The Mcnabs Island Lighthouse in Halifax, Nova Scotia
A BEACON OF ADVENTURE

Cruise to Halifax, Nova Scotia

Halifax was founded as a naval base in 1794 — but you'd never know it from the vibe of this bustling urban capital today. Peer a little closer and you'll see the Citadel, the star-shaped fortress that still stands guard from its hilltop perch. Discover historic architecture, restaurants, museums and boutique shops on the restored waterfront. Hop a ferry to Dartmouth or visit Peggy's Cove. Jump onboard a Nova Scotia cruise and spend your day whale-watching, surfing or sailing, and celebrate the day with some of the best beer and lobster the Maritimes have to offer.
National Language English
Currency Accepted Canadian Dollar (CAD)

Things To Do in Halifax

A couple of humpback whales swimming

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Humpback Whale

Hit the High Seas

Hit the High Seas

Hop aboard a boat tour of the harbor — from the observation deck, you can spy marine wildlife, including the majestic whales that inhabit Nova Scotia's waters. On some tours, the crew will even help you pull in a lobster trap.

The Mcnabs Island Lighthouse on a rocky coast

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Mcnabs Island Lighthouse On Rocky Coast

Light It Up

Light It Up

Nova Scotia is home to 160 lighthouses, and you can get to many of them easily from Halifax. Visit the most photographed lighthouse in the world at Peggy's Cove, just a one-hour drive from the city. Or head to the Cape d'Or Lighthouse, where you'll find some of the best panoramic views around.

Graves of victims of the Titanic in Nova Scotia

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Titanic Graves

Titanic Adventure

What does the sinking of the Titanic have to do with Halifax? A lot, it turns out. Take the Halifax Connection tour to visit the Fairview Lawn Cemetery and the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, where you'll see a collection of Titanic artifacts and hear stories about the iconic event of 1912.

A plate of steamed lobster

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Steamed Lobster

Local Cuisine

Halifax is a seafood feast. There are plenty of upscale eateries along the downtown waterfront area serving full lobster dinners. Try the classic Nova Scotia seafood chowder, which brings together the best of the local seafood — mussels, haddock and scallops are commonly in the mix — in a creamy broth flavored with bacon. Or opt for one of the less pricey spots, where you can order some of the freshest fish and chips you've ever had.

Assorted maple leaf containers of maple syrup

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Maple Syrup

Shopping

Retail therapy in Halifax includes both world-class shopping and carefully curated boutiques. Try the Historic Properties for sweaters, the Hydrostone Market for art or Bishop's Landing for jewelry and unique cosmetics. Want a locally crafted keepsake? Head to the Seaport Farmers Market or Made in the Maritimes Artisan Boutique. Cruise to Halifax and be on the lookout for maple syrup — Nova Scotia produces some of the world's best.

Insider's Tips
Insider's Tips
1 Go sightseeing at your own pace with an all-day hop-on, hop-off bus pass.
2 Dining out? The typical tip is 10 to 15 percent of the pretax total.

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