St. Mary's Boat Club. Beautiful century-old homes dot the placid Northwest Arm, and the bench of a canoe is definitely the best seat from which to view them. On weekends from June through September, St. Mary's rents canoes by the hour to adults 18 years and older and to younger certified canoeists. 1641 Fairfield Rd., off Jubilee Rd., below Connaught, Halifax, NS, B3H 4E8. 902/490–4688.


Glen Arbour. Natural features, including elevation changes and mature woodlands, lakes, and streams, make the 18-hole championship course here a scenic and memorable experience, culminating in the featured hole (the 18th), a 565-yard downhill par 5 with a dazzling view. The club also has a nine-hole, par-three course designed for novices. 40 Clubhouse La., Hammonds Plains, Halifax, NS, B4A 1T4. 902/835–4653 or 877/835–4653. Championship course: 18 holes. 6800 yds. Par 72. Green Fee: C$79/C$105. Closed early Oct.–Apr. Facilities: golf carts, pull carts, rental clubs, pro shop, restaurant, bar.

Granite Springs Golf Club. This lush, semiprivate course, an easy drive west of downtown Halifax, overlooks Shad Bay. It progresses across rolling hillsides with granite outcroppings, water features, and sand traps. Fairways are narrow, calling for accurate shots, but four sets of tees cater to different levels of golfing ability. 4441 Prospect Rd., Bayside, Halifax, NS, B3Z 1L6. 902/852–3419. Course: 18 holes. 6401 yds. Par 72. Green Fee: $51/$60. Apr.–mid-Oct. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, pitching area, golf carts, pull carts, rental clubs, pro-shop, lessons, restaurant, bar.


McNab's Island. At the mouth of Halifax Harbour, this island appeals to adventuresome spirits. Accessible only by boat, it has 14 km (9 miles) of wooded trails and birding sites, plus a 19th-century fort. Several companies provide water taxis or tours from different Halifax locations. The trip takes 25 minutes from the Halifax boardwalk and costs about C$20 for the round trip. There is no drinking water available on the island, so you must bring your own. Halifax, NS. 902/861–2560.

Point Pleasant Park. Free, easy to reach, and threaded with woodland and waterside trails, this park is popular with locals and visitors alike. If you overstay and the parking lot is locked, call 311 to be let out. Point Pleasant Dr. and Tower Rd., Halifax, NS, B3H 1B5. 902/490–4700.

Sir Sandford Fleming Park. This park, free and very accessible, has a 2.8-km (1¾-mile) trail, with views across the Northwest Arm to Point Pleasant Park on the opposite shore. Marked by an impressive stone tower called the Dingle, it's named for the inventor of Standard Time, who summered on the property. 260 Dingle Rd., follow signs off Purcell's Cove Rd., Halifax, NS, B3P 1B1. No phone.

Horseback Riding

Hatfield Farm Adventures. Horseback-riding experiences are available for all levels, including trail rides (C$37–C$51), lessons (C$59 for two hours), summer camps, and pony rides (for kids; C$8.70). 1840 Hammonds Plains Rd., Hammonds Plains, Halifax, NS, B4B 1P4. 902/835–5676 or 877/835–5676.

Sea Kayaking

East Coast Outfitters. About 31 km (19 miles) from downtown Halifax off Highway 333, this outfitter rents kayaking equipment and offers instruction and guided excursions from May through September. Half-day (C$75), full-day (C$135 with lunch), and shorter midday and sunset tours (C$50 each) are available. Kayak rentals start at C$20. 2017 Lower Prospect Rd., off Hwy. 333, Lower Prospect, Halifax, NS, B3T 1Y8. 902/852–2567 or 877/852–2567.

Mountain Equipment Co-op. Part of a small nationwide chain, this downtown sports store rents kayaks for C$30 a day. 1550 Granville St., Halifax, NS, B3J 1X1. 902/421–2667.


Chocolate Lake. In summer, lifeguards supervise this lake, just off the Northwest Arm, that's popular for swimming. The name doesn't mean that the water is delicious, but rather comes from a former chocolate factory on the site. Locals avoid swimming in Halifax Harbour or the Northwest Arm itself because of the dubious water quality. 2 Melwood Ave., Halifax, NS. 902/490–5458.

Crafty Resources

If you’re looking specifically for fine arts and crafts, pick up a free copy of the Halifax Art Map or download one at It lists more than 50 shops and galleries around the city. For elsewhere in the province, try the Nova Scotia Centre for Craft and Design’s annual guide ( or Studio Rally’s independently prepared Fine Art & Craft Studio Map (