Halifax

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

Atlantica Hotel Halifax
Atlantica Hotel Halifax
3.5 out of 5
1980 Robie St, Halifax, NS, B3H 3G5
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $197 per night from Sep 5 to Sep 6
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Halifax. Enjoy free WiFi, a rooftop terrace, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy ...
3.7/5 Good! (1,236 reviews)
"Corridors and elevators could have been cleaner and better maintained."

Reviewed on Aug. 12, 2022

Atlantica Hotel Halifax
The Sutton Place Hotel Halifax
The Sutton Place Hotel Halifax
5 out of 5
1700 Grafton Street, Halifax, NS, B3J2C4
The price is CA $272 per night from Sep 8 to Sep 9
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Halifax. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness center, and valet parking. Our guests praise the clean rooms in our reviews. Popular ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (565 reviews)
"This is a very good hotel. It's very clean and has great amenities. My girlfriend and I were very satisfied. However when we went to pick up the car, one valet told the other valet to pick up another car so we had to pack up the car ourselves. Maybe it would be great to hire more staff. Thanks."

Reviewed on Aug. 13, 2022

The Sutton Place Hotel Halifax
Hotel Halifax
Hotel Halifax
3.5 out of 5
1990 Barrington St, Halifax, NS, B3J 1P2
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $207 per night from Sep 5 to Sep 6
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Halifax. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a health club. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,498 reviews)
"Everything was great! Staff was excellent! A perfume type smell in the room would be the only complaint"

Reviewed on Aug. 12, 2022

Hotel Halifax
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.
Tiny Home Space for Two in Central Halifax
Tiny Home Space for Two in Central Halifax
Halifax, NS
The price is CA $59 per night from Aug 21 to Aug 22
Enjoy WiFi, 1 bedroom, and a shower/tub combo. Popular attractions Dartmouth Crossing and Halifax Shopping Centre are located nearby. Discover genuine guest ...
Tiny Home Space for Two in Central Halifax
1 bedroom in the heart of the city
1 bedroom in the heart of the city
Halifax, NS
Stay at this apartment in Halifax. Enjoy WiFi, 1 bedroom, and an in-room coffeemaker. Popular attractions Dartmouth Crossing and Halifax Shopping Centre are ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
A perfect gem!
"This vrbo suuite is perfect for a visit to the Halifax area. It has a great kitchen, comfortable bed, seems very new and is extremely clean! The price is very reasonable too! Highly recommended with thanks to our host!"

Reviewed on Oct. 4, 2021

1 bedroom in the heart of the city
Halifax Oceanview & Waterfalls-1930's Gingerbread style home
Halifax Oceanview & Waterfalls-1930's Gingerbread style home
Armdale, NS
The price is CA $245 per night from Aug 14 to Aug 15
Stay at this vacation home in Halifax. Enjoy WiFi, onsite parking, and a TV. Popular attractions Dartmouth Crossing and Halifax Shopping Centre are located nearby. ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (6 reviews)
Beautiful
"Beautiful place to stay"

Reviewed on Jun. 21, 2022

Halifax Oceanview & Waterfalls-1930's Gingerbread style home
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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