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UNCOVER MARITIME HISTORY AT THE GATEWAY TO CANADA

Begin your holidays in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with a direct flight from London, or connect via the U.S. and Canadian cities of Toronto, Montreal, New York, Chicago, Ottawa, Calgary, Boston, and Philadelphia. Halifax can also be reached by road trip through New Brunswick and its seaport city of Saint John when travelling from the province of Quebec or the state of Maine.

A perfect destination for families looking to explore Nova Scotia’s fascinating and important past in picturesque surroundings, or couples of any age seeking a romantic escape in a historic town where fresh seafood is served on heritage streets beside a bustling working harbour.

Discover the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, former site of the original immigration sheds which welcomed travellers from homelands all over Europe to begin their journey into Canadian citizenship. Enjoy a rooftop picnic with local artisan produce at Halifax Seaport Farmers' Market. Or wander the peaceful gardens and winding footpaths of Point Pleasant Park, scattered with historical monuments, wartime ruins, and the 220-year- old Prince of Wales Tower, the first of its kind in North America.

Take a harbour cruise or board the ferry and visit the provincial park at McNabs Island or the old Quaker whaling town of Dartmouth. Climb to the living museum of Halifax Citadel and enjoy views across the city alongside interactive exhibits showcasing the fort’s 19th Century history. Step into Province House and seek out the Red Chamber, the parliament chamber, and the library that, with its two grand staircases, was once the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia.

Sit down to fresh seafood with harbour views on restaurant terraces, or simply stroll the boardwalk with a warm drink as you pass boutiques and galleries at the edge of beautiful Halifax downtown.

Things to do

On the Harbourfront

Over the Water

Best time to visit

Things to do in Halifax

Climb above Halifax Harbour to Halifax Citadel and discover an unblemished example of a 19th Century British Fort. See summer guides don red uniforms to create an interactive and immersive historical experience. Take in panoramic views over the bustling downtown and harbourfront below. Walk the seven Victorian hectares of Halifax Public Gardens, home to ducks, wildfowl, flowerbeds, statues, fountains, and an ornamental bandstand which still hosts concerts every summer.

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Amble along the harbour boardwalk and step into shops, galleries, and waterside cafes, or simply admire the historic architecture of the heritage buildings which line the nearby streets. Discover how survivors from the stricken Titanic were brought to safety in Halifax, take a harbour cruise, or visit an island. Climb aboard historic vessels such as CSS Acadia, the first vessel specifically designed to survey Canada's northern waters, and HMCS Sackville, the last remaining Flower Class corvette in the world.

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On the Harbourfront

Wander the boardwalk along the length of Halifax’s working harbour as tugs and ferries weave past sailboats and heritage vessels, much as they have for centuries. Take a romantic stroll, pause for a coffee at an outdoor cafe, or enjoy a plate of fresh seafood with a view from one of many restaurant terraces while lively maritime music fills the air. Browse the colourful shops and boutique galleries now occupying the historic properties of the pedestrianised precinct. Immerse yourself in diverse cultures at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.

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Discover Halifax’s rich history of shipbuilding, battle, and as a major immigration centre at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and Pier 21’s Canadian Museum of Immigration. Walk the 19th Century halls of Province House, Nova Scotia’s House of Assembly and former Supreme Court, where Joseph Howe’s trial laid the foundations for the free press.

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Over the Water

Take a ferry into Halifax Harbour to discover McNabs Island, where 400 acres of woodland are set around the 19th Century walls of Fort McNabs, a counter-bombardment battery in both world wars. Explore beautiful summer homes and visit Maugers Beach Lighthouse, which has stood guardian to Halifax Harbour since 1826.

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Hike the island’s trails or take time to spot the many species of native and visiting birds. Journey across the harbour to the neighbouring town of Dartmouth, settled by  Quaker whalers in 1785, and explore Quaker House, the only surviving home from that time. Visit the Shearwater Museum of Aviation and discover waves of beautifully restored vintage aircraft and flight memorabilia, or test your piloting skills in the museum’s own flight simulator.

