Halifax's TOP Attractions
Browse through our comprehensive list of Halifax's TOP attractions!
Entertainment and Fun
Casino Nova Scotia
If you like gaming, this is the place to be... with over 500 slot games, and a variety of tables (Blackjack, Roulette, Craps, Texas Hold'Em to know a few) and poker. Casino Nova Scotia is also home to awesome events and concerts - make sure to check out their lineup!
Halifax Central Library
New to Halifax in 2014, the Halifax Central Library has been getