Nova Scotia’s seaside capital overflows with beer, history and friendly locals.

Halifax, Nova Scotia, is said to have some of the friendliest people on earth. And although it has a long and fascinating history as a pirate hot spot and immigrant hub, it maintains a small-town warmth that makes you feel like you’re home — even if you’re just visiting. The capital of Nova Scotia is also blessed with a charming 19th-century fisherman’s village, sandy beaches and an active lighthouse perched on a picturesque sea cove.

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Explore Halifax

  • Downtown Halifax
  • Dartmouth
  • North End
  • Spring Garden

Downtown Halifax

Overview

Harbor views welcome cyclists, runners and walkers to one of the world’s longest downtown boardwalks — spanning nearly 2.5 miles from start to finish. Head slightly inland to the city’s urban core and you’ll find upscale restaurants, chic shops, stylish bars and a number of annual festivals.

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Restaurants, Bars, Hotels, Shops, Parks, Nightlife

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Dartmouth

Overview

A quick ferry ride across the harbor from downtown Halifax is a quaint city perfect for nature lovers. There are 23 lakes for swimming, kayaking and canoeing, along with plenty of places to wind down with a pint afterward.

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Nature, Bars, Restaurants, Parks

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North End

Overview

Things move quickly in this youthful neighborhood. From gourmet doughnuts to artisanal charcuterie shops to arcades serving craft beer, there’s plenty to do here — day and night.

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Art Galleries, Restaurants, Bars, Breweries

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Spring Garden

Overview

Named for the freshwater spring that runs directly beneath it, this busy shopping district is located in the heart of the city.

Known For

Shops, Art Galleries, Pubs, Restaurants

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Stay in The Center of it All

Immerse yourself in your destination at these centrally located hotels.

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Spend a Long Weekend in Historic Halifax, Canada

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Explore the Waterfront in Downtown Halifax

Head downtown to take in the city’s famed waterfront. Try pastries, local ice cream and fresh seafood as you take in the area’s history. Visit the various museums dedicated to art and the city’s maritime past before grabbing a drink at a well-loved pub and a dinner of cheese and charcuterie. 

 

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Find Craft Beer, Live Music and Architecture in the North End

The creative North End is an ideal place to spend a day taking pictures of the colorful houses and ducking in and out of chic boutiques. Start the day with a warm breakfast and end it drinking craft beer and listening to live music.

 

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Shop Along Spring Garden Road

Window-shop until you drop along the city’s most popular shopping street. Then take a break with a rooftop snack or wander the bookshelves of Halifax’s most impressive public building. Enjoy some live music in the grass and end the weekend with one last mouthwatering meal.

 

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