Halifax is a popular destination for families and couples looking for stunning sights and outdoor adventures.
Found on the Atlantic Ocean coast, it's one of the world’s largest natural harbours. The heart of Canada's east coast arts scene, you can explore a variety of galleries and museums to find everything from folk art to relics of the Mi'kmaq people! Visit Fisherman's Cove — a 200-year-old restored village — and stroll around a traditional farmers' market to find tasty, local food and drink. There’s plenty of opportunity to explore the great outdoors in Halifax — with a mix of cruises, cycling trips and nature trails around its rugged coastline and dense forests. Make the most of this coastal city's selection of fresh seafood and locally-sourced wine before heading out into its cosmopolitan nightlife.
With a proud maritime heritage and diverse landscape, Halifax is a fantastic holiday spot.
Summer in Halifax is very pleasant. With low rainfall and temperatures of about 22°C, it's the best time to visit if you want to explore the great outdoors and enjoy a range of festivals. However, spring and autumn are also relatively warm and less busy, although winter can get very cold with snow likely.
Enjoy the city’s proud heritage at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, or look at beautiful Victorian floral displays at Halifax Public Gardens. Go to McNabs Island to find a beach, historic fort and miles of nature trails, or book a tour to Peggy’s Cove to see Canada's most iconic and famous lighthouse. Visit the shops and seafood restaurants of Fisherman’s Cove, or find pubs, galleries, crystal-making, and the long-running Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market at Halifax Waterfront. You can explore 39km of nature trails at Point Pleasant Park, join a whale-watching tour; or take a day trip to Annapolis Valley where you can join vineyard tours and wine tastings.
Halifax is a place of wineries, food markets, culinary festivals, and waterfront bistros. Heavily influenced by its coastal location, there's a great range of fresh seafood available. Enjoy Italian cuisine at the waterfront Bicycle Thief, try house whiskeys while enjoying jazz music at Henry House, and sample Halifax's famous oysters at Press Gang Restaurant & Oyster Bar. The city is popular for its local ales and vineyards. You can visit a mix of breweries and wine bars during your stay, or simply unwind with a speciality cocktail in a stylish lounge.
Halifax is an excellent place to experience at night. The waterfront has plenty of places to eat and drink, and you can find a range of pubs, beer terraces, wine bars, cocktail lounges, and nightclubs to enjoy until late. Many venues host live bands and you can see great performances at one of the city's theatres, too.
It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct travel insurance and vaccinations and / or special medication for your destination. Please consult your GP for advice at least one month ahead of travel. It is essential that you meet the visa and passport requirements for your chosen destination. Visit the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (http://www.fco.gov.uk) website for up to date entry requirements listed by country.
Please check that you have the correct travel and medical insurance before you visit Canada. You should also consult your GP six to eight weeks before you travel for advice on possible vaccinations and medication.
You must ensure that you have the correct visa for your destination and visitors travelling to Canada must have an electronic travel authorisation (eTA). Browse the Foreign & Commonwealth Office website (https://www.fco.gov.uk) for up-to-date information about entry requirements.