Nova Scotia’s capital city is a bustling epicenter of Atlantic business, tourism, and entertainment. A playground for cruise ships, pleasure boaters, and kayakers, Halifax Harbour 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. To explore the city, start with a tour on a double-decker bus, Segway, bicycle, amphibious vehicle, or even a tall ship. Another fantastic and affordable way to explore the 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. Although there are a number of thrilling day trips that you can arrange from Halifax (Peggy’s Cove lighthouse is a must-see), you can spend a pleasant day strolling along the Halifax Harbourwalk, shopping for local delicacies and souvenirs at the Halifax Seaport Farmer’s Market, or sipping an espresso on the roof of the architecturally award-winning Halifax Central Library.
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. 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.