A natural harbor, numerous heritage buildings, and a thriving arts and culinary scene make Halifax one of the most charming maritime towns in Nova Scotia. Even if you’re pressed for time, you can still experience the highlights of the fabulous waterfront community.
Halifax Cruise Port
Port of Halifax, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Situated just 15-minutes from the port, downtown Halifax is small and easily walkable. Explore independently, stopping at Pier 21, Citadel Hill, and the historic Farmers’ Market, one of the oldest in North America. Alternatively, opt for shore excursions that combine guided city tours and trips to nearby attractions such as Peggy’s Cove to make the most of your visit. Day trips to Nova Scotia’s wineries, Annapolis Valley, and the Bay of Fundy are also popular.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Passenger terminals are available at Pavilions 20 and 22 of the Halifax Seaport, a bustling district with cafés, galleries, and more.
- Amenities at the port include restrooms, shops, free Wi-Fi, and payphones, plus convenient bus and taxi connections.
- Halifax downtown is easy to explore on foot, but shore excursions can be more convenient for first-time visitors.
- Halifax Cruise Port is entirely wheelchair accessible, as are many of the nearby attractions.
How to get to Halifax From the Halifax Cruise Port
Ships at the Halifax Cruise Port dock at the Seaport, which offers immediate access to the Metro Transit bus system, taxis, and even limousines. Alternatively, a 15-minute walk will take you straight to the downtown area.
Of all the Atlantic Canadian cities, Halifax gets the most cruise traffic. More than 15 different cruise lines operate here, including Princess, Carnival, Celebrity, Royal Caribbean, and Oceania. All local businesses accept Canadian currency only and English is most widely spoken, although French is Canada’s other official language.
- Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
- Government House
- Alexander Keith's Brewery
- Spring Garden Road
- Halifax Public Gardens
- Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
- Halifax Citadel National Historic Site
- Point Pleasant Park
- Halifax Seaport Farmers' Market
- St. Paul's Anglican Church
- Province House
- Halifax Harbour
- Halifax City Hall
- Fairview Lawn Cemetery
- Old Town Clock