Sandy and Judy Hines

 Halifax Nova Scotia Recreation and Leisure


Halifax Nova Scotia Recreation and Leisure

Halifax is the largest city in Atlantic Canada as well as the home of many Universities so there is lots to do here. A person once said to me that " Halifax has everything a bigger city has but on a smaller scale".

Halifax has a professional hockey team but it's not NHL. It is a Quebec Major Junior Hockey League team that is still as much fun, if not more, to watch and people love it. The Halifax Mooseheads hockey team will sell out for almost every game.

Halifax has several entertainment and sports venues. The Scotiabank Center has 10,000 seats. Here concerts, entertainment and sporting events are held year round. World class acts such as Elton John, Neil Young, Sarah McLaughlin and Bob Seger have played here.

On a smaller scale, the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium in the Dalhousie University Arts Center hosts smaller acts. This 1000 seat facility has acoustics that are second to none.

If you like theater productions you will enjoy the Neptune Theater. This fairly new 480 seat facility presents many plays throughout the year. It has put on plays such as Cats, Chicago and Beauty and the Beast. You can get a yearly subscription or buy individual tickets. Neptune also has a theater school for young aspiring actors.

Halifax has some of the best restaurants in the country, so eating dinner out is a big pass time in metro. The bar scene is one of the best anywhere. Downtown Halifax has almost 200 bars and 60 outdoor patios in a relatively small space. There is every kind of entertainment from light Jazz to hard rock playing on any given weekend. Irish and local music is the most common genre played at the local bars.

Halifax has one of only two casinos in Nova Scotia. This casino is located downtown on the Halifax waterfront. The Casino Nova Scotia offers excellent entertainment as well as gambling.

If you are interested or involved in sports, Halifax is a good place to be. For indoor sports the Dalplex has it all. Dalplex is on the campus of Dalhousie University but is open to the general public. This facility has pool, fitness centers, field house, several gyms and much more. This is one of the largest indoor sports facilities in Canada. St Mary's University also has an indoor sports facility called the Tower. This is an excellent facility as well but without a pool. There are several indoor pools in Halifax including the Canada Games Center, Centennial Pool and Spryfield Wave Pool.

Outdoor skating is a popular sport in Halifax. An outdoor skating oval was built for the 2011 Canada Games and has remained open each winter following the games. This oval has ice making facilities so it has consistent ice from late December or early January until March. The oval is located on the Halifax Commons in downtown Halifax. Skating here is free of charge and is used by thousands all winter. Halifax is a university town so there are always university sports such as basketball, hockey, football and  volleyball to enjoy watching.

Running, walking or biking in one metros many parks is popular in Halifax. Point Pleasant Park is probably the most used with miles of walking trails along the Halifax Harbour.

Boating is very popular in Halifax. There are several yacht clubs throughout the area including Armdale Yacht Club, Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Club, Bedford Yacht Club and Dartmouth Yacht Club. Sailing is the most popular form of boating but there are many power boats at the various clubs as well.

There is one golf course in Halifax city limits called Ashburn - Old Course. This is a shorter Par 67 course that is private but green fee players are allowed to play with members.

There is lots to do in Halifax. From an active bar scene to excellent local theater there is something for everyone.



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