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The capital of Nova Scotia, Halifax is the largest city in the Atlantic provinces and set on the world’s second-largest natural harbor.

The compact city center, dominated by the Citadel and its adjacent clock tower, is easy to navigate on foot.

Seafood restaurants

Along the waterfront you’ll find plenty of excellent seafood restaurants and several micro-breweries as well as the Historic Properties, a collection of boutique shops in restored maritime warehouses.

The harbor is always busy with ferries that ply across to Dartmouth on the other side, and during the summer season the schooner Bluenose II, a symbol of the province, is often moored here.

Titanic disaster

In 1912 the Titanic sank to the east of here and memorabilia from the wreck is on display at the city’s superb Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, along with a collection of brightly-colored ships’ figureheads. Many local cemeteries bear testimony to the disaster but these days Halifax is very much a living society, with plenty of live music bars and a thriving theater scene.

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Suggested itineraries featuring Halifax

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Halifax, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

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    Our expert guides to exploring Halifax

    Written by our specialists from their own experiences of visiting Halifax, these guides will help you make the most of your time there. We share both our practical recommendations and the best ways to appreciate Halifax at its best.

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      Canada’s Maritime Provinces

      Canada’s Maritime Provinces

      Canada’s Maritime Provinces offer a quieter alternative to the west coast. Here, you can follow coastal roads to secluded coves and traditional lighthouses. Visit peaceful fishing villages where saltbox houses line the waterfront. And, explore the area’s Celtic roots. Canada specialist Jon shares his highlights of the region.

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    Accommodation choices for Halifax

    We've selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Halifax. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    Ideas for experiencing Halifax

    Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Halifax, and which use the best local guides.

    • The Ocean
      The Ocean train

      The Ocean

      The Ocean

      A rail journey on The Ocean between Montréal and Halifax provides a wonderful glimpse of Canada’s past.

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    • Halifax Harbour Sailing Trip
      Old Town Clock, Citadel Hill, Halifax

      Halifax Harbour Sailing Trip

      Halifax Harbour Sailing Trip

      Take in the sights of Halifax’s waterfront and enjoy the view of this charming and historic city with miles of shoreline guarded by Georges Island and its graceful lighthouse.

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