Halifax Vacations

Halifax, the capital of Nova Scotia, is a maritime city extraordinaire, the first point of contact for immigrants in the 19th and early 20th centuries and still a very important port, forming the hub of Eastern Canada's economy and culture. With just 500,000 people, it's small by world standards but dwarfs its closest rival, St. John, by a mile. ... Read more
The attractions pay tribute to Halifax's maritime history but include yearly cultural festivals, one honouring the busker genre of street performers. Restaurants, unsurprisingly, often specialize in seafood, with mussels, scallops and "sea pie" being the dishes to try.

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  • 9.8
    History Buffs
  • 9.1
    Outdoor Enthusiasts
  • 8.8
    Nightlife Lovers
  • 8.7
    Family Travelers
  • 7.3
    Adventure Travelers

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San Francisco, California, USA

Vibrant city with loads of history. Take the time to learn more about Halifax and you'll see it's significance in colonial North American history. The waterfront is also a lovely walk.

Recommended for:Family TravelersHistory Buffs
Schenectady, New York State, USA

Halifax is a main city in Nova Scotia and entry point for people to move to Canada. Disability access is limited to what activities you wish to do. There is some major hilly streets with very little curb cuts. Disability was difficult to find. The city is a gateway to Peggy's cove and other sites along the coast.

Recommended for:Outdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersHistory Buffs
Local from Halifax

This place us regreshing cool and very windy :) in a nice weather you could chill out here with friends and enjoy one or two beer

Recommended for:Outdoor EnthusiastsBackpackersAdventure Travelers

Halifax is only a 30 minute drive from the rental property and the place to be. Whether you want a day to walk the waterfront and explore the stores or you want to go dancing at night this is your spot. Halifax has many malls, casinos, boat excursions and local vendors.

Recommended for:Nightlife LoversArt & Design Lovers

Enjoy the sights and sounds of Halifax. This city has much to offer for everyone.

Local from Halifax, Canada

Great city! Manageable, clean, friendly. Burgeoning food truck scene. Ocean!

Recommended for:FoodiesLGBTQVegetarian
Pittsford (town), New York

Lovely city with a colorful port area, one of the best we seen. Lots of shops, cafes & restaurants. You can walk directly into the city from the port very easily.

Recommended for:Budget TravelersFamily TravelersStudents
West Palm Beach, Florida

A lot of walking but the city is small from one end to the other, Had a great time here. Even check out the local resale shops. Great finds. Food was good. Local beers was even better. Everyone was so friendly. It's absolutely beautiful here with a lot of history. Won't disappoint. Great adventure

Recommended for:Outdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersFamily TravelersFoodiesWellnessVegetarianGreen TravelersStudentsBackpackers
London, UK
Community Manager

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada - My hometown! It's not a super hot tourist destination for anyone who isn't a Canadian or a New Englander, but let me guarantee you that Nova Scotia is worth the visit. Steeped in history, this small city packs a cultural punch. Boasting 5 universities and the worlds second biggest natural harbour, this seaside city is extremely vibrant.

We think of ourselves as "little big city"...a city small enough to retain a small-town sensibility and friendliness, yet big enough to have all the amenities of a city twice its size.

Halifax has a gorgeous and walkable downtown filled with independent shops and businesses, but not very fantastic public transportation.... so you'll want to rent a car whilst you're there....especially if you plan on getting out of the city to explore Nova Scotia's famous coastline.

I miss Halifax for it's fresh seafood and plentiful pubs! It competes only with St John's, Newfoundland for most bars per capita in North America. You can't *not* have a good time Halifax...enjoy your stay!

Downtown Orlando

My family has roots in Nova Scotia. Did not know what to expect, but fell in love with Halifax. Great food, wonderful public Archives, some men in kilts, and gorgeous place in general. Definitely a don't miss. Guidea say to go before September. We went In August 2001, loved it!