overall 4.5/5 star rating on TripAdvisor, you know you’ll have that restorative and invigorating stay you’ve been looking for! Their Cape Cliff Dining room has received several recognition. Most notably being certified as a Sustainable Seafood Restaurant and even winning the 2017 Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia Best Wine/Beverage Menu award! Their menu evolves seasonally so you get the best fresh and local ingredients every time. Check out their website and get your stay booked to lock in the best dates possible.
Picture Credits: THE TEN SPOT
Breaking the mould of either expensive spas or cheap and unsanitary salons, THE TEN SPOT has been changing the game since 2006. With a mission to make you feel like a ten, creator and CEO Kristen Gale is a star on the rise. Having received Canada’s top 40 under 40 award in 2017 she hasn’t showed any signs of stopping (or slowing down) anytime soon! Her beauty bar has been redefining industry standards with its services and staff. They offer laser hair removal, waxing services, facial/skin treatments, tinting and threading, and of course manicures and pedicures. Who says men can’t have nice feet too, right? Their experts will help you through any particular issue you may be having with a comforting know-how and charm. You certainly haven’t had an experience like this before! I highly recommend going to see what everyone’s raving about!
Picture Credits: Hope for Wildlife
Do you spend hours and hours looking at videos of cute animals during the day? Well get ready to meet some new furry friends at Hope for Wildlife, a privately owned rehabilitation center for Canada’s wildlife. Some of these animals may be sick or injured, others may have lost their packs or groups and need a helping hand. Owner Hope Swinimer is the nurturing force that makes this dream possible as she’s been rehabilitating animals since 1995. The center even offers tours for visitors who’d like to learn more about the important work that’s being done. Just be sure to check their website for updated summer/winter hours before you go. I’d mark your calendar for their annual open house on August 25th too… There’s a lot of planning going into it and it’s bound to be a huge success!
Picture Credits: Ovens Park
A true gem located in the coastal forest, Ovens Park is a beacon of the area’s natural beauty. With everything from hiking, camping, kayaking, and sea caves to explore, this is a nature-lover’s paradise! This area first gained attention during the 1861 gold rush and continues to captivate explorers of all ages to this day. The on-site restaurant is a welcome modern addition to the space, which features some of the best seafood you’ll find! What could make this even better? What about nightly live music for a really spectacular seaside evening. Take the family and spend a day reconnecting with nature – and each other! Don’t forget to check out the museum too to learn about the Indigenous significance of the land for the full experience.
Picture Credits: Halifax Busker Festival
Right on the Halifax waterfront, the Halifax Busker Festival is a delight for all the senses! With everything from fire breathers and acrobatics, to comedians and magicians this festival reflects everything I love about Halifax. A fun, varied, and passionate approach to living and celebrating its culture and surroundings – this festival has all of it. And even better is that admission is free so bring your whole group or family for a great night out! They’re even kind enough to provide full performance descriptions and schedule on their website so you can take a strategic approach. It’s a very popular event so it’s worth having a plan if you want to see many performances in the same night. Don’t forget to bring some cash to tip the performers for their stellar work and support the local talent!
Picture Credits: Glen Arbour Golf Course
Are you a golf enthusiast, or even looking to get started? Then Glen Arbour Golf Course is ready to welcome you with an award-winning golf experience. Open since 1999 this gorgeous course has been driving a passion for the sport with both locals and visitors alike. This public course is a great way to get your dose of fresh air and sunshine during your trip to Halifax! Not a golfer yourself, then I’d recommend getting acquainted with the on site restaurant for a fresh food in a cozy pub-style atmosphere. If you’re as indecisive as I am, you can see what’s teed up for you on their online menu before you go. It’s sure to get your mouth watering before you even get there! It’s sure to be an experience you won’t FORE-get.
Picture Credits: House of Eights Dance Co.
Nothing can make you feel more confident than gaining a sense of self accomplishment through movement. And more specifically, by dancing! Whether you’re a total beginner (ahem… me) or a seasoned dancer there’s a class for you at House of Eights Dance Company. Located right in the heart of downtown Halifax, this studio offers tons of space for classes. It’s a great chance for you to move and groove and maybe even learn a thing or two! Their instructors are masters in their respective styles of dance, and break everything down into simple steps for you beginners out there. Once the music gets pumping and the lighting system does its work you will forget there are other people in the room! With a complete schedule of classes always up-to-date on their website, it’s easy to fit in your favorite class with your travel plans too!
Picture Credits: East Coast Surf School
Searching for a seaside adventure that doesn’t involve seafood? East Coast Surf School will have you riding the waves of the Atlantic in no time! They make it so easy for you too, even if you’re as clumsy as I am… They have fully certified instructors and 4 lifeguards on duty in the summer to make sure everyone is safe while getting started too. Don’t worry about lugging gear around either, as everything you need is provided for you at the beach. What a unique and fun thing to do with a group of friends, or even someone special during your trip. With the fully trained and friendly staff, the only thing to worry about is smiling for the camera!
Picture Credits: Tic Tac Go Escape Room and Games
Have a different kind of adventure at Tic Tac Go Escape Room and Games! A great place for adventurers and keen problem-solvers of all ages to test out their skills in an escape room. Does planning a high-stakes jewel heist or working to find a lost dragon egg sound fun? You can’t go wrong in checking out the city’s newest escape room facility. These rooms were designed with help from the film industry to make sure you’re fully immersed in the story too! Both rooms currently available are offered in English and French for a great bilingual experience if you so choose. Looking for some quality time with your friends or family in a lower-stress environment? They also offer a fully bilingual board game café to enjoy with some snacks and drinks too. This place makes a great afternoon (or rainy day) and the bragging rights of winning are hard to pass up!
Picture Credits: SUPMonkey
Looking to beat the summer heat and have some serious fun while doing it? Check out SUPMonkey, a certified world class flat water race course at Dartmouth’s Lake Banook! They have all the gear you’ll need to hit the water, whether you’re into rowing, dragon boats, or paddle boarding. The staff is fully safety trained so you’ll learn the ropes before being pushed off from shore too. Even if you don’t have experience most water-based activities (like yours truly) you’ll have nothing to worry about! It’s also a great way to explore Lakes Banook and MicMac, which served as a transit system for Indigenous peoples. What a unique way to cool off and learn something new while doing it!
Picture Credits: The Harbour Watercraft & Adventure Rental
Started off by University roommates turned business partners Ossama Nasrallah and Omar Hassan, The Harbour Watercraft & Adventure Rentals is here to stay! Born from a passion for all things aquatic this duo has been helping the adventurous explore Halifax and its surroundings. Their mission is to provide a safe and fun water sports experience, all while minimizing the impact it has on the environment. If you’re looking for an exciting and environmentally responsible way to explore Halifax, this is it! With Sea-Doo rentals and guided adventure tours available you’ll experience the natural beauty of the area from a unique perspective. Of course safety is of the utmost importance as well and your guides are experienced and trained. Even less for you to worry about, right? So strap on your life jacket and let’s get started!