Nova Scotia’s capital city is a bustling epicenter of Atlantic business, tourism, and entertainment. Here are the top things to do in Halifax to ensure you’ll have the perfect trip.
This is a city best explored on foot, but you’re welcome to start your tour with a double-decker bus, Segway, bicycle, amphibious vehicle, or even a tall ship. Another fantastic and affordable way to explore the Halifax harbor is on the top deck of the Halifax-Dartmouth ferry – you’ll have your own self- guided harbor tour for the price of a bus ticket. This here is a city with a number of thrilling day trips, breathtaking sites, and an endless supply of great eats, drinks, and company. Halifax is always a guaranteed good time.
Sights to See
A playground for cruise ships, pleasure boaters, and kayakers, Halifax Harbour, one of the largest in the world, is straddled by two attractive suspension bridges that lead to Dartmouth. Dubbed “Halifax’s Brooklyn,” this hip neighborhood has recently seen a boom in well- curated food and drink locales. For some history and fantastic views, visit the Citadel National Historic Site – a 19th-century fort located right in the middle of the city, where a cannon fires each day at noon. To explore your own heritage and identity, visit the fascinating Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, or just spend the day sipping an espresso on the roof of the architecturally award-winning Halifax Central Library. If you’ve got little ones with you, check out our article on the Top Things to Do in Halifax With Kids.
A Foodie’s Paradise
Halifax is famously known for their fantastic seafood, but the food culture in this city goes way beyond that. Amongst traditional Canadian dishes such as poutine, you can find a wide selection of cuisine from all over the world including one of the best donairs you will ever have. This isn’t to say that the seafood isn’t a must-try. The only trouble you’ll have is being able to choose from the amount of amazing options available. Check out our top five spots to dine in Halifax for a quick and foolproof insider’s guide.
Markets and Entertainment
You can spend a pleasant day strolling along the Halifax Harbourwalk shopping for local delicacies and souvenirs at the Halifax Seaport Farmer’s Market. The Historic Farmer’s Market is also home to a number of local eats and artisanal crafts. This market is located in the original 200-year-old Alexander Keith’s Brewery. Take a ferry to Dartmouth to hit up more markets filled with handmade goods and delicious treats. When the sun goes down, indulge in cocktails and live music in the entertainment district of Argyle Street, or head north to the hip restaurants and bars along the up-and-coming Agricola Street.
Nova Scotia has many beautiful sites to see, some of which are conveniently close to Halifax. If you have time on your trip, make sure to visit the famous Peggy’s Cove. One of the most photographed sites in all of Canada, this rural community is host to a number of eats your taste buds will not soon forget. Take a one hour drive to Truro for historic charms and beautiful nature at Victoria Park. Take a hike through the many trails or visit one of two picturesque waterfalls. And don’t forget to hit up the Truro Farmer’s Market if it happens to be open. If you want to experience even more of rustic small-town Nova Scotia, Fisherman’s Cove is only a 20 minute drive outside of Halifax. This 200-year-old fishing village has plenty of charming shops, markets, and restaurants. Trust us, you’ll want to snap a photo or two here. And of course, If vineyards are more your style, take one of the many wine tasting tours leaving from Halifax.