Halifax
Travel Guide

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.

The Westin Nova Scotian
The Westin Nova Scotian
4 out of 5
1181 Hollis St, Halifax, NS
The price is CA $76 per night from Mar 12 to Mar 13

Located in South End, Halifax, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk and Pier 21 National Historic Site. Discovery Centre and ...

4/5Very Good! (988 reviews)

"Love the staff and rooms they gave me a warm welcome clean room"…"

Reviewed on Mar. 8, 2021

The Westin Nova Scotian
Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel
Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel
4 out of 5
1919 Upper Water St, Halifax, NS
The price is CA $87 per night from Apr 4 to Apr 5

Located in Downtown Halifax, this spa hotel is steps from Historic Properties and Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk. Casino Nova Scotia and Maritime Museum of the ...

4.3/5Excellent! (992 reviews)

"The room was much better than expected. Was very clean. Great location"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 22, 2021

Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel
Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Halifax - Dartmouth
Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Halifax - Dartmouth
4 out of 5
65 Cromarty Drive, Dartmouth, NS
The price is CA $93 per night from Mar 11 to Mar 12

Situated near the airport, this eco-friendly hotel is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Dartmouth Crossing and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Mic Mac Mall. Alderney Landing and Halifax ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (989 reviews)

"I loved the free parking. It was so convenient and easy access to hotel entrance"…"

Reviewed on Mar. 1, 2021

Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Halifax - Dartmouth
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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! (27 reviews)
Spacious and modern

"Fabulous condo, spacious and modern. Not close to downtown, but we chose it for close access to the highway for day trips. A really nice building."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 22, 2019

Nova Suites Inc
Mount Saint Vincent University Residence
Mount Saint Vincent University Residence
2.5 out of 5
166 Bedford Hwy, Halifax, NS

Located in Clayton Park, Nova Scotia, this residence is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Halifax Shopping Centre and within 6 mi (10 km) of Halifax Citadel and Scotiabank ...

4.1/5Very Good! (161 reviews)

"Great place to stay...Clean and quiet. Helpful staff."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 19, 2019

Mount Saint Vincent University Residence
Luxurious Brand New Modern Condo Parking Coffee Location!
Luxurious Brand New Modern Condo Parking Coffee Location!
Halifax, NS
The price is CA $83 per night from Mar 31 to Apr 1

Located in North End, this vacation home is within 2 mi (3 km) of Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk, Casino Nova Scotia, and Scotiabank Centre. Maritime Museum of ...

Luxurious Brand New Modern Condo Parking Coffee Location!
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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Mar 23, 2020

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

5/5 - Excellent

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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

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Mar 20, 2020

I have always loved visiting Halifax

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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

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Mar 18, 2020

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

5/5 - Excellent

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Mar 17, 2020

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