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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!

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