Halifax Public Gardens

an aerial view of the Halifax Public Gardens

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. 

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 open at 8 a.m. and close 30 minutes before dusk, year round.

Download a map and brochure for the Halifax Public Gardens before your visit.

Rules of the Halifax Public Gardens

For the protection of the Halifax Public Gardens, note the following rules when visiting:

  • Do not walk on the grass. The established pathways of the gardens form lovely, educational walks and the views from them display the gardens as they were meant to be seen in the Victorian Era.
  • The Family Lawn by the South-East Gate (Spring Garden Road at Summer Street) is for passive use and you are able to walk on the grass in this area only.
  • Please do not feed the ducks. It can make them dependent on a human-provided food supply and interfere with their natural migratory patterns in the spring and fall. Don’t worry, there’s lots of natural food available for the ducks in the gardens.
  • No bicycles or scooters are allowed in the gardens. These must be chained outside of the garden gates. 
  • No jogging is allowed through the gardens. 
  • No pets. 

Accessibility and bathrooms

Halifax Public Gardens are wheelchair accessible. It even offers a limited supply of wheelchairs for public use—inquire at Horticultural Hall.

Horticulture Hall also serves beverages and has public toilets available.

Interactive Map

Wondering what's growing in the public gardens? Click on the plant icons in the interactive map below to learn more about what's been planted in the Halifax Public Gardens. 

For a full screen map, click here. 

For mobile use, full sized map or issues loading the map, use this link.

Free tours of the Halifax Public Gardens

Friends of the Public Gardens offer free horticultural and historical tours of the gardens and organize special events throughout the year. 

Weddings at the Halifax Public Gardens

The Gardens are not available to be booked for weddings or private functions. Wedding and special occasion photographs are permitted, and no booking is required. Please respect others in the Gardens and the rules posted above.

Floral Bed Display Program

The Halifax Public Gardens and Leighton Dillman Park (Dartmouth Common) support charitable organizations in the local community to promote upcoming events and milestones with a floral display.  

If your organization is celebrating a significant date, event, or milestone, it can be considered as a candidate for one of the Floral Bed Displays. Fill out an application to get started. 

History of the Halifax Public Gardens

Interested in learning about the history of the Halifax Public Gardens? Visit the Halifax Municipal Archives source guide to learn more.

People sitting on benches around the gazebo at the Halifax Public Gardens

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