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Best Budget Activities in Halifax

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Point Pleasant Park

Point Pleasant Park offers a sight of squirrels, blue jays, woodpeckers and a good 74.8 hectares (185 acres) to explore. Although it is located a few minutes from downtown, it feels like being in the country. You can walk by the water or through the forest; there are a variety of paths. Bring a picnic lunch or barbecue a few hot-dogs; the park has pits for cooking and plenty of tables. Spend a relaxing day exploring the old forts, watching for seals or mingling with the dog walkers and joggers.

Halifax, NS, Canada
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Sir Sandford Fleming Park Trail

Snaking through the landscape of the Sir Sandford Fleming Park is the eponymous trail that makes visitors privy to some breathtaking sights and activities. The head of the trail commences from the Dingle Tower parking lot or alternatively, one can embark from the lower boat launch parking lot. The trail meanders along a path of nearly 2.8 kilometers (1.73 miles), along which one can hike, bike, engage in bird watching and Nordic walking. On the way, there are several benches for resting, or appreciating the natural surroundings.

Halifax, NS, Canada
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Shubie Park Campground

Located just a few minutes away from Lake Charles, the Shubie Campground is an ultimate destination for outdoor enthusiasts. There are plenty of spots where you can park your vehicles and set up camp. Towering trees provide tranquilly on a bright day creating a perfect atmosphere for you to fire up the grill. Little ones can frolic around, as there's plenty for them to explore and for those who like sports, Shubie Campground has a tennis court on site. The lake is perfect and safe for a refreshing swim with friends and family. Additionally, amenities like electrical and water hook-up, disposal stations and laundromat ensure zero inconvenience. The campsite also offers WiFi.

Dartmouth, NS, Canada
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Duncan’s Cove Trail

Deemed to be one of the best hikes on the coastal shoreline of Nova Scotia, a walk along the Duncan’s Cove Trail promises wonder and awe. The Ketch Harbor Road leads to this return trail of 8 kilometers (4.97 miles), taking one approximately 2.5 hours to hike the entire length. Along this magnificent trail, one can expect to see tempestuous waters of the Atlantic crashing on rugged rocks, and caution comes highly recommended, owing to its slippery form. Seals and whales can be sighted during late spring, while the historical World War II bunker located nearby creates an aura of mystery. Since this trail can be slightly perilous and exhausting especially for beginners, it is recommended to carry a water bottle and trail mix before heading here.

Halifax, NS, Canada
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Lawrencetown Beach Provincial Park

Located on the eastern shore in East Lawrencetown, the Lawrencetown Beach Provincial Park is an outdoor mecca for surfing enthusiasts. The sandy stretch on the beach meanders for nearly 1.5 kilometers (0.93 miles) and is hugged by strong currents of the Atlantic waters. Typically used by surfers the whole year round, the beach is open as a supervised swimming area only in July and August. Keeping in line with the surf vibe of this place, the park is home to several certified surfing schools as well as shops that sell wetsuits, surfboards and other related accessories.

East Lawrencetown, NS, Canada
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