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Top 5 Halifax Experiences for University Students

Posted by Stay at Dal on April 9, 2024 in Halifax
Halifax Waterfront
Halifax Waterfront

Halifax, the vibrant capital of Nova Scotia, is a treasure trove of history, culture, and maritime charm. For university students seeking memorable experiences, this coastal city offers attractions that promise to captivate and inspire – many of which are free or discounted for students!

Here are the top 5 things to see and do in Halifax this summer:

1. Halifax Waterfront

The bustling waterfront is the heart of the city, teeming with activity and lined with shops, restaurants, and historic sites. Take a leisurely stroll along the boardwalk, marvel at the majestic ships in the harbor, and stop by the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic to delve into the city's seafaring heritage. Plus, stop by one of the many waterfront food vendors for a snack and a cold drink.

2. Halifax Citadel National Historic Site

Located atop Citadel Hill in the heart of downtown, this iconic fortress offers panoramic views of the city and a glimpse into Halifax's military past. Explore the restored barracks, watch the firing of the noon gun (yes, a real cannon!), and immerse yourself in interactive exhibits that bring history to life. Parks Canada even offers student discounts!

3. Point Pleasant Park

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and retreat to this sprawling urban park, where lush forests, winding trails, and scenic vistas await. Pack a picnic, rent a kayak, or simply unwind amidst nature's tranquility.

Don’t forget to explore the woods for hidden historical gems like ruins of fortifications! You can even catch a performance of Shakespeare by the Sea – a unique outdoor theatre company based at Point Pleasant.

4. Halifax Public Gardens

Step into a botanical oasis in the heart of downtown Halifax at the Halifax Public Gardens. Admire the vibrant floral displays, stroll along winding pathways, and unwind amidst manicured lawns and picturesque fountains. You’ll hardly believe you’re still in the heart of the city.

5. Peggy's Cove

Just a short drive from Halifax lies the charming fishing village of Peggy's Cove, renowned for its rugged coastline and iconic lighthouse. Explore the quaint shops, marvel at the stunning natural beauty, and capture postcard-perfect memories against the backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean. Many bus tours depart from Halifax, or you can self drive within 40 minutes.

From historic landmarks to natural wonders, Halifax offers an array of experiences that promise to enchant and delight students traveling to the city this summer break. Soak in the maritime charm, embrace the local culture, and create unforgettable memories in this vibrant coastal city.

Looking for accommodations in Halifax?

Dalhousie offers affordable, convenient accommodations in the heart of Halifax from May - August. At Dal, you'll enjoy plenty of amenities, private rooms, and a prime location for your adventures.