Halifax Travel Guide

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Halifax Highlights

  • Pro
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     Perfect blue skies and friendly people 

  • Con
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     freezing in winter 

  • In a nutshell
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     It's a place where country mice can live a little and still feel comfortable. 

Halifax Things to Do

  • Halifax Citadel National Historic Site

    The Halifax Citadel National Historic Site a.k.a. The Citadel is a must to visit for every Halifax visitor. It is the old English Fortress at the highest point of the city. My Halifax National Historic SiteTravelogue Of course you can limit it to a walk up hill and enjoy the view without entering the fortress on top, but the true history of the...

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  • Halifax Harbour

    My favourite tour of the Halifax Harbour took place aboard the Mar II. If sailing is what you like to do, the Mar II is available for various Halifax Harbour cruises including pirate, cocktail and moonlight cruises. A tour of Halifax Harbour can also be done aboard the Harbour Queen I, a Mississippi style riverboat. You can take a 2 hour history...

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  • Peggy's Cove

    This a small rural community and it is a photographer's paradise! I went there during the summer and it was windy and a little cloudy so it is always better to know the condition of the weather to enjoy the view. Also there is a memorial sight of The Swissair Flight 111 tragedy. You can watch a documentary about it...

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Halifax Restaurants

  • Warehouse Restaurant / Tug's Pub

    Great big restaurant at the former warehouse opposite the tug pier. Outside terrace with view on the water. Popular oyster & mussels bar inside. Good for big parties. At the city side you find the Tug's Pub. Seafood

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  • La Cave

    La Cave is a wonderful small "cafe" style restaurant in the basement of a building. The ambiance is incredible: each section of the restaurant devided into their own "private " rooms for a maximum of intimacy. The staff is great, deserts and coffee remarkable, but unfortunately, entrees are not what they could be. This is definately a great place...

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  • Salty's On the Waterfront

    Salty's on the waterfront in one of the best restaurants around. On the first floor you have a great view over the water, which will bring an automatic romantic setting in the evening. I have only positive memories of this restaurant. Bring your money and enjoy! Be aware, there's a Downstairs Menu and an Upstairs Menu (the latter is more high...

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Halifax Nightlife

  • Pubs, Clubs and Taverns - General

    Club Nîche is a supper Club and Lounge. The club offers breakfast from 6.30AM (including for the guests of the next door Four Points Sheraton Hotel), lunches and dinners Live Music at the weekends. Summertime terrace. Inside formal to casual. Terrace: as you are.

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  • Liquor Dome, The

    The Dome is actually several bars under one roof. Originally, and officially it was five individual bars, all interconnected but because it was such a draw, everyone called it the "liquor dome"... The management succumbed and now call it the "Entertainment Dome" or "The dome" as it's still known by the locals. The two bars on the lower level on...

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  • Split Crow, The

    The Split Crow has been open since 1979. It's a pub, clean and simple. No dance floor but that doesn't stop people from dancing wherever they stand. They play Irish/Scottish/sea shanty type music mainly which is popular for this area. It's my favourite watering hole downtown. Food isn't bad and there is an outdoor patio in the summer. The general...

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Halifax Transportation

  • Bus Service

    Public transportation is limited to the bus and the harbour ferry. It's not too bad a system for the most part though weekends and holiday service is a bit sparser. Main routes are serviced regularly then at least and there are improvements in the offing. 2014 prices: Adult prices: It costs $2.50 for a bus ride, and you can ask for a paper...

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  • Airport Shuttle

    Halifax International Airport is about a 20-30 minute drive from the city. They put it out there to get away from the fog but fog still happens! Anyway, there's a regularly schedule Airport shuttle run by Maritime Bus that you can get from the airport to various downtownHalifax hotels with only one stop in a Dartmouth hotel just outside of the main...

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  • Ferry Service

    The ferries are an important part of the local transportation to and from Dartmouth. Buy your tickets from the man at the entrance gate (exact change). There are tickets for ferry use only or connecting tickets, so you can take the bus at the other end to go further. See the slideshow I made.

