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 Barrington Hotel
The Barrington Hotel
3.5 out of 5
1875 Barrington St, Halifax, NS
The price is ¥11,290 per night from Oct 8 to Oct 8
Located in Downtown Halifax, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk and Scotiabank Centre. Neptune Theatre and Casino ...
4.2/5Excellent! (1,487 reviews)
"We stayed for 4 nights & loved the location to the waterfront. Tempo was a great breakfast place for quick meals (wish it had been open past 1pm). We liked that it was a smaller hotel so we didn’t have to wait for elevators and never passed anyone on the stairs. The staff were always friendly & helpful. ..."

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2021

The Barrington Hotel
Hotel Halifax
Hotel Halifax
3.5 out of 5
1990 Barrington St, Halifax, NS
The price is ¥11,290 per night from Oct 8 to Oct 8
Located in Downtown Halifax, this spa hotel is steps from Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk, Anna Leonowens Gallery, and Casino Nova Scotia. Nova Scotia College of ...
4.2/5Excellent! (1,137 reviews)
"Hotel clean and clean and comfortable Close to downtown imenities"

Reviewed on Sep 24, 2021

Hotel Halifax
The Sutton Place Hotel Halifax
The Sutton Place Hotel Halifax
1700 Grafton Street, Halifax, NS
The price is ¥12,078 per night from Oct 12 to Oct 12
Located in Downtown Halifax, this hotel is steps from St. Paul's Anglican Church, Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk, and Scotiabank Centre. Maritime Museum of the ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (151 reviews)
"Exceptional"

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2021

The Sutton Place Hotel Halifax
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.
Homewood Suites by Hilton Halifax-Downtown
Homewood Suites by Hilton Halifax-Downtown
3 out of 5
1960 Brunswick Street, Halifax, NS
The price is ¥14,791 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
Located in Downtown Halifax, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk and Scotiabank Centre. Casino Nova Scotia and Halifax ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,037 reviews)
"Good budget option for a stay in Halifax but not right downtown. One bed in our room was dirty."

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton Halifax-Downtown
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 within 1 mi (2 km) of Long Lake Provincial Park, Chocolate Lake Beach, and Mont Blanc Anchor Site. Sir Sandford ...
4.2/5Very Good! (33 reviews)
"All I can say is, if you have never stayed here, when you come to Halifax, you are missing out on a awesome Suite to stay at. I have stayed at just about every hotel in Halifax, and nothing compares to this, especially for the warm welcome and low prices. I count my self lucky that it was available ..."

Reviewed on Sep 24, 2021

Nova Suites Inc
WOW Luxury Suites - Halifax Downtown
WOW Luxury Suites - Halifax Downtown
3.5 out of 5
6178 South St, Halifax, NS
Located in South End, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Dalhousie University and St. Mary's University. Public Gardens Park and Museum of ...
WOW Luxury Suites - Halifax Downtown
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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