The best things to do in Halifax, Nova Scotia’s coastal capital


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Located on an unassuming peninsula on one of Canada’s most easterly points, you’ll find Halifax. Nova Scotia’s capital is well known for its endless coastlines, fun-loving locals and decadent seafood. It attracts hundreds of thousands of curious travelers every year looking to drink in the laid-back attitude and flavors of this colourful. seaside town.

While there is plenty to do across Atlantic Canada, we suggest checking Halifax off your list first. The Canadian coastal city offers the charisma and friendliness of a small town with the know-how and sophistication of a big city, making it an ideal destination to eat well and drink well while relaxing by the sea. sea. Here are some of the best things to see and do when exploring Nova Scotia’s capital.

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Getting to Halifax

Downtown Halifax is about a half-hour drive from Halifax Stanfield International Airport (YHZ), which connects the coastal destination to 15 cities and towns across Canada and 25 international destinations. The high-speed CAT ferry is another great transit option for New Englanders. the driver-driven commuter ferry runs from Bar Harbor, Maine to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, which is about a three-hour drive from Halifax.

J Farwell walking past Dingle Tower in Halifax’s North West Arm

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Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

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What to do in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Halifax’s waterfront is a densely populated hotspot where local Haligonians and tourists converge. The boardwalk is home to the city’s main cruise terminal and features some of the city’s best shopping, dining, and public art, all in one condensed area. Highlights include local art installations like the iconic Blue Wave designed by artist Donna Hiebert and the cheeky, drunken streetlights by artists Chris Hanson and Hendrika Sonnenberg. Fine art enthusiasts should also visit the nearby Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, which houses a number of paintings by beloved Nova Scotian artist Maud Lewis and her former cottage and studio.

Head further down the boardwalk and you’ll find the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market. The oldest operating farmers market in North America, first opened to the public in 1750, offers the local community everything from local produce and snacks to handmade crafts and organic beauty products . It also offers stunning views of Georges Island and is a great place to stop and people watch.

While you’re on the waterfront, you’ll also want to spend some time on the water, admiring the Halifax skyline by boat. There are dozens of options depending on your budget and time constraints: the Halifax-Alderney ferry (known locally as the Dartmouth ferry) runs every day of the year, and the 15-minute trip to through the port costs only $2. The indoor/outdoor commuter ferry offers some of the best views in town, especially at sunset. The Harbor Hopper tour offers a more whimsical experience; A refurbished Vietnam War-era amphibious vehicle transports passengers through the city streets before dropping straight into the harbor and continuing the tour on the water. There are also many high-end boat and yacht experiences and rentals, J Farwell Sailing Tours being one of the best.


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