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Here is a list of great places to take photos in and around Halifax.
1. Halifax Waterfront
The ultimate stop for people-watching, the Halifax boardwalk spans 3 kilometers along the waterfront. If you’re still developing a photographic eye, this is a great place to practice your shooting skills! With harbour views, festivals, public art, street performers and skyline scenes, there is always something interesting to shoot.
The Halifax Transit ferry is the most inexpensive harbour tour you’ll find! For $2.50, you can take a return trip to and from Dartmouth. Your experience will depend on the day, but I recommend riding on the open top level and shooting a sunrise or sunset. Early evening makes for excellent skyline shots. If your camera is capable, try time-lapse photography to capture your trek. If you’re lucky, you might even catch a retreating morning fog or galloping harbour porpoises!
3. Seaview Look-Off Park
Located at the northern tip of the peninsula, this park offers open views of the Bedford Basin, MacKay Bridge infrastructure, the Barrington Street overpass and power pylons.
4. Peggy’s Cove
Peggy’s Cove is the place to capture a quintessential East Coast landscape. The iconic lighthouse, oceanside fishing sheds, colourful houses, open skies, calm coves and rough ocean currents make for an idyllic shot.
5. Dartmouth Cove
In between the Alderney and Woodside Ferry on the Dartmouth side of the harbour, a trail system loops around the Dartmouth Cove. Here, industrial landscapes are regenerating into new built environments while maintaining a connection to the sea.
6. York Redoubt
As one of Halifax’s National Historic Sites of Canada, York Redoubt is a remnant military fortification at the mouth of the Halifax harbour. Roam the grounds for unique shots free from human interference.
7. Fisherman’s Cove
Located in the heart of Eastern Passage, Fisherman’s Cove offers a glimpse into a recreated, but active, rural fishing community. Brightly painted fishing shacks, shops and children eating ice cream are some of the scenes that await you on your visit. Snap fishing boats moored at the wharf with the Halifax skyline in the background.
8. Duncan’s Cove
For the adventurous, Duncan’s Cove is a rugged view into the exposed landscapes along the Atlantic Ocean. Here, craggy cliffs drop down to crystal clear water. No matter the season, a sunny day means a great walk ahead. Native plant life, wildlife, passing ships and colourful earth-toned landscapes mean there is no shortage of photographic opportunities.
9. Eastern Shore Beaches
With over 150 kilometers of colourful, exposed and species-rich coastline, there are endless opportunities to capture seaside landscapes on the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia. A number of popular beaches are within short driving distance. Rainbow Haven Beach, Conrad’s Beach and Lawrencetown Beach are 3 popular and active beaches. Here, you can capture the power of nature in the waves, ephemeral sand patterns and ever-changing grasses and dune plants. If you’re looking for action shots, be sure to capture surfers as they power through rough Atlantic Ocean waves.