Five Things To Do In Halifax This Summer

Get your stay-cation on! Five things to do in the city to keep work-life balance

Look, we get it. We’ve all been there. Don’t be embarrassed. I’ve been caught at least twice this week.  We’re always expected to be so prim, proper and organized at the workplace, but it happens! Don’t be too hard on yourself.

If I had a dime for every time my boss caught me staring out into the deep wonders of the sunny skies, my fleeting eyes a dead giveaway as I dream of a life beyond my cubicle… Well, let’s just say I’d be in a tank top sipping Muay Thai’s instead of writing this article.

But the truth is, while you may feel cooped up in your 9-5 as the sun peers in and taunts you, there are ways to escape in your off-time in Halifax that will bring a perk to your days – and bring your
productivity back to winter-time levels.

So let’s get down to it. Here are our top five tips for how to get out into the sun – and make your cubicle dreams a reality on your sunny off-time.

1. Catch that surf

Our CEO Josh Svec will tell you that the waves in Halifax are absolutely incredible. In fact, he does everything he can to try to get acquaintances, clients and realtors on boards out in the water with him when he can. From CEOs to interns, out on the waves, titles aren’t important. With a cool culture and a band of wonderful seafaring regulars, it doesn’t matter if you can ride waves or have never touched a board. Everyone is around to help. From Lawrencetown to Cow Bay, get out there and have some fun.

2. Grab a patio beer

From the Stubborn Goat Beer Garden to the Stillwell location on Spring Garden, there’s nowhere easier to grab a pint and toast your friends. From the patios at the top of Your Fathers Moustache to the Old Triangle and Durty Nelly’s, there’s somewhere for everyone. Nothing beats the summer rays and a few locally-brewed pints with your pals. After a long day, take the edge off – without getting too rowdy –and you’ll be smiling your whole commute to work the next day.

3. See the waterfront

I can’t stress this enough: You will forget how long a walk it is, end to end, as soon as you see everything there is to take in. Whether your kids are dragging you as they search for Theodore the Tugboat, or your partner wants a Beavertail, there is literally everything down there. From the Bicycle Thief, where this writer has seen hometown Colorado Avalanche hero Nathan Mackinnon a time or two, to Smoke’s Poutinerie and the famed market, the waterfront has everything. Take a walk, grab an ice cream, and walk down to the Tim Horton’s to check out the congregation of motorcyclists. If you ever needed a way to meet people of the city from all walks of life, just take a jaunt.

4. Tour the city

From the Halifax Public Gardens to the cemetery holding the graves for those killed on the Titanic, the Harbour Hopper will take you. Jump on it – or a double decker bus – and check out what land and sea has to offer you in the city. Or if it’s late-night an you need with your spouse, partner or your friends, check out the Murphy’s DJ Party Boat. There’s nothing quite like dancing to Bruno Mars with the twinkling city lights shining on you.

5. Stay inside – but get a culture dose

From Pier 21 to the Discovery Centre, there’s so much to do in the downtown core it’s unbelievable. Check out an indie movie at Cineplex Park Lane, learn about immigration and our history, visit Citadel Hill, check out the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, or hit up the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. You’re in for a treat no matter what you pick.

We here at Air Realty encourage you – nay, we challenge you – to find your bliss this summer. Say ‘yes’ for a change, try something new, or just get reacquainted with some activities you used to love. Just don’t forget what a beautiful city Halifax is. For residents, go fall for your city again. For tourists, welcome. We know you’re going to love it here.

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