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Halifax Public Gardens

Halifax’s Victorian-style gardens are a hidden gem for heritage and respite in the city center. Walk among fountains, ponds and manicured gardens.

The Halifax Public Gardens are a charming Victorian time capsule in the middle of the city. Expect elegant wrought iron gates, fountains, ornate bridges, ponds and a bandstand. The gardens were established in the same year as Canadian Confederation (1867), and pay homage to the country’s heritage. Wander through the 16-acre (six-hectare) park to discover natural delights that change with the seasons.

Navigate through the serpentine and scroll style garden beds and across stone bridges. Find historic statues and memorials dotted along the paths. The classically sculpted Victoria Jubilee fountain can be found near the center of the park. Visit the ducks and a model of the Titanic in Griffin’s Pond while enjoying a hand-paddled ice cream from the park café.

The Public Gardens Park horticulturalists, superintendents and volunteers take great pride in their traditional Victorian-style carpet beds, precisely planted gardens that paint a picture or design. Two of these carpet beds are maintained for special events and commemorations.

Visit the park on Canada Day (July first) and Natal Day (the first Monday in August), and to catch floral celebrations. A decoratively carved wooden bandstand resides in the middle of the park, surrounded by 32 annually blooming garden beds. Swing by the bandstand on any given Sunday in summer and you can see a free public concert. Diverse varieties of dahlia can be seen in full bloom during late summer until the first frost of the fall. 

The Halifax Public Gardens Park is open and free to enter during spring to late fall. The park is conveniently located just over half a mile (one kilometer) from downtown and the waterfront district. Catch a bus right to the Victorian-era gates on the corner of Spring Garden Road and South Park Street.

Would you like to make your stop at Halifax Public Gardens even more memorable? Remember to try out one or two of these things to do:

When organizing your trip, you might want to think about buying a Private Halifax Family Fun Tour and a Private Ye Olde Halifax.

Peruse our Halifax things to do page to discover even more activities while you're in the area.


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Atlantica Hotel Halifax CA $109
Atlantica Hotel Halifax

Atlantica Hotel Halifax

1980 Robie St, Halifax, NS
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in South End, Halifax, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Emera Oval, Public Gardens Park and Halifax Citadel. Dalhousie University and Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk are also within 1 mile (2 km). Halifax Station is 28 minutes by foot.

    The Barrington Hotel CA $107
    The Barrington Hotel

    The Barrington Hotel

    1875 Barrington St, Halifax, NS
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Downtown Halifax, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk and Scotiabank Centre. Neptune Theatre and Casino Nova Scotia are also within 10 minutes. Halifax Station is 16 minutes by foot.

      The Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites CA $95
      The Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites

      The Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites

      1515 South Park Street, Halifax, NS
         
        4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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        Hotel Halifax CA $107
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        Hotel Halifax

        1990 Barrington St, Halifax, NS
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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          Prince George Hotel CA $140
          Prince George Hotel

          Prince George Hotel

          1725 Market St, Halifax, NS
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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            Four Points by Sheraton Halifax

            Four Points by Sheraton Halifax

            1496 Hollis St, Halifax, NS
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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              Cambridge Suites Hotel

              Cambridge Suites Hotel

              1583 Brunswick St, Halifax, NS
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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                Hampton Inn by Hilton Halifax Downtown

                Hampton Inn by Hilton Halifax Downtown

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