The Halifax Public Gardens are Victorian era public gardens formally established in 1867, the year of Canadian Confederation. The gardens are located in the Halifax Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia on the Halifax Peninsula near the popular shopping district of Spring Garden Road and opposite Victoria Park. The gardens were designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1984.
The Public Gardens encompass 16 acres and are bounded by Spring Garden Road, South Park Street, Summer Street and Sackville Street. They are open annually from approximately May 1 until November 1. The landscaping style is Victorian formal and provides a popular setting for wedding and prom photos. In addition to statues and extensive flower beds, there are three fountains, two stone bridges, three ponds (one large and two small), and a small concession building (located in the original Horticultural Hall). The gardens also feature a bandstand that is used for free public concerts on Sunday afternoons during the summer. There are celebrations in the gardens every year on Canada Day (July 1) and Natal Day (the first Monday in August).
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Krista Whitehouse | Mar 5, 2018
If you are in the area, this is a must for a break from work. The park is small but lovely and they do a lot of good maintenance. Peaceful and beautiful, I also love watching the cute fluffy geese, which are my personal highlight. The gardens are stunning all the time and they are constantly doing grooming. The only thing that desperately needs to be improved is the quality of the pond water. It's been a greenish sludge colour for far too long. I hear they are going to clean it up, and it's well over-due.
Hillary Jones | Feb 16, 2018
absolutely gorgeous! love this place; in the summer it's like a get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Has ducks, fish and turtles in it as well.
Raine Murray | Feb 25, 2018
This Place is wonderful, even when its covered with snow and ice. It's Beautiful me and my fiance took our engagement photos there
Dylantote kay | Jan 30, 2018
Utterly beautiful! On a summer day with the sun shining and maybe some ice cream in your hand it's a great place to hang and see some pretty flowers! :)
Rodney Sauveur | Dec 14, 2017
If you love flowers and trees, this is a place for you. Beautiful ponds and fountains. Lots of places to rest and take in the view. They have a family area. Great for a picnic. There is a restaurant as well. Public washrooms at the main entrance. It is beautiful!
Nathalie D'Auteuil | Mar 22, 2018
Beautiful National Historic Site and Victorian Garden in the heart of downtown. Surrounded by a wrought iron fence, with its imposing gate at the corner of Spring Garden Road and South Park Street, the gardens welcome visitors year-round. A tree planted by King George VI is my personal favourite. Lovely fountains, beautifully manicured gardens featuring some exotic as well as local flora. A popular destination for prom.and wedding photos. Enjoy a coffee at the cafe or a small concert in the historic bandstand.
Chris Keizer | May 6, 2018
Looks great in the spring / summer. Love going there for walks at lunch. And if you want ice cream or a coffee they have a little store there as well.
Sheila Coutts | Apr 5, 2018
A little oasis in the middle of the city. Peaceful, well cared for. Love to watch the flowers and trees through the seasons.Great little coffee and ice cream shop. Geese and ducks in large pond and lots of benches. Walking distance to universities, hospitals, shops and restaurants
Victoria Rosenbach | Apr 25, 2018
O e of the most beautiful places - no matter the season! AND also a very fun place to "people watch" 😀
Vicki Bryanton | Jun 2, 2018
I've driven by many times but this was my first stroll through. So lovely and tranquil. A great place to go to take a break from dealing with hospitalized family member. Clears the mind and rejuvenated the soul.
Nicole S. Moore | Jun 6, 2018
One of the oldest unchanged Victorian gardens in North America. A true public garden with a deep historical significance. Knowledgeable horticulturists with tons of passion. Beautiful gardens of many types, unique trees hundreds of years old, some even planted by royalty.
Mihir Joshi | May 12, 2018
Nice wake to have a morning stroll or an evening walk. This place has all the beautiful flowers and trees. There is also a pond at the center which is really beautiful and sometimes you can see ducks in it. I did yoga there a couple of times and it's a really peaceful experience.
Binder Vegas | Jun 3, 2018
A beautiful tiny park in the city with a nice variety of plants and lovely big trees. A cute little restaurant on site too! Very quaint little park. Takes about 20 minutes to walk through. Parking in the area is hard to find. Several homeless people in the area (none in the gardens). Sad. Some will approach you asking for money. A little uncomfortable. No security guards on site. But I still recommend a visit.
Navarre Hebb | Jul 2, 2018
Very tranquil place especially early in the morning when it is first opened up. While I was there there were a few plants that normally wouldn't grow here at all! A pineapple, coffee, and especially the gigantic agave! It was very interesting to see these plants and even more interesting to see people's reactions to them. The gardens are awesome
Zoë Grabowski | Jun 12, 2018
The public gardens is one of my favourite places in all of Halifax. When I was working downtown, it made an excellent place to take a break and stretch my legs. It provides a variety of plants throughout the seasons to enjoy and now there are informational boards at key points that provide a look into the garden's history. Now that they have it open all year round, it is possible to enjoy a winter walk, taking in the unique beauty of the colder season.
Ruth Larson | Jun 9, 2018
I do love to visit The Public Gardens. In Halifax. It is a historical place and there interesting tidbits to read, with old photos of days gone by, on the various signs posted throughout the gardens. There is also some information available inside of the house which doubles as a snack bar and an information booth. This house is also historic. Many flowers and plants make the gardens so delightful and it changes as summer goes by. Ducks and a goose provide added fun, watching them move around provides an added attraction so be sure to get lots of photos. I hope you will fall in love with our gardens while you relax and explore.
Peggy Matheson | Jul 10, 2018
I enjoyed an afternoon picnic with my best friend from work. As we stroll through some of the park I managed to get a number of pictures and watch the ducks being followed by their little babies. The the grounds are in bloom, the gardens are gorgeous on the afternoon sun was beautiful.
Mary-Kate | Jun 16, 2018
Lovely gardens with lots to see and enjoy. There's even a pond and benches so visitors can sit and relax. We came early season (beginning of June) so there wasn't as much blooming and we would have hoped, but it was still a beautiful and relaxing place. It's downtown, so if you're driving be aware that it's metered parking (coins only) around the park, but we found a parking lot just a block or so away that took credit cards.
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