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Ultimate Halifax: 18 Must-See City Attractions

History, entertainment, style and more—what we love about Halifax


Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, Photo: NS Economic & Rural Development & Tourism



One of the main downtown thoroughfares, Spring Garden Road is the busiest pedestrian street east of Montreal. From Park Lane to the beloved department store Mills it boasts shopping galore. In the summer, a feed of fries from the chip trucks in front of the Central Library is a local rite of summer. After dark, popular nightspots like Your Father’s Moustache and Onyx draw crowds.

Still the geographic (and emotional) heart of the downtown, the Halifax Citadel is Canada’s most popular National Historic Site.

In Halifax’s early days, citizens were notoriously unpunctual. The solution, courtesy of an early noble, was theOld Town Clock on Sackville Street.

There’s always something cool happening at the Museum of Natural History on Summer Street. The new Our Amazing World exhibition showcases the museum’s recently installed spherical-projection technology.

You can shop and dine where privateers once stashed their booty in the Historic Properties.

A long line of sports heroes—most recently, Sidney Crosby. Learn more: Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame on Duke Street.

Devastated in the Halifax Explosion almost a century ago, the area now called The Hydrostone has regrown as a stylish neighbourhood with unique architecture, quaint shops and world-class dining.

At the south end of the peninsula, Point Pleasant Park is a popular year-round destination for its oceanside and woodland trails—a must-visit for hikers, bikers and runners. The park also hosts productions of theatre al fresco with Shakespeare by the Sea throughout the summer. In the midst of the downtown on Barrington Street, the Old Burying Ground is a secluded historic cemetery. It’s also notable as the resting place of British Major General Robert Ross, who burned Washington, D.C. in the War of 1812. Uptown on Spring Garden Road, the Halifax Public Gardens are one of the finest Victorian gardens in North America. In the summer, its bandstand hosts Sunday afternoon concerts. Across the harbour, the Dartmouth Common is a green oasis with splendid harbour views.

From sports to culture, you can find an entertainment option for whatever piques your interest. May’s diverse lineup, for instance, includes a new season of motor-sports action at Scotia Speedworld and Atlantic Motorsport Park, the acclaimed SuperNova Theatre Festival, stand-up comedy at Yuk Yuk’s, the Scotia Festival of Music, live music at Bearly’s House of Blues on Barrington Street and much more.

From Lonely Planet to the Montreal Gazette to the New York Times, Halifax draws constant praise as a premier culinary destination. In the Guide to Dining you’ll find listings for a tremendous variety of restaurants. And discover where Halifax’s talented chefs find their inspiration: the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market on Marginal Road. Fresh-baked goods, savoury snacks, artisanal cheeses, award-winning Nova Scotian wine and produce aplenty—you’ll find plenty to entice.

Centrally located, Halifax is an ideal day-trip base. Take a 45-minute drive east, and you’ll find the Memory Lane Heritage Village, a living-history museum that re-creates life in rural Nova Scotia as it was 70 years ago. Or take a 45-minute drive west, and you’ll find the historic fishing village of Peggy’s Cove. Its iconic lighthouse, perched on the rocks just above the wild Atlantic waves, is Nova Scotia’s most photographed site.

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