Discover Halifax

Below are a number of potential activities for non-participants of PSMW, and also participants if they would like to take some time before/after/during the event to explore the area!

  • Halifax Citadel: offers both guided and self-guided tours (May-Oct) as well as a very popular ghost walk tour (for 2021 began in July, but the park also offers private guided tours)
  • Ghost walk: Ghost tour: Dare to be scared – Halifax Citadel National Historic Site (
  • Self-guided: 2 Self-Guided Walking Tours in Halifax, Canada + Create Your Own Map
  • Pier 21 – Canadian Museum of Immigration
  • Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market
  • Point Pleasant Park: situated close to the downtown core, Point Pleasant Park offers 39km of easy trails for walking or biking
  • Casino Nova Scotia
  • Simply walk the waterfront along the boardwalk!  You will see numerous restaurants, bars and shops to explore, not the least of which is: Queen’s Marque, a brand new and unique district on the waterfront featuring rental accommodations, restaurants and shops, not the least of which is Peace By Chocolate – owned by our keynote speaker Tareq Haddad!
  • HMCS Sackville: located alongside Sackville Landing outside the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic June-Nov (depending on when it moves from the dockyard) this is Canada’s oldest warship and is now a naval memorial and national historic site and was a combat vessel in the Second World War.
  • Maritime Museum of the Atlantic: Sackville Landing (Lower Water St. at the base of Prince St.)
  • Halifax Harbour Hopper – this is a great opportunity to view Halifax by water and by land. Guided and narrated by knowledgeable tour guides, this is an extremely popular way to get to know Halifax for a reasonable fee.
  • Segway Tours – 1521 Lower Water St. If you are adventuresome, you can choose from various tours to see the city on a Segway!
  • HFX E-scooters: 1549 Lower Water St. Download the app and find an available e-scooter within 4kms to rent!
  • Sea-Doo/Sea kayak rentals: 1597 Lower Water St.: Harbour Watercraft Tours & Adventures | Halifax, Nova Scotia, a great way to view Halifax from the water!
  • Bicycle rentals: 1507 Lower Water St. I Heart Bikes. If you want a workout tackling those Halifax waterfront hills or a more leisurely (i.e. flat) ride to Point Pleasant Park.
  • The Spring Garden Road area is the primary shopping district in downtown Halifax, although many shops can be found along side streets in all of the downtown core. The 4 Points Sheraton (back entrance) is at the foot of Spring Garden Road, so is a very short walking distance.
  • If you continue walking up Spring Garden Road, past the shops and cross South Park St., you will find the entrance to the Halifax Public Gardens, which is a beautiful Victorian garden that dates back over 150 years. Admission is free.
  • The Halifax Shopping Centre, Nova Scotia’s largest shopping centre, is accessible by bus or taxi from downtown.
  • Dartmouth Crossing is a large shopping area with a collection of restaurants and stores.  While it is also accessible by bus, it would require transfers. The area is most easily navigated by car to get from shop to shop.

For both participants and non-participants, there are a large number of fantastic restaurants in the downtown core. These are some examples, but by no means an exhaustive list.

These are a nice walk along the boardwalk on the water:

It’s likely true when they say that there are more pubs per capita in Halifax than anywhere in Canada. Here are a few close to our venue and hotel:

While there are the usual Tim Horton’s and Starbuck scattered around, here are some local coffee shops worth checking out:

  • Peggy’s CoveOne of the most famous landmarks in Atlantic Canada which recently had a significant infrastructure upgrade to make it more accessible and safer for visitors.  There are a number of private tour companies that offer tours from downtown Halifax to Peggy’s Cove, however it is also under an hour to drive if you have access to a vehicle or rental. How to Get to Peggy’s Cove From Downtown Halifax.
  • Annapolis ValleyHome to Nova Scotia’s small, but impressive wine industry, a visit to some of the award-winning vineyards and wineries is a must-see. Roughly an hour’s drive from Halifax, it is an easy drive, or, if you would like to sample some of the offerings, there are a number of tour companies that run from downtown Halifax, saving you the drive.
  • Grape Escapes – Nova Scotia Wine Tours offers a number of tours to choose from which depart from the Marriot Harbourfront Hotel, which is a 15 minute walk from the 4 Points Sheraton.
  • If you would like to organize your own Annapolis Valley adventure, Where It’s At Tours – Taste Your Own Adventure can customize stops according to your interest – whether wineries, breweries, cideries, distilleries, restaurants, lookoffs, coastlines, museums and more! Also will arrange Halifax pick-ups/drop-offs
  • Magic Winery bus (Wolfville). If you prefer to drive to Wolfville, you can book a guided tour of popular Wolfville area wineries. Using an original double-decker bus from the UK, tours begin and end at the Visitor Information Centre in downtown Wolfville – a beautiful university town on the Bay of Fundy (worth a visit for the views, shopping and restaurants).