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Best things to do in Halifax

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Where in the world: Canada  /  Nova Scotia  /  Halifax Regional Municipality  /  Halifax

Top 15 things to do in Halifax

1. Halifax Public Gardens

Enjoy wandering among a wide array of plants, trees, flowers, and more at Halifax Public Gardens, one of the finest Victorian-era parks of its kind on the continent. Created in 1867, the gardens span an area of 6.5 ha (16 ac), and boast a number of public spaces and venues. Enter through the park’s ornate wrought-iron gate and stroll along the network of paths, alongside flowerbeds, past fountains, and under exotic trees. Kick back on a bench and people-watch, or grab a seat and enjoy one of the frequent musical performances at the bandstand.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
Tours from $5 › Learn more about Halifax Public Gardens

2. Halifax Citadel National Historic Site

Step back in time at Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, a 250-year-old hilltop fortification overlooking the city. Learn about thecitadel's rich military history by taking a guided tour and observing costumed re-enactments. You can even find out what it was like working in the fort with the "Soldier for a Day" activity, which involves donning a uniform and taking part in drills. Fire authentic rifles of the time, and take ghostly night tours. After absorbing so much history, take a moment to refresh in the coffee bar, or peruse the gift shop.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
Tours from $27 › Learn more about Halifax Citadel National Historic Site

3. Maritime Museum of the Atlantic

Visit Maritime Museum of the Atlantic for a fun, history-packed day perfect for the whole family. Examine artifacts salvaged from shipwrecks lying at the bottom of the ocean, and learn about the devastating explosion that ripped through the city’s shipyard in 1917. You’ll also have the rare and exciting opportunity to inspect artifacts from the infamous Titanic, the survivors, bodies, and wreckage of which were brought to this port. Though jammed with information and lore, the museum is not especially large, freeing you up for more sightseeing around the city.
Suggested duration: 3 hours
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4. Wine and Lunch Escape

FROM $172
Enjoy a scenic drive to the Annapolis Valley to experience 3 award winning wineries. Sip your way through Nova Scotia wine country and learn about our cool climate wines. Stop one includes a tour/tasting at the first winery. At the second winery enjoy a guided tasting and lunch with wine at Luckett Vineyards, overlooking the beautiful Minas Basin fed by the Bay of Fundy (Luckett Vineyards is only available during May-December). Finally, visit a third winery after lunch for a final guided tasting before heading back to Halifax.
Suggested duration: 6h 30min
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5. Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

Understand how a country can change and benefit through multiculturalism at Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, a museum raising awareness of immigration in Canada. Find out what it was like to immigrate though pier 21, and see how immigrants have contributed to the country's culture up to the present day. Check out what's on display at the museum's temporary exhibits, which change regularly. Don't miss the gift shop, which stocks books, clothing, and signature products, the proceeds of which support the museum's ongoing research into immigration and genealogy.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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6. Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk

Take a peaceful stroll by the water at Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk. Stretching for 3.8 km (2.4 mi), the boardwalk begins at the Halifax seaport and ends in front of Casino Nova Scotia. Along your walk you will come across notable museums including the Maritime Museum, Pier 21 Immigration Museum, and the CSS Acadia Museum Ship. You can also discover the local seaport farmer's market, the longest running farmer's market in North America. The promenade is also home to shops, as well as historic Halifax properties, such as the Cable Wharf, which is a former cable ship terminal.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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7. St. Paul's Church

Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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8. Halifax Harbour Hopper Tour

FROM $48
Get a snapshot of Halifax’s classic sights in an unconventional way — on a 1-hour Harbour Hopper tour. You'll travel on both land and water aboard a renovated amphibious Vietnam War vehicle. Drive by St Paul’s Cathedral, Citadel Hill and the Victorian beauty of Halifax Public Gardens, and then splash into Halifax Harbour for great views of the waterfront. Your knowledgeable driver and marine pilot livens up the ride with engaging tales and naval history, and offers pointers on where to head next during your stay in the seaside city.
Suggested duration: 55min
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9. Province House

Opened in 1819, Province House represents the oldest provincial parliament building still in operation in the country. The building features an all-stone facade, drawing inspiration from ancient Greek and Roman architecture. Take a free tour to see period rooms lined with red carpets and decorated with grand paintings embellished in gold trim. A visit to the legislative library is also highly recommended.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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10. Point Pleasant Park

A popular recreation spot for locals, Point Pleasant Park boasts well-maintained trails and scenic harbor views. Established in 1866, the 75 ha (190 acre) park is home to an array of military monuments, as well as old English fortifications. Take a relaxing walk, go for a jog, or cycle on the park’s winding paths. You can visit the Martello Tower, or admire several fort ruins, have a picnic, and relax on the peaceful beach.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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11. Peggy's Cove Lighthouse, Peggy's Cove

The iconic Peggy's Cove Lighthouse beckons travelers by land and sea with its traditional white-and-red facade, as it marks the rugged eastern entrance to the bay. Step along the water-worn, rounded granite rocks that the beacon is built on, and watch the powerful Atlantic break heavily against them. The lighthouse represents a major stop on the region's Lighthouse Trail scenic drive. Be sure to take extra care exploring this area, as visitor can be swept off the rocks by larger waves. Don't forget your camera and capture this lighthouse, renowned for its composition.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $102 › Learn more about Peggy's Cove Lighthouse

12. Nova Scotia Day Tour - Visit Peggy's Cove, Lunenburg, and the Annapolis Valley.

FROM $197
The best part of this tour is the down-home hospitality Sam tries to deliver with every ride. There is no real set schedule, so we have a bit more flexibility in how we do things. Sam will help you from the time you first write to the time she hugs you goodbye at the last stop and beyond if you're traveling to anywhere else that she is familiar with. Get to know other travelers and share once in a lifetime experiences along the way.
Suggested duration: 8h 45min
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13. Duck Tours

Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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14. Alexander Keith's Brewery

Learn about the beer and the man whose name adorns each bottle during a tour of Alexander Keith's Brewery, one of the oldest commercial breweries in North America. Founded in 1820 by Alexander Keith, a Scottish immigrant who would go on to become town mayor on three occasions, the brewery brews a range of beers, although its most popular remains the original India pale ale. Take a tour of the facility to learn about the history of the man and his beer, guided along your way by actors in period clothing.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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15. Best of Halifax Small Group Tour with Peggy's Cove and Citadel

FROM $102
Experience all there is to see and do in Halifax by taking part in the Best of Halifax Tour. Led by a local guide, visit most of the area’s top attractions. Check out the view from Peggy's Cove and take the immersive tour through the famous Halifax Citadel National Historic Site. An extensive downtown drive will highlight more of what Halifax has to offer. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included. The Ultimate Halifax Tour includes: • Beautiful scenic drive up to Peggy’s Cove • Free time to explore Peggy’s Cove • An informative tour of Citadel Hill – the tour is guided by a living historical guide • An experienced guide throughout the entire tour to answer questions and point out interesting landmarks • Tour group is limited to seven people which makes the experience more intimate • Complimentary shuttle pick up and drop off from anywhere in downtown Halifax *Please note that adverse winter weather may result in cancellation of the Citadel and/or Peggy's Cove portion of this tour
Suggested duration: 4h
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