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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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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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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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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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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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Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

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Now the Canadian Museum of Immigration, Pier 21 in Halifax, Nova Scotia served as the first glimpse of Canada for many people who came to make this country their home. Interactive exhibits offer visitors the chance to learn what these new residents faced as they left where they came from in hopes of finding something better.More
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Old Town Clock

Old Town Clock

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As one of the most recognizable landmarks in Halifax’s historic core, the Old Town Clock gets its fair share of visitors. Ordered by Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and then commander-in-chief of all military forces in British North America, the tower was built as a way to potentially resolve the unpunctuality of the local garrison. Completed in 1803, the three-tiered tower is built in the utmost classic Palladian style, with an irregular octagon tower built atop a one storey white clapboard building.The clock –which, in true Roman fashion, shows the 4 as IIII and not IV for aesthetic symmetry- was constructed by House of Vulliamy, a respected Royal Clockmakers based in London. Although ancient, the clock is in excellent shape, having undergone several renovation works throughout the years, and is still in use to this day. In fact, it could be said that the Old Town Clock has been keeping the people of Halifax on time for the last two centuries! Because of its historical associations, the Halifax Town Clock is a Classified Federal Heritage Building.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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St. Paul's Anglican Church

St. Paul's Anglican Church

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Dating back to 1749, St. Paul’s Anglican Church is the oldest building in Halifax and the oldest standing Protestant church in Canada. As a National Historic Site of Canada, the church is noteworthy for its stained glass windows, pipe organ, subterranean crypt, and adjacent cemetery.More
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Alexander Keith's Brewery

Alexander Keith's Brewery

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One of the oldest breweries in Canada, Alexander Keith’s Halifax brewery still operates from its original location, which dates back to 1820. A visit here will show you how the company’s popular beers are made—and give you the chance to have a taste.More
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Province House

Province House

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Officially known as the Nova Scotia House of Assembly, Province House is yet another one of the many National Historic Sites of Canada in the capital city. This is where the Nova Scotia Legislature has met every year since 1819, making it Province House the longest serving legislative building in Canada. It was also the first form of responsible government in the British Empire outside the United Kingdom, and it therefore played a significant role in the development of responsible government, parliamentary democracy and freedom of the press in Canada.An imposing three-story building, Province House is often regarded as being the finest example of Georgian-Palladian architecture on this side of the pond – famed writer Charles Dickens even called Province House “a gem of Georgian architecture” upon his visit in 1842. Province House consists of the Nova Scotia Legislative Assembly room, home to the Nova Scotia's elected legislature, the Library, which is the former Supreme Court, the Red Chamber, formerly the meeting place of the Nova Scotia Council and later the Legislative Council, and of course, the court yard.More

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Top activities in Halifax

Halifax Harbour Hopper Tour

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Recent reviews from experiences in Halifax

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Trip is amazing! It must...
VOLODYMYR_P, May 2022
Peggy's Cove Express Tour from Halifax
It must be taken by everyone who want to visit Halifax.
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Great way to spend an hour!
Kelly_H, May 2022
Halifax Harbour Hopper Tour
Got to see some highlights of Halifax and a beautiful tour out in the harbour.
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beautiful scenery
Luyen_P, Apr 2022
Bay of Fundy / Hall's Harbour
We had a lovely drive from Halifax to the Minas Basin where we got to see the beautiful scenery and walk on the ocean floor.
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Beautiful views, great evening.
Arielle_M, Aug 2021
Sunset Wine and Cheese Yacht Sailing
It was beautiful to see Halifax from the water.
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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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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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Awesome
Julie_K, Sep 2019
Halifax Harbour Hopper Tour
Great info and way to see Halifax, Adena was a great tour guide and Capt Bill was a great navigator!
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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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A worthy half day drive from downtown Halifax to Peggy’s Cove
Karen_L, Sep 2019
Peggy's Cove Day Trip from Halifax
The tour guide/bus driver was funny, charming and offered interesting trivialities and factual information of the sights and attractions from downtown Halifax all the way to Peggy’s Cove.
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Nice cruise
Charles_E, Aug 2019
Tall Ship Silva Sailing Cruise
Different perspectives on the fort and other attractions.
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Thoroughly enjoyed this tour. The...
Lisa M, Oct 2016
Peggy's Cove Day Trip from Halifax
Halifax is a beautiful place to visit and the people are very welcoming.
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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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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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The Habour Hopper is a fun way to...
Matthew_M, Sep 2017
Halifax Harbour Hopper Tour
The Habour Hopper is a fun way to see the sights of Halifax.
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So fun to be able to see the...
Kimberly R, Jun 2017
Halifax Harbour Hopper Tour
So fun to be able to see the perspective of Halifax from the water and from land.
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alanren, Sep 2015
Peggy's Cove Day Trip from Halifax
I have waited years to see Peggy's Cove and it was worth the wait.
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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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Over all tour was good. It was a...
Wayne Y, Jun 2017
Halifax Harbour Hopper Tour
but it was worth the tour to get to see |Halifax in a sit down tour.
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Harbour Hopper is a great way to see...
Kathleen N, Aug 2016
Halifax Harbour Hopper Tour
Harbour Hopper is a great way to see Halifax and a lot of fun for kids and adults.
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