Halifax is a picturesque, vibrant city packed with rich culture, fascinating history, amazing food, and beautiful waterfronts. With so much to see, learn and do, your time in Halifax will be anything but boring. Here are the top 10 things to do when staying in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
1. Harbour Hopper Land and Water Tour
The Harbour Hopper Land and Water Tour is the perfect way to get a quick snapshot of the city’s highlights, all from the comfort of your own seat. The tour is packed with interesting parts of history and fun facts about Halifax. The most thrilling part is when the bus goes splashing down into the Halifax harbour becoming a boat!
Halifax has one of the oldest historic harbourfronts with loads of history. The Harbourfront boardwalk runs 4 kilometers in length, where most of the restaurants, museums, and shops are located. Recommended stops include the Bishop’s Landing Maritime Museum of The Atlantic, the Seaport Farmers Market, the Discovery Center, and the Pier 21 Canadian Museum of Immigration. Don’t forget to keep your eye out for those tipsy lamp posts.
3. Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic is the oldest and largest maritime museum in Canada that has interactive, fascinating displays, and real recovered artifacts. See the Titanic exhibit and experience what it would have been like to be aboard the Titanic and discover personal stories from some of the workers aboard the ship. Also, learn about the Halifax explosion that took place on the morning of December 6th, 1917, which at the time, was the largest human-made explosion. Finally, you can’t miss seeing the real-life CSS Acadia steamship known as the only surviving ship to serve the Royal Canadian Navy during both world wars. Fun tip, the museum is free to enter on Tuesday afternoons between 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm.
4. Pier 21 and Canadian Museum of Immigration
Pier 21 is where over 1.5 million immigrants arrived in Canada between 1928 and 1971. The museum is packed full of history, immigration stories, and artifacts. You can leave your own mark and share your personal immigration story for others to read her as well.
5. George Island
Halifax’s newest attraction, George Island is located just a 15-minute boat ride from Halifax’s harbour front. Explore the island on foot and take a guided tour of the historic tunnels. There is a lot of rich history to be unpacked here, so guided tours are strongly recommended to learn the true depth of the history and importance of the George Island Fort.
6. Explore Dartmouth
See Halifax’s twin Dartmouth by riding the Dartmouth ferry for only $2.75! Enjoy the beautiful breathtaking views of the waterfront, take a walk along harbourfront trails and enjoy some amazing street art. Dartmouth is filled with amazing restaurants and cafes so be sure to catch a bite to eat when you are there.
7. Halifax Public Gardens
Enjoy the oasis of 16-acre Victorian gardens in the middle of the city. These picture-perfect Victorian gardens are filled with stunning fountains, statues, and ponds. The public gardens are located right beside the Citadel, making it the perfect pairing for a full-day adventure.
8. Halifax Citadel National Historic Site
Halifax Citadel is a place you must not miss out on seeing when in Halifax. The star-shaped fort overlooking the city and harbourfront gives you some of the best views of Halifax. While there, see the famous clocktower, Army Museum, have a spirit tasting, and see the noon gun get shot. Tours are recommended to have the full experience and learn accurate history. If you are brave enough, consider taking a ghost tour of the Citadel at night for a spooky experience.
9. Alexander Keith’s Brewery Tour
The Alexander Keith’s Brewery established in 1820, is known as one of the best brewery tours in all of Canada. Try out classic brews or try a new and fun delicious flavour of beer crafted by the Alexander Keiths brew masters.
10. Peggy’s Cove
Of course, we cannot forget Peggy’s Cove! Peggy’s Cove is the number one attraction on most people’s lists and is a must-see attraction when in Nova Scotia. Snap some selfies at the most photographed lighthouse in Canada. For lunch, we recommend stopping at Peggy’s Cove’s U-Cook-Lobster stand for delicious lobster.