No matter where your exploring takes you, you will uncover hidden treasures that enrich your travels. Nova Scotia’s breathtaking seacoast, living history, friendly locals, and fresh seafood each hold the promise of experiences you will remember for years to come.
Halifax, A vibrant capital by the sea
Whether you set out to navigate Halifax with a plan in mind and a map in hand or by spontaneously seeing where the wind takes you, enjoy the journey. Adventures can be found around every corner. As the cultural and historical capital of Atlantic Canada, Halifax has been delighting visitors for over 265 years.
Learn about the province’s history both landside and seaside – take a tour of the harbor-front by ship, or explore the beautiful waterfront boardwalk by bike, foot, or Segway. Looking to discover the cultural identity of Canada? Be sure the visit the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, featuring newly expanded exhibitions showcasing Canada’s immigration story.
Discover the Halifax Seaport Farmers' Market, the oldest continuously operating farmers’ market in North America, and our seafaring history through exhibits at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic which include displays on the city’s link to the Titanic disaster. End at the timber-frame & stone warehouses of Historic Properties, originally built to safeguard booty captured by legalized pirates called privateers, and grab a spot on the patio at The Lower Deck Pub or find a spot inside to take in live local music.
Good to know
Icelandair flights to Halifax land at Halifax Stanfield International Airport, connecting through Iceland with a one hour transit time on average. Consult the schedule for flights to Halifax and our other Canadian destinations.
The currency is the Canadian dollar.
When it comes to shopping in Nova Scotia, you can have the best of both worlds. Halifax is the largest shopping destination in Atlantic Canada, offering malls and big box stores as well as specialty shops. Venture outside of Halifax and you’ll find a mix of regular outlets and unique local stores, artisan shops and boutiques in towns such as Mahone Bay, Wolfville, Truro, and throughout Cape Breton Island. Learn more about shopping here.