RECOMMENDED ROUTES & SELF-GUIDED ITINERARIES
For those looking to go at their own pace choose from 1 of 7 detailed self-guided itineraries or grab a map and explore on your own. Each of our featured self-guided itineraries has downloadable Turn by Turn Route Notes and a Google Map. Please print or go paperless by downloading these resources to your phone.
Add a picnic to your rental reservation or try one of our favourite cafes or restaurants.
1. POINT PLEASANT PARK – 1HR
Point Pleasant Park is a beautiful green space located at the tip of Peninsular Halifax. A favourite, this park should not be missed.
Tip: Pack a picnic or bring a book.
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2. DOWNTOWN HALIFAX – 2 TO 4 HRS
This route can be completed in as little as two hours however we recommend planning for a commitment of four giving you time to experience each of the destinations and stop for lunch.
Highlights: Halifax Waterfront, Farmer’s Market, Point Pleasant Park, Public Gardens, Spring Garden Road, Citadel Hill, City Hall, Argyle Street, Pizza Corner, Halifax Central Library, and Government House
Key Neighbourhoods: Waterfront, South End, Downtown
Tip: Try a Donair, Poutine or Lobster roll.
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3. HISTORIC & CULTURAL TRACER – ½ DAY TO DAY
Halifax is a city rich with history. This self guided itinerary will take guests through our various neighbourhoods tying together the city’s history and the forces influencing it today.
Highlights: Farmer’s Market, Pier 21, Point Pleasant Park, Halifax Explosion, Founding of Halifax, Acadian Expulsion, Citadel Hill, Spring Garden Road, Dalhousie University & Kings College, Downtown Halifax, Halifax Central Library, City Hall and more.
Optional Route Extension: Fairview cemetery to visit the Titanic Graves
Key Neighbourhoods: Waterfront, South End, Downtown, North End, Hydrostone
Tip: Grab lunch or dinner in the North End.
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4. ARCHITECTURAL & NEIGHBOURHOOD TOUR – ½ DAY TO DAY
Currently undergoing a development boom, Halifax is the perfect blend of historic and modern architecture.
Highlights: Seaport Farmer’s Market, City Hall, Halifax Central Library, Hydrostone Market, Town Clock, Government House, Point Pleasant Park, Schmidtville, St. Paul’s Church
Neighbourhoods: Waterfront, South End, Downtown, North End, Hydrostone Market
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5. LAWRENCETOWN BEACH BY RAIL BED – ½ DAY TO DAY
Travelling through a rich salt marsh this trail will take you directly to Lawrencetown Beach making for simple, easy and enjoyable riding.
Tip: Pack a picnic and stop along the trail or at Lawrencetown Beach.
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6. RUM RUNNERS TRAIL TO HEAD OF ST. MARGARET’S BAY – ½ DAY TO DAY
Most riders make an afternoon or day trip by taking this trail out to the head of St. Margaret’s Bay. The area has many beaches to choose from, so bring your swim suit.
Tip: Stop at the Bike & Bean or Trellis Café for lunch or plan a multi day trip to continue down the trail to visit Mahone Bay, Chester & Lunenburg.
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7. FERRY RIDE & URBAN GREENWAY – 2 HRS
Capture both sides of the Halifax Harbour with this relaxing coastal route. You’ll make your way along the Halifax Waterfront first and then catch the ferry to Dartmouth to find a lovely waterfront trail. This bike route is perfect for capturing the fall foliage.
Tip: Don’t miss out on trying one of Dartmouth’s cafes or restaurants. Check out our Staff Picks for recommendations.
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