City of Halifax, Nova Scotia
2017 Great Places in Canada Winner – Great Neighbourhood

Jury Statement

Spring Garden Road/Schmidtville is a dynamic and vibrant neighbourhood in the heart of Halifax, which serves as a central place to live, work, and play for all Haligonians. It is located in the middle of the business district, major university campuses, and the waterfront where the cruise ships dock, and provides for a diverse mix of residential and commercial activities. Numerous residents, students, and tourists go to the shops, restaurants, and cafes on Spring Garden Road, which is the main commercial street in the neighbourhood. As one of Halifax’s first suburbs outside the fortified fences, Schmidtville is a largely intact area of architectural character with significant heritage value, reflected in its narrow streets and old world charm. The City of Halifax has recognized the value in preserving mixed use neighbourhoods in the downtown for decades, making investments in public infrastructure that enhance the design and architectural features. Similarly, many residents have also renovated their homes, further contributing to the appeal of the area.

The jury was won over by the multiple strengths of the neighbourhood – its walkability, unique reflection of local history, cohesive mix of residential and commercial uses, and the significant role it already plays as a Great Place in Halifax.

Introduction

Where old and new Halifax meets to live, work and play!

Spring Garden Road/Schmidtville is very dynamic and vibrant neighbourhood of Halifax. The neighbourhood is the very heart of Halifax and serves as a central place to live, work, and play for all Haligonians. This is where everyone in Halifax comes together in an eclectic mix of residential and commercial activities. Come to our neighbourhood and you can take in a movie, go for drinks with friends and stroll the historic streets. Take in a Sunday live musical afternoon performance around the Bandstand in Canada’s finest Victorian garden, The Halifax Public Gardens. The Garden’s band stand has hosted concerts since 1887! Or simply spend a day reading at the new Halifax Central Library; you name it our neighbourhood has it.

Many government offices can be found here along with dental/medical clinics, real estate offices and general services. Next door is the Victoria General Hospital and Dalhousie School of Architecture (Sexton Campus). Life is made simple and healthier here because everything is a stone throw walk away. Public transit is easily accessed with the majority of bus routes traveling along Spring Garden Rd.

There is a strong sense of community and place with several community groups: The Friends of Schmidtville, Brenton Street and Schmidtville Residents Livability Group and The Spring Garden Area Business Association. All these groups are working to represent the residents and businesses of our historic district.