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Travel Guide
Crystal Crescent Beach featuring a sandy beach and general coastal views

Atlantic Canada’s harbor city is a treasure trove of maritime heritage, woodland parks and sandy beaches. 

Halifax possesses the community spirit of a little port town and the liveliness of a harborside city. Atlantic Canada’s largest city and the capital of Nova Scotia is home to over 400,000 people, and millions of visitors pass through its port each year. The atmosphere of local culture burns bright with Haligonians’ pride in their heritage, landscape and achievements.

The city is tucked into one of the largest natural harbors in the world. The port played a role in the British Empire, two World Wars and the aftermath of the Titanic disaster. Learn about the history of the port at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic.

Stroll along the Halifax Harborwalk, a boardwalk that spans the harbor side of downtown across two miles (three kilometers). Public artworks, historical monuments and harbor views guide the way.

Catch a ferry to see the harbor from the water. Ferries leave from the Halifax Ferry Terminal along the Harborwalk. The two ferry routes to Dartmouth and Woodside are integrated with the affordable metro bus system, making them cheap and easy to use. Enjoy a clear panoramic outlook of the Halifax Harbor. Dine on fresh Atlantic seafood at one of the many restaurants and cafes along the waterfront.

Within ten minutes walking distance from the harbor, you can find yourself in the center of downtown Halifax. Explore the historic Grand Parade, with Halifax City Hall on the north side and St Paul’s Anglican Church and Province House in the south. The compact downtown area is easy to explore on foot.

Head further inland and you’ll come across Halifax’s leafy green sanctuary. Citadel Hill, the Museum of Natural History and Public Gardens Park await you in this quiet, tree-lined neighborhood.

Halifax Stanfield International Airport is located 22 miles (35 kilometers) from downtown Halifax, and is serviced by regular flights from all over the world. Arrive in August to maximize your outdoor adventures by the sea. Atlantic Canadian winters are relatively mild but you’ll need to rug up for the colder months.

Where to stay in Halifax

Courtyard by Marriott Halifax Dartmouth
Courtyard by Marriott Halifax Dartmouth
3 out of 5
35 Shubie Drive, Dartmouth, NS
The price is CA $118 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 1
Situated in the business district, this hotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Dartmouth Crossing and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Mic Mac Mall. Emera Oval and Halifax Citadel ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (296 reviews)
"All was great except there was no hairblower and when we 1st got to our room There was bits of kids fish crackers...but besides that it was ok."

Reviewed on Jul. 24, 2021

Courtyard by Marriott Halifax Dartmouth
Cambridge Suites Hotel
Cambridge Suites Hotel
3 out of 5
1583 Brunswick St, Halifax, NS
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $119 per night from Jul 27 to Jul 27
Located in Downtown Halifax, this eco-friendly hotel is steps from Neptune Theatre and Halifax World Trade and Convention Centre. Discovery Centre and Spring ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (1,214 reviews)
"The staff are so amazingly friendly. I asked to check in early at 11:00am. No problem. The guys quickly accomodated me...also, when I asked about toll booths leaving Halifax, the person at the desk gave me a loonie so that I could cross over because I didn't have any cash. This place is amazing and ..."

Reviewed on Jul. 25, 2021

Cambridge Suites Hotel
Prince George Hotel
Prince George Hotel
4 out of 5
1725 Market St, Halifax, NS
The price is CA $124 per night from Aug 26 to Aug 26
Located in Downtown Halifax, this eco-friendly hotel is steps from Scotiabank Centre, Halifax Town Clock, and Grand Parade. Halifax World Trade and Convention ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (990 reviews)
"Enjoyed it all"

Reviewed on Jul. 23, 2021

Prince George Hotel
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The Sunfish Cottage - Nova Scotia
The Sunfish Cottage - Nova Scotia
Indian Harbour, NS
The price is CA $205 per night from Aug 25 to Aug 25
Situated in Indian Harbour, this cottage is within a 10-minute walk of West Dover Provincial Park and Saint Margarets Bay. William E. deGarthe Memorial Monument ...
5/5Exceptional! (5 reviews)
Incredible views, close proximity to Peggy's Cove, lovely hosts
"Colin and Dena are such lovely people. They are right at the property, to help you if you need it. Our cottage was everything we hoped for. Beautify view from over-sized patio doors that we opened our eyes to each morning. Loved the wall fireplace, smart TV and well outfitted for cooking/bbq'ing. ..."

Reviewed on Oct. 30, 2020

The Sunfish Cottage - Nova Scotia
Nova Suites Inc
Nova Suites Inc
3.5 out of 5
56 Walter Havill Dr, Halifax, NS
Situated near the beach, this apartment building is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Long Lake Provincial Park and within 3 mi (5 km) of Halifax Shopping Centre and Bayers ...
4.3/5Excellent! (29 reviews)
"Amazing stay! Really enjoyed our time here. Great communication with the host throughout the stay with any concerns we had! Parking was an issue sometimes but host was incredibly accommodating when we weren't able to park in our assigned spot by allowing us to park in other spots! Overall great stay ..."

Reviewed on Jan. 4, 2021

Nova Suites Inc
Boutique Style-sophisticated Ambience
Boutique Style-sophisticated Ambience
Halifax, NS
The price is CA $260 per night from Aug 8 to Aug 8
This family-friendly Halifax vacation home is within 2 mi (3 km) of Hemlock Ravine Park, Kearney Lake Beach, and Mount Saint Vincent University. Bayers Lake ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (8 reviews)
Good place. One chair was broken, prob unsafe. Laundry was left in dryer. Some ants noticed around.
"Air conditioner very noisy. Dark living room...otgwise good stay,vquiet, good location."

Reviewed on Aug. 13, 2020

Boutique Style-sophisticated Ambience
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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