Halifax

Travel Guide
Halifax which includes an administrative buidling and heritage architecture
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

Halifax which includes an administrative buidling and heritage architecture

Downtown Halifax

4.5/5(322 area reviews)

A bustling financial and entertainment hub, Downtown Halifax boasts attractions like Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk and Citadel Hill, over 200 restaurants and bars, and shopping areas such as Park Lane and Spring Garden Road. Halifax Transit offers convenient public transit options.

Downtown Halifax
Halifax Public Gardens showing a pond and a park

South End

4/5(46 area reviews)

South End is beloved for its captivating waterfront views. Take some time to explore sights in the area like Halifax Public Gardens and Pier 21 National Historic Site.

South End
Fairview Cemetery featuring a cemetery and a memorial

North End

3.5/5(14 area reviews)

Thriving artistic community with musicians, painters, and writers, the area boasts historic churches, military installations, and the Halifax Shipyard. Gottingen Street offers shops, bars, and clubs, while Agricola Street features local galleries and restaurants.

North End
The Cataract Gorge is in Launceston, Tasmania, Australia.

Clayton Park

4/5(1 area review)

The restaurants and waterfront are just a few features travelers like about Clayton Park. If you want to do some sightseeing nearby, Halifax Shopping Centre and Chocolate Lake Beach are a few top places to visit.

Clayton Park
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Fairview

4/5(4 area reviews)

When in Fairview, you can plan a visit to Halifax Shopping Centre and Chocolate Lake Beach, some noteworthy sights in the nearby area.

Fairview
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Melville Cove

When in Melville Cove, you can plan a visit to Chocolate Lake Beach and Halifax Shopping Centre, some noteworthy sights in the nearby area.

Melville Cove
Hotel Halifax
Hotel Halifax
3.5 out of 5
1990 Barrington St, Halifax, NS
Book a stay at this eco-certified hotel in Halifax. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast (surcharge), and a health club. Our guests praise the pool and the WiFi in our ...
8.2/10 Very Good! (3,603 reviews)
"Good location in downtown area No free parking"

Reviewed on May 16, 2024

Hotel Halifax
The Barrington Hotel
The Barrington Hotel
3.5 out of 5
1875 Barrington St, Halifax, NS
Stay at this 3.5-star eco-certified hotel in Halifax. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast (surcharge), and a health club. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful ...
7.8/10 Good! (3,044 reviews)
"The only downfall with this Hotel is the guest parking, it really should be revisited, it's very inconvenient. 4☆☆☆☆"

Reviewed on May 17, 2024

The Barrington Hotel
Cambridge Suites Hotel
Cambridge Suites Hotel
3 out of 5
1583 Brunswick St, Halifax, NS
Book a stay at this business-friendly hotel in Halifax. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the breakfast and the restaurant ...
8.8/10 Excellent! (1,508 reviews)
"I stayed for 4 nights when I was in town for business. Great stay, wonderful breakfast. I also ate at the hotel restaurant one night, and while the staff were lovely, the food was not great at dinner. The room comes stocked with 3 full-size bottles of wine (one out, two in the fridge) - added expense ..."

Reviewed on May 15, 2024

Cambridge Suites Hotel
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Cameo Hotel and Suites
Cameo Hotel and Suites
3 out of 5
1572 Barrington St, Halifax, NS
Stay at this 3-star aparthotel in Halifax. Enjoy free WiFi, laundry facilities, and Netflix. Popular attractions Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk and Scotiabank ...
8.4/10 Very Good! (76 reviews)
"Great spot in Halifax for a long weekend visit. Room was super clean, location is great as well. Will for sure return."