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Best time to visit Halifax

Halifax enjoys long and pleasant summers with temperatures often climbing over 20°C from June to August. These months also bring regular festivals, including the Scotia Festival of Music, Halifax Jazz Festival, and Halifax Pride Week. Crowds are at their highest in the summer peak and many visitors prefer September and October when the days are still mild and many events continue to take place but the population thins to calmer numbers.

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April and May also offer temperatures rising from 5°C to 15°C, but spring rains can make for damp days and muddy countryside. Winters are cold with temperatures below freezing expected from late November to early March, but with the cold comes beautiful snowfalls and opens up adventures on Nova Scotia’s stunning ski slopes.

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Things to do

Things to do in Halifax

Climb above Halifax Harbour to Halifax Citadel and discover an unblemished example of a 19th Century British Fort. See summer guides don red uniforms to create an interactive and immersive historical experience. Take in panoramic views over the bustling downtown and harbourfront below. Walk the seven Victorian hectares of Halifax Public Gardens, home to ducks, wildfowl, flowerbeds, statues, fountains, and an ornamental bandstand which still hosts concerts every summer.

Show More
Show Less

Amble along the harbour boardwalk and step into shops, galleries, and waterside cafes, or simply admire the historic architecture of the heritage buildings which line the nearby streets. Discover how survivors from the stricken Titanic were brought to safety in Halifax, take a harbour cruise, or visit an island. Climb aboard historic vessels such as CSS Acadia, the first vessel specifically designed to survey Canada's northern waters, and HMCS Sackville, the last remaining Flower Class corvette in the world.

Show More
Show Less

On the Harbourfront

On the Harbourfront

Wander the boardwalk along the length of Halifax’s working harbour as tugs and ferries weave past sailboats and heritage vessels, much as they have for centuries. Take a romantic stroll, pause for a coffee at an outdoor cafe, or enjoy a plate of fresh seafood with a view from one of many restaurant terraces while lively maritime music fills the air. Browse the colourful shops and boutique galleries now occupying the historic properties of the pedestrianised precinct. Immerse yourself in diverse cultures at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.

Show More
Show Less

Discover Halifax’s rich history of shipbuilding, battle, and as a major immigration centre at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and Pier 21’s Canadian Museum of Immigration. Walk the 19th Century halls of Province House, Nova Scotia’s House of Assembly and former Supreme Court, where Joseph Howe’s trial laid the foundations for the free press.

Show More
Show Less

Over the Water

Over the Water

Take a ferry into Halifax Harbour to discover McNabs Island, where 400 acres of woodland are set around the 19th Century walls of Fort McNabs, a counter-bombardment battery in both world wars. Explore beautiful summer homes and visit Maugers Beach Lighthouse, which has stood guardian to Halifax Harbour since 1826.

Show More
Show Less

Hike the island’s trails or take time to spot the many species of native and visiting birds. Journey across the harbour to the neighbouring town of Dartmouth, settled by  Quaker whalers in 1785, and explore Quaker House, the only surviving home from that time. Visit the Shearwater Museum of Aviation and discover waves of beautifully restored vintage aircraft and flight memorabilia, or test your piloting skills in the museum’s own flight simulator.

Show More
Show Less

Best time to visit

Best time to visit Halifax

Halifax enjoys long and pleasant summers with temperatures often climbing over 20°C from June to August. These months also bring regular festivals, including the Scotia Festival of Music, Halifax Jazz Festival, and Halifax Pride Week. Crowds are at their highest in the summer peak and many visitors prefer September and October when the days are still mild and many events continue to take place but the population thins to calmer numbers.

Show More
Show Less

April and May also offer temperatures rising from 5°C to 15°C, but spring rains can make for damp days and muddy countryside. Winters are cold with temperatures below freezing expected from late November to early March, but with the cold comes beautiful snowfalls and opens up adventures on Nova Scotia’s stunning ski slopes.

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Show Less

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