Heritage Day is the newest holiday in Nova Scotia and it is on February 15th this year. While many popular locations are closed due to the holiday, it does not mean that there is nothing for you to do in Halifax during this long weekend: February 12 to 15, 2021.
Here is a list of 20 things that you can do in HRM during this Heritage Day Weekend.
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Sackville Snow Days
This year, Snow Days are going to look a bit different. Still, you can have “snow” much fun!
February 12 to 15, 2021
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Discover how surroundings can spark joy in your life by exploring different curated experiences at Discovery Centre’s latest featured exhibit, JoyLab! Experience the wonder of appearing sideways, hanging among the clouds, or walking through a kaleidoscopic light tunnel. These Instagram-ready experiences will leave you feeling more joyful and ready to create unforgettable memories.
Discovery Centre, 1215 Lower Water Street, Halifax, NS
Thursday – Sunday | 9am-12pm & 1pm-4pm
$12 – $15; Register
Halifax Citadel National Historic Site
Offering the best views of Halifax Harbour and the waterfront, Citadel Hillhas played a huge role in both the city’s and the province’s history. Today, Citadel Hill is a living museum. The Buildings and exhibits are closed but you can watch the noon gun, explore the grounds and pathways.
5425 Sackville Street, Halifax
Skate at Emera Oval
5775 Cogswell St, Halifax
Every Saturday and Sunday, you can go to the Family Round Up Adventure at Hatfield Farm. This is one of their most popular events, so you may want to show up early, especially on a long weekend. The event includes a wagon/sleigh ride, petting pen, zip lines, all-you-can-eat hot dogs, and much more. They will also be opening Fort Clayton, Hillbilly Fun Lines, playgrounds, and other fun activities.
1840 Hammonds Plains Road, Hammonds Plains
$15.99 + HST per person. Kids 2 and under go for free!
Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
Located in the heart of Halifax’s historic waterfront, there’s no better place to immerse yourself in Nova Scotia’s rich maritime heritage than the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. From small craft boatbuilding to World War Convoys, the Days of Sail to the Age of Steam, the Titanic to the Halifax Explosion, you’ll discover the stories, events, and people that have come to define Nova Scotia and its relationship with the sea.
1675 Lower Water St, Halifax
Adult $5.15, Senior $4.40. Youth $3.10, Child: Free, Family $11.85 (2 adults and children under 17)
Museum of Natural History
Explore Nova Scotia’s and the world’s history at the Museum of Natural History. See glittering gold, stunning Mi’kmaq artifacts, sea creatures, frogs, snakes, and a whale skeleton. Interact with the Netukulimk exhibit and learn the sights and sounds of Nova Scotia’s forests or go to the Moon and Mars with our Science on a Sphere. Come visit Gus the Gopher Tortoise, who has been delighting Museum visitors for more than 70 years.
1747 Summer St, Halifax
Adult $8.30, Child $6.05, Senior $5.70. Student $5.25, Family A $17.95 (2 adults and children under 17), Family B $12.50 (1 adults and children under 17)
Explore Halifax Waterfront
Raise your Spirits
Enjoy a special tour and tasting with a kilted 78th Highlander as your guide. Go behind-the-scenes at the historic Halifax Citadel and discover the history of alcohol in the British Military. Finally, savour three Halifax Citadel-aged spirits crafted by award-winning Compass Distillers paired with delicious artisanal cheeses.
Friday and Saturday, February 12 – 13 | Begins 6:00 PM
5425 Sackville Street, Halifax
Enjoy a leisure swim at the Zatzman Sportsplex. The lane swims have been increased to two people per lane. You can also enjoy the rock walls and Tarzan rope during open swims.
Zatzman Sportsplex, 110 Wyse Rd, Dartmouth
Myal is a collection of ceremonial objects and instruments used spiritually among the Jamaican Maroons. These instruments are used to guide Maroons towards myal – a sacred moment of communion with the ancestors.
Craig Gallery @ Alderney Landing, 2 Ochterloney Street, Dartmouth
February 3 – 28, 2021
Walter Ostrom is one of Canada’s foremost ceramic artists. This exhibition investigates Ostrom’s earliest work in stoneware and porcelain, his conceptual projects at NSCAD University, the many ways his love of gardening—and particularly rhododendrons—influenced his work, the huge impact China and its ceramic traditions and ceramists had on his life and practice, and his lifetime commitment to the exploration and reinvigoration of the ancient ceramic tradition of tin-glaze.
Good Earth examines Ostrom’s practice of altering form, surface treatments, and the rich elements of social commentary, geographic references, art history, and political statements he imbues in his work. The exhibition will be on display until March 14, 2021.
1723 Hollis Street, Halifax
Thursdays – Sundays, Until March 14, 2021
The Very Mention of Home
The Very Mention of Home features a series of 22 hooked rugs from the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia’s Permanent Collection, created by one of Nova Scotia’s most celebrated rug hookers, Deanne Fitzpatrick. Each of these rugs was created in 2016 and are being exhibited together for the first time. The colourful and vibrant scenes depicting Maritime geography and architecture, illustrate the artist’s relationship with, and ideas about, the notion of home.
1723 Hollis Street, Halifax
Thursdays – Sundays
Halifax has a couple of groomed ski trails which becomes a hub of activity during winter. Check out 10 km of trails at the Brunello Golf Course or the classic /skate ski trails at MacDonald Sports Park. The other trails you can enjoy are the trails at Dollar Lake Provincial Park or Oakfield Golf & Country Club. Beginners can try the 1 km skate ski trail at the Graves-Oakley Memorial Park.
Explore the Shubie Park on a snowshoe! This 16-hectre park has 3 trails that are great for snowshoeing. The trans-Canada Trail or the park walking trails are great trails that can be enjoyed. If you are bringing your dogs along, try the park’s off-leash dog walking trails.
54 Locks Road, Dartmouth
Plan a trip down to Peggy’s cove to see stunning views of the winter season. Details
72 Peggy’s Point Rpad, Peggy’s Cove
Press Play Cafe
A great way to have fun and connect with your loved ones! Head to Press Play Cafe and play board games together. The cafe has a board game library for all ages, a play area for kids, and offers various menu options.
585 Sackville Drive, Lower Sackville
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Take a Walk
Sir Sandford Fleming Park is a beautiful park to explore. You can access the trails from the Dingle Tower parking lot or lower boat launch parking lot. The trail also connects to the Frog Pond trail via the Dingle Road. Trail Map (PDF)
Dingle Rd, Halifax
Take the whole family out to eat during the Dine Around — a celebration of Halifax’s growing culinary scene, and with dozens of restaurants throughout the city rolling out special prix-fixe menus for a limited time.
Various Restaurants, Halifax
February 1 to 28, 2021
$10, $20, $30, $40 and $50 menus.