Halifax Travel Guide

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Halifax Things to Do

  • 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 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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  • Halifax Citadel National Historic Site

    Halifax's citadel is the most prominent landmark of the city. Located close to downtown, it served Halifax well when enemies attempted to invade the city - they never made it. As a matter of fact, the defense system was designed so perfectly that enemies would have been under heavy attacks far before they would reach the actual city. Halifax...

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Halifax Restaurants

  • Salty's On the Waterfront

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • La Cave

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Five Fishermen

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    One of the top Halifax' restaurants, a genuine landmark. Located at the first floor of one of Halifax oldest buildings overlooking the mid-town square. Nice separated tables in a romantic setting. Only plus points! There is a second place in this building at ground level called "Little Fish"; it's a Restaurant & Oyster Bar. Revisited in 2006,...

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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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  • Lower Deck, The

    This is my favorite bar in Canada. The magic of the Lower Deck is its kitchen party atmosphere. There will be hundreds of people in the place yet it will feel very intimate. Each night there is a band playing East Coast and more recent hits. Bands start every night at 9:45pm and go until 12:45am. If you're lucky, you can catch McGinty who have been...

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Halifax Transportation

  • Bus Service

    If you're not interested in driving in the city, you can always take the bus. There are buses that cross the bridges between Halifax and Dartmouth daily. I found the best way to figure out how to get from one place to the other is to ask the bus drivers. It's much easier than trying to figure out the schedules. If you wish to find out when the bus...

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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

    If you're heading to Halifax or Dartmouth you can take the Metro Ferry. It is relatively cheap to take the ferry. If you are transferring from a bus, simply show the transfer slip to the attendant or it's $2.50/adult to cross on the ferry. Click here for current rates It's a quick ride from Halifax to Aldernay terminal (12 minutes) and Halifax to...

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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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  • Retail Park in Dartmouth

    In Dartmouth, off Highway 118, is Dartmouth Crossing, a large retail park. There are still some areas still under construction, but quite a few stores are now open. There is a movie theatre as well and restaurants open nearby. Costco is open and there's a WalMart Superstore, Canadian Tire and Home Depot. Midsize stores include Michael's, Staples,...

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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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Halifax Local Customs

  • ~ How Much Do I Tip? ~

    It is expected here when you go to a restaurant, spa, bar, and other areas like this to tip the server, bartender, or whomever is working on you. The expected rate varies from 5% to 20%. If you head into a restaurant and the server takes too long with your drinks, messes up your order -- well that would be in the 5% range. If that server has been...

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  • Festivals

    All summer long there are festivals and events happening in the HRM region. The season generally kicks off in early June with Greekfest, a celebration of the Greek community at St. George's Orthodox church. This is followed soon after by the Multicultural Festival on the Dartmouth Waterfront. There is the Jazzfest in July, Buskerfest in August,...

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  • 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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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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  • 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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  • Coastal Walks

    We did a really neat two hour hike on the afternoon of my arrival in Nova Scotia. Its called the Barrens, its not far from Peggy's Cove and its like a world apart. It was not a difficult hike, most of it was pretty easy, and the scenes, the formations of rocks, the effects of erosion were fascinating especially when you see the shapes it has...

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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

  • 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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  • 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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  • Halifax Harbour

    The Halifax Port Authority key facilities are: -Fairview Cove Container Terminal -South End Container Terminal -Richmond Terminals -Ocean Terminals, piers A - A1 and piers 23-24 -Halifax Seaport. Other harbour facilities: -National Gypsum wharf -CN halifax intermodal terminal -Halifax Grain elevator -Imperial Oil Wharves -Maritime Forces...

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