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What's new in Halifax

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postedNovember 27, 2019

New lodging options and seaside developments will sweep through Nova Scotia’s capital within the next year.

“One of the best ways to experience the historic port city of Halifax is strolling along the downtown waterfront,” says Discover Halifax’s Michele Bourgeois.

One of the world’s longest continuous boardwalks, the Harbourwalk is the province’s most-visited attraction. It’s 2.5 miles of shopping and dining, as well as the jumping off point to various outdoor activities, like harbor tours and deep-sea fishing. It’s also teeming with some of the waterfront’s other major attractions and signature festivals.

Bourgeois says the following are the area’s newest expansions and additions:

Queen’s Marque District is a five-acre, multi-use development of retail and dining space at the edge of Halifax Harbor, to be completed in 2020. It will feature a 110-room luxury boutique hotel, a new boardwalk, underground parking, three new plazas, and a public rooftop. The site, founded in 1749 and once known as Queen’s Landing, is brimming with military, marine, and mercantile history.

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia will be replaced by a new, 142,000-square-foot gallery and cultural hub. Construction is expected to begin in 2020 and will expand the attraction to twice the size of its current facility.

Hotel properties—including the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Halifax Dartmouth; Courtyard by Marriott Halifax-Dartmouth; and the Residence Inn by Marriott Halifax-Dartmouth—opened this summer in Dartmouth Crossing, a popular shopping and entertainment district. The Sutton Place Hotel Halifax will open later this year in the Nova Centre with 262 luxurious guest rooms and suites, situated in the heart of the district.

Along with its new hotels and social scenes, Halifax will also host the 2020 North American Indigenous Games July 12–19, Bourgeois noted.

“The games will draw over 5,000 athletes from 756 Indigenous nations competing in 17 sports. Thousands of visitors will experience a cultural celebration and village at the Halifax Commons, which includes dance, songs, music, games, art, and teachings,” she says.

For more information, contact Bourgeois or go to

Top photo by Discover Halifax


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