Hilly terrain and a deep water harbour once made the Halifax Regional Municipality a vital British military and naval post. Today, they distinguish the city as host to one of the most unique marathon experiences anywhere: the Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon.
Launched in 2004, the Blue Nose celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. Voted 2nd among Canada's top three marathons by OptiMYz magazine readers, it is more than a running event. It is a celebration of healthy, active lifestyles that encourages people to participate whatever their fitness level of fitness. There is also a half marathon, 10k, 5K and youth run, with the Youth Run now the largest event of its kind across Canada.
What also makes the Blue Nose unique is that it incorporates the city's heritage into the experience. The 5K takes participants around Citadel Hill, home to the Halifax Citadel. This 19th century fortress is one of the most visited and beloved National Historic Sites in all of Canada, offering a glimpse of military life from Halifax's early days.
The full marathon winds through the city's north end, extensively rebuilt following the Halifax Explosion of 1917, before crossing one of the two bridges that span Halifax Harbour. The leg that follows takes you through beautiful Shubie Park, which was once a wood lot that provided masts for the Royal Navy.
One of the most exciting things about the Blue Nose is that it is a long-weekend event. Taking place on Canada's Victoria Day weekend, it is a great opportunity to discover all the best the city has to offer .
The highlights are many, such as Pier 21. Once the landing point for thousands of new Canadians, this museum now brings their stories to vivid life. The Public Gardens offer an authentic Victorian garden in the heart of Halifax, highlighted by gorgeous flower beds, fountains and ponds.
The city's vibrant nightlife offers a mix of traditional and world cuisine, professional sports and outstanding entertainers. The picturesque waterfront is always accessible via the boardwalk and boat tours.
Halifax is minutes away from Peggy's Cove, where mighty waves and rugged granite shores combine for spectacular vistas unlike any other.
With so much to see and do, the Blue Nose Marathon is a great excuse for a Halifax, Nova Scotia adventure.