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

Future Inns Halifax
Future Inns Halifax
3 out of 5
30 Fairfax Dr, Halifax, NS, B3S 1P1
The price is $132 per night from Jul 4 to Jul 5
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Halifax. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
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Future Inns Halifax
The Barrington Hotel
The Barrington Hotel
3.5 out of 5
1875 Barrington St, Halifax, NS, B3J 3L6
The price is $178 per night from Jul 4 to Jul 5
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4.2/5 Very Good! (1,729 reviews)
"Nice hotel in a good location"

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2022

The Barrington Hotel
Hotel Halifax
Hotel Halifax
3.5 out of 5
1990 Barrington St, Halifax, NS, B3J 1P2
The price is $178 per night from Jul 4 to Jul 5
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Halifax. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a health club. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (1,456 reviews)
"20$ parking otherwise everything is A"

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2022

Hotel Halifax
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Nova Suites Inc
Nova Suites Inc
3.5 out of 5
56 Walter Havill Dr, Halifax, NS, B3N 0C3
Stay at this 3.5-star apartment in Halifax. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the convenient parking and the comfy beds ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (40 reviews)
"Everything was just what we wanted."

Reviewed on Sep 28, 2021

Nova Suites Inc
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Luxurious Brand New Modern Condo Parking Coffee Location!
Halifax, NS
Stay at this apartment in Halifax. Enjoy WiFi, a patio, and a TV. Popular attractions Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk and Dartmouth Crossing are located nearby. ...
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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 Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk and Dartmouth Crossing ...
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
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.

Getting around Halifax

If you don’t mind walking up and down the occasional hill, then downtown Halifax will be easy for you to navigate on foot, which is always the best way to get to know a new place. In particular, the wooden waterfront boardwalk is worth checking out; it’s one of the longest of its kind in the world. Rent a bike or a car or get a bus around the city. Water taxis depart from the harbor. Visit the Metro Transit website.Browse Halifax rental cars.

Best time to visit

To experience the best of Halifax’s weather, visit during the summer, when it gets pleasantly warm (average highs in the mid 70s F/mid 20s C) and the streets are lively with food stalls, music performances and festivals. If, however, you’re a skier or snowboarder, then Halifax is a great base for enjoying the slopes of Nova Scotia in the winter. Skating on the Emera Oval in Halifax itself is also good fun.

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