Halifax Virtual Travel Guide

Credit: Tourism Nova Scotia/Photographer: Adam Hill
Our Halifax Tourist Guide has been carefully compiled to help you make the most of your visit to this vibrant coastal city on the Atlantic coast of eastern Canada. While Halifax may not be the first city that springs to mind when you start to plan your Canadian itinerary, it would be a shame to miss visiting this historic city.

Overview – What Makes Halifax so Special?

Famous for being located on the 2nd largest natural harbor in the world (second only to Sydney Harbor in Australia), Halifax has a fascinating maritime history and was once infamous as a hub for pirates and privateers. It is also one of the oldest cities in Canada and is chock-full of fascinating historic sites and museums which will transport you back in time to the days when swashbuckling buccaneers strutted the cobbled streets.
10 reasons to fall in love with Halifax
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Interesting and Fun Facts About Halifax

Halifax’s Point Pleasant Park does not actually belong to Canada! Nova Scotia rents the property on which the park is located from the British Government in England for the princely sum of 10c (1 shilling) per year.
Point Pleasant Park in winter Credit: Tourism Nova Scotia / Photographer: Sean McMullen
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Point Pleasant Park in winter

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Why Visit Halifax?

The Seafood – the lobster and other fresh seafood which is brought in to Halifax each day is arguably the best in the world.

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Top Attractions in Halifax

You will find that most of the top attractions in Halifax are linked to the city!s proud maritime history in one way or another. Located as it is on a huge ice-free natural harbor, shipping in its many forms has always had an enormous influence on life in the city.
Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
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Best Things to Do in Halifax

Drawing up a list of the best things to do in Halifax will depend on the time of year you visit and how much time you have at your disposal.
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Best Time to Visit Halifax

Halifax Public Garden in winter Credit: Tourism Nova Scotia/Photographer: Acorn & Art Photography
When you are deciding on the best time to visit Halifax you need to take into account the kind of activities which best suit you and your family. If you plan to just take in a few of the main tourist attractions, Halifax is great to visit all year round.
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Halifax Public Garden in winter
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Barrington Hotel, a mid-range hotel in Montreal

Where to Sleep in Halifax

Most visitors who are just stopping for a couple of days will opt to stay in downtown Halifax or near the Waterfront, both of which are close to most of the attractions.
Barrington Hotel, a mid-range hotel in Montreal

Where to Eat in Halifax

Deciding where (and what) to eat in Halifax can be something of a challenge due to the large number of great restaurants competing for your custom.

Credit: Tourism Nova Scotia/Photographer: Dean Casavechia

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Credit: Tourism Nova Scotia/Photographer: Dean Casavechia

Getting In and Getting Around Halifax

Getting in and getting around Halifax couldn!t be easier! Although it may seem a little out of the way, the city is served by good air, road, rail and even maritime connections.
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