Ten things to do while in Halifax

  • Top Changing of the Guard at Halifax Citadel National Historic Site

    Explore Halifax Citadel National Historic Site

    Take a guided tour from a costumed animator and explore musket galleries, earthen ramparts, garrison cells, guard rooms, and more at this star-shaped naval station in the centre of the city.

    Discover the 78th Highland Regiment that still fires a noonday cannon—yes, a real cannon! This living museum — the Citadel — was built between 1828 and 1856. You’ll be doing lots of walking on an incline (they don’t call it Citadel Hill for nothing!), so wear comfortable shoes.

  • Top Taste a beer that's been brewed since 1820

    Taste Alexander Keith’s

    Taste one of the few beers of North America that’s been brewed since 1820—there aren’t many of them! Alexander Keith’s India Pale Ale is one of the oldest beers on the continent and it’s widely considered to be Nova Scotia’s unofficial brew.

    Tour the place that started it all—Keith’s Brewery—before a visit to the beautifully detailed home of Alexander Keith himself.

  • Top Step into a postcard at Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia

    Step into a postcard

    Shop, dine, and see the sights at the tiny fishing village below one of Nova Scotia’s most famous, breathtaking, and photographed places, Peggy’s Cove.

    Send friends and loved ones postcards of this recognizable beacon perched atop massive granite rocks.

    Explore the rocks by foot but be careful not to slip! Before you leave, take a minute to visit the Swiss Air Flight 111 memorial.

  • Top Enjoy 17 acres of one of the finest formal Victorian Public Gardens in North America

    Take time to smell the roses

    Wander through 17 acres of rare flowers and trees, historic statues, sparkling fountains, and more at one of the finest formal Victorian Public Gardens in North America.

    This beautiful centrepiece of the city is close to all the wonderful shops of Spring Garden Road. It’s often home to free concerts held in the Public Garden’s picturesque red-roofed gazebo.

  • Top Whale watching near Halifax, Nova Scotia

    Watch for our gentle giants

    Want to really understand your place in the world? Then try to see a whale in its natural habitat. Many rare species of this gentle giant call Nova Scotia home and there’s no shortage of whale watching tours to choose from while you’re in the region.

    Being out on a boat with the salty breeze blowing your hair and the ocean spray kissing your skin is an experience in and of itself, but if you’re one of the lucky ones to actually experience a full breach, well, you’ll have a memory that’ll stay with you forever.

  • Top Discover many of Nova Soctia's best wineries

    Try the wine

    Embark on a delicious tour with a Nova Scotian sommelier and discover a bevy of the province’s best wineries, in the colourful and scenic Annapolis Valley.

    Taste the best wines Nova Scotia has to offer at three of Nova Scoita’s premiere wineries: Sainte Famille, Gaspereau Valley vineyards, and Domaine de Grand Pré.

  • Top Nova Scotian Crystal

    Pick up a multi-“faceted” souvenir

    Some of the world’s best craftsmen practice their trade of making crystal—by hand—at the Nova Scotian Crystal Factory & Shop, one of the many unique shops like it in Halifax.

    Each exquisite piece is hand-blown using the traditional method for creating fine, hand-cut crystal. Look for this shop in the heart of Halifax’s beautiful Historic Properties on the waterfront.

  • Top Experience the Legend of the Titanic

    Learn about The Legend of the Titanic

    Explore the interactive exhibit at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and learn the story of the century’s most significant marine disaster.

    Over 120 victims of ill-fated ocean liner, the Titanic, rest here in Halifax. The museum exhibits many artifacts recovered from the famous ship.

  • Top Dine by the sea in Halifax, NS

    Dine by the sea

    Enjoy formal, fine dining? Or do you prefer the casual atmosphere of a pub? Whatever your taste, you’ll be able to satisfy your hunger right in the heart of Halifax, where more than 70 restaurants can be found within a few square blocks of the downtown core.

    If you can, try the Nova Scotia lobster. There’s a reason why it’s famous around the world.

  • Top Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

    Get a taste of history without leaving the dock

    Learn about some of the more than 1.5 million immigrants, war brides, displaced people, evacuee children, and Canadian military personnel who’ve passed through this famous building between 1928 and 1971.

    Pier 21 has been preserved as a monument to the stories of people who helped build the country, including the tale of the first contact between our European forefathers and the native North Americans. Don’t miss a visit to the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21.

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