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Halifax Shopping

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  • Music

    Halifax Folklore Center started at 1971. The shop is owned by Tom and Marla Dorward. Tom is a graduated at the Dalhousie University and started teaching math, but that only lasted a year, because of his love for music. Both Tom and Marla are musicians and they care about the instruments and the people who play them. Business hours: Mo-We: 11AM -...

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  • Stringed Musical Instruments

    Halifax Folklore Center started at 1971. The shop is owned by Tom and Marla Dorward. Tom is a graduated at the Dalhousie University and started teaching math, but that only lasted a year, because of his love for music.Both Tom and Marla are musicians and they care about the instruments and the people who play them. Business hours:Mo-We: 11AM -...

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  • Handbags

    Allie's Boutique sells Jewellery, handbags, Sunglasses, Wallets and Accessories.The shop is managed by Allie Fineberg.Drop into this cosy shop and find a nice gift of something to please yourself.

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Halifax Local Customs

  • Famous Haligonians

    Sidney Crosby- Cole Harbour N.S.- amazing hockey player. Captain of Team Canada, Plays professionally for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Same birthday as mine (i like!)Sarah McLachlan- wonderful singer/songwriter from Halifax.

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  • Wires spoiling the picture

    As in most parts of Canada Main power and telephone landlines are hanging in the air, spoiling many pictures you want to take.Not only that. I have seen power lines coming down at storms at Halifax. Be prepared.

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  • Creative People

    It must be the influence of the precense of the Universities that brings in a special creative wave to this town. Time after time you'll notice low-cost alternative things going on.Balloons in a park, yoga in front of the Library at Spring Garden, you name it.Don't be surprised when you are approached by one of them; share there fun and bring in...

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Halifax Warnings and Dangers

  • Safety

    Halifax is a very safe city overall. Areas to stay clear of include Gottingen (only at night...during day is not horrible at all and there is a major police detachment right there), Uniacke Square (off of Gottingen), and some streets slightly outside the city around Dutch Village has been experiencing more crime. On the Dartmouth side, the...

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  • Driving

    Driving in Halifax is rather easy. You have to be aware which lane to choose well in advance and at some crossings the traffic lights are located behind the crossing; at other spots before the crossing. Downtown most streets are ONE WAY, so be careful and check for the arrow signs!

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  • Peggy's Cove

    When enjoying the breathtaking view of Nova Scotoa's Coastline beware of the dangers of huge rogue waves. Although some of the coastline melts into wide beaches most has a very rugged cliff stewn edge. Many people have lost there lives walking too far out on the rocks and being swept out to the ocean . This is especially true around the tourist...

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Halifax Tourist Traps

  • Peggy's Cove

    Lighthouse on a granite out crop..China /Japan ..Over priced souvenirs...Lousy restaurant..on a cruise ship day ..LAST place on the planet you want to be...Looks like a fishing village..the only thing they fish is....TOURISTS "DONT GO" Spend you time in Halifax exploring a very beautiful and historic city...Titanic April 12 1912..Halifax Explosion...

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  • Peggys Cove

    Lighthouse on a granite out crop..China /Japan ..Over priced souvenirs...Lousy restaurant..on a cruise ship day ..LAST place on the planet you want to be...Looks like a fishing village..the only thing they fish is....TOURISTS "DONT GO" Spend you time in Halifax exploring a very beautiful and historic city...Titanic April 12 1912..Halifax...

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  • Rocks, Lighthouse and tourists

    Peggy's Cove is a small fishing village about 30 miles outside of Halifax and is a tourist mecca. The scenery is quaint, a small village built on huge granite rocks with a lighthouse at the end. There are gift shops and a restaurant. The buses bring loads of tourists every day during high season so it can get quite crowded. There are even a line of...

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Halifax What to Pack

  • Jacket for the cool summer evenings

    Light or something with wheels . There's a walk for the arrivals at the airport. The downtown area can be covered by foot so bring comfortable shoes. We have it all.. Drugstores are open every day. Lots!! Great photo opportunities!! We have gorgeous scenic coastlines ....huge cliffs and rolling beaches. If you come in October you'll be treated...

