Additional Activities of Interest
We strongly encourage all conference attendees and their families to take time before, during, or after the conference to enjoy some of the many events and attractions that Halifax and Nova Scotia have to offer. The Province is a popular destination for summer vacations, and there are many things to see and do in the Halifax area. The Local Organizing Committee has assembled a short list of suggestions below to help you plan your visit. For more information, please visit Destination Halifax or Tourism Nova Scotia. During the conference, we will have representatives on-site from Destination Halifax and from local touring companies to offer advice, and to help you book your own excursions.
Alexander Keith’s Historical Brewery Tour
Take an immersive tour of Alexander Keith’s Nova Scotia Brewery as actors in period costume lead you back in time to learn about the famous beer, the historic brewery and the challenges of life in Halifax in 1863. Visit the site.
Ambassatours offers many different tours across Nova Scotia and Atlantic Canada. From the South Shore of Nova Scotia to Cape Breton Island, experience Peggy’s Cove or take a visit to Annapolis Valley for a winery tour. Visit the site.
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is the largest art museum in Atlantic Canada. With locations in downtown Halifax and downtown Yarmouth, the Gallery houses the Province's art collection and offers a range of exhibitions and programming. Visit the site.
If you’re looking for a great place to enjoy the sun or to build a sandcastle, there are a variety of supervised beaches in the Halifax area. Some local favourites include Rainbow Haven Beach and Crystal Crystal Crescent Beach Provincial Park. For a more comprehensive list of supervised beaches in the area, including photos, please visit the supervised beach website.
Halifax Public Gardens
The Public Gardens are one of the finest original formal Victorian Public Gardens in North America, and an excellent spot for Halifax sightseeing. Enjoy sparkling fountains, historic statuary, a natural pond system teaming with bird life, and concerts in the red roofed gazebo. Open May to October, winding pathways lead past magnificent trees & shrubs and colourful flower beds in this 17-acre garden. Visit the site.
Halifax Citadel National Historic Site
This star-shaped citadel, a 19th century British fortification, is one of the most visited National Historic Sites in Canada. Today, the Citadel is operated by Parks Canada and is recognized as one of the most important historic sites in Canada. Restored to the mid-Victorian period with a living history program featuring the 78th Highland Regiment, the Royal Artillery, Soldier's Wives and Civilian Tradespersons, a visit to the Citadel is an educational and enjoyable heritage experience. Guided tours, an audio-visual presentation and modern exhibits communicate the historical themes of the Citadel's commemoration as nationally significant in Canadian history. Visit the site.
The Halifax area offers many great trails for hiking enthusiasts. Some of these trails are located right in the urban core (e.g. Point Pleasant Park, Fleming Park, Hemlock Ravine), while many others are within a 30-minute drive of downtown. If you’ve interested in a hike along the water, the Duncan’s Cove Trail offers a semi-rugged trail along some exposed granite headlands in a nature reserve near the entrance to Halifax Harbour. For a somewhat less rugged hike along some beautiful salt marshes, the Cole Harbour Heritage Park offers a variety of coastal trails. For a more comprehensive list of hiking trails, please check the Trails Nova Scotia website.
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. Visit the site.
Pier 21 National Historic Site
At the south end of the Halifax boardwalk is Pier 21 - “Canada’s Ellis Island". From the 1920s to the 1970s, Pier 21 was Canada's 'front door' to over one million immigrants, wartime evacuees, refugees, troops, war brides and their children. Experience the history of this national historic treasure which has been transformed into a testament to Canada's profoundly emotional immigration experience. Pier 21 will be the location of the 10th ICMGP Maritime Kitchen Party on the evening of Tuesday, July 26th. If you have relatives who may have entered Canada through Pier 21, the museum also offers research services to help track down information in their Immigration Database. Visit the site.