Halifax waterfront

Halifax Stanfield International Airport (YHZ)

Halifax is the capital of Nova Scotia (New Scotland), Canada’s second largest province. Founded in 1749 by the British as a bulwark against a nearby French fortification, Halifax has grown into a prosperous, modern city and offers tourists plenty to do, see and eat.

A new visitor to Halifax should start downtown, the city’s hub of shops, restaurants and sights. Start by taking a tour of Halifax’s historic harbor. There are plenty of options, but for a quick and inexpensive one jump on the ferry which takes you across the harbor to Dartmouth and back. At the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, you’ll gain an appreciation for the city’s rich seafaring history and see a moving collection of artifacts from the Titanic. The Halifax Public Gardens opened in 1875 and is a wonderful place for an afternoon stroll. And up on Citadel Hill, you can tour a 19th century fort and garrison and enjoy the best views of the city.

It’s Not All About the Seafood

Though the seafood in Halifax is both plentiful and fresh, there’s also good Indian and Greek food. But given its British heritage, it should come as no surprise that taverns and pubs abound, serving microbrewery beers, ales and traditional pub grub. Try what locals call a Donair, the city’s version of the gyro.

For a day trip, visit Peggy’s Cove, a delightful little fishing village that seems to have been frozen in time. Peggy’s Point Lighthouse, still operated by the Canadian Coast Guard, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the province. Here, the views of the sunsets and often angry waves are breathtaking. Just don’t leave before treating yourself to the lobster — the local specialty.

Canada has so much to offer! You might also want to explore Vancouver.