Best Outdoor Locations for Photos in Halifax & Dartmouth

I’m often asked by clients about the best places to take photos.There are so many great outdoor locations throughout Halifax and Dartmouth, I thought I’d put together a list of favourite spots as per previous clients!

Best Outdoor Locations in Halifax Area

Public Gardens (Downtown Halifax)

The Public Gardens is always a lovely spot to take photos. In the spring there are beautiful blossoms and flowers everywhere you look. In the summer it’s a green oasis in the heart of the city. Since the gardens are downtown and close to restaurants and bars you might as well make the most of the location and follow your shoot with a date night!

Parking notes: Pay for street parking or nearby parkade/lot

Point Pleasant Park (South End Halifax)

A favourite to many and understandably so! Point Pleasant is a great spot because you can get a little bit of everything — greenery, ocean views, and trails surrounded by wonderfully tall trees. It’s pretty close to downtown Halifax and there’s plenty of parking. My favourite feature? It’s a dog park so you’ll get to see so many cute doggos!

Parking Notes: There are two parking lots and the gates to the parking lots close at dusk.

Downtown Halifax (Waterfront and Nearby Streets)

Perhaps a favourite of mine is downtown Halifax. I just love the city vibe in photos and you can walk to a lot of places in a short amount of time. Halifax has a good mix of new and old architecture as well to add variety to your photos.

Parking notes: Pay for street parking or nearby parkade/lot

A few more popular spots: Sir Sandford Fleming Park (the Dingle), the Frog Pond Park, Citadel Hill, King’s Campus and Dalhousie Campus, and Hemlock Ravine (on the Bedford highway).

Best Outdoor Locations in Dartmouth Area

Downtown Dartmouth

There are just as many photo ops in Dartmouth should you choose to venture to the other side of the Harbour. Hey, maybe even some photos while on the ferry? Downtown Dartmouth offers a waterfront view of Halifax, the bridges, and some green spaces and water features within walking distance of the ferry, like the Dartmouth Commons, Sullivan’s Pond and Lake Banook.

Parking Notes: Paid lot at ferry terminal or street parking

Shubie Park

Particularly beautiful in the summer and fall, Shubie Park offers many trails and lake views for photos. The park is quite popular with dogs and people,, especially on weekends, but having lived next to the park for many years, I know several areas that are a little quieter.

Parking notes: Main entrance/lot is off Locks Road by the Fairbanks Centre