Being newcomers to any country can be confusing as well as overwhelming when you don’t have someone to guide you. I know this from first hand experience. In July of 2014, my family and I made a very big…..change. We decided to move from the warm, tropical, and top tourist destination known as Jamaica to Halifax. The city of rain and construction. Now, I know what you’re thinking. Why trade paradise defined for a frigid indoor swimming pool? To that, I have no answer.
I imagine my parents, like so many newcomers, moved to explore the many new possibilities available to us. This includes, jobs, education, and sometimes, better opportunities in general. But what happens after we get here? We are placed into a new environment, constantly interacting with new people and new surroundings – which is beyond intimidating to say the least. Without a sense of direction and our familiar comforts, what can we do? Where do we start?
Queue this very blog! Here you will find lots of helpful info and resources to help you settle comfortably into your new home, including:
- International Food and Grocery
- Educational Support and Programs
- Financial Aid
- Attractions and Local Events
Yes – all in one place! So, without further delay, let’s dive in!
International Food and Groceries
The “Big M-O-V-E” was very overwhelming period for me as a child. Such a big change in a short span of time left me confused and homesick. Navigating an environment seemingly aeons away from my norm also made me feel disoriented at times. I had so many emotions to sift through before I could fully settle. But one feeling that stood out the most to me was that I missed the taste of home. This is something I believe every migrant/newcomer can relate to.
Don’t get me wrong, exploring new food from your host country can always be exciting. But, it’s that familiarity of home that provides comfort and reassurance when you need it the most.
To that, I have curated a guide of local international restaurants, grocers, and more. This is to ensure that future and current newcomers— just like me—can always have ready access to these home-food comforts at all times.
|Name||Business Address||More||Description||Business Type|
|Talay Thai||5163 Morris St, Halifax, NS||Website||"Talay Thai is an authentic and award winning Thai restaurant, owned and operated by the Dao family, whose ancestry is filled with successful entrepreneurs."||Thai restuarant|
|Blue Elephant||81 Peakview Way #100, Bedford, NS||Website||"Blue Elephant stays true to the culinary culture and influences of Thailand which allow you to choose from a variety of unique dishes, from the past, present and future of Thailand’s gastronomic culture."||Thai|
|Mary's African Cuisine||1701 Barrington St, Halifax, NS||Website||"Mary started her business as a rice seller in Achimota, at a little wooden stand, when she was just a teenager. She now has over 30 years of experience in the culinary industry, and is the proprietress of Mary’s African Cuisine (a full service African Restaurant in Downtown Halifax), Kicks Café (a soccer themed café in the BMO Soccer Centre in Halifax), and a catering division"||African Resturant|
|Aster Cafe||3556 Dutch Village Rd, Halifax, NS||Website||"Cozy spot serving up fresh Ethiopian cuisine and authentic Ehtiopian roasted coffee"||Ethopian food|
|Irie Vibes||972 Cole Harbour Rd, Dartmouth, NS||Website||"At Irie Vibes Bar & Grill, we pride ourselves into bringing the most authentic experience and taste of Jamaican culture to HRM. "||Jamaican Cuisine|
|Brawta Jerk Joint||1567 Grafton St, Halifax, NS||Website||"Providing authentic Jamaican food made with mainly locally sourced ingredients that we do not skimp on"||Jamaican Resturant|
|Tsujiri||1605 South Park St||Website||"Our Vision:|
Be pioneer of serving authentic japanese tea to the world"
|Japanese Tea House|
|Tareks Halifax||3045 Robie St, Halifax, NS||Website||Mediterranean|
|902 Resturant & Catering||1579 Dresden Row, Halifax||Website||"At 902 you can enjoy a wide variety of meticulously prepared dishes.You can eat meals from all around the Mediterranean,|
all in one place."