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  • Umbrellas? Don't bother

    Halifax is on the sea coast. As a result we get a fair bit of wind/breeze. And rain. While it might not be as rainy as some places, be prepared for rain in any season, even winter. Umbrellas, however, aren't much use to you because of the wind. You'll spend more time turning them back right side in than you will protecting yourself with it.

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  • Pack it !

    If you are going hiking/camping you will probably want a waterproof bag. You will probably want a rain jacket. at some point. Somtimes if it's really windy, your umbrella will flip inside out so if you are going to bring an umbrella, bring a wind-resistant one.Bring hiking shoes or sneakers with a good grip if you plan on going on day trips to...

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Halifax Off The Beaten Path

  • Peggy's Cove

    Peggy's Cove might be to Nova Scotia what Tadoussac is to Quebec: a very well-known tiny village! Founded in 1811, Peggy's Cove only has a population of 40, and yet each year thousands of tourists flock to the village to admire its unique landscape and take a picture of the lighthouse, making it one of the most photographed lighthouses in the...

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  • Dartmouth

    After having seen most of Halifax's architectural heritage, we registered for a trip to Lunenberg at the youth hostel, but not enough people registered and the tour was cancelled. So instead we ended up taking the ferry to Dartmouth. My Greater Halifax Visitor Guide (2002) contained a map of Dartmouth Downtown, including a self-guided walking tour...

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  • Titanic Cemeteries

    The Fairview Cemetary in Halifax, located over at 3720 Windsor Street, is an interesting place for history buffs. Back in April 1912, 121 victims of the infamous Titanic disaster were brought to Halifax and buried at Fairview. So many victims (both living and dead) of history's most famous nautical sinking were brought to the city of Halifax that -...

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Halifax Sports & Outdoors

  • Halifax Metro Center

    The Halifax metro center is a sports arena in the heart of downtown Halifax at the foot of Citadel Hill. There is a junior A hockey team that makes it's home there, the popular Halifax Mooseheads. In addition, Halifax has hosted world class skating, curling and national college basketball championships here as well every March. Halifax has hosted...

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  • Bicycle rental at the waterfront

    I HEART BICYCLES was founded by Sarah Craig founded on July 1, 2011. The small shop offers bicycle tours, bike rentals, dating services and bicycle related merchandise.Bicycly rental fees:1 hr CAD 9.002 hrs CAD 15.00 3 hrs CAD 20.00 4 hrs CAD 25.00 1 Day CAD 45.00 Available bicycle tours:Old Halifax, New Halifax (~2hr); CAD 39.00Old Halifax, New...

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  • Golf Galore

    There are a number of golf courses in the Halifax area. Ashburn is in the north west side of Halifax. Brightwood is in central Dartmouth and is equally nice and prestigious. There are a few others a little further afield, in Bayside, Harlten's point, Grandview just to name a few more. Brightwood Golf & Country Club - www.brightwood.ns.ca - (902)...

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Halifax Favorites

  • Downtown Halifax

    VYTAIEMO is an Ukrainian greeting after which a statue is named placed in the Coastal Park opposite the Westin Hotel. It is dedicated to the centenary celebration of the Ukrainian immigrants that came to Canada in 1891-1892. The statue displays the 1891 and 1991 Canadian flags as a display of past, present and future.

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  • Historical Halifax

    There are many universities in Halifax (e.g. Dalhousie University, University of King's College) and you can see students of many races along the streets of Halifax, making this a really cosmopolitan city. In fact, I noticed many Asian students in Halifax especially Chinese. The buildings of the universities look impressive and historical :)

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  • Waterfront / Historic Properties

    Most of the best attractions are within walking distance of each other. The Maritime Museum, the Citadel, Historic Properties and the restaurants and shops along the waterfront can all be accessed by walking. The Maritime Museum is excellent overall, but skip the extra cost "Titanic 3-D movie--you have seen it all on TV already and 3-D glasses...

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