Halifax Public Gardens are one of the finest surviving examples of a Victorian garden in North America. They were founded by the Nova Scotia Horticultural Society in 1836 and were recognized as a National Historic Site in 1984. The Halifax Public Gardens is also part of Canada’s Garden Route.
Interested in supporting the Halifax Public Gardens? Donate a bench through the Gift For Parks Civic Support Program [PDF].
Location and operating hours
The Halifax Public Gardens comprise an entire block of the downtown core, bordered by Spring Garden Road, Summer Street, South Park Street, and Sackville Street.
The main gate of the Halifax Public Gardens is located at the corner of Spring Garden Road and South Park Street, with gates at the other three corners as well.
Gates will be open daily at 7 a.m., from April to mid-November.Gates will close each day a half hour before dusk.
Winter hours of operation (From November 18 to April 14) are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., daily.
Please note (Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019): The Halifax Regional Municipality is advising residents that, due to safety concerns caused by icy conditions on the pathways, the Public Gardens will be closed until further notice.
Clearing operations for the Public Gardens require extra precautions due to the environmental impact this can have on the plant vegetation. Salt application is minimized and, as a result, clearing takes longer during exceptional weather conditions (e.g. precipitation followed by mild temperatures and a sudden drop in temperature leading to significant ice build up).
Your patience and understanding is appreciated.
For all service updates, including information on when the Public Gardens will reopen, follow @hfxgov on Twitter. For other questions, please call 311.
Download a map and brochure for the Halifax Public Gardens [PDF] before your visit.