|Glorias, International Grocery store||200 Portland St, Dartmouth||Website||"Pls visit our shop at the mentioned address and buy your favourite foodsstuff from African . Nigerian/Ghanaian and many other W.African countries."||West African Grocer|
|Pete's Frootique & Fine Foods||1515 Dresden Row, Halifax, NS||Website||"Our stores pride themselves on always being fully stocked with products from vendors in the communities that surround us."||International Grocery|
|Taishan Asian Grocery||6466 Quinpool Rd, Halifax, NS||Website||"A local Asian grocery stocking dried goods, herbs and other imported foodstuffs"||Asian Grocery|
|M&Y Asian Market||6238 Quinpool Rd, Halifax,||Website||"This is the best shop the city for all your quick stop needs and more. Great location, Dumplings, steam buns, sauces, and more."||Asian Market|
|Kabayan Mart||117 Kearney Lake Rd Unit 10, Halifax,||Website||"Kabayan Food Mart is a market that provides a fantastic selection of Filipino goods and products to provide for all your needs. "||Filipino Grocery|
|Barrios||1269 Barrington St, Halifax, NS||Website||Review:"This Filipino kitchenette inside Bearley's House of Blues is underrated. First of all, the serving portion is huge. Second, the pricing is affordable. Last & definitely not the least, the food taste good"||Filipino Cuisine|
|JJ Korean Mart||2326 Gottingen St, Halifax, NS||Website||Review:"This shop has a friendly atmosphere and excellent variety of dumplings, noodles, meat, and pantry items (both canned & dry). The prices are reasonable."||Korean Grocery|
|Heiwa Oriental Mart||7018 Chebucto Rd, Halifax, NS||Website||"A small store but a great place for Japanese or Korean snacks. You can buy pretty much anything here. Shopping is made pleasant by the shopkeepers "||Korean Grocery|
|Alsmadi Market||364 Bedford Hwy, Halifax, NS||Website||"Variety of mideast grocery for a reasonable price.."||Middle Eastern Grocery|
|Mid East Food Centre||2595 Agricola St, Halifax, NS||Website||Review: "This is my go-to place for my items whenever I want to prepare a Middle Eastern feast. It is my favourite Middle Eastern Grocery store because it reminds me of home and the owners are SUPER awesome and nice!"||Middle Eastern Grocery|
|Kam Moon||2013 Brunswick St, Halifax, NS||Website||"Kam-Moon brings to HRM the best Mediterranean cuisine experience in a freshly baked Pita Pocket and much more."||Egyptian|
|Shiraz Resturant||1240 Hollis St, Halifax, NS||Website||"Shiraz Restaurant & Catering Services captures the exotic flavors of the Persia. We offer authentic Halal Persian cuisine with the best quality and price in Edmonton. We hope everyone from different cultures, cities and countries enjoy the foods at Shiraz Restaurant."||Persian, Iranian|
|Casablanca Authentic Moroccan Cuisine||1532 Queen St, Halifax, NS|
|"Moroccan specialities, desserts & mint teas are dished up in this warm restaurant."||Moroccan|
|Yummy Deli||3647 Dutch Village Rd, Halifax, NS||Website||"Yummy Deli Halifax is now a formal agent of Meest shipping corporation that ready to serve all of Nova Scotia. Now you can ship parcels to Europe and Central Asia."||European Grocery|
|Finsbury Market||6516 Chebucto Rd, Halifax, NS||Website||"Micro-Bakery, Speciality Food Store, Cheese Emporium, Espresso, imported goods,"||European Grocery|
|Italian Market||6061 Young St, Halifax, NS||Website||"The Italian Market is Halifax’s premiere destination for all things Italian with the most extensive array of Italian food products in Atlantic Canada."||Italian Grocery|
|British Pride Bakery||201 Chain Lake Dr, Halifax, NS||Website||"We are an award winning British grocery store with a huge range of British groceries, British style baked goods and butchery items"||British Confectionarys|
|Atlantic Dutch Shop||94 Horseshoe Turn, East Lawrencetown, NS||Website||Review: "Love this little gem in Lawrencetown. So many great Dutch delicacies and things you can't find anywhere else."||Dutch Delicatessens|
