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Welcome to Halifax

The harborside city of Halifax—capital of Nova Scotia—sits on Canada’s southeastern tip, facing out into the wide expanse of the north Atlantic Ocean. With fresh sea breezes, a vibrant food scene, welcoming bars and restaurants, and pretty parks hiding among the historic buildings, Halifax has something to offer visitors of all ages and interests. There’s a rich maritime heritage here, too, with coastal Halifax having played a key role in Canada’s colonial past. Within the city itself, bus trips whisk travelers to top attractions such as the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, Province House, and St. Paul’s Church; while Harbour Hopper tours take to the waves for panoramic views over the waterfront. With Halifax as a base, historic fishing villages including Peggy’s Cove and UNESCO World Heritage–listed Lunenburg are within easy reach; as are the rolling hills of the Annapolis Valley, where fertile orchards and lush vineyards thrive. If time is on your side, multi-day tours to far-flung destinations such as Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton Island, Newfoundland, New Brunswick, and picturesque Prince Edward Island (of “Anne of Green Gables” fame) offer the chance to experience the rugged beauty of Canada’s Maritime Provinces—home to diverse species of wildlife, including humpback whales and puffins.

Top 10 attractions in Halifax

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Peggy’s Cove

Peggy’s Cove

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Appearance-wise, little has changed in this picturesque Nova Scotia fishing village over the past century. Colorful, salt-weathered fishermen’s houses and the town’s iconic red-and-white lighthouse stand strong along the sea-splashed shore of St. Margaret’s Bay, and lobster traps, jetties, and fishing boats are still all over the place.More
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Alexander Keith's Brewery

Alexander Keith's Brewery

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Ask anyone from Nova Scotia what the province’s favorite beer is, and they’re bound to say Alexander Keith’s. You can’t make a trip to Halifax without visiting the famous brewery, founded in 1820. Nowadays, Alexander Keith’s still makes up for every 1 in 3 beers sold within the province.The brewery is one of the oldest breweries in Canada, built in 1820 and made of ironstone and granite. It’s located on the waterfront of Halifax, and for a small fee you’re able to tour the facilities with some very entertaining guides. Animators in period costume will guide you through Halifax life in 1863, complete with songs and even a few pub games from that time.You’ll have plenty of opportunity for beer tasting as well, with at least five regular beers on tap and seasonal brews available when possible.Alexander Keith himself is a legend. He was one of those rare, beloved politicians revered by the locals, and he was elected as mayor of Halifax three times. He died in 1873, but every year on his birthday, people visit his grave at Camp Hill Cemetery and pay tribute by leaving behind beer bottles or caps.More
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Oak Island

Oak Island

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This privately owned island is one of several hundred forested islands scattered around Nova Scotia’s Mahone Bay. According to local legend, Oak Island is the site of buried treasure—some speculate that loot was hidden by plundering pirates such as Captain Kidd and Blackbeard. Treasure hunters are still drawn here in search of booty.More
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Halifax Public Gardens

Halifax Public Gardens

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Open to the public since 1867—the year Canada achieved confederation—the Halifax Public Gardens is one of the oldest Victorian gardens in North America. This National Historic Site of Canada was built on two formerly adjacent gardens, and today the idyllic urban green space is home to a variety of trees, flowers, and even tropical plants.More
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Point Pleasant Park

Point Pleasant Park

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The vast green space and wooded trails of Point Pleasant Park, on the southern tip of the Halifax peninsula, contains 185 acres (75 hectares) of oceanside parkland. Bustling with walkers, joggers, and visitors to the seaside city, this park is home to statues, events, and memorials including the Halifax Monument erected in 1969.More
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Halifax Citadel National Historic Site

Halifax Citadel National Historic Site

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Overlooking Downtown Halifax, this strategically set hilltop fortification has presided over the capital of Nova Scotia since 1856, with earlier versions of the fort having stood here since 1749. Today, the former British citadel remembers the military history of Halifax, with exhibits focusing on life within the 19th-century fort.More
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Fairview Lawn Cemetery

Fairview Lawn Cemetery

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Fairview Lawn Cemetery is a fascinating place to encounter some of the tragedies that have befallen Halifax, Nova Scotia. Most notably, Fairview is the final resting place of more than 100 people who were lost in the sinking of theTitanic, as well as many others who died in the 1917 Halifax Explosion that devastated the provincial capital.More
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Halifax Harbour

Halifax Harbour

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Set along the Atlantic Coast of Nova Scotia in eastern Canada, the vast natural harbor in Halifax has welcomed boats for centuries. Still a shipping hot spot, the harbor contains several islands, among them Georges Island, the former site of a British naval station, and the hiking trail–threaded McNabs Island. A bustling boardwalk lines the waterfront.More
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Lunenburg

Lunenburg

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This Nova Scotia fishing town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, boasts well-preserved wooden architecture. Visit the boat-filled harbor to take in its brightly painted clapboard homes and heritage buildings. Lunenburg is also the birthplace of the boat featured on the Canadian dime.More
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Halifax Cruise Port

Halifax Cruise Port

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The gateway to and capital of Nova Scotia, Halifax Cruise Port is spacious enough to accommodate even the largest cruise liners and has direct ship-to-shore access via covered gangways. Passengers docking here can reach Halifax’s downtown on foot, head out to Peggy’s Cove, or tour the Nova Scotian wineries.More

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Recent reviews from experiences in Halifax

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Beautiful views, great evening.
Arielle_M, Aug 2021
Sunset Wine and Cheese Activity
It was beautiful to see Halifax from the water.
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A wonderful day in and around Halifax!
Bob_M, Sep 2021
Best of Halifax Tour with Peggy's Cove
Along with Peggy’s Cove we got to see a lot of the coast, the burial ground where some of the victims of the titanic are buried and, of course, the Halifax Citadel.
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Highly recommended
George_C, Sep 2021
Best of Halifax Tour with Peggy's Cove
One of the best sightseeing tours we ever made, from the start o the end.
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Lovely day
Ann U, Oct 2019
Nova Scotia Day Tour - Visit Peggy's Cove, Lunenburg, and the Annapolis Valley.
Comfortable, individual, took you to a greater range of attractions than most Halifax options.
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See the Highlights of Halifax
Exploration483505, Sep 2019
Halifax Segway City Tour
State of the art segways, excellent orientation and a great way to see beautiful Halifax .
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Wonderful small group tour
Andy C, Dec 2019
Peggy's Cove Tour with Lobster Roll Lunch
While planning a Royal Caribbean cruise to see the October color change, I wanted to find an intimate tour separate from the big bus tours that the cruise line offers.
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Excellent!!!
Tammy_G, Jun 2019
Halifax Segway City Tour
It was a great way to see Halifax and learn it’s history!
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Great trip, good price, worth it!
Lam_N, Oct 2020
Best of Halifax Tour with Peggy's Cove
Super friendly tourguide Adrian, he was showing me all the places to Visit on the way.
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