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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

The Hollis Halifax a DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel
The Hollis Halifax a DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel
4 out of 5
1649 Hollis St, Halifax, NS
The price is $69 per night from Jun 19 to Jun 19
Located in Downtown Halifax, this eco-friendly hotel is steps from Discovery Centre, Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk, and Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. Scotiabank ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (997 reviews)
"We really like the rooms"

Reviewed on Jun 7, 2021

The Hollis Halifax a DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel
Cambridge Suites Hotel
Cambridge Suites Hotel
3 out of 5
1583 Brunswick St, Halifax, NS
The price is $73 per night from Jun 14 to Jun 14
Located in Downtown Halifax, this eco-friendly hotel is steps from Neptune Theatre and Halifax World Trade and Convention Centre. Discovery Centre and Spring ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (1,225 reviews)
"Lobby"

Reviewed on Jun 11, 2021

Cambridge Suites Hotel
The Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites
The Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites
4.5 out of 5
1515 South Park Street, Halifax, NS
The price is $72 per night from Jun 27 to Jun 27
Located in Downtown Halifax, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Halifax Public Gardens, Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk, and Halifax Citadel. Scotiabank ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (1,288 reviews)
"We enjoyed our stay"

Reviewed on Jun 10, 2021

The Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites
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.
Crab Cottage - Nova Scotia
Crab Cottage - Nova Scotia
Indian Harbour, NS
The price is $189 per night from Jun 16 to Jun 16
This family-friendly Indian Harbour cottage is located on the waterfront, within a 5-minute walk of West Dover Provincial Park and Saint Margarets Bay. William ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (2 reviews)
Crab cottages
"Amazing time !"

Reviewed on Oct 9, 2019

Crab Cottage - Nova Scotia
Larinda's Landing Oceanfront Cottages
Larinda's Landing Oceanfront Cottages
4 out of 5
7532 St. Margaret's Bay Road, Boutiliers Point, NS
Situated in Boutiliers Point, this cottage is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Saint Margarets Bay Look Off Park and within 6 mi (10 km) of Cleveland Beach Provincial Park ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (16 reviews)
Amazing view and cottage!
"The cottage was nice and clean and we couldn't have asked for a more homey feel. We would definitely stay again!"

Reviewed on Oct 28, 2019

Larinda's Landing Oceanfront Cottages
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! (29 reviews)
AWESOME!
"Amazing stay! Really enjoyed our time here. Great communication with the host throughout the stay with any concerns we had! Parking was an issue sometimes but host was incredibly accommodating when we weren't able to park in our assigned spot by allowing us to park in other spots! Overall great stay ..."

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2021

Nova Suites Inc
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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