Halifax Wedding Activities: Coastal Charm for You and Yours

Photo by Dennis Jarvis / Flickr 

Small in size but big on charm, Halifax, Nova Scotia offers rich architecture, beautiful gardens and coastal backdrops ideal for a Maritime dream wedding. Nautical and intimate, this seaside city is full of surprises and these five activities are a great way for you and your wedding party to enjoy a true coastal gem.


Take in the Harbour

Tall Ship Silva, Kelly Lee Photography

Photo by Kelly Lee PhotographyTall Ship Silva Facebook 

See the best of the city on a Halifax Harbourwalk and enjoy the fun and entertainment between Pier 21 and Casino Nova Scotia. For unbeatable views of the skyline, take the ferry across to see the sites at Dartmouth or have a pre-wedding cruise night aboard the Tall Ship Silva. The adventurous in your group can opt for kaya­­k tours of the harbour or spend a day at the nearby Martinique Beach learning how to ride the waves with Halifax Surf School.


Eat, Drink and Be Merry

The Bicycle Thief, Halifax NS

The Bicycle Thief / Facebook

Nothing brings friends and family together like a good meal and your days in Halifax are sure to include many memorable moments at the table. You can’t go wrong with fresh Atlantic lobster and seafood, but the foodies in your group will be pleasantly surprised by the selection of bars and restaurants in Halifax. Feast on traditional Italian soul food at The Bicycle Thief or head to Chives Canadian Bistro for seasonal specialties and the chance to dine in their repurposed bank vault. Keep the party going with some live music over cocktails and oysters at The Press Gang but leave some room to satisfy your sweet tooth at The Middle Spoon.


Treat Yourself

Embrace Spa, Halifax NS

Embrace Spa 

Whether it’s a day at the spa or a shopping trip with your bridesmaids, you’ll find ways to indulge on your wedding getaway in Halifax. Before getting pampered, shop till you drop at the local boutiques, farmer’s markets and one-of-a-kind stores all over historic downtown Halifax. End the day at Embrace Spa with a relaxing massage and some wine or visit the eclectic and historical home of Jay Wells Salon where you can leave your hair in the hands of experts.


Bond with the Group

Timber Lounge, Halifax NS

Timber Lounge

The city’s comedy and theatre clubs make for some great group entertainment and you’ll find no need for icebreaker games with so many activities for the young at heart. Kick off a day of group bonding with a theatrical tour of Alexander Keith’s Brewery followed by axe throwing at the Timber Lounge to let off a little steam before the big day. For some friendly competition, plan a ping-pong night at Pong Social Club or have your wedding party work together while trying to escape one of four theme rooms at Trapped Halifax.


Explore the Open Road

Peggy's Cove, Halifax NS

Peggy's Cove Lighthouse / Tourism Nova Scotia

Keep the adventure going after your wedding with a road trip to explore more of Nova Scotia. For a leisurely trip, drive along the scenic southern shore towards colourful Lunenburg, making sure to stop at the iconic Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse along the way. Those with more time won’t want to miss out on the Cabot Trail, one of Canada’s best known drives, with hidden coves, high cliffs and striking views fit to rival those of the West Coast.