Public Gardens, Halifax

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    The Public Gardens

    by PA2AKgirl Updated Oct 19, 2004

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    It’s hard to choose, but, for me, the Public Gardens may have been the best thing we saw in Halifax. They are so tranquil and a perfect way to start a tour of the historic area. For a Saturday morning, it was pretty early but there were many people walking around enjoying the sunny (but breezy) day—I don’t blame them: if I had something like this in my city (if I lived in a city, that is) I’d take advantage of it as well.

    Bobby and I walked pretty much the whole area and could have stayed there much longer but a loud tour group came in. When the bagpiper started playing, the setting seemed perfect…until he played the intro to the same song about 7 times;-) No, it was still very enjoyable. We were there in September and while I’m sure they are even more beautiful in the spring and early summer, the landscaping made it so it didn’t matter what flowers were blooming, it’s a wonderful place to visit. There are lots of ducks and swans hanging out, too so you’ll have some friends tagging along.

    The gardens are free and open from the beginning of May until the end of October.

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    A natural haven in downtown Halifax

    by Jefie Written Sep 8, 2006

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    I only made it to the Public Gardens because it was part of the city's historic walking tour, not expecting anything spectacular. Let me tell you that I was very pleasantly surprised! The Halifax Public Gardens opened up in 1867, the same year Canada became a country. Designed according to the Victorian fashion of the day, the 17-acre park is graced with beautiful floral designs, birds and trees, fountains and statues that all come together to create a quiet, peaceful atmosphere. So if you need to unwind after a busy day touring around the city, just bring a book with you, pick your favorite bench and enjoy the gardens!

    Kevin & Alex at the Public Gardens

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    PUBLIC GARDENS

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Aug 17, 2008

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    I visited the Gardens on the saturday before hurricane Juan hit. I was lucky to capture some of the beauty that was destroyed soon after. I hope the Gardens will be restored in their original beauty.

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    Public Gardens

    by marcoparco Updated Sep 9, 2004

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    The Halifax Public Gardens are very well known...and for good reason. They are simply beautiful and ancient. They originated back in 1836. Unfortunately a few years ago Halifax got hit by Hurricane Juan and the Gardens suffered great damage. People say that the Gardens were much nicer before the hurricane and are still recuperating. I still found them to be amazing. The area is also very popular for newlyweds wedding pictures. I believe i saw 5 brides during our walk through the garden!

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    Halifax Public Gardens

    by victorwkf Written Jun 7, 2006

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    There is a beautiful and idyllic public gardens located along the junction of Spring Garden Road and South Park Street, just across the famous Lord Nelson Hotel. This is a good place to send a quiet afternoon, however do take note that it is not opened during late autumn and winter.

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    Public Gardens

    by tvor Updated Nov 20, 2006

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    In the heart of Halifax are several acres of formal Victorian gardens. It was first created in 1836, the oldest public gardens in Canada. There is a gazebo that was built in 1887 where there are concerts in summer. There are many beds of flowers and trees, fountains and a large duck population. It's a lovely place to wander, sit in the sun and read or laze on the grass though there's only one spot you are allowed to do that. It's situated a few blocks up Spring Garden Road which is THE best street in Halifax.

    The Public Gardens closes it's gates from Mid November to Victoria Day weekend (third Monday in May)

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    Halifax Public Gardens

    by nsca Updated Jul 27, 2003

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    These are the oldest Victorian Gardens in North America. An exquisite place to wander around, or plunk youself down on a bench to watch the swans gliding across the central pond. Pop into the canteen for a delicious cup of organic coffee and a fresh scone with strawberry preserves .Say hi to Anna while you are there. Pick up a postcard and sit under one of the enormous trees to write a note to someone you love....

    Bandstand in Public Gardens

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    A wonderful park

    by King_Golo Written Nov 24, 2007

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    Halifax' Public Gardens are probably the best place to relax when you've done enough sightseeing for the day. Located conveniently close to the centre, the gardens are built in a sort of flower park style. When I was there in September, many flowers were blooming and all different colours of blossoms could be seen.
    Relaxing is possible on one of the many benches in the park, but I'd recommend to check out those close to the beautiful fountain.

    Wrought-iron gate to the gardens

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    Quaint Park for your convenience

    by seasonedveteran Written May 10, 2008

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    So grab a coffee from Spring Gardens Cafe or the magazien cafe across the street, and then take a wonderful stroll through the english style gardens with small charming cross bridges so you can surmount the small pond river adorned with flowers and precious lillies and ducks. I particularly enjoyed sitting on the benches and looking at the couple of fountain centerpieces, and finally circling the giant gazebo where bands play in the summer. Highlights are the Swan in its own designated area, who actuallyis very grumpy and doesnt take kindly to cameras or people for that matter.

    It is quite nice, but actually local Halogonians will so petty is the park now, after the Hurricane One in 2002 had its way with it, and the Public Gardens will never be the same again.

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  • A beautiful oasis

    by oerkenbo Written Nov 2, 2008

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    One of the most famous gardens in Canada is Butchart Gardens near Victoria, BC. The Halifax Public Garden is not a private enterprise, and yet the quality of the display really warrants it to be one of the best in Canada. The variety of the flowers, and the artistry with which everything was put together was absolutely pleasing to the eye. Don't miss it!

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    Public Gardens

    by brazwhazz Written Apr 8, 2005

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    This place is the oldest Victorian garden in North America. It is an ideal spot to have a picnic on a warm, sunny day.

    We spent at least an hour walking here and there in the gardens. They have everything: a duck pond, statues, fountains, miniature houses, flower gardens... even a bandstand!

    Halifax already has a very laid-back atmosphere, but everything seems even more relaxed in this serene place.

    Bandstand in the middle of the garden

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    Public Gardens

    by sswagner Written Feb 4, 2005

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    On a pleasant day, this city park should be a very nice place to visit. It is full of gazebos, fountains, ducks, and various foliage. It is an easy walk from the city center and the harbor area. Even on a nice summer day, it did not seem too crowded at all.

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    by aligraphy Written Aug 26, 2002

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    The Halifax Public Gardens. Well, they are just gardens, but the flower arrangements are amazing, and the concession stand sells wonderful ice cream. And there are lots and lots of ducks, if that floats your boat. :) I personally find it a wonderful, tranquil place to get some sun and read. It's right in the heart of the city, a real European touch.
    I go there to study, but you should go just to enjoy the atmosphere. Plus, some weekdays and all weekend, there are craft vendors and artists on the outside walls, which are terrifically fun to visit. Also, some of the trees have interesting heritages - try to find the one that was planted by King George while the Queen Mum watched. On Sunday afternoons in the summer there are often concerts at a rotunda as well. A note: the park closes for the winter.

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    Public Gardens

    by hayward68 Written Aug 25, 2002

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    The finest original formal Victorian Public Garden in North America. Enjoy the historic fountains, statuary, duck pond and summer Sunday afternoon band concerts. Set among lovely flowerbeds and specimen trees.

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    PUBLIC GARDENS

    by hevbell Updated Feb 22, 2004

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    The Public Gardens- a 17 acre formal Victorian garden. There are over 80 species of trees and 200 shrubs etc contained in the gardens. There is are various statues,memorials etc and a Victorian bandstand which dominates the gardens.

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