Self-Guided Downtown Art Tour

In 2015, DHBC launched a Gritty to Pretty beautification program to award a limited number of grants for beautification projects located in Downtown Halifax.

Gritty to Pretty includes three grants: Open Grant for any great beautification initiative, one specifically for Façade Lighting, and one for Murals. These projects contribute to DHBC's beautification efforts to make Downtown Halifax welcoming to locals and visitors alike. Learn more about the program here

Self-Guided Downtown Art Tour


Have your camera ready and explore all the beautification projects in Downtown Halifax. You are welcome to start your tour anywhere, but our tour starts in the South End of Downtown Halifax and moves into the Downtown core. 

Before you start, grab a coffee or cold drink from Rousseau Chocolatier, 5151 South Street, Trident Booksellers and Cafe, 1256 Hollis Street or Chatime, 1070 Barrington Street.


NEW Jack-o'-lantern Lights, Peace and Friendship Park (Barrington & South streets)

  • Jack-o'-lantern lights on light poles as an expansion of seasonal lighting program
  • Best seen at night


Victoria, Roman Goddess of Victory, 1221 Barrington Street:

  • Mural completed in early 2020 by local artist Mike Burt (@princefuze)


Halifax Distillery Mural, 1668 Lower Water Street

  • Mural depicts rum-running boats tied at dockside in the early morning
  • Artist Jake Sibert used existing elements on the wall as part of the scene


The Brewery Market Facade Lighting, 1496 Lower Water Street

  • Facade lighting 
  • Best seen at night


Rio Abajo Rio: The River Beneath the River, 1583 Hollis Street

  • This mural is the second in a series of murals inspired by Pikola Estes interpretation of the tale "la llorona"
  • Artist: Jacoba Niepoort (@jacoba_niepoort)
  • Group: Rad Consulting, Navid Saberi, and Jacoba Niepoort


NEW Sea Troll, I Heart Bikes, Halifax Waterfront


Park and Art, Metro Park, 1556 Hollis Street

  • Original Art in the parkade to transform an otherwise dark or drab wall into a wall filled with colour and creativity. 
  • Artist: James Janssen
  • Group: Argyle Fine Art and The Hardman Group Limitied
  • There are 5 murals, one on Granville level, and 4 more on floors 4 & 5


NEW BEE KIND Mural, 1660 Hollis Street

  • Adorns the building steps in front of the FM Architecture - Interior Design - Planning office
  • Altruistic Current Team - Amber Solberg, Dylan Smibert, Elyse Moir, and Erica Meschwitz


Urban Character Mural, 1557 Barrington Street (at Blowers)


NEW Connection, 1326 Barrington Street (Mural)

  • Artist: Trackside Studio's Daniel J. Burt
  • Name reflects that in 2020 humans are more connected with each other than ever, yet many are still divided. This mural is for the people who go out of their way to help others. 


NEW Barrington Street Bus Shelter, Barrington Street & Spring Garden Road

  • Orange and blue geometric pattern mural on the Barrington Street and Spring Garden Road bus shelter
  • PBJ Design


Ocean Optometry Facade Lighting, 5240 Blowers Street

  • Facade lighting
  • Group: Ocean Optometry 
  • Best seen at night


Lighting Our Past, 1521-1531 Grafton Street

  • Historic facade lighting
  • Group: Oakport Limited/A.S. Developments
  • Best seen at night


#PlayMeHFX Xylophones, Grafton Park (former Halifax Memorial Library at Spring Garden & Grafton Streets)

  • Flower xylophones brighten up Grafton Park.
  • Group: PBJ Design Society


The Stubborn Goat Façade Lighting and Mural, 1579 Grafton Street

  • The mural makes use of iridescent paint, creating both a daytime and nighttime experience.
  • Artist Jake Siebert, and The Stubborn Goat


NEW Defeat, north side of 1600 Grafton Street

  • Mural completed by Mike Burt (@princefuze)
  • Dynamic street-art version of a warrior during a struggle. The main purpose of this mural is to be visually stimulating with bright and bold colours.


NSCAD Academy Wall, Market Street between Sackville and Prince streets

  • A beautified retaining wall with a composition of fantastical African birds and beasts and their North American cousins
  • Artist/Group: Alex Mbuga Thuku (artist) and NSCAD University


Parametric Bench, Rogers Square

  • The Parametric Bench represents a space that is meant to be shared and thus promotes the idea of a connected community and bring people together. The bench's unusual style of curved layers will be sure to draw attention. The curves of the bench are meant to mimic the ripples of the ocean and represent the city's connection to the harbour
  • Artist/Group: Duncan Armour (artist) and PBJ Design Society


eSpace Building Facade Lighting, 1652-1656 Barrington Street

  • Facade Lighting
  • Best seen at night


Daisies in the Wind New Facade, 1717 Barrington Street, (at Prince and Barrington streets)

  • Inspired by the street art of Tom Bob, this project transforms the urban infrastructure into something that brightens the street and brings a smile to the passersby.
  • Artist/Group: Jason Skinner (@jason.a.m.skinner) (artist), PBJ Design Society and Greenwood Lane


Cabot Building Facade Lighting, 1725-1727 Barrington Street

  • Historic Facade Lighting 
  • Best seen at night


Freak Lunchbox Mural Facade Lighting, 1729 Barrington Street

  • Facade Lighting by the Gritty to Pretty program
  • Artist/Group: Freak Lunchbox
  • Best seen at night


St. Paul's Facade Lighting, 1684 Barrington Street

  • Historic Facade Lighting
  • Best seen at night


The Pearl on Barrington Street, corner of George and Barrington Streets

  • Created through Sculpture Nova Scotia by sculptor Miro Davis
  • "When you sit on the pearl, her shell forms a throne behind you, creating a protective shelter that invites contemplation." - Miro Davis


NEW The Fun and Beauty of Performance, 1809 Barrington Street


Fountain Campus Accent Lighting, Granwille Mall/5163 Duke Street

  • Historic Facade Lighting
  • Group: NSCAD University 
  • Best seen at night


Ferry Boat Lane, Lower Water Street

  • Facade Lighting
  • Best seen at night


Now that you're done the tour, why not find a patio somewhere on the waterfront to enjoy a nice cold drink and a hearty meal after all that walking? Check out Stone's Throw Patio at the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel, The Lower Deck, Salty's Restaurant, Pickford & Black, Murphy's On the Water, Stubborn Goat Beer Garden, Waterfront Warehouse and more. More restaurant options here.



Check out our other Trails:

Downtown Pints & Patios Trail

Downtown Family Fun Trail

Downtown Shopping Spree Trail

Downtown Fun & Games Trail

Wondering what to do in Downtown Halifax? Check out our list of 70 Things to Do here