What to do in Halifax for the Canada Day long weekend


HALIFAX—No slight to the solstice, but Canada Day feels like the real start of summer for many of us. Especially for Nova Scotians this year, who endured a chilly June.

Forecasters say this weekend’s weather should finally bring a summery heat, and it’s just in time for our national holiday.

While many will make for rural cottages, campgrounds, or other parts of the Maritimes, there is plenty on offer in and around Halifax to celebrate the nation, the season or simply the extra day off work.

The weekend is long, so let’s take it step by step. Here is some of the fun to be had.

• There are fewer formal events for Saturday, but it could be a great chance to go for a swim. Lifeguards hit the sand at many of Nova Scotia’s most popular beaches starting Saturday. The provincial lifeguard service has a list of supervised beaches on its website.

Paul D’Eon, director of the Nova Scotia lifeguard service, says, “We urge beachgoers to swim in the supervised areas between the red and yellow flags.”

Surf’s up!

• Don’t flip out, but free pancakes will be served Sunday morning, from 8 to 10 a.m. at Alderney Landing and Halifax Grand Parade. Get ’em while they’re hot (and while supplies last).

• Families will flock to the Halifax Common Sunday between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. for the traditional face painting and inflatable attractions. Plus, for the first time, the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo is sending performers. Don’t miss The Skyhawks — the Canadian Armed Forces parachute team — at 11 a.m.

• The official Canada Day kickoff is at the Halifax Citadel Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Free cake at 12:30 p.m. Call (902) 426-5080 for more information.

• Looking for an afternoon concert, you say? Well sure, there are two of those. On the Dartmouth side, head to Sullivan’s Pond, and in Halifax, to the Halifax Public Gardens. Both shows run 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday. And yes, they’re free.

• Finally, the main event. Starting at 5 p.m. Sunday at Alderney Landing is a lineup of musicians including Mo Kenney, Allan Rayman, and Skratch Bastid. Fireworks start at 10 p.m. on the Dartmouth waterfront. Best viewing at Alderney Landing, Ferry Terminal Park or the Halifax waterfront.

• But that’s not all. Sackville has it’s own series of patriotic events running all weekend. Check out the schedule for Sackville Patriot Days on its website. And the weekend runs extra long in Bedford, where family friendly celebrations started Thursday and continue through to Monday. Bedford Days events are available here. Happy Canada Day!!

[Article via: The Star]



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