|Verano||1871 Hollis St, Halifax, NS||Website||"We are a small family owned restaurant located at the heart of Halifax, Nova Scotia that loves to serve fresh food Monday to Friday. We offered breakfast and lunch with all food made fresh from scratch with lots of pride of our latino background.""||Latin American|
|The Spice Box||188 Bedford Hwy, Halifax, NS||Website||"Experience Amazing Flavors!"|
|Salvatores||5541 Young St, Halifax, NS||Website||"Amazing Italian style pizza, really good prices"||Italian|
|South Asian Mart||100 Ilsley Ave unit K, Dartmouth, NS||Website||"One stop shop for all your desi needs!! We carry a wide range of Ready to Eat meals, Snacks, Spices!"||Indian Grocery|
|Naan n' Curry||6386 Quinpool Rd, Halifax, NS||Website||"At Naan n Curry, we take pride in bringing the traditional flavours of India to life here in Halifax. Our carefully curated menu features a variety of classic Indian dishes as well as some unconventional Indian inspired dishes."||Indian|
|Red Chilies||936 Bedford Hwy Unit 108A, Bedford, NS||Website||"We are calling out to all Indian food lovers! Red Chillies Flavours of India is an Indian themed restaurant located in the Games Village at Bedford, City of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. We’re highly recognized as first-rated Indian buffet and restaurant. Our team is pleased to offer our food fanatics Indian cuisine at Indian authentic restaurant ambience. Even the pickiest of the eaters can enjoy up to 100 items with unmatched ethnic tastes, delectable street food of Kerala, Masala Dosa. Chaats, Soya Chaap, Chole Bhature, Rice, the list goes on"||Indian|
|Underground Snax||1549 Barrington St, Halifax, NS||Website||"International Snax & Drinks 🍬🥤"||Imported Snacks|
|Halifax Bread||800A Windmill Rd Unit 1C, Dartmouth, NS||Website||"Freshly baked breads, traditional flat breads, Persian sweets, saffron, rose water, cakes, cream puff"||Persian, Iranian|
Educational Support and Programs
Now, what happens after you’ve settled into your new environment? Are you ready to explore the many supports and opportunities Halifax has to offer?
According to Nova Scotia Immigration, “Nova Scotia is home to more than 100 cultures and ethnicities from all over the globe.”, so it’s safe to say that Halifax has an immense amount of cultural diversity. In addition to there being a multitude of different cultural groups in Halifax, there are also many different types of supports offered. This can be a very tricky and confusing thing to navigate as to say the least. Here, I will highlight a few branches of support in hopes to assist you in quickly identifying resources that could help you meet your needs.
My hope is that by sharing my experiences in using some of these supports I can help you navigate what could be best for you and your family during your time here.
Being that I moved at a fairly young age, I did not have any solid interests of my own. This proved to be an initial barrier for me finally settling into my new environment. Finding an interest that stuck was even harder. This made extracurriculars an interesting venture for both me and my parents. But finally, in the dreary winter of 2015, I found something that I enjoyed enough to go through with. I was introduced to the Strings Program.
What is the Strings Program you ask?
The Strings Program is an in school program that provides children from elementary to high school the opportunity to learn a string Instrument. For no payment at all. That’s right; it is completely free of cost. They provide a fitted violin to each student as well as all of the accompanying tools to play and maintain the instrument. I stuck with this program for FOUR years. Though, if you’re curious, I can only play London Bridge and O Canada. Still it was a great integrating experience for me.
In addition to the strings program, I participated in a multitude of different extracurricular clubs and activities. During the span of two years in elementary alone, I participated in:
And this is just to name a few.
The point of this list was to highlight some of the options available for extracurricular(s) and activities to younger children looking for something to do. And also an excellent way to build and bond with the community around them.
