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HalifaxCanada

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

Top Hotels in Halifax

The Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites
The Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites
4.5 out of 5
1515 South Park Street, Halifax, NS
The price is ¥6,352 per night from Nov 26 to Nov 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 ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,350 reviews)

"It is a beautiful old hotel. Lots of charm. And the bed was amazing. Everything was super clean."…"

Reviewed on Nov 23, 2020

The Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites
Cambridge Suites Hotel
Cambridge Suites Hotel
3 out of 5
1583 Brunswick St, Halifax, NS
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥7,960 per night from Nov 26 to Nov 27

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! (1,307 reviews)

"Stay there a lot when visiting Halifax. Staff are so amazing."…"

Reviewed on Nov 23, 2020

Cambridge Suites Hotel
The Westin Nova Scotian
The Westin Nova Scotian
4 out of 5
1181 Hollis St, Halifax, NS
The price is ¥6,352 per night from Nov 26 to Nov 27

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! (984 reviews)

"The staff are always friendly. The rooms are very clean."…"

Reviewed on Nov 25, 2020

The Westin Nova Scotian
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.

Vacation Rentals in Halifax

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! (27 reviews)
Spacious and modern

"Fabulous condo, spacious and modern. Not close to downtown, but we chose it for close access to the highway for day trips. A really nice building."…"

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2019

Nova Suites Inc
Free Parking Aircondition Close to Shopping and Downtown Park and Walk
Free Parking Aircondition Close to Shopping and Downtown Park and Walk
Dartmouth, NS
The price is ¥5,548 per night from Nov 28 to Nov 29

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

Free Parking Aircondition Close to Shopping and Downtown Park and Walk
Luxury 2 Bedroom Apartment Downtown Halifax - Free Parking
Luxury 2 Bedroom Apartment Downtown Halifax - Free Parking
5 out of 5
6123 North Street, Halifax, NS

Located in North End, this luxury apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Emera Oval, Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk, and Halifax Citadel. Scotiabank Centre ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (14 reviews)

"Very convienient, very classy place. We gotta say, though, the central vac for upstairs, with the vacuum unit downstairs, is not a good thing. Loud, and intrusive."…"

Reviewed on May 1, 2020

Luxury 2 Bedroom Apartment Downtown Halifax - Free Parking
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.

Popular places to visit in Halifax

Top things to do in Halifax

Reviews of Halifax

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Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 30, 2019

The Bus transportation is good, and the people or helpful

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 27, 2019

Halifax is awesome, we’re here all the time and love the city. Never stay at the Commons Inn, don’t trust the reviews, our stay really was terrible.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 21, 2019

Wonderful city! Easy to get around. Diverse and plentiful shopping experiences. Tremendous history to be explored - Titantic and related cemetaries, (Great) Halifax Explosion, and much more! Close to Bay of Fundy - a UNESCO site!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Oct 20, 2019

Very quiet and beautiful city.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 19, 2019

Amazing place

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 13, 2019

Everyone was wonderfully friendly and helpful. Drivers yield to pedestrians, so walking around was not as harrowing as it might be in a busy city. It rained like crazy but the coffee shops were cozy and inviting and we made the most of it. 珞

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