Halifax

Travel Guide
Halifax showing an administrative building and heritage architecture
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

Halifax which includes an administrative buidling and heritage architecture

Downtown Halifax

4.5/5(2,193 area reviews)

A bustling financial and entertainment hub, Downtown Halifax boasts attractions like Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk and Citadel Hill, over 200 restaurants and bars, and shopping areas such as Park Lane and Spring Garden Road. Halifax Transit offers convenient public transit options.

Downtown Halifax
Halifax Public Gardens showing a pond and a park

South End

4/5(489 area reviews)

South End is beloved for its captivating waterfront views. Take some time to explore sights in the area like Halifax Public Gardens and Pier 21 National Historic Site.

South End
Fairview Cemetery featuring a cemetery and a memorial

North End

3.5/5(117 area reviews)

Thriving artistic community with musicians, painters, and writers, the area boasts historic churches, military installations, and the Halifax Shipyard. Gottingen Street offers shops, bars, and clubs, while Agricola Street features local galleries and restaurants.

North End