School Supports for Newcomers
For the older kids. Naturally, the older we get in the school system, the more we have to buckle down on our studies to prepare for post-secondary education. Reviewing the Canadian curriculum tends to be the biggest culture shock when talking to other newcomers enrolled in High School. Some curriculum’s detail fast paced work with a majority of it being independent. Meaning that aside from lessons/lectures, you are always working by yourself to complete assignments. Of course you are always free to ask for assistance from your teachers but sometimes you just can’t manage to connect at a mutually convenient time with your teacher. So what do we do?
Down below you will find a guide of amazing academic supports for newcomers that you can use, whatever the need may be. From homework help to people you can talk to when you get stuck in your academic studies.
|Name||Main Contact||Business Address||More||Description||Business Type|
|Pathways Canada||531 Herring Cove Rd, Halifax, NS||Website||"The award-winning Pathways to Education Program is a holistic combination of academic, financial, social, and one-on-one supports is proven to remove barriers to graduation and promote positive youth development during critical high school years"||Academic support. Gr. 9-12|
|HRCE Student Services||Amelia Downey / 902-229-1705||33 Spectacle Lake Drive, Dartmouth,||Website||"HRCE's Parent Navigators have built strong relationships with community agencies throughout the region and have developed deep understandings of the tools and resources out there for families."||Parent Support|
|Programs For Adults||902-490-5244 / Contact Branch for more information||16 Sussex Street Halifax, NS||Programs offered may include:|
English Language Learning
One-on-one computer training
Small business startup
|Adult Learning Program|
|Converstaion Club For Newcomer Women||902-210-2370 / email@example.com||358 Herring Cove Road, Halifax NS||Website||"Provides a place for newcomer women to practice their English,make friends, and learn about and engage in their community"||English Support|
|Immigration francophone Nouvelle-Écosse : Aide à l’emploi et en entreprenariat||902-433-2099 / firstname.lastname@example.org||6960 Mumford Road, Suite 2085, Halifax NS||"Provides employment references and entrepreneurship through partner organizations."||Career Support|
|Settlement Support *||902-423-3607 / email@example.com||6960 Mumford Road, Suite 2120, Halifax NS||Website||"Helps immigrants settle and provides:|
Needs assessment and referral
Crisis intervention services
|International Student Support NSCC -- Akerley Campus||1 902-419-4799 / Jenny.McLean@nscc.ca||21 Woodlawn Rd, Dartmouth, NS||Website||"Our International Student Advisors can answer your questions and help you find the information, services and tools you need to succeed in your program."||Student Support|
|International Student Support NSCC -- Ivany Campus||1 902-491-1789 / Mike.Duggan@nscc.ca||80 Mawiomi Pl, Dartmouth, NS||Website||"Our International Student Advisors can answer your questions and help you find the information, services and tools you need to succeed in your program."||Student Support|
|International Student Support NSCC -- All Campuses outside of the HRM||1 902-893-5360 / Farhana.Afroz@nscc.ca||All campuses outside of the HRM||Website||"Our International Student Advisors can answer your questions and help you find the information, services and tools you need to succeed in your program."||Student Support|
|Atlantic Canada Study and Stay Nova Scotia (EduNova)||902-424-8178 / firstname.lastname@example.org||1809 Barrington Street, Suite 804|
|Website||"Supports international students to live, work, and stay in Nova Scotia post-graduation."||International Student Support|
|Chebucto Connections||902-477-0964 / email@example.com||531 Herring Cove Rd.|
|Website||"At Chebucto Connections, we partner with community groups, agencies, businesses, institutions and governments to help them better serve their clients and focus their efforts on local interests and priorities. "||Student Support|
|YMCA Halifax||A List of contacts for schools throughout the HRM can be found here.||5657 Spring Garden Rd.|
Park Lane Terraces, Suite 700
|Website||"The YMCA School Settlement Staff works on site in 34 schools in HRM and 20 schools across the province with the objective of supporting newcomer parents and children to be actively engaged in new school communities."||Student Support|
|Metro Works||902-453-6246 / firstname.lastname@example.org||7071 Bayers Road, Suite LL05|
|Website||"We offer workshops to help participates learn new skills, support with resume and employment portfolio building, and work placement opportunities with a number of our amazing program partners. We welcome anyone with low English levels and provide interpretation support for all."||Career Support|
