Halifax doesn't often spring to mind as an excellent city break destination; however, we think it is one of Canada's best kept secrets and is the perfect stopover on a fly drive. Providing the perfect base to explore the enchanting coastlines of the Maritimes and quaint colourful towns of Nova Scotia, Halifax is a vibrant and cultural city, so you can really enjoy the best of both worlds.
Nova Scotia is Atlantic Canada's most popular and vibrant province, so it is no surprise that it is home to the bustling port city of Halifax. The history surrounding this area is enchanting and a must is a visit to Pier 21, Canada's Museum of Immigration. This is where 1.5 million immigrants from Europe, Britain and Ireland passed through from 1928-71 seeking new lives and grand opportunities in Canada. Perhaps you have some distant relatives that you can trace back for a really unique day out.
When on your Halifax holiday you are in the perfect position to explore some of the most scenic coastal landscapes and impressive natural wonders in Canada. Take a trip to Peggy's Cove Coastal Region, just 30-minutes’ drive from Halifax on Nova Scotia's Bluenose Coast, dubbed by the locals as 'Mother Nature's Playground'. Encompassing the shores of the lovely St. Margaret's Bay, walk around and discover the scenic coves, harbour and natural beauty, and enjoy a whole host of outdoor and water activities on offer.
Things to do
Popular things to do in Halifax
Discover this vibrant, seafaring city viewing historic buildings alongside modern high-rises. Stop at the Fairview Lawn Cemetery where 121 victims of the Titanic disaster are buried and hear the stories of the victims who rest in Halifax. View the Halifax Citadel perched high above the city and visit the Halifax Public Gardens, an oasis in the city centre.
Departures: Daily between Jul 1 to Oct 15, 2017
Duration: 2.5 hours
Your adventure begins aboard the Haligonian III, a 200-passenger vessel. You will depart from Halifax Harbour for a memorable whalewatching cruise to Chebucto Head. On board, experienced naturalists will offer local history and geography information as you scan the waters for the telltale flukes of whales and other marine wildlife.
Departures: Daily May 16 to Sep 30, 2017
Duration: 2.5 hours
Journey the streets of historic downtown Halifax aboard the Harbour Hopper. Visit historical points of interest such as St. Paul's Church, Citadel Hill, the Public Gardens, Government House, City Hall, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and more! Then, cast off into Halifax Harbour (without ever leaving your seat!) for a mariner's view of Halifax's naval fleet, spectacular harbourfront, and the beautiful skylines of both Halifax and Dartmouth.
Depatures: Selected dates between May 1 to Oct 30, 2017
Duration: 1 Hour
Departing from Halifax, explore the South Shore, filled with the history of fishing, boat building, the pirates of Oak Island and the rum running along this craggy coastline. Lunenburg is home to Nova Scotia’s largest fishing fleet, the Lunenburg Academy, extraordinary architecture, supreme shops and more. Also enjoy a guided walking tour of Lunenburg or entrance to the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic. Continue to Mahone Bay, famous for its churches along the coastline and picturesque beauty. Returning to Halifax.
Departures: Selected dates between Jul 1 - Sep 30, 2017
Duration: 6 hours
Peggy’s Cove has been an artist and explorer's paradise for well over 150 years. This picture-postcard village, located on rugged Atlantic shoreline, stands on solid rock above the crashing surf, and its lighthouse is the most photographed lighthouse in the world. Enjoy some free time to exploring the rocks, the trails, the village and the gift shops.
Departures: Selected dates between Jul 1 to Sep 30, 2017
Duration: 3 hours
Here are our top tips for your holiday to Halifax:
Top tips for visiting Halifax
Top Tip 1
• Visit Fisherman’s Cove – this tightly knit community offers a real sense of what it’s like to live and work in Nova Scotia. Watch the fishermen come in with their daily catch – Halifax is known for having some of the world’s freshest seafood.
Top Tip 2
• Take the boat ride across to McNabs Island and visit the historic remains of Fort McNab
Top Tip 3
• History buffs should definitely visit the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, which is the Canadian equivalent of Ellis Island. See where over one million people travelled to begin a new life in Canada.
Top Tip 4
• Watch a beautiful sunset in Lower Prospect on a local kayak tour while on your holiday to Halifax for a truly magical memory.
Top Tip 5
• Visit the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site. This star shaped naval station sits on top of a hill in the heart of downtown Halifax. Take a look around this living museum courtesy of a costumed tour guide who will lead you around the musket galleries, garrison cells and more.
Top Tip 6
• Foodies should try a culinary walking tour of downtown Halifax. Led by entertaining local guides, embark on a journey around the city, sampling ethnic dishes to all-butter baking, trying new foods whilst learning about Halifax’s exciting culture and exploring unique restaurants.
Top Tip 7
• Take a stroll around the Halifax Public Gardens – this beautiful Victorian inspired garden has been open to the public since 1875 and is one of Halifax’s most cherished attractions.
Top Tip 8
• Keen surfers should catch the waves at Lawrencetown beach, the panoramic views are a must see.
Top Tip 9
• Explore the oldest continuously running farmer’s market in North America at the Halifax Seaport Farmers Market.
Top Tip 10
• Enjoy a romantic walk along the Halifax Waterfront and pop into one of the city’s eclectic shops. In the evening dine out at one of the waterfront restaurants and sample some of Atlantic Canada’s best seafood. The lobster in Halifax is a must!
If you’d like more information about booking your holiday to Halifax call one of our dedicated team of experts who will help you plan the trip of a lifetime!