Congratulations on moving to a city rich with nautical history, lush trees and so many craft breweries it borders on unnecessary.
Bars and booze aside, sometimes the east coast gets an undeserved rap of being boring with nothing to do. That is far from the truth. Not only are there tons of events and new places to explore, Halifax also offers a bunch of scenic spots that will at least make it look like you’re living that #eastcoastlifestyle.
To serve as your special guide to all those Instagramable locations hidden around the regional municipality, here are 15 Insta-worthy spots guaranteed to get you a ton of likes.
The dozens of craft breweries/cideries
They are as great as they are excessive. The sheer number of breweries, distilleries and other
Not a drinker? No worries. The Lucky Penny cafe (6440 Quinpool Road) serves up piping hot lattes and a black-floral accent wall to serve as a backdrop. If you want a drink that’s made for the ‘gram then head on over to the Glitter Bean (5896 Spring Garden Road)—Halifax’s newest and hottest queer-friendly cafe—and order a fairy latte.
For a shot that requires minimal effort with
If you’re able to access a car, it’s worth checking out the many swimming holes that are just a 15-minute drive out of the city core. On Purcells Cove Road is Tea Lake, a stellar jumping spot with water so dark and so warm it feels like swimming in tea. Not a fan of swimming in lakes? Explore the hiking trails along Duncans Cove. There’s a hidden cove that you can wade or jump into. You’ll absolutely freeze your arse off, but the turquoise water offers some real mermaid vibes.
While you’re out that way, drive along the winding Shore Road in Herring Cove and check out Government Wharf. This spot embodies the spirit of the Maritimes. Breathe in the salty air while sharing postcard-worthy shots of fishing boats and dories moored to silvery wooden docks.
A trendy pink wall on Joseph Howe Drive
Halifax’s north end is littered with colourful townhouses that
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Halifax Folklore Centre
This music shop (1528 Brunswick Street) makes the list because it’s buried under vines of deep green ivy, creating a stunning background for photos. The parts of the building you can see are deep navy with fire-engine red trim around the windows—a scene that’s sure to pop in both your stories and grid.
The main vein of Halifax’s nightlife. Argyle has recently gotten one heck of a facelift: Parts of the downtown street are now pedestrian-only, featuring new cobblestone and streetscaping. Coupled with historic awnings and rows of string lights, Argyle is a haven for your #haligram.
Five asymmetrical stories of floor-to-ceiling glass walls make up the striking Halifax Central Library. There’s a lot of really great Insta-moments that can happen here, from the Harry Potter-like staircase, to the view from the fifth floor or even a stellar selfie under all the natural light. Plus, nothing is sexier than a post showing off your ability to do some real book-learning.
Shopping on Queen Street
From the library’s fifth floor, looking north, you’ll see a row of rainbow houses. This is Queen Street and it’s home to some eclectic boutiques and tasty eats. Post a shot of the colourful strip or pop into its boutiques like Elsie’s, the Neighbourhood Witch or Sweet Pea and take in the adorable environment.
Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market rooftop
A great place to nab a photo of the harbour is the rooftop of the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market. It’s always surprising how few people go up here, especially since the market down below is always so damn busy. It’s a great spot to relax with a coffee and scroll through the photos you just took of all the yummy food and fresh produce downstairs.
Sea bridge near Murphy’s on the Water
After you leave the market, head north up the rest of the boardwalk. There’s plenty of public art to see—like the drunken lampposts or the wave sculpture. But the most recent hallmark of the waterfront is the floating sea bridge just beyond the CSS Acadia. Its purpose is to shuttle foot traffic around the Queen’s Marque construction site, so angle your shot to cut out that noise and post a photo of people struggling to cross the moving walkway.
The bus pass on your student card will get you a ride on Halifax Transit’s ferry services. Take advantage of the free lift and jump on a boat to Dartmouth or Woodside. When you get to the other side you can either explore a little more of the