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Halifax, Nova Scotia

Halifax was long defined by naval operations. The 18th-century Citadel still stands guard, but today overlooks a thriving city whose restored waterfront features historic architecture, shops, museums, bars, restaurants and more.

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Halifax, Nova Scotia

Port of Call

The One Thing You Don't Want to Miss

One of the city's most attractive areas is the Historic Properties Development, located along the waterfront. The charming early 19th-century wood and stone buildings here have all been fully restored. And the cobblestone streets and long promenades are now lined with a wonderful array of boutiques, cafés, and pubs.

Other Fun Things to Do

  • Relax on a drive through the beautiful Nova Scotian countryside to the moody, weathered village of Peggy's Cove. Walk along the rocks to view the craggy coastline, with its bold glacier-formed outcrops of granite and its impressive lighthouse. Then drive through the softer South Shore area back to Halifax and enjoy another view of the city.
  • Take a historical and anecdote-filled tour through the streets of Halifax. Explore the hilltop fortress and the Citadel, and stroll through the beautiful Victorian-style public gardens.
  • Explore the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia's extensive collection, with over 2,000 permanent works.

Get a Taste of Local Flavour

Discover the city centre of Halifax in a different way by visiting many of Halifax's favourite pubs. Sample some of their most popular brands of beer as you make your way from pub to pub.

Local Currency

In Canada, the Canadian dollar (CAD) is the official currency. Credit cards are widely accepted and often offer a good exchange rate. In all of Canada, a 5% Federal Goods and Services Tax (GST) must be paid on all transportation, accommodation, restaurant meals, and just about anything else you purchase, right down to a packet of chewing gum. There is also a Provincial Sales Tax (PST) of 10%. The Harmonised Sales Tax (HST) combines both these taxes into one 15% tax.

Weather in Halifax, Nova Scotia


Temperature Fahrenheit Celsius
Average High 29.3° -1.5°
Average Low 13.5° -10.28°
Mean Temperature 22° -5.56°
Record High N/A N/A
Record Low N/A N/A
Precipitation Inches Centimetres
Average Precip. 5.8 in 14.73 cm

    Before You Visit

    Learn more about this port city with these tourist information guides.