|Student Services Division ( Department of Education and Early Childhood Development)||902-424-7454 / email@example.com||2021 Brunswick Street|
|Website||"Provides direction and leadership to Centres of Education regarding the development, implementation and evaluation of policies, programs and services"||Academic Support|
|YMCA Centre for Immigrants Program -- Saturday Study Skills||902-457-9622 ext 231 / firstname.lastname@example.org||7071 Bayers Road, Suite 104|
|Website||"Study classes for elementary students to practice their language skills in a safe, fun, and interactive environment."||Aademic Support (P-6)|
|YMCA Centre for Immigrants Program -- School Settlement Program||902-457-9622 / email@example.com||7071 Bayers Road, Suite 104|
|Website||"Provides services to support newcomer parents and children to be actively engaged in their new school communities."||Academic Support|
|Adult Education Services (Black Educators Association)||902-424-7036 / firstname.lastname@example.org||2136 Gottingen Street|
Adult Learning Program (ALP)
ALP prep for NSCC level 4
|Halifax Humanities 101||902-425-7589 / email@example.com||2285 Gottingen Street|
|Website||"The class is a “Great Books” program where students will read works of Western literature, philosophy, political theory, and theology, and look at works of art. The course moves chronologically, beginning in Ancient Mesopotamia and ending in the present day. "||Academic Program|
Financial Aid Guide
Finances seems to be one of the bigger issues to tackle, as well as one of the issues that I have had the least amount of experience with. So, to find the most helpful financial aid support that is currently available, I asked other migrants in my community for organizations and local groups that they found beneficial when they arrived in Halifax.
|Name||Main Contact||Business Address||More||Description||Catergory|
|Financial Literacy For Newcomers (YWCA Halifax)||902-210-2370||358 Herring Cove Road|
Halifax NS B3R 1V8
|Website||"Provides support and educational programs in areas such as budgeting, savings, credit, and buying a home in Nova Scotia. Provides newcomers with support to better understand and navigate Canada's financial system.|
Participants receive a certificate of completion after 8 hours of weekly or bi-weekly programming."
|Newcomer Program (Futurpeneur Canada)||1-800-464-2923 ext 3895 / firstname.lastname@example.org||2000 Barrington Street, Suite 1400|
Halifax NS B3J 3K1
|Website||"Provides young entrepreneurs who are new to Canada with:|
Start up resources
Expertise and resources"
|Financial Literacy Aid|
|Government of Canada - Free Tax Clinics||1-800-959-8281||Various Locations . To find a specific location click here.||Website||"Each year through the CVITP, organizations and volunteers help hundreds of thousands of people file their income tax and benefit returns and receive the benefits and credits they are entitled to."||Tax Clinic|
|Income Assistance||1-877-424-1177||2131 Gottingen Street, 2nd Floor|
Halifax NS B3K 5Z7
|Website||"Provides people in financial need with assistance with basic needs such as food, rent, utilities, and clothing. The program may also help with other needs such as child care, transportation, prescription drugs, emergency dental care, and eye glasses."||Financial Aid|
|Legal Resources||902-433-2085 / email@example.com||1741 Brunswick Street, Suite 120B|
Halifax NS B3J 3X8
|Website||Fournit divers ressources/outils dans le domaine légal, tels que:|
Lexique juridique francophon
|Legal Aid (FR)|
|Advocacy and Refferals (St. Paul's Family Resource Institute)||902-479-1015 / firstname.lastname@example.org||173 Old Sambro Road|
Halifax NS B3R 2H6
|Website||"Offers assistance with accessing legal and financial services. Makes referrals to appropriate services and service providers.'||Legal & Financial Aid|
|Summary Advice Service||902-420-6569 /||5475 Spring Garden Road, Suite 401|
Halifax NS B3J 3T2
|Website||"Some level of help is available to Nova Scotians facing family, criminal, youth, or social justice issues such as:|
Canada Pension Disability (CPP)
Employment Insurance (EI)
Income Assistance (IA)"
|Legal & Financial Aid|
|Settlemement Funding Program*||1-877-404-7074 / LaMPSS@novascotia.ca||Online Support||Website||"The Nova Scotia Office of Immigration’s Settlement Funding Program assists community organizations, other public or non-governmental organizations, and language schools to provide services that facilitate integration and long-term residency of successful immigrants (including refugees) in Nova Scotia"||Financial Aid|
|Ukraine Immigration Services||1-833-760-1162||Online Application||Website||"We’re giving financial assistance to help Ukrainian families who are in Canada under the Canada-Ukraine authorization for emergency travel (CUAET).|
The assistance is a one-time, non-taxable benefit. It’s to take care of your basic needs while you get settled in Canada."
