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What to See and Do

Halifax Waterfront

Halifax is a picturesque, multicultural city with a gorgeous waterfront, historic sites and colourful, bustling streets. We encourage you to explore the city while you are here!

We’ve organized the list below into outdoor activities and indoor activities, to take into account varying comfort levels. Covid-19 information is also noted. 

Outdoor activities

      • covid safety two lobster traps apartThe Halifax waterfront is a must-visit! Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the 4-km boardwalk and discover local and seasonal vendors, fun art and beautiful views of the ocean. 
      • Halifax Citadel National Historic Site* in downtown Halifax offers visitors a chance to roam the hilltop fortress, delve into the city’s military history and step back in time as a Highlander.
      • The Old Town Clock on Citadel Hill was originally installed in 1803, and while it underwent restoration in the 1960s, the original clockwork remains intact.
      • Point Pleasant Park is a 25-minute bus ride from downtown but worth the trek. This 75-hectare park features a number of walking and cycling trails and stunning views of the ocean.
      • Dating back to the 1800s, the impressive stone Historic Properties comprise three city blocks of Canada’s oldest surviving waterfront warehouses lining the boardwalk and housing a variety of boutiques, services, restaurants and bars.

      Indoor activities

      • The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic* enthralls visitors with tales from the sea, including one of the greatest disasters in Canadian history, the Halifax Explosion in December 1917, and the sinking of the unsinkable Titanic in April 1912. Proof of full Covid-19 vaccination and masking indoors required. 
      • The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21* offers countless stories of those who journeyed to this country: one in five new Canadians stepped through this entry point between 1928 and 1971. Proof of full Covid-19 vaccination and masking indoors required. 
      • The Africville Museum* recalls the story of the community founded by Black Nova Scotians in the mid-18th century but which was demolished in the 1960s after years of neglect by the city. Proof of full Covid-19 vaccination and masking indoors required. 
      • The new Halifax Central Library* is considered one of the most beautiful libraries in the world. Masking indoors required. 
      • The Discovery Centre, an interactive science museum along Halifax’s waterfront, is free on Wednesday evenings. Proof of full Covid-19 vaccination and masking indoors required.
      • The Museum of Natural History has a vast collection of Nova Scotian land and sea wonders. There is admission by donation on Wednesday evenings from 5 to 8 pm. Proof of full Covid-19 vaccination and masking indoors required. 

      For more travel information, visit Discover Halifax’s CHF Canada Annual Meeting – Visitor Guide. 

    • *Mentions accessibility on their website. Call first to confirm. Click here for more information about accessibility in Halifax.
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