Spring Garden, Halifax

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Spring Garden
Spring Garden and South Park on a rainy night.
Spring Garden and South Park on a rainy night.
Country Canada
Province Nova Scotia
Municipality Halifax Regional Municipality
Community council Peninsula Council
Planning Area Halifax Peninsula

Spring Garden, along with Barrington Street (which it adjoins) is a major commercial and cultural district in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. It acquired its name from the fresh water spring that flows directly beneath it. It comprises Spring Garden Road, South Park Street, and a number of smaller side streets. The area is considered to be one of the trendiest areas in Halifax and is one of the busiest shopping districts east of Montreal.

Spring Garden Road is home to a number of pubs, coffee shops and boutiques, making it busy both day and night. On Spring Garden one can also find the Main Branch of Halifax Public Libraries, the Halifax Provincial Court, the school of architecture and the Sexton Campus of Dalhousie University (the former Technical University of Nova Scotia), the Halifax Public Gardens, and St. Mary's Basilica. The area is also in proximity to the Citadel and the Halifax Metro Centre, and several major hotels are located nearby.

Spring Garden road runs out to Robie Street, and then becomes Coburg Road, a largely residential thoroughfare. It is served by numerous Metro Transit routes. Routes 1, 10, 14, 18, 20 and 80 provide service from 6am until midnight daily.


Prince Edward, Prince of Wales arrived in Halifax in July 1860, making this city his first stop on the first tour of North America by an heir to the British throne. Numerous arches were erected around the city to commemorate the occasion. The day after arriving, the Prince's procession traveled from Government House up Spring Garden Road toward the Public Gardens. An arch was erected by the archbishop at the foot of Spring Garden Road emblazoned with the words "Welcome to the Land of the Mayflower" and festooned with wreathes and thousands of roses.[1] Further up the road a large arch, sponsored by General Trollope, Commander-in-Chief of His Majesty's Forces in Nova Scotia, was erected in front of the courthouse. The archway was lauded by the British Colonist newspaper as "the grandest object amongst all our displays, in or around the city, outside of the Province Building.... It is the most splendid thing of the kind we have ever seen, here or elsewhere, and evinces on the part of its designer, not only much taste but real genius."[1][2] Other arches and monuments were set up outside the gardens and the Convent of the Sacred Heart.[1]

Gathering places[edit]

The street sees some of the highest foot traffic in the city, and hosts several popular public gathering places. The Lord Nelson Hotel, at the corner of Spring Garden Road and South Park Street, is a Halifax landmark. During the 1960s its grounds were a popular hang-out for artists and hippies, but the wall outside upon which people sat was subsequently redeveloped into shops. The park outside the Spring Garden Memorial Library is a particularly popular place to stop and rest. Citizens can enjoy the buskers and purchase food from several vendors, including the Bud the Spud chip truck. The low wall around the garden is a very popular place to sit and rest.

Victoria Park, including the square surrounding the Robert Burns statue at the corner of Spring Garden and South Park, is sometimes used for arts events, community gatherings, and demonstrations. In 2011, the site was briefly home to the Occupy Nova Scotia movement, who agreed to relocate there after Mayor Peter J. Kelly requested they vacate the Grand Parade to make way for the annual Remembrance Day ceremonies. Unbeknownst to the protestors, the mayor controversially issued an order to have the site cleared by police on the morning of Remembrance Day, and several protesters were arrested.[3][4]

The new Halifax Central Library on the corner of Spring Garden Road and Queen Street forms a new locus of activity on a site which had previously been a surface parking lot for over five decades.

Major intersections[edit]

Statue of Winston Churchill outside the Spring Garden Memorial Library.

Notable places[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Visit of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales to the North American Colonies". The British Colonist. 2 August 1860. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  2. ^ ""Court House, Halifax, Spring Garden Road, looking east, 1860. Arch of General Trollope in honour of the visit of the Prince of Wales, designed by Col. Nelson, R.E."". Halifax and Its People / 1749-1999. Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  3. ^ "Occupy Nova Scotia: Halifax Mayor Orders Eviction From Victoria Park". Canadian Press. 11 November 2011. Retrieved 25 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "Occupy N.S. protesters plan next move after eviction". CBC News. 11 November 2011. Retrieved 25 March 2014. 

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Coordinates: 44°38′33.4″N 63°34′42.4″W / 44.642611°N 63.578444°W / 44.642611; -63.578444