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Take the plunge into our Hot Summer Guide

Take the plunge into our Hot Summer Guide

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Blue skies, silver screens: summer 2018’s must-see movies

Allow unmissable documentaries and hilarious women to woo you to the cinema.
Ah summer, the least inventive time in Hollywood, which is saying a lot.

The longest day

Jane Kansas on the magic of cottage country, Green Bay and her mother.
On the third anniversary of my mother's death I borrow a car and drive out to her grave, as I do a few times a year: Mother's Day, St. Patrick's Day (her birthday), June 20 (her death day) and maybe an odd spring or fall day.

Steal my sunshine: 10 spots to go swimming

Our beach days are numbered so you better take the plunge while you can.
Lake Banook 10-minute drive (from Halifax Common) If the sun is even slightly shining, Banook is a great place to revel in the cuteness of families and folks unstrapping canoes from their car roofs or pushing them on little wagons to enjoy a paddle on this Dartmouth stand-out.

Wet and wild: 4 ways to hit the water this summer

Let's get soaked
1Learn to surf If you've been hearing people rave about how awesome surfing in Nova Scotia can be, but never braved the board yourself, this could be your year to go all Blue Crush.

Pint/Counterpint: 10 local beers to drink this summer

Allow the 902 Brewcast dudes to assist with your seasonal quenching.
Stilly Pils Unfiltered Pilsner Stillwell Brewing Co. Available on draught only at HQ and/or the beergarden, this beer is a must-try when you see it on tap.

Put your hands together for these 17 summer concerts

Just like your hometown radio station, this summer’s soundtrack is a strange mix of the ’80s, ’90s and today.
JUNE 21 Partner w/Century Egg and No, It's Fine.

60 summer festivals and events to fill your schedule with

Did somebody say road trip?
OUT OF TOWN To June 24 PEI Mutual Festival of Small Halls Since the best festivals act as both a sonic awakening to new music and a highlight of the location they're set in, the Festival of Small Halls is a goodie: A slew of small concerts held in churches, community centres and legion halls across Prince Edward Island, you'll not only discover a new favourite band or two (we recommend Adyn Townes and Rachel Beck), but see a snippet of the island you might otherwise miss. Various locations, PEI, smallhalls.com

Batter up: 7 spots to eat fish and chips in the sun

Please pass the tartar sauce.
I've been reviewing fish and chips on my blog for five years, determined to find the best in Halifax.

Dripping in finesse: 4 new ice creams to hunt down

If you aren’t eating these show-stoppers, what are you even doing?
Rainbow Sprinkle Unicorn Love bubble waffle Portland Street Creperie, 55 Portland Street

Five summer road trips to take in the name of lobster

Obey the claws of attraction.
June 29-July 1 Lobster Bash Digby's annual celebration of the local lobster industry is a great excuse to drive across the province for some grade-a seafood, but the fun doesn't stop there: The three-day fest also features the Lobster Bash Showdown wrestling match—which boasts the town's first ever casket match—and a visit from Little Ray's Reptile Zoo.

Six Haligonians plan their perfect summer days

Who needs to make plans when you can borrow these ones?
Oshé Orifa blogger, @osheorifa "My perfect summer day starts with a typical 'me' breakfast: Avocado toast and an egg on the side.

100+ Halifax patios to conquer this summer

There’s a time and place to imbibe inside and it isn’t now.
WATERFRONT AFRITE Andrew Al-Khouri's restaurant is all about creativity and rule-breaking, but it still knows the power of a cold beer on a classic patio. If you're on an alphabetical tour of the city's al fresco watering holes, this is the only place to start.

A World Cup starter kit

A quick run-down of the tournament’s front-runners and superstars.
The World Cup is upon us and footie fever is high, especially with the announcement that Canada will be one of three host countries for the 2026 tourney.

11 ways to see (or create) art this summer

All of the reasons you should spend the not-so-beachy days in the galleries.
May-October Halifax talks art Interested in supporting local artists? Are you a looking to fill some empty walls, or maybe even begin your own art collection?

Talking ticks, and how to conquer them

In honour of tick-pic season, the story of how one Mahone Bay mom wants to keep people safe, naturally, with AtlanTick.
When Lisa Ali moved to Mahone Bay, her neighbour warned her about the ticks.

Summer on stage: a Nova Scotia theatre round-up

A look at who’ll be in the spotlight both inside and out during 2018’s sunny season.
To June 23 Dartmouth Players: 9-5 There’s still a chance to catch Dartmouth Players’ production of 9-5, the comedic ’70s jukebox musical following three women revolting against their abusive male co-workers.

5 summer races to sweat about

Swap your sandals for your sneaks and pound the pavement/grass/ocean floor to the finish line.
June 29-July 1 Epic Canadian Epic Dartmouth triathlon has transformed into Epic Canadian, a weekend packed with races that coincides with the country’s birthday.

5 sporting events to cheer on

These ones are for you, sports fans
June 23 Canada vs USA rugby A test match sees Canada’s senior men rugby team face off against Team USA for some high-adrenaline action.

Dive in to our Hot Summer Guide

Every festival, road trip and snack you'll need to plan your summer

Top 10 dog-friendly events in Halifax

Creative ideas for sharing more joy with your four-legged best friend.
Your dog is your best secret keeper, and never judges you for eating an entire pizza yourself—if anything, that loyal pooch loves you even more for it. So maybe you should reciprocate, sharing your one-of-a-kind love with the world and treating your puppy pal to the summer date they deserve.

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