Weekend Wanderings – Halifax in April

In April, Doug, Clayton and I spent a night in Halifax and used our time exploring downtown. We have been to Halifax many times as a family, staying in Dartmouth, Bedford and Bayer’s Lake areas. This trip we stayed at the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront. 

This was our first overnight adventure away from home without our oldest son, Lorne. He had a Cadet event to attend that weekend.

Having just one child with us meant we could gear our activities to him a little more, but I feel that Lorne (14 yrs old) would have enjoyed all the places and activities as well.

We arrived in the afternoon on Friday, walked a little while in the misty rain along the boardwalk and then went to the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, one of our go to stops when we travel to Halifax. Read all about our visit here.

After exploring the museum, and spending much of our time “talking” to Merlin. We checked into our hotel and relaxed for a little bit.

Clayton loved sitting in the window looking out at the harbour view we had. It was foggy that day, but beautiful and clear the next morning.


When a hotel has a pool, it is pretty much a given that Clayton wants in it asap! So guess where he and I ended up, pretty much right way? You got it, an hour in the pool 🙂 

After swimming, we received a lovely tray of goodies through room service, and spent some time getting settled.

Deciding on a place to eat in Halifax is hard, there are just so many choices. We decided to stay close to the hotel for supper, so we wouldn’t be out too late. We had supper at the Lower Deck in the Historic Properties. We enjoyed some great pub food and there was entertainment starting just before we left. Had it been just been Doug and I we would have stayed to enjoy the music.

Our next day was planned to pack in some activities before heading back to Moncton, so no time to be tired.

We picked up a quick breakfast at Starbucks, conveniently located in the hotel lobby. Then we set out for a day of fun.

No trip to Halifax on the weekend is complete without a visit to the Halifax Seaport Farmers Market. We picked up coffee and then explored the market, picking up a few items along the way.

Next we took a walk outside along the shops close by. We picked up a t-shirt for Lorne at East Coast Lifestyle (pictured below) and also checked out the great beer selection at the Garrison Brewing Company.

Our next stop was fun for the whole family at the Discovery Center. This is a must visit spot for anyone with children. So much to see and do, we could have spent much more time there. Check out our photos from our visit, here.

After the Discovery Center, we grabbed lunch at Chabba Thai on Queen st. After lunch we went for a walk around the block to Woozles Book Store and then checked out the Halifax Central Library.  

The library is a must see on anyone’s list. In addition to the beautiful architecture, the amenities there are endless. If we lived in Halifax, it would be a regular hang out for Clayton and I. Just amazing.

Here are a few pics from the library.

We spent a full day exploring Halifax and made some pretty amazing memories on this weekend away.

Living in Moncton NB, I find Halifax the perfect getaway for an overnight adventure. Do you enjoy a quick getaway where you just go and explore? What is your favourite overnight or weekend destination?

You can read our review of the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront on Trekaroo, here. Special Thanks to the hotel for sponsoring our visit with them.


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