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Canada Day: A Day-Long Family Party in Halifax

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A July 2006 trip to Halifax by grannola

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Quote: On Canada Day, July 1, my mom, my 3 kids, and I took part in as many free events as possible.

Canada Day-Halilfax

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Attraction | "Dartmouth Pancake Breakfast"

Canada Day-Halilfax Photo, Halifax, Nova Scotia
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Each year on Canada Day, our first stop is the free Pancake Breakfast in Dartmouth. There are enough pancakes for 1500 people and they are given first-come, first-served. The breakfast runs from 8-9am.Everyone is given 2 big pancakes. The pancakes are all cooked by volunteers. You also get a juice box and/or a coffee or tea. Syrup is available, but no butter or other toppings. There are several picnic tables in the area to sit at.The whole thing is free, and volunteer driven, but it is a lot of fun. We went the past two years. The first year the weather was beautiful and we sat out in the sunshine. Last year it poured rain, so we had to huddle in a tent. (The beer tent se...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 2, 2006

Canada Day-Halilfax
Alderney Gate, Dartmouth
Dartmouth, NS

Canada Day-Halilfax

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Attraction | "Canada Day Kick-Off"

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The Canada Day celebrations start a little early out in these parts. Canada Day is always on July 1. The Kick-Off party is a couple days early, this year on June 29 from 6 to 9pm.The Kick-Off party is a small family festival that takes place in the parking lot of the Cole Harbour Recreation Centre. When you arrive there is a table where volunteers are handing out free paper Canadian Flags and free Canada Flag lapel pins.There is a BBQ (hot dogs, veggie dogs available on request) with drinks (Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, and bottled water) for the whole family.They always have a bouncy house for the kids. The bouncy house they have had the last couple of years has been a nice ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 4, 2006

Canada Day-Halilfax
Alderney Gate, Dartmouth
Dartmouth, NS

Halifax Citadel National Historic Site

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Attraction | "Citadel Hill National Historic Site"

Halifax Citadel National Historic Site Photo, Halifax, Nova Scotia
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Citadel HIll is a large Historic Site on the grounds of the old Citadel, which protected Halifax. On Canada Day, there is free admission. (The normal price is $27.20 for a family or $10.90 for an adult, $5.45 youths)We made the trek up the steep hill. There were about 6 flights of stairs to climb. Luckily we had a helper to carry the stroller up. Otherwise, we would have had to walk around to the other side of the hill and pushed the stroller up the car driveway.The citadel as it currently stands had been around since 1856, although there were 3 earlier citadels on the same location. There are models of the earlier versions in one of the museums. There is a lar...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 8, 2006

Halifax Citadel National Historic Site
Sackville And Brunswick Streets
Halifax B3K 5M7
(902) 426-5080

Nova Scotia International Tattoo Parade

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Nova Scotia International Tattoo Parade Photo, Halifax, Nova Scotia
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The Tattoo Parade is a great way for families to get a small taste of the Tattoo without the expense of tickets. Obviously the Tattoo is much more exciting than the short parade, but even that would be too much to sit through with a baby.The Tattoo is an international military display, featuring bands, acrobats, and military displays from countries all over the world. It is held annually at the Halifax Metro Centre and it is truly a spectacle. The Parade only had about 10 participating groups, which made it nice and short. Perfect for watching on a nice day with the kids.The parade route starts right across from Citadel Hill so there was a great crowd to watch the beginning....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 9, 2006

Nova Scotia International Tattoo Parade
Halifax
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History

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Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History Photo, Halifax, Nova Scotia
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The Natural History Museum is a great place to come with kids any time, but we especially like it when it's free. The museum opens up on Canada Day for the whole day, and it's a nice respite from the weather (either heat or rain).The museum has an annual butterfly tent which is up and running by Canada Day. You go through a double entry to get into the tent to see the butterflies up close. If you are very still, a butterfly might even land on you. There are dozens of different breeds of butterflies in the tent.This year, there was also an exhibit on "Norther Jaws: Sharks of Canada" that the kids liked. They particularly liked the model shark head that you could climb into....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 11, 2006

Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History
1747 Summer St
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4A6
(902) 424-7353