A popular gateway to Canada’s maritime provinces, Halifax is steeped in coastal charm, naval history and natural beauty. You can take in many of Canada’s east coast highlights within the city and its surrounds. Following the Fraserville scenic route, past the lashing Atlantic, you can spot the picturesque lighthouses that dot the dramatic black rock.
While the city is most alive in the summer, with terraces overflowing onto pedestrian-only streets and sailboats gliding along the harbor, there’s never a bad time to visit. In the fall, the leaves of Point Pleasant Park change, making for photogenic strolls along the peninsula. If you’re ready to brave the cold come February, you’ll have to bring your bib because it’s the peak of the lobster season.
In recent years, a wave of new hotels and restaurants has emerged onto the scene, giving travelers new reasons to check out Nova Scotia’s capital. Although most visitors dedicate a weekend to sightseeing, we recommend taking your time and getting swept up in the city’s relaxed, slow-paced lifestyle.
However you prefer to spend your days, you’ll always find that your best option in Halifax is to mix with the local crowd. Take a tour of a city brewery, or stop off at a historic market for bundles of fresh, seasonal produce. Mingle with the students in the local pubs, or indulge in a fine-dining experience in one of the city’s new high-end restaurants. Visitors love the easygoing pace of life in this Canadian hub, away from the crowds of its big-city neighbors. We’ve got a few insider recommendations to get you started.