Halifax was named one of the Top 10 Global DESTINATIONS ON THE RISE in TripAdvisor’s 2018 Travelers’ Choice Awards, come see what all the buzz is about! Halifax is a vibrant seaport city famous for its warm and welcoming Maritime hospitality and its reputation as one of Canada’s preferred destinations for conferences, conventions, meetings & events. Halifax is the best of both worlds — the perfect balance of city life and outdoor adventure on the edge of it all.

ACCESSIBILITY

It’s easy to fly to Halifax! Halifax has one international airport, the award-winning Halifax Stanfield located just 30 minutes from the downtown core.

Halifax has roughly 150 weekly flights from Toronto, 70 from Montreal and 85 from Ottawa. With daily flights from Boston, New York, Newark, Philadelphia and Orlando, Halifax, Nova Scotia is an accessible destination. Halifax Stanfield International Airport is also the only airport in Atlantic Canada to offer U.S. pre-clearance, making travel that much easier.

WEATHER

Halifax has a temperate climate and hold true to all four seasons – Warm, sunny summers – crisp, colourful falls – cool, snowy winters – warm, (something rainy) springs. Check current Halifax weather conditions.

SAFETY

Halifax – a safe city in a safe country. The World Economic Forum’s Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index Report ranked Canada as the 7th safest country and under Canada’s Crime Severity Index Halifax ranks better than the national average.

CURRENCY

You can exchange your currency for Canadian dollars at authorized currency exchange counters in Halifax and at the airport. You can also exchange currency at banks and financial institutions across Nova Scotia. To approximately calculate your exchange rate, try the Bank of Canada Daily Currency Converter.

TOURISM

Halifax’s tourism industry showcases Nova Scotia’s culture, scenery and coastline. There are several museums and art galleries in downtown Halifax. The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, an immigrant entry point prominent throughout the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s, was opened to the public as a National Historic Site of Canada in 1999 and is the only national museum in the Atlantic provinces. The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic is a maritime museum containing extensive galleries including a large exhibit on the famous Titanic, over 70 small craft and a 200-foot (61 m) steamship CSS Acadia. The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is housed in a 150-year-old building containing over 9000 works of art. The Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia in Dartmouth reflects the region’s rich ethnic heritage.

 
ISVEE16 Halifax Citadelle aerial view
Halifax has numerous National Historic Sites, most notably Citadel Hill (Fort George). Just outside the urban area, the iconic Peggys Cove is internationally recognized and receives more than 600,000 visitors a year. The waterfront in Downtown Halifax is the site of the Halifax Harbourwalk, a 3-kilometre (2 mi) boardwalk popular amongst tourists and locals alike. The harbour walk is home to a Halifax Transit ferry terminal, hundreds of stores, Historic Properties, several office buildings, the Casino Nova Scotia, and several public squares.
 

Downtown Halifax, home to many small shops and vendors, is a major shopping area. The area is home to approximately 200 restaurants and bars, offering a wide array of world cuisines. There are also more than 60 sidewalk cafes that open in the summer months. 

ART AND CULTURE

Halifax is a major cultural centre within the Atlantic provinces. The city has maintained many of its maritime and military traditions, while opening itself to a growing multicultural population. The municipality’s urban core also benefits from a large population of post-secondary students who strongly influence the local cultural scene. Halifax has a number of art galleries, theatres and museums, as well as most of the region’s national-quality sports and entertainment facilities. Halifax is also the home to many of the region’s major cultural attractions, such as Halifax Pop Explosion, Symphony Nova Scotia, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, The Khyber, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and the Neptune Theatre. The region is noted for the strength of its music scene and nightlife, especially in the central urban core. 

Halifax hosts a wide variety of festivals that take place throughout the year, including the Atlantic Film Festival, the Atlantic Jazz Festival, the Multicultural Festival and Shakespeare by the Sea, to name a few. Many of Halifax’s festivals and annual events have become world-renowned over the past several years.

Halifax is home to many performance venues, namely the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, the Neptune Theatre, and The Music Room. The Neptune Theatre, a 43-year-old establishment, is Halifax’s largest theatre. It performs an assortment of professionally produced plays year-round. 

The Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo is held here every year.

Halifax has also become a significant film-production centre, with many American and Canadian filmmakers using the streetscapes, often to stand in for other cities that are more expensive to work in. 

The new Halifax Central Library  has received accolades for its architecture and has been described as a new cultural locus, offering many community facilities including a 300-seat auditorium.

SPORTS

Halifax has various recreational areas, including ocean and lake beaches and rural and urban parks. It has a host of organised community intramural sports at various facilities. Public schools and post-secondary institutions offer varsity and intramural sports.

The Scotiabank Centre is the largest arena in Atlantic Canada. It hosts most of the major sporting events and concerts that visit Halifax and is home to several semi-professional sport franchises, including the Halifax Hurricanes of the NBL Canada and the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. The facility is connected to the Downtown Halifax Link, and directly to the World Trade and Convention Centre.

The region has hosted several major sporting events, including the 2003 World Junior Hockey Championship, the 2004 Women’s World Ice Hockey Championships, the 2005 Canadian Olympic Curling Trials, and 2007 World Indoor Lacrosse Championship among many others.

 In February 2011, the municipality hosted the 2011 Canada Winter Games.

Halifax is also home to several rugby clubs as well as to the Halifax Gaels which are the local Hurling and Gaelic Football team that compete in Canadian GAA events.

DINING AND NIGHTLIFE

In Atlantic Canada, Halifax is rightfully known for its nightlife. Whether it’s a classic Maritime pub filled with live music, sophisticated cocktail bars or party boats in the Halifax harbour, the Halifax nightlife scene is better than ever.

Find out where to drink, dance and listen to music by narrowing your search here!

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

As a region situated on the ocean, there’s no shortage of water-based activities such as boating, surfing, kayaking and paddle boarding.

More than that, we have spectacular hiking, biking and walking trails inland and along our rigid coastline just waiting to be explored! We believe the best way to see Halifax is in the open air! Find out what suits you best here!

Halifax outdoors

MORE INFORMATION

For more tourist information, please visit the website of Discover Halifax and find answers to all your questions thanks to their FAQ’s!

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