Experience the spectacular view: Bridgewalk 2023 on the Macdonald Bridge

June 9, 2023

Bridgewalk 2023 is back, and the entire community is invited to take part in this unique event on the afternoon of Sunday, Aug. 6.

For one day only, the iconic Macdonald Bridge will be closed to vehicles to allow people of all ages and abilities to explore the 1.6-kilometre span by foot.

“This is the perfect opportunity for those who have always admired the breathtaking view from the bridge, but have only seen it from a car window, the walkway or the bike lane,” says Halifax Harbour Bridges CEO Tony Wright.

Bridgewalk 2023 promises to be an unforgettable experience, combining education and entertainment in a fun-filled atmosphere. The event will kick off with a lively opening ceremony at 2 p.m. followed by a lineup of performances throughout the afternoon.

The Truro Concert Band kick things off on the Dartmouth stage just after the opening ceremonies. Then, prepare to be dazzled by the harmonies of the Scotianaires, a women’s barbershop group, as they showcase their talent.

Adding to the musical excitement, John Alphonse and his band will march from opposite sides of the bridge, bringing their lively spirit that you won’t want to miss.

But Bridgewalk 2023 offers more than just entertainment; it presents an opportunity to learn about the bridges, transportation and more, in a fun way. At mid-span, you’ll be able to visit the “Ask An Engineer” touch table, where experts will answer your questions and showcase some of the elements that make up our bridges. For younger kids, HHB Safety Manager Dave Power will offer a safety equipment demonstration that will have children walking away with gear of their own.

For those interested in heavy equipment, HHB’s fleet will be on display alongside a Halifax fire truck.

There will be booths to browse as well. Military personnel from CFB Shearwater will be on hand to talk about military careers, the Canadian Mental Health Association (NS) will share details of their programing and on the Halifax side, a bike check-up station will be set up by the Ecology Action Centre, supported by Bicycle Nova Scotia.

Do you have an old hard-shelled MACPASS sitting in a glovebox or a drawer? Bring it with you and we’ll make sure it is cancelled and recycled properly.

But wait, there’s more! Keep an eye out for a special reveal and meet-up with the lovable new MACPASS mascot.

Bridgewalk 2023 promises to be an exceptional event, bringing together the community for an unforgettable day of education, entertainment, and camaraderie. Join us — you won’t want to miss this delightful opportunity!

Bridgewalk is open to community members with pets, strollers and accessibility aids such as wheelchairs, or mobility scooters. All pets must be kept on a leash. Visitors bringing their bicycles, skateboards or scooters to Bridgewalk are asked to walk them if they take them onto the bridge deck.