Halifax and its surrounding areas have many options for living your best life with your people, whether its with kids or not! Each community has its best traits and if you're looking for a community feeling with lots of family friendly events held often, lots of entertainment, and great school districts, look no further - we have the scoop!
Hammonds Plains has great places for families with young children to have lots of fun in every season. Some of those places include Hatfield Farm and Atlantic Splash Adventure. For year-round fun, you can visit Hatfield Farm for everything from wagon rides and bouncy castles to winter sleigh rides and hot chocolate. The splash park is fun for all ages with their 7 waterslides but only during summer months of course! This area is one of the more rural parts of HRM where you can find farms and great restaurants all in the same spot. A newer addition to the area is Vernon's Thunderbird Diner that is locally famed to have phenomenal customer service and great diner food. Oh, did we mention there is an old Thunderbird car on top of it?
Bedford is famed for their Bedford Days week-long celebration. Bedford Days usually surrounds Canada Day and is a much anticipated event for more than just Bedford residents. Most of the events that week are tailored to families, apart from an evening event with the local fire hall that is 19+. Bedford also has the Hali-famous Chicken Burger which holds outdoor movie nights, antique car nights and much more. Their chicken burgers are good too! During the holiday season the Bedford Place Mall has the most authentic Santa in all the land! Line ups are long but worth the wait to see Santa and give him tug on his real beard.
The Beechville Lakeside Timberlea (BLT) communities are linked together like a bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich (BLT)! The community feeling is strong here and there are lots of young families throughout all three areas. The elementary school is in Timberlea with family friendly neighbourhoods surrounding it. You will find summer events such as BLT Canada Day Celebration and Beechville Days. Both events are held by local volunteers and are the highlight of the summers around here. During the winter months, the local golf course, The Links at Brunello, turns their tennis courts into an outfoor ice rink and offers free skating. There is a multitude of family friendly days offered at the Links at Brunello such as snowshoeing and sledding.
On the Dartmouth side of things there are so many family centric areas we had a hard time narrowing it down to feature. Woodlawn and Crichton Park came out on top of our family friendly list. They are both central to most things happening in the Dartmouth area with Lake Banook and Sullivan's Pond in the middle and Shubie Park not too far away. A Tribute Parade and Festival for Veterans and Those Who Served happens annually. After the parade, there are free events for the whole family. The Woodlawn Library is very popular with children's events and is very much a party of the community. Sullivan's Pond houses many family events throughout the year and Lake Banook is a flurry of activity all year round as well! You won't have to look far for fun activities in these close areas.
Did you know that over 30,000 students attend Halifax's several post-secondary institutions every year? That's a large influx of youthfulness into our historic city! This is just one of the reasons Halifax is so dynamic, diverse and inclusive. Halifax is an overall phenomenal place to live in; whether it be temporary or long term. The shopping, eating, entertainment, and the arts & culture scene are vast and areas which you can live while attending your post-secondary institutions are endless.
Residence life isn't for everyone and what if you still wanted to have that community close-knit feeling? Maybe you still want to be close to all the events your school puts on? If your school is in the downtown Halifax area, there are plenty of condos that are right in the thick of it all. Staying in downtown Halifax keeps you close to all the action and close to Dalhousie, Saint Mary's, NSCAD, Kings, and NSCC campuses. If you're off the peninsula, perhaps attending Mount Saint Vincent, the Clayton Park area, Rockingham, and even Bedford are great places to start looking!