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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 Westin Nova Scotian
The Westin Nova Scotian
4 out of 5
1181 Hollis St, Halifax, NS
The price is ¥6,879 per night from Apr 16 to Apr 17

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! (982 reviews)

"Nice location within walking distance to grocery store and easy access to downtown and buses"…"

Reviewed on Apr 14, 2021

The Westin Nova Scotian
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 ¥8,067 per night from Apr 18 to Apr 19

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 Neptune ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (997 reviews)

"We came to your hotel for my daughters 6 birthday. We enjoyed our stay but it was upsetting the hot tubs were down and there was no kind of noticed about it until you get into the pool room and see for yourself."…"

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2021

Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Halifax - Dartmouth
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 ¥8,067 per night from Apr 20 to Apr 21

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! (991 reviews)

"Close to several attractions."…"

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2021

The Hollis Halifax a DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel
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.
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
Simply Comfort. King's Wharf Apartments
Simply Comfort. King's Wharf Apartments
3.5 out of 5
15-67 Kings Wharf Pl, Dartmouth, NS

Located in Downtown Dartmouth, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Royal Canadian Legion Military Museum and Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk. Maritime ...

4.4/5Excellent! (45 reviews)

"It was just what I needed just wish the parking situation was better from the beginning... Parking garage was a really tight fit for my suv. I wasted a lot of time in there when I could of parked across the street in a open parking lot the whole time. Other than that it was awesome and I would ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 23, 2020

Simply Comfort. King's Wharf Apartments
Free Parking Fast Internet Smart tv and Harbour Sleeps 4-6 Private
Free Parking Fast Internet Smart tv and Harbour Sleeps 4-6 Private
Dartmouth, NS
The price is ¥8,609 per night from Apr 17 to Apr 18

Located in Downtown Dartmouth, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Alderney Landing and Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk. Maritime Museum of the Atlantic ...

Free Parking Fast Internet Smart tv and Harbour Sleeps 4-6 Private
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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