Attractions and Local Events
Finally, we get to the fun stuff!
Though you may have heard otherwise, Halifax can be a very enjoyable and exciting place to be when you know where to look. With a wide variation of natural and urban attractions, there is always something new and fun to try around the city.
For me, my favorite thing to do is going cafe hopping in Downtown Halifax. There are so many locally owned cafes and eateries tucked away in alleys and backstreets, that I am always finding something different and unique. What I really like about exploring these businesses is that they have such a personal and homey feel to them that keeps drawing me back no matter how hard I try to stay away. And while I am enjoying myself; I am also funneling more money back into my community by supporting these local businesses.
If you enjoy nature; there are so many hidden trails and absolutely stunning parks located inside Halifax and around Nova Scotia. There is simply something, somewhere, guaranteed to match your interest. Check out the table below for attractions and events throughout Halifax.
|Name||Business address||More||Description||Business type|
|Victoria Park||29 Park Rd, Truro, NS||Website||"Victoria Park is one of Truro's greatest assets - a natural woodland park of roughly 3,000 acres in the center of town with an extensive trail system for all ages."||Provincial Park|
|Burntcoat Head Park||45 Faulkner Lane, Noel, Nova Scotia,||Website||"Burntcoat Head Park is home to the world’s highest recorded tides. Owned and operated by the Municipality of East Hants, the park is open seasonally from mid-May to mid-October."||Provincial Park|
|Trout Point Lodging||189 Trout Point Rd, Kemptville, NS B0W 1Y0||Website||"In an age filled with constant noise and busyness, enter a world where nature envelops and nurtures you. The sounds you’ll hear are rustling leaves and whispering wind, and the sights you’ll see are as ancient as the stars. Trout Point Lodge is a lush haven for adventurers searching for both authenticity and luxury."||Luxury Wilderness Lodge|
|Schubenacadie Tidal Bore Rafting||12215 NS-215, Urbania, NS||Website||"Feel the rush of riding waves that can be up to 4 metres (13 feet) high in a Zodiac boat as the power of the world’s highest tides in the Bay of Fundy turn the Shubenacadie River into a water roller coaster only found in Nova Scotia."||Attraction|
|Skyline trail||Cape Breton Highlands National Park, 19685 Cabot Trail, Pleasant Bay, NS B0E 2P0||Website||"Watch for whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence from the viewing decks. Moose, bald eagles, bears and numerous boreal birds live in this habitat."||Nature, Outdoors, Scenic|
|Cabot Cape Breton||18 Cabot Lane, Inverness,||Website||"Top residential, resort, and golf destinations, The Cabot Collection includes Cabot Cape Breton in Nova Scotia, Cabot Saint Lucia in the Caribbean, Cabot Revelstoke in British Columbia, Cabot Citrus Farms in Florida, and Cabot Highlands in Scotland."||Nature, Resort, Outdoors, Golf|
|East Coast Surf School||Atlantic View Trail, East Lawrencetown, NS||Website||"East Coast Surf School has been teaching surf lessons since 2005. Founded by Nova Scotia’s only professional surfer, we have the best surf instructors on the East Coast!"||Surfing Lessons|
|Martinique Beach Provincial Park||2389 E Petpeswick Rd, Musquodoboit Harbour, NS B0J 2L0||Website||"A 3.7 km crescent, white-sand beach with open and wooded picnic areas behind the dunes. Boardwalks and hard-surfaced paths offer access for beachcombing and swimming."||Public Beach|
|Lebanese Festival||111 Clayton Park Dr, Halifax, NS||Website||"Since 2001, the Annual Halifax Lebanese Festival has been rated as one of the most successful and vibrant summer events in Halifax. Held at landmark location - Olympic Community Center on Hunter Street, the Festival offers the famous delicious array of authentic Lebanese food, live entertainment, performances, and various activities for the whole family to enjoy."||Cultural Festival|
