Halifax may not be the first city that springs to mind when you think of where to go on one of our cheap flights to Canada, but we think it’s a bit of a hidden gem. Filled with its own vibrant culture and Nova Scotian charm, the city is a perfect fusion of metropolis and open space, all surrounded by a stunning coastline. A holiday in Halifax could mean anything, from great shopping, amazing nightlife and entertainment to experiencing Canadian nature.

Halifax’s history is nothing short of amazing. Pier 21, located on the South End waterfront, is home to the Canadian Museum of Immigration. Here you’ll be walking the same steps that 1.5 million European, British and Irish immigrants did from 1928 to 1971. Exploring this area and perhaps even tracing your own ancestry here is a fascinating day out indeed.

As well as a buzzing city, Halifax is the perfect base to explore all that Nova Scotia has to offer. The incredible coastal landscapes will offer you some of the most amazing sunrises and sunsets on the planet, as well as fantastic views day and night. Only 30 minutes’ drive from Halifax is Peggy’s Cove, known by locals as ‘Mother Nature’s Playground’ thanks to its scenic coves, natural beauty and rugged landscapes. As well as sightseeing, you can also enjoy a whole host of outdoor and water activities. 


South End

Located on the southern half of Halifax’s city centre, South End is one of the most prosperous areas in the city. The universities and colleges in this area also mean the atmosphere is young and lively, with an array of fun activities to get involved in. From upmarket dining areas to beautiful public parks, there are plenty of things to do to make the most of your time here.

Halifax Railway Station is located in South End, so if you did want to travel further afield by train on one of our VIA Rail holidays this is the perfect base for you. If you are looking to get closer to nature without travelling as far, Point Pleasant Park borders the bottom of the Halifax peninsula and South End. This large forest park is the ideal place for forest walks and views over the Atlantic, but it is also filled with old towers and batteries from past wars which makes it unique.

Halifax from above

Atlantica Hotel

Although the Atlantica Hotel is the budget option on this list for Halifax, its four-star rating means you know you’re in for a luxury stay. Located in the middle of the Halifax peninsula, this hotel gives you great access to all areas of the city centre. Thanks to its advantageous location, the views from the hotel mean you’ll wake up every morning and be able to look out over the local parks and waterfront. This is the perfect base for someone who wants to stay in the city centre, but not feel like they are.

Westin Nova Scotian

This elegant hotel is in a great central position on the harbourfront. Within a short walk from the front door, you’ll be able to enjoy amazing entertainment and dining out options. Even if you want to stay in, you won’t be limited for choice as Elements on Hollis, the hotel’s restaurant, serves a decadent menu. There is even an onsite comedy club, perfect for keeping you entertained in the evenings. The rooms are contemporary and chic and will offer you a gorgeous view over the harbour.


Downtown Halifax

Downtown Halifax is the heart of the city. Here you’ll find a mixture of skyscrapers, public parks and historic buildings. Picking a hotel here will mean you are in the hub of the city and in walking distance of many of its main attractions. Spend your days on the waterfront, shopping and eating out or learning about some of this city’s incredible history. During the summer months, over 60 sidewalk cafes open, bringing a real buzz to the streets. But during the winter months, snowfall will make the city look like a winter wonderland.

If you are staying in Downtown Halifax, somewhere you should definitely visit is Citadel Hill. One of the most recognisable parts of the city, Citadel Hill is a 40-acre star-shaped military fort. Originally established in 1749, the current fort was built in the Victorian era and was once the hub of defence for the port.

Halifax Harbour

The Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites

From the moment you arrive at The Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites, you’ll experience grandeur. The decadent façade of the building carries on throughout the interior and despite its lean price, you’ll feel like you’ve splashed out. In the hotel, you’ll find a small fitness room for those who want to stay active on their travels, as well as The Arms Restaurant, a British-style pub perfect for making you feel at home. The gorgeous decor will mean you’ll never want to leave, although if you do, you’ll be within walking distance of a lot of the city’s main attractions.

Cambridge Suites Halifax

If you are looking for a modern hotel when you’re in Halifax, the Cambridge Suites is for you. This super stylish hotel is only a few minutes away from the city’s main shopping streets and benefits from being opposite the Citadel. Sit out on the rooftop patio at breakfast and get fantastic vistas of this monument and glorious sights across the water. If you’d rather eat-in one evening, the Canvas Resto Lounge offers fantastic dining experiences, or you can upgrade to a room with its own kitchen and cook for yourself.

The Barrington Hotel

The Barrington Hotel offers the great service you’d expect from a Delta hotel. Its professional staff and elegant rooms will ensure you have a comfortable and carefree stay. For those who want to relax in the hotel, there is an indoor pool, fitness room and massage therapy studio. Tempo Food & Drink is the perfect place for a meal, but if you’re in a rush you can always pick up something from the Grab & Go counter.

The Hotel Halifax

Connected to the Barrington Hotel, the Hotel Halifax may offer the same great service, but it also offers a unique experience. The large indoor pool with a jacuzzi and sauna means you can start your days in luxury, and The Harbour City Bar and Grill means you can end them in it too. Only a few minutes’ walk from the harbourfront, this hotel is in a great location for those who want to explore.

Hampton Inn by Hilton

The Hampton Inn by Hilton is located perfectly between the citadel and the harbourfront. This modern hotel brings all the class of a Hilton hotel but at a more modest price. The interior is modern and vibrant, with a light nautical feel throughout. Rooms on one side of the hotel are blessed with views of the harbourfront, whilst on the other side you’ll wake up every morning overlooking the citadel.

The Prince George Hotel

If you are looking for a deluxe hotel in a central location, then The Prince George Hotel is definitely the place for you. The mahogany furnishings and decadent design mean you’ll feel like royalty here. During the summer months, eating breakfast on the terrace will be one of your most treasured holiday memories. If you want to make your trip even more special, upgrade to one of the luxury suites and enjoy.

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See the other articles in this series:

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