Destination Halifax, Nova Scotia
Halifax, Nova Scotia, can best be described as an urban city with seacoast on its sides and history on its streets. A walkable city with friendly rural communities, Halifax has more pubs and clubs per capita than almost any city in Canada. You can leisurely spend your time walking along the world’s second largest ice-free harbor or explore history, folklore and art in Halifax’s numerous art galleries, museums and historical sites.
How to Reach:
Located on the Atlantic Coast of Nova Scotia, Halifax is easily accessible by land, air or sea. For those who choose to fly, can fly right into the Halifax International Airport, located just thirty minutes from downtown. Transportation from the airport includes cabs, car rental, public transportation and airport shuttle services to any destination. Those driving can take the Trans-Canada Highway through New Brunswick, with options to connect to the United States or Canada. If you need to reach the land by boat, there are car ferries available that land at the Yarmouth, Caribou, Digby and North Sydney ports. Cruises also pass through Halifax on the Canada/New England Cruise Itinerary, typically between the months of May-October.
When to go:
Though there is much Halifax has to offer in the colder months including open ice rinks and outdoor winter activities, the warmer months are definitely going to give you the best experience. Halifax’s best assets are seen when walking along the harbor, sitting on a patio or strolling along the shopping streets. You won’t want to miss out on the views on a warm summer day.
What to see:
For a taste of Halifax’s history, take a trip to the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site located at 5425 Sackville Street. At the center of downtown on a great hill, the naval station displays rare military artifacts in its Army Museum, as well as a Living History demonstration with historical re-enactments. Guided tours and learning activities are available for the whole family to partake in to learn about Halifax’s rich history.
For a more tasteful bit of history, visit Alexander Keith’s Original Brewery. Experience a theatrical tour with citizens of 1863, telling stories, singing songs and serving delicious beverages from Mr. Keith himself. Located at 1496 Lower Water Street, the brewery is a great place to start your night with food and fun.
No visit to Nova Scotia is complete without a walk on Halifax Harbourfront, Pier 21, also called the Gateway to Canada, where one million immigrants, refugees and war brides, mostly from Europe, made their first steps in Canada.
Numerous tour options are available to see the sights of Halifax without missing out on anything. Tour operators offer various boat tour options, as well as van and sedan tours. If you have specific places you’d like to see, they will cater to your specific requests to make sure you get the most out of your trip. Select your own adventure and enjoy the food, wine and historical sights!
Where to Stay:
For a charming hotel right in the downtown core close to everything, choose the Courtyard by Marriot Halifax Downtown. At 5120 Salter Street, this hotel is close to shopping, restaurants, and museums, while also being within walking distance of the waterfront and main attractions. Complimentary Wi-Fi, pool and fitness center are available.
For a more rustic experience, stay at The Halliburton – Halifax’s Boutique Hotel. Early 19th century homes were combined to create this quaint and peaceful hotel, home to Stories Restaurant and a personal library and courtyard. This is a fantastic place to stay to enjoy company and still be close to the bustle.
Halifax offers almost every type of cuisine you can think of; Korean to Kosher to Cajun, there is something for every taste bud. To go with the theme of your destination, try out the Waterfront Warehouse, located at 1549 Lower Water Street right along the harbor. Enjoy mouthwatering lobster, crab and oysters while taking in the beautiful view of the waters and the smell of the fresh air. Kid’s menus are also available.
For a refined dining experience, visit CUT Steakhouse and Urban Grill at 5120 Salter Street. Two floors are separated by a livelier, trendier gathering downstairs while the upstairs boasts a more sophisticated experience. Taste some of the finest prime beef, aged and butchered in-house and a perfectly paired glass of wine.
Boasting something a little different, the Grafton Street Dinner Theatre, at 1741 Grafton Street, offers food and entertainment at the same time. Musical and comical acts set the stage for your three-course meal, and even your servers are in on the performance. Be sure to stick around for the Chocolate Brownie, Apple Crisp or the NY Cheesecake.
On a gorgeous day, walk along nine blocks of boutiques and café’s on Spring Garden Road. Get spoilt for choice from over two hundred retail stores and plenty of places to take a break, sip an espresso or simply enjoy the views.
For trinkets a little more unique, make sure to experience the Halifax Seaport Farmer’s Market. Shop along the waterfront, while you take in the freshly baked goods, hand-made jewelry, fresh flowers and much more. It is a cultural experience unlike any other, with amazing views and Halifax’s most fresh produce and finds.