5 top things to do with the family this fall in Halifax

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Published Oct 7, 2014

The weather is cooling down, and the animals are preparing for the winter, but that doesn’t mean you have to hibernate just yet. Whether you are looking for indoor or outdoor activities, there are a number of different fall activities to try with the family this year.

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The weather is cooling down, and the animals are preparing for the winter, but that doesn’t mean you have to hibernate just yet. Whether you are looking for indoor or outdoor activities, there are a number of different fall activities to try with the family this year.

Here is a list of our family favorites with a few new things I hope to try this year:


Try some of the wonderful local trails

If there is one thing Nova Scotia has, it’s an abundance of beautiful scenery.

  • Our favorites include the Salt Marsh Trail and Shubie Park. These trails feature sections of wide smooth paths that are perfect for tiny feet and strollers.

  • For the active kids, try the Dartmouth or Halifax waterfront. There are two wonderful new play structures, one adjacent to the Alderney Ferry Terminal (Dartmouth) and another next to the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic (Halifax).

  • If you are looking for a more rugged hike, the Bluff Trail is located on Crown Land just outside Timberlea and contains over 30km of beautiful scenery.


Head to a museum

If you are looking to incorporate a little education into your fall outings, look no further.

  • Museum of Natural History is offering their Wee Wild Ones program again this year. Each Tuesday this Fall children under five have the opportunity to get hands on with nature exhibits.

  • Along with their many permanent exhibits, the Discovery Center is featuring RadScience which is sure to interest the skateboard lover in the family.

  • Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is offering Pop Goes the Easel Family Sunday which includes a live performance by musicians from Symphony Nova Scotia and the opportunity for kids to explore music


Check out the farmers markets

What is better than supporting local farmers? Tasting the local food.

From Dartmouth, to Halifax and into Wolfville, visit any farmer’s market to sample tasty food and maybe get a little early holiday shopping done. http://farmersmarketsnovascotia.ca/


Check out a Nova Scotia farm

Love the farmer’s market? Head straight to the source.

  • Noggins Corner Farm Market, just outside the city, features a corn maze, a walking trail, and U-Pick apples and pumpkins as well as a number of other activities geared to children young and old alike.  A great spot for the whole family.

  • HatfieldFarms offers horseback riding, sleigh or wagon rides and a chance for the little ones to get close and cuddly with the animals in their petting zoo.

  • Looking for a farm closer to the city? Try the Cole Harbour Farm Museum located in the center of Cole Harbour, this museum features early heritage buildings, plants, animals and even a Tea Room which serves scratch-baked food.


Check out a festival

There is a lot going on this Fall.

  • Nocturne - after 6pm Saturday October 18th, Dartmouth and Halifax hosts a number of art installations, pick up a guide and take in some exhibits.

  • Fisherman’s Cove celebrates their community with the Seaside Harvest Festival on October 5th. Grab the family, head to Eastern Passage and take in the festival – just don’t forget the fish and chips!



Written by Erin Ashley

Erin lives in Halifax Regional Municipality with her husband, daughter and two dogs.

When she is not working in an Architecture and Planning firm she likes to explore the outdoors with the family, experiment in the kitchen, dabble in photography, and try adjust to life as a new mom! 




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The date listed for Nocturne is wrong. It should be the 18th. Also, Nocturne is spelled with an "e" at the end.

Posted by user_8741 on Oct 5 '14, 7:17 a.m. | Like | Flag as abuse

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Thank you for letting us know. This has been updated with the correct info!

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