In 2015, DHBC launched a Gritty to Pretty placemaking program to award a limited number of grants for beautification projects located in Downtown Halifax.
Gritty to Pretty includes the following grants: Open Grant for any great beautification initiative, one for Façade Lighting, and one for Murals. These projects contribute to DHBC's beautification efforts to make Downtown Halifax more welcoming to locals and visitors alike. Learn more about the program here.
Grab Your Camera and Explore
Grab your camera and explore the public art in Downtown Halifax. You're welcome to start your tour anywhere, but our tour starts at 1326 Barrington Street, weaves through the Downtown core, and finishes on the beautiful Halifax Waterfront.
Before you start, we recommend grabbing a coffee or cold drink from Rousseau Chocolatier, 5151 South Street; Trident Booksellers and Cafe, 1256 Hollis Street; Swee Tea House, 1237 Barrington Street, or any cafe or restaurant along the way.
Once you have your drink, tie up your laces, and get ready for an hour(-ish) filled with art in Downtown Halifax!
Follow our map below to help you navigate the tour. Scroll a little bit further to see a description of the projects.
(P.S. Don't forget to take a break! We've noted where to take rest stops in our map)
Downtown Halifax Art Tour Map
Pro tip: Click or tap the "enlarge" icon (the one with the four corners) in the upper right corner of the map to open on Google Maps.
Start at 1326 Barrington Street, make your way up north to Spring Garden Road and turn left to Grafton Park!
You can take a quick break at the Grafton Park benches before continuing the tour!
Stop by Grand Parade to take a quick pause at the Adirondack chairs or one of DHBC’s picnic tables.
Make your way to the Province House courtyard for a quick water break at the picnic tables before heading into the last stretch of the tour!
More Public Art to Check Out Downtown
There are more art pieces to see Downtown outside of the Gritty to Pretty projects! Check them out below.
Photo credits: Stoo Metz Photography
At night, the streets of Downtown is brighter thanks to the Gritty to Pretty Façade Lighting. Check out the façade lighting projects below.