Halifax is a historic city with the Celtic charm expected of Nova Scotia, overflowing with arts, culture, music and bars, so many bars. Despite some Toronto lesbians telling me that there were like five queer women in Halifax, and they all lived in one house note: Hali is also home to five universities including an arts university folks, think of all of the queers , drawing uni-aged homos from across the country.
Halifax Waterfront Photo Credit: The Company House is technically a live music venue and is a great place to catch intimate music, comedy or poetry show featuring a slew of queer women performers. The Company House Photo Credit: Menz Bar Gottingen Street As the name would suggest, Menz Bar is where you should go if you wanna shake your booty with some older, likely bearded gay men.
Menz Bar Photo Credit: This sweaty dance party features disco, house and punk and is for according to their Facebook page: Each takeover attendees wear the same colour or adhere to a dress code such as floral and short shorts. While Halifax Pride is not immune from the corporate sponsorship or controversy that has plagued big city celebrations, our Pride has managed to maintain some of the small-town Pride charm that larger cities may lack.
Halifax Pride Week begins with a good ole drag queen vs. The always-packed event is held at the Halifax Commons. Past topics have included: A worthwhile sober, day-time Pride activity. Drawing inspiration from the early Pride celebrations, the Dyke and Trans March is an overtly political, grassroots alternative to the Pride Parade started as a Dyke March in The first Dyke and Trans March was held in and is by and for all queer women and trans people and their allies and is traditionally held the Friday evening before the Pride Parade.
Both the Parade and the crowds get bigger every year and the gaiety continues at the community fair and concert held at the Garrison Grounds immediately following the Parade. Any of the above mentioned bars are good places to meet women or other queers. Halifax is also famous for queer dance parties with obligatory glitter station at various queerified houses in the North End. Make a Hali-queer friend and get yourself invited to one to meet lots of lovelies.
Also, keep an eye out for event posters on polls around town. Smack in the middle of the city the gardens are full of flowers and shrubbery, ponds and streams, waterfowl and gazeboes and is a great place to go for a stroll or eat your lunch. In the summer it is ideal for sunbathing.
At night, the top of Citadel is a long-standing gay male cruising spot. Citadel Hill Photo Credit: Rebecca Rose Halifax Commons North End Spanning what would be several city blocks just North-West of Citadel Hill, the commons are a large grassy space with baseball diamonds, a skate park, a skating oval and playground. Try to avoid walking through the commons at night though. Point Pleasant Park Point Pleasant Drive A Halifax treasure, Point Pleasant is the largest forested park on the Halifax peninsula, has beautiful views of the water and is a great place for a walk, bike ride or a picnic.
If you are in Halifax in the summer you need to get thee to a beach: Chloe at the Beach Photo Credit: College Life Nova Scotia has 10 universities in all, five of which are based in Halifax, making us one mega university town. Rebecca Rose Dal is the biggest university in town with 15, ish students, located in the south end of Halifax. With a rad queer collective that throws the most fun queer dance parties, and makes the prettiest hand-made queer themed things to put on your wall and sew on your denim vest, NSCAD is where you will find boat-loads of queers.
Moosehead games are held at the Halifax Metro Centre, and are not really gay but are a time if you love hockey especially if the beer is flowing. Full of students, artists and other mostly young hip Haligonians using the free Internet while slurping caffeinated beverages and smoothies and eating breakfast, vegetarian chili, avocado melts and baked goods.
Small, cheery and bright and right in the centre of downtown Halifax. In the summer there plunk yourself down on their small patio. People are religious about their lattes and infamous oh-my-god-this-is-so-big croissants. Go here for an authentic North End Halifax experience and some hot queers who work there. Chomp on samosas, pakoras or eggs benny on the weekend and sip on something fair trade coffee or a local beer while listening to some underground hip-hop.
Great people watching on their small patio. Located at the centre of the North End North and Agricola and featuring lots of gluten free and other yumminess. Great for studying, reading or a coffee date with a friend or crush. Humani-T Cafe North End: The owner herself with mix you up a blend to help you get over that cold or hangover.