There’s a youthful vibe to Halifax, the capital of Nova Scotia famed for its natural harbour and maritime heritage. Seafood fans will want to put this port at the top of their to-do list, as will anyone who might be interested in the story of the Titanic, outlined in its fascinating Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. This bustling fishing port is beautiful in all seasons, but it really stands out during the autumn when golden and crimson foliage illuminate its leafy streets. Hunker down in a cosy pub, enjoy a brisk walk along the waterfront, or shop for souvenirs in the independent markets.
Halifax offers a fascinating history of immigration, receiving millions of arrivals during and after the World War. You can learn more about this in the well-organised Canadian Museum of Immigration, or explore the city’s maritime history in the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. Titanic survivors were brought to Halifax after this ill-fated ship sank, along with many of the victims who are now buried in the Fairview Lawn Cemetery. Enjoy the lush greenery and ornamental statues in the Halifax Public Gardens, or climb up to the Citadel to enjoy sweeping views over the harbour and city below.
The Halifax port is not too far from major attractions, with the waterfront hosting many sights all its own. For example, the Canadian Museum of Immigration is located a stone’s throw away at Pier 221, and the Farmers’ Market just five minutes’ away. When you disembark from your ship, you’ll find taxis readily available just outside the terminal. Car rental desks are located in the Westin Nova Scotian hotel, or you can have a wander down the boardwalk to hire a bike for the day. A good way to see the city is by boarding the Big Pink Hop-On, Hop-Off bus.
As part of the vibrant Halifax Seaport, the cruise terminal not only offers a convenient location but also plenty of amenities to welcome passengers! This includes parking, naturally, whether you’re making a quick drop-off or looking to stay a few days. Pavilions 20 and 22 are the dedicated passenger terminals, with parking garages close at hand just beyond the taxi and bus areas. You can park for free along Marginal Road for up to two hours, or opt for on-street metred parking on the nearby streets. There’s also a long-term parking facility at the Halifax Rail Station if Seaport lots are filled with cars.
Halifax’s multicultural influences can be seen in its culinary scene, and a great way to eat your way through the city’s history is with a visit to the Farmers’ Market at the Halifax Seaport. Here you’ll be able to dine on Mediterranean and Asian goodies along with local favourites like the succulent lobster roll.
In addition to its maritime and immigration-themed museums, Halifax is home to some great art galleries! Visit the Mary E. Black Gallery at the seaport to admire local handicrafts, or venture to the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia to view an extensive collection of Nova Scotian and international art.
The quaint residential city of Dartmouth is a short ferry ride across the harbour from Halifax, making it a great way to pass the afternoon. It’s home to the World Peace Pavilion which includes a piece of the Berlin Wall amongst other rarities. Another popular day trip from Halifax is fishing village Peggy’s Cove, famed for its picturesque lighthouse.
Fishing village abound in Nova Scotia, so if you hire a car in Halifax you’ll be able to tour around the pretty Bay of Fundy with its lobster restaurants and crab shacks. Round out your foodie tour with a pint at Alexander Keith’s Brewery, one of the continent’s oldest.