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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.

Top Hotels in Halifax

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Halifax
Hotel Halifax
3.5 out of 5
1990 Barrington St, Halifax, NS
The price is CA $97 per night

Located in Downtown Halifax, this spa hotel is steps away from Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk and Casino Nova Scotia. Scotiabank Centre ...

4.2/5Excellent! (993 reviews)

"Staff was wonderful and helpful. The pool was clean and lots of times available to swim. Overall we had a wonderful weekend."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 3, 2020

Hotel Halifax
Prince George Hotel
Prince George Hotel
4 out of 5
1725 Market St, Halifax, NS
The price is CA $127 per night

Located in Downtown Halifax, this eco-friendly hotel is steps away from Scotiabank Centre, Halifax Town Clock and Grand Parade. Halifax World Trade and Convention ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,030 reviews)

"The hotel is adjacent to the Dome, our room was right next to this club on a Friday night, great news! we didn’t hear any outside noise in our room. Excellent soundproofing!"…"

Reviewed on Aug. 2, 2020

Prince George Hotel
Chateau Bedford, Trademark Collection by Wyndham
Chateau Bedford, Trademark Collection by Wyndham
4 out of 5
133 Kearney Lake Rd, Halifax, NS
The price is CA $109 per night

Situated in the business district, this eco-friendly hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Kearney Lake Beach and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Bayers Lake Business Park. Hemlock ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,941 reviews)

"The hotel is always clean and run efficiently. Also complimentary breakfast and free parking"…"

Reviewed on Aug. 2, 2020

Chateau Bedford, Trademark Collection by Wyndham

Popular places to visit in Halifax

Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk
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Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk

4.5/5(1,025 reviews)

Browse personal items that survived the Titanic, enjoy dinner with a sea view and shop in the lively market along this scenic walkway.

Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
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Maritime Museum of the Atlantic

4.5/5(314 reviews)

Climb aboard a century-old ship and discover Atlantic Canada’s seafaring tales and maritime heritage at this harborfront museum.

Fisherman's Cove
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Fisherman's Cove

4.5/5(315 reviews)

Fresh catches of the day, whale watching and island jaunts are some of the charms of this attractive fishing village just outside of Halifax.

Top things to do in Halifax

The Best of Halifax Tour with Peggy's Cove
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The Best of Halifax Tour with Peggy's Cove

CA $110
Per adult
98% of travellers recommend
Deep-Sea Fishing
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Deep-Sea Fishing

CA $73
Per adult
Private Halifax & Lunenburg Tour
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Private Halifax & Lunenburg Tour

CA $212
Per adult

Reviews of Halifax

4.5

Top Destination

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3 - Okay
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5/5 - Excellent

Mrs

Mar 23, 2020

I love the city but itvwas the beginning of rrstrictions for covid-19

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 20, 2020

Went to Sea Smoke for oysters and drinks, amazing time sitting outside by a fireplace and finish the night at Old Triangle with good music and met new amazing people My husband and I live Halifax

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 20, 2020

I have always loved visiting Halifax

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 19, 2020

I enjoyed my visit to Halifax. There are so many attractions, plus the history of the city, make it one of the best cities in Canada to visit.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Mar 18, 2020

Good location when you want to go skating, ie. Oval or near Camp Hill hospital

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 17, 2020

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