Art Routes

There is art in every corner of Halifax Regional Municipality, and the Halifax Art Map is your guide to discovering art, artist studios and galleries.

Our neighbourhoods are home to clusters of art treasures, and you can visit them on foot, bike, by bus or by car. Here we suggest a few Art Routes for discovering galleries and studios. Take a day or an hour, or spread the adventure over the entire year. If you are including artist studios, be sure to call ahead to make an appointment.

 There are pop-up galleries and exhibits, too – these anywhere, anytime events appear on Facebook at Halifax Art Map.

Go North Trek

Halifax’s North end is a vibrant part of the city undergoing renewal, and home to many artists and arts venues. From North Street to the Hydrostone at Young, is a walkable area home to local eateries, breweries, cafes and pubs to keep art explorers going.

Dartmouth Wander

Across the harbour from Halifax, Dartmouth’s downtown is undergoing a renaissance, and the arts are part of it. The ferry from Halifax to Dartmouth takes you close to the doors of Craig Gallery in Alderney Landing; a great launching point to discovering more art, shops and eateries in Dartmouth.

Downtown Halifax

Halifax’s downtown is awash in art. Private and public galleries are found in this urban core, and there are many public art works along the way. Anchored by the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, we suggest 3 distinct areas of downtown as art, shopping and dining tours: Historic Old Town, Halifax Seaport, and Spring Garden Road – Barrington Street.

Neighbourhoods and Corridors

Quinpool Road is a west-end corridor leading into and out of downtown where galleries, artists and many ethnic restaurants can be found. The Armdale-Jollimore area on the Northwest Arm, features a small grouping of artist studios, a perfect beginning for a nature walk in the park or a shore drive towards Chebucto Head.

Out (of town) and About

Further afield from the urban core are many more galleries and studios to be explored during festivals, on beach days, or part of a country drive.

Coast and Country West: The Peggy’s Cove area, stretching inland and along the coast west of Halifax, is heavily populated by artist studios. The Peggy’s Cove Area Festival of the Arts runs from July 7 to 17, 2016.

Bedford and Fall River: is a region of charming towns, lakes and woods featuring artist studios to visit.

Coast and Country East: Heading east from Halifax, a coastal drive along the Eastern Shore is rewarded with great art and grand views. By taking side trips into hidden harbours and communities you will discover galleries and studios.

Find local art

However you make use of this map – in print or online, starting close to your neighbourhood or ranging far afield – we’re sure you’ll discover memorable art to take back home.



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