Date Posted: May 17, 2017Reading time: 2 minutes
We’re taking a weekly look at something or some place we love in Nova Scotia! Follow along each week this summer as we celebrate well known favourites and local hidden gems.
With the May long weekend just around the corner and longer, warmer days becoming more and more frequent, we’re starting to feel the spectacular seedlings of summer popping up here in Halifax, and we couldn’t be more excited.
Summer in Halifax is in short, a dream. Whether you’re embarking on an east coast adventure as a first-time tourist, a returning fan or loyal local, the charm of the Halifax summer is a force unlike any other. This charm, in the form of friendly faces, Citadel sunsets, waterfront walks and endless outdoor excursions, is precisely what brings more and more people from all over the world to Nova Scotia each year. With steady tourism growth in recent years and a record-setting 2.2 million visitors in 2016, we’re seeing local businesses ramping up for the high season with all that they have to offer, from whale watching to wine tours and sailing to seafood.
In downtown Halifax, where we at Trampoline proudly call home, patio and beer garden season is getting into swing, and summer will soon invite dining in style along the waterfront while overlooking the Halifax harbour. We can’t wait to enjoy fresh seafood, local wines and craft beers, all with unique views of cruise ships, Navy ships, tugboats and tall ships. We even set sail ourselves from time to time on one of the many boat tours based out of the harbour, either dining while cruising or simply taking in scenic views of wildlife, National Historic Sites and the land from the sea.
With temperatures climbing, the spring has sprung ample opportunities for camping, kayaking and hiking, all accessible from downtown Halifax. Coastal fishing towns in the area are getting ready to welcome new visitors, and pubs and festivals are filling their calendars with some of the best live music acts you’ll ever witness, from traditional sea shanties and Celtic Cape Breton fiddlers, to young punk bands breaking all the rules.
While officially the May long weekend honours Queen Victoria’s birthday, in reality, for us, it’s a toast to the start of another amazing summer. If you live here, get outside this weekend. If you don’t, use it to book your travel and plan that east coast summer adventure you’ve always dreamed of.
Shout-out to Queen Vic, and cheers to an awesome summer in Halifax!