Visit Halifax - Best of Halifax

Halifax is an Atlantic seaport and the capital city of Nova Scotia. Halifax tourism showcases the region’s history, coastline and beautiful scenery. The harbor is the mainstay of the city and the focal point of its history, culture and development. It is the world’s second largest natural harbor after Sydney, Australia. It was once the only entry point into Canada from Europe and therefore the main route for immigration into the country making it the melting pot of diversity that it is today. The city itself is located on the Halifax Peninsula and is divided into three main districts, the older and upscale South End, the grittier North End and the primarily residential West End. At the center of these districts lies the famed Halifax Citadel perched upon a hill is the highlight of most Halifax itineraries.Sandwiched between the Citadel and the harbor isthe bustlingdowntown region. The people of Halifax are an eclectic mix with urban population and university students from all over the world.

Halifax travel gives visitors a chance to explore the economic and cultural hub of Eastern Canada.Halifax tours have lots to offer, from museums and events that highlight the history of the Maritimes to abundant greenery among the beautiful parks and open spaces.Your Halifax itinerary planner must also include the several architectural and historical buildings in the city that are heritage listed. Another interesting thing to see on your Halifax vacation are the graves of several victims from the sinking of the Titanic. For the party animals, Halifax nightlife is exciting with numerous trendy bars and restaurants catering to locals and tourists alike. And for those who want to work the credit card, Halifax shoppingis all about specialty boutiques, multiple malls and interesting markets.

The Nova Scotia Visitor Information Centre, located at both the waterfront and airport, offers visitors assistance and necessary Halifax tourist information needed to make the trip memorable.

Halifax Travel Tips

Essential travel information and Halifax tips for your visit

  • Visitors may be entitled to claim a rebate of the Harmonized Sales Tax paid on shopping.
  • English and French are the most commonly spoken languages through out Nova Scotia.
  • Tourists carrying prescribed medication should also carry a prescription for the same.
  • Most stores in Halifax close at 10 PM Monday to Saturday and 5 PM on Sundays.
  • Weather in Halifax is fickle so be wary of black ice and drive and walk carefully.
  • Avoid certain areas around North End late at night as crimes have been reported.
  • When driving be mindful of pedestrians as they are usually given right of way.

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Halifax Tours for you

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Halifax

  • Save 7% Halifax Harbour Hopper Tour
    Halifax Harbour Hopper Tour61 Reviews

    Duration: 55 Mins

    Get a snapshot of Halifaxs classic sights in an unconventional way on a 1-hour Harbour Hopper tour.You'll travel on both lan...

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  • Save 7% Small-Group Annapolis Valley Wine and Food Tour from Halifax
    Small-Group Annapolis Valley Wine and Food Tour from Halifax20 Reviews

    Duration: 8 Hrs

    While in Halifax, take a day trip to Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotias premier wine and food destination whose beautiful scenery...

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  • Save 7% Halifax Dinner Cruise
    Halifax Dinner Cruise3 Reviews

    Duration: 2 Hrs

    Cast off into Halifax Harbour on this dinner cruise aboard a Mississippi-style sternwheeler. Glimpse top attractions along th...

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  • Save 7% Peggy's Cove Day Trip from Halifax
    Peggy's Cove Day Trip from Halifax80 Reviews

    Duration: 3 Hrs 30 Mins

    Experience one of Nova Scotias most picturesque places on this half-day trip to Peggys Cove from Halifax, with convenient, co...

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Facts and Stats for Halifax*

  • Pollution Statistics in Halifax

    Know the pollution level of Halifax before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 18.27 (Very Low)
    • Water Pollution 35.71 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 26.25 (Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 34.52 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 15.91 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 20.24 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 7.61 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 26.19 (Low)
  • Halifax: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Halifax for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Halifax.

    • Burglary and Theft 32.84 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 33.21 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 44.4 (Moderate)
    • Corruption and Bribery 35.77 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 27.65 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 44.62 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 35.98 (Low)
    • Drug offense 55.68 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 84.93 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 47.79 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 35.38 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 22.39 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 47.73 (Moderate)
  • Living in Halifax - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Halifax is 172.31 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 58.75 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 58.99 (Moderate)
    • Pollution Index 24.38 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 29.34 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 70.63 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 70.87 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 6.13 (Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 97.61 (High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Halifax

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Halifax

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.28 USD
    • International Movie per seat 9.22 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 31.92 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 82.52 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 48.57 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ‚Äčand subjected to change without notice.

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