|Halifax Celtic Festival||2023 Location TBA||Website||"The Halifax Celtic Festival is presented by the Celtic Cultural Society of Nova Scotia. This is a non-profit society formed to support and perpetuate the cultural, linguistic, literary, heritage, history, and traditions of Nova Scotia’s Celtic Community."||Cultural Festival|
|Studio 21 Fine Art||5431 Doyle Street Halifax Nova Scotia||Website||"Studio 21 Fine Art has exhibited the best contemporary Canadian art for over 30 years, providing artwork to private and corporate collectors in Atlantic Canada, nationally and internationally. While half of the gallery’s artists are from the Atlantic region, the gallery represents a broad spectrum of Canadian contemporary artists."||Art Studio, Exhibit|
|Eye Level Gallery||2482 Maynard St|
Halifax Nova Scotia
|Website||"Prioritizing treaty, accessibility, and care, Eyelevel supports the production and presentation of socially-engaged artistic practices through arts programming outside of the traditional white-wall gallery."||Art Studio|
|Argyle Fine art||1559 Barrington St, Halifax, NS||Website||"Argyle Fine Art opened it's doors on Argyle Street in Halifax, Nova Scotia in July 2000. The gallery has changed a lot since then, with our main focus being on emerging to mid-career artists from Atlantic Canada. We pride ourselves in presenting art in a venue that is inviting and not pretentious. We believe art is for everyone. "||Art Gallery, Collector, Contemporary Art|
|The Loot Vintage||1711 Barrington St, Halifax, NS||Website||Review:"I absolutely love this store. shopping for used clothes can be so chaotic, but not here. everything is so organized and easy to find; i love it! they have so much super cute stuff, and it’s honestly not badly priced at all. the staff are also super sweet and helpful, i will definitely be coming back :)"||Vintage thrift, Thrift Store, Shopping,
|Agricola Street Books||2684 Agricola St., Halifax, NS||Website||"We are a general interest used and new bookstore for adults and children. |
We are excited to be part of the Agricola Street neighbourhood"
|Vintage, Secondhand, Books,|
|Cape Chignecto Provincial Park||1108 W advocate Rd, Advocate Harbour, NS||Website||"At Cape Chignecto, towering 180 m (600 ft.) sea cliffs rise from the Bay of Fundy, while the world's highest tides lap at their base. Best described as a wilderness park, it has 29 km (18 mi.) of pristine coastline, deep valleys, sheltered coves, rare plants, and remnant old-growth forests. The park offers over 60 km (37 mi.) of wilderness trails, a picnic area overlooking the Bay of Fundy, and remote walk-in campsites and cabins. "||Nature, Outdoors, Hiking|
|Shubenacadie Provincial Wildlife Park||149 Creighton Rd, Shubenacadie, NS||Website||"Within the Shubenacadie (pronounced "Shoo-ben-ack-a-dee") Wildlife Park's 40 hectares is all the wonder and excitement millions of visitors have enjoyed for over sixty years.|
This facility places special emphasis on providing a wide range of outdoor recreational and educational opportunities to Nova Scotians and visitors alike"
|Nature, Outdoors, Wildlife, Animals|
|The Curio Collective||1800 Argyle Street Halifax, NS||Website||"The Curio Collective is a SUPER FUN and exclusively vintage & antiques show showcasing the highly curated collections of sellers from across the Maritimes! ||Vintage, Antique, Shopping|
|Funky Flea Market||200 Prospect Rd, Goodwood, NS||Website||"At the market you can find Vintage Clothes, Vinyl Records, Art, Jewelry, antiques and Collectibles. So if you're feeling funky come on down to the Funky Flea!"||Vintage. Antique, Shopping, Market|
|Putting Edge||182 Chain Lake Drive, Halifax NS||Website||"From the moment you enter one of our “Black lit” courses, you have left “the real world” and have entered a dizzying universe full of fun, imagination, and activity. You will be immersed in a kaleidoscope of dazzling “Glow-in-the-Dark” colors, images and sounds, rocking your senses in extraordinary and unbelievable ways."||Indoor, Glow in the Dark, Golf, Arcade|
|Kartbahn||66 Otter Lake Court, Halifax, NS||Website||"Kartbahn Racing is Atlantic Canada’s Premier Indoor Karting Destination. From our humble beginnings in Halifax’s North End to our move to Bayers Lake Industrial Park in 2005, we are happy to be part of the region’s entertainment and function planning industry. We are not just about karting anymore – we are the entertainment, the facility, the organizers, and the event!"||Indoor Racing, Go Kart, Aracade|
|Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo||See Website for Location Details||Website||"The Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo is global entertainment in our own backyard.|
Audiences from far and wide—and performers from every continent—have loved the Tattoo since its inception in 1979. In the decades since, our show has become the kick-off to summer: everyone knows they’ll find superior entertainment at the Tattoo.
We blend modern spectacle with historical medleys to show audiences where we’ve been, who we are today, and what’s coming in the future. There’s something for everyone at the Tattoo: marching bands, acrobats, dancers, military displays, pipes and drums, and much more!
The Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo is fun for the whole family. Kids 18 and under are free!"
|Entertainment, Live, Parade|
|Ha!ifax ComedyFest||See Website for Location Details||Website||"Every April, Halifax erupts in laughter as comedians from all over North America hit the stage for the Ha!ifax ComedyFest. Held over 4 days, the festival showcases over 30 comedians with multiple shows across the city, including several shows taped for CBC."||Entertainment, Comedy, Live, Social|
|Savour Food and Wine Festival||1181 Hollis St, Halifax, NS||Website||"The Savour Food and Wine Festival is the largest non-profit culinary festival in Canada. Sales from the festival go directly to support RANS and their work in championing Nova Scotia’s food and beverage industry."||Food crawl, Social, Food|
|89th Annual Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom Festival||Visit website for Location Details||Website||"The Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom Festival enables everyone to celebrate the Annapolis Valley's heritage and culture by hosting a multi-day festival, comprised of events that reflect our past, present, and future."||Dining, Festival, Parade, Orchard|
|Halifax BeerFest||1031 Marginal Rd, Halifax, NS||Website||"Come and join other Nova Scotia craft beer fans and sample the creativity of over 40 Nova Scotia craft breweries from the largest Taproom in the Maritimes! Together We Brew is a great opportunity to meet folks from the Nova Scotia brewing community as well as other craft beer enthusiasts. Share stories with local brew masters and enjoy live music while discovering Nova Scotia’s amazing craft beer scene on the incredible Halifax Waterfront."||Festival , Craft Beer, Restaurants|
|Trapped Escape Rooms||1313 Barrington St, Halifax||Website||"Trapped, one of the largest real-life room escape games world wide, offering premium escape rooms in multiple locations across the globe."||Escape Room, Mystery|
And for an updated list of other attractions throughout Nova Scotia check out this blog by Erin McAskill: Fun Nova Scotia Things To Do
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