Welcome to Halifax – A vibrant capital city by the sea
As the cultural and historical capital of Atlantic Canada, Halifax has been delighting visitors for over 265 years! Founded in 1749, the city deftly blends the past with the present to produce a skyline dotted with elegant 18th- and 19th-century architecture alongside ultra-modern towers of glass and steel.
The heart of Halifax is perfect for exploring on foot, with treelined streets, international restaurants, galleries, libraries and museums. Inviting sidewalk cafés beckon you to while away a few hours amid park-like, waterfront, and historic settings in the busy downtown, often with a backdrop of the bustling harbour, which entertains ship traffic from every corner of the globe.
Indeed the waterfront continues to be a hot spot, boasting some of the city’s most stimulating entertainment and most fascinating historical landmarks. Day and night, the downtown area pulsates with the rhythms of local music and the excitement that characterizes life in a cosmopolitan centre. We have the most pubs per capita in all of North America, so stopping in to enjoy live music and a brew is a must. Feast at culinary hot spots and award winning restaurants dedicated to seasonal, locally-found seafood and produce and of course, our award winning Nova Scotia wines.
- Halifax isn’t just contained to the city limits – explore what the outskirts have to offer, including the spectacular Peggy’s Cove or the rustic shores of Eastern Passage.
- Alexander Keith’s original 1820 brewery welcomes visitors with costumed guides, stories and, of course, good ale.
- Take a tour of the massive star-shaped Halifax Citadel National Historic Site or the bustling harbour, home to the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic which houses the largest collection of wooden artifacts from Titanic.
- The Halifax Seaport Market is home to the oldest farmers market in North America, featuring the very best of fresh, organic and local foods, musicians and artisans.
- Stroll along the nearly 4 km (2.5 mi) walkable waterfront where you’ll find great restaurants, live music indoors and out, and popular festivals and events with the harbour as a backdrop. There are plenty of vendors along the waterfront that offer a variety of ways to explore the city via sailing tours, kayaking, biking or Segway.
- Hop aboard the ferry, North America’s longest running saltwater ferry, and cross the harbour to Dartmouth which is filled with more locally-owned shops, galleries, cafés, restaurants, and pubs.
- Of course a visit to the East Coast is not complete without trying the fabled donair, the official food of Halifax!
You can embrace the spirit of the perfect road trip here. A car is optional, because you can also bike, hike, sail or paddle your way to spontaneous discovery. Throw away your map, and find as much freedom in the stops in-between as in the places you planned to go.
Located in eastern Canada and almost completely surrounded by ocean, the province of Nova Scotia is a place where you can feel your pace fall in sync with the rhythm of the sea, as the clean salt air breathes life into an afternoon. Immerse yourself in culture that ranges from traditional to avant-garde, from bagpipes to world-class golf.
Experience the highest tides in the world at the Bay of Fundy. Sip the afternoon away at award-winning vineyardsscattered around the province. Follow the Seafood or Good Cheer Trails to dine on dishes prepared by nationally recognized chefs at the helms of some top-rated restaurants. Celebrate at hundreds of festivals annually. Watch the waves crash along the spectacular coastline at Peggy’s Cove. Go on a whale watching trip. Tour the Cabot Trail on Cape Breton Island. Enjoy the great outdoors in one of our national or provincial parks. Discover the broad story of Canadian immigration and our rich history. Or simply soak in the beautiful scenery. Whatever you choose, Nova Scotia is a place of remarkable beauty and a vibrant history that has been wonderfully preserved.
Discover Nova Scotia’s touring regions:
- Halifax Metro: Halifax Metro combines the sometimes turbulent history of a strategic port city with the youthful spirit of a modern university town. By day, check out eclectic shops, artisan studios, museums and galleries. By night, take in a show, experience the vibrant music scene, savour award-winning cuisine, and hoist a pint in a place with more pubs and clubs per capita than almost anywhere else. For those not spooked by the shadows, ghost walks explores our graveyards and haunted houses.
- South Shore: Navigate the sea-sculpted coast of the South Shore past weathered fishing villages, the UNESCO World Heritage site of Old Town Lunenburg, beaches & bays, and 40+ lighthouses – including the famous beacon at Peggy’s Cove. Discover privateering legends, tales of pirate treasure, and artisans who craft treasures of their own. Visit Kejimkujik National Park and come face to history with Mi’kmaq petroglyphs and see the stars like you didn’t think was possible, in the Dark Sky Preserve.
- Yarmouth & Acadian Shores: Squint through the fog and you might see a ghost ship on the horizon. Or maybe it’s just a lobster boat, because in the Yarmouth & Acadian Shore region, both the English and French have long earned a living from the unforgiving ocean. Walk a day in their rubber boots at one of many ‘Living Wharves’ where real-life fishermen show you how they make their haul. Afterwards, reward your hard work with fresh seafood and traditional Acadian dishes.
- Bay of Fundy & Annapolis Valley: The Bay of Fundy’s unique landscape is shaped by the highest tides in the world; its waters are home to 15 species of whales. It’s like nowhere else on earth – and that’s not just some marketing slogan. The Annapolis Valley, with its fertile soils producing lush farms and award-winning vineyards, is where markets and wineries have taken root alongside Mi’kmaq legends and heritage sites celebrating the earliest European settlements in North America.
- Northumberland Shore: Birthplace of New Scotland, Gaelic culture lives on in the Northumberland Shore region. The skirl of bagpipes mingles with the cries of eagles, osprey, and cormorants hunting for food in tidal salt marshes. On the Northumberland Shore, sit back and relax as this region is known for its long sandy beaches with some of the warmest beaches in Atlantic Canada. Stop at a wharf and buy some of the tastiest lobster in the world or discover one of the many skilled artisans along the way.
- Cape Breton Island: Ceilidh is the Gaelic word for ‘gathering,’ and the #1 must-see island in North America welcomes visitors from around the world. Highland hiking trails, the Bras d’Or Lake inland sea, dramatic coastal look-offs and the world-renowned Cabot Trail in the Cape Breton Highlands Park… Cape Breton is a sight for all eyes. For the golfers, Cape Breton is home to the world-renowned Highlands Links and Canada’s only authentic links course, Cabot Links, which provides golfers with a golf experience unlike no other.
- Eastern Shore: Home to Nova Scotia’s longest sand beach, the Eastern Shore offers year-round surfing, sea kayaking in the island-strewn waters, and the chance for birders to cross Great Blue Herons, Atlantic Puffins and Sandpipers off their list. It’s an outdoor enthusiast’s sandbox. Starting at the edge of the Halifax Metro Region, the Eastern Shore is also rich in historical diversity, with living museums and heritage sites devoted to fishing, farming and gold-mining.
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