Halifax, Nova Scotia with Young Kids - Beyond the Top Tourist Attractions
Our family is planning our next trip to Nova Scotia for later this month!
Before arriving at a travel destination, I like to not only research the top tourist attractions, but also start to get a sense of the local flavor, cool happenings, as well as shops and restaurants that are beloved by the community but fly under the common tourist radar.
MUST-READ BLOG IF VACATIONING IN NOVA SCOTIA WITH TODDLERS AND YOUNG KIDS: RAISING HALIGONIANS
Through my online searching, I discovered the blog Raising Haligonians, an excellent resource to learn about local happenings and activities for parents with young children. (Quick fact: Residents of Halifax refer to themselves as Haligonians.)
One of the best features of the Raising Haligonians blog is its in-depth section profiling great playgrounds in and around Halifax, as well as the writer, Heidi’s, travel blogging about other Atlantic Canadian destinations with kids. The blog is a definite must-read to help you with your Halifax-area vacation planning if you’re visiting with babies, toddlers or early school-aged children! (Writer Heidi’s children are now 7 and 5, and she started the blog when the children were 3 and 1).
Having grown up for many years in Nova Scotia, I’m familiar with many of the destinations and attractions that Nova Scotia has to offer, but thanks to Raising Haligonians, I unearthed the following gems:
Truro’s Victoria Park - a great place to visit with toddlers and young children if road tripping to Cape Breton or Prince Edward Island! Victoria Park has a giant playground, heated outdoor pool, nature trails, and a waterfall to explore.
A detailed itinerary for a relaxing, activity-filled day trip from Halifax to Chester and Mahone Bay, with plenty to entertain parents as well as toddler/ early school-aged children. Definitely make room for treats from The Biscuit Eater Cafe & Books, and take home some baked goods from LaHave Bakery!
Halifax’s picturesque Dingle Park and it’s Natural Playground (Note: Even in summer, be sure to pack a light sweater and pants for your little ones, as the wind off the water can be quite cool, especially if your kid is not used to ocean breezes!)
INSTAGRAM ACCOUNTS TO VISIT WHEN PLANNING YOUR NOVA SCOTIA VACATION
Another great way to start building out a must-see list that will have you exploring a destination like a local is with Instagram. I’ve posted previously about a great Instagram feed for New York City tourists traveling with kids.
As I’ve begun looking for hidden gems to explore in Nova Scotia, I had the most success with the account @halifaxnoise, as well as it’s subaccounts @halifaxnoisekids and @halifaxnoisefoods. The accounts’ curated content is populated by Nova Scotians who tag the feeds with a mix of stunning photography and alerts of upcoming events in and around Halifax. Scrolling through the feeds, I discovered Almonak. a newly opened eatery in the trendy Hydrostone neighborhood of Halifax. Depending on the time of day, the eatery is a spacious cafe, bakery, kitchen, and bar (or a combination of these things) with outdoor seating. This is definitely a foodie haven, so I’ve marked it as a place to go with my husband while the grandparents (whose tastes run simple) look after our three year old. However, reviewers have labeled the space as child friendly, so don’t worry about bringing along the little one. With the Fort Needham Natural Playground a 10 minute walk away, this is a great way to spend a couple hours relaxing with little ones, exploring a non touristy, real Halifax neighborhood.
I also stumbled upon some great finds using hashtags like #halifaxlocal and #halifaxblogger.
So if you’re planning a Nova Scotia adventure for you and your littles, definitely check out these sources - and let us know of any other great gems you discover!