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Fisherman's Cove

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

Within a few miles of Nova Scotia's capital city is the small fishing village of Fisherman's Cove. The waterfront community is a wonderful place for a relaxing break, where you can enjoy scenic walks and fresh seafood, and explore a nearby island.

A good place to start, especially if you want to familiarize yourself with the area is the Main Centre. Learn about the local marine animals and explore the history of Eastern Passage and its surrounding islands through interactive artifacts and displays.

Then go for a stroll along the boardwalk that juts out into the Port of Halifax. Enjoy the sea views, which include fishing boats entering and leaving the port. Keep an eye out for seals which are often seen in the water here. Browse the boardwalk’s small collection of stores for clothes and handcrafted goods.

Head out to sea on a boat tour and go whale watching and deep sea fishing. Visit McNabs Island, the largest island in the Port of Halifax, to see the old fort that used to defend the area from attack.

During low tide, go over to McCormacks Beach, just south of Fisherman’s Cove. Its wheelchair accessible boardwalk is a popular place for a bike ride and scenic walk. There are also some excellent views from here. You can see Lawlor Island just offshore, the lighthouse at Devils Island and even Halifax’s skyscrapers in the distance. Stay for a while and picnic in one of the shelters. 

Being a fishing village, Fisherman's Cove has local restaurants that take great pride in the fish dishes prepared with the daily catches. Dine out or buy your own supplies from the fish market.

Fisherman's Cove is just 9 miles (14.5 kilometers) from downtown Halifax, a trip that takes about 20 minutes by car. You can also take the ferry from Halifax to Dartmouth and then make the rest of the journey by bus.

The traditional village with its cottages and fishing community offers a relaxing day trip from Nova Scotia's busy capital.


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Lodging Near Fisherman's Cove

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$124
The Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites

The Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites

1515 South Park Street, Halifax
4.2
of 5, from 725 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Overlooking the Halifax Public Gardens and Spring Garden Road, this hotel is 3 blocks from Metro Centre and Dalhousie University.

$115
Atlantica Hotel Halifax

Atlantica Hotel Halifax

1980 Robie St, Halifax
3.9
of 5, from 1,017 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in South End, Halifax, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Emera Oval and Public Gardens Park. Halifax Citadel and Dalhousie University are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$115
Cambridge Suites Hotel

Cambridge Suites Hotel

1583 Brunswick St, Halifax
4.4
of 5, from 708 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in downtown Halifax across from Citadel Hill, Cambridge Suites Hotel is within walking distance of many attractions around the area; the World Trade Convention Center is 1 block away.

$111
Star of The Sea Bed and Breakfast

Star of The Sea Bed and Breakfast

2 York Redoubt Crescent, Fergusons Cove
5.0
of 5, from 14 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Fergusons Cove, this bed & breakfast is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from York Redoubt National Historic Site and within 6 mi (10 km) of Maugher Beach Lighthouse and Mont Blanc Anchor Site. Chocolate Lake Beach and Saunders Park are also within 6 mi (10 km).

$117
The Hollis Halifax a DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel

The Hollis Halifax a DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel

1649 Hollis St, Halifax
4.5
of 5, from 375 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Halifax, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Halifax Citadel, and Public Gardens Park. Dalhousie University is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) away.

$135
The Westin Nova Scotian

The Westin Nova Scotian

1181 Hollis St, Halifax
4.0
of 5, from 567 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in the historic and vibrant Seaport District, in the heart of downtown Halifax and just steps away from restaurants, shopping, nightlife, and entertainment, this landmark hotel overlooks the Halifax Harbour and Cornwallis Park.

$88
Hampton Inn by Hilton Halifax Downtown

Hampton Inn by Hilton Halifax Downtown

1960 Brunswick Street, Halifax
4.4
of 5, from 430 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Halifax, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Halifax Town Clock, Halifax Citadel, and Public Gardens Park. Dalhousie University is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) away.

$115
Courtyard by Marriott Halifax Downtown

Courtyard by Marriott Halifax Downtown

5120 Salter St, Halifax
4.4
of 5, from 259 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Halifax, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Alexander Keith's Brewery, Halifax Citadel, and Public Gardens Park. Dalhousie University is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) away.