After typically harsh and unforgiving winters, summer is what everyone in Halifax lives for. And when the warm weather finally arrives, you don’t have to go far to get to paradise. If you’re here long enough, you’ll get to know the secret beaches and lakes, and you’ll likely end up there anytime you aren’t working and the sun is shining. It’s all about escaping the summer heat with pals, a cooler full of snacks and some furry friends in tow.
Here is a breakdown of my favourite kind of summer day to have in the city (and just outside it):
10 a.m. I head to the Seaport Farmers’ Market for breakfast, snacks and maybe a little shopping. Saturdays can get crazy at the Market, so the earlier you get there, the better. I always hit up Steve-O-Reno’s, a 20-year-old coffee shop that’s a Halifax staple, for my weekend cappuccino and a spelt blueberry muffin. Next, I head to Noggins Corner Farm to peruse the best new fruits and vegetables available—berry season is finally beginning, so I pick up a pint of local strawberries. And lastly, a bouquet of flowers from Sea Blooms for good measure. My go-to outfit? A dress by local Halifax designer Maggie Jayne and some Sun Buddies sunglasses.
11 a.m. It’s beach time! Picking where you want to go to is always the biggest challenge because there are so many great spots. I usually base my decision on where I feel like grabbing lunch. Wearing my favourite new Ninfea Swimwear bathing suit made by local Lindsay D’ambrogi, I choose to head to Cow Bay’s Rainbow Haven beach, a sandy, picturesque area on the south-facing shore of NS. I hunker down with a good read and notebook, and munch on market snacks.
4 p.m. Time to leave sunny paradise. My post-beach outfit change: a ruffle off-the-shoulder top from New Brunswick designer Jeska Grue and vintage Levi’s jeans. After a sun-filled day, hitting up the new local pizza place Yeah Yeahs in Dartmouth (Halifax’s sister city, just across the bay) only seems appropriate. One of many amazing new food destinations in town, Yeah Yeahs prides itself on simple but highly addictive pizza with light-as-air crust that really sets it apart. With a small menu of pies to choose from, in traditional combinations like Margherita to specials like breakfast pizza on weekends, you always leave Yeah Yeahs wanting more.
5:30 p.m. Time for a local craft beer or cider beside Yeah Yeahs at Battery Park Beer Bar before heading back across the bridge to the city. Battery Park has every Nova Scotia craft beer on tap you can dream up, and if you still have room for a snack, their small plates and bar snacks, like oysters, spicy fries and popcorn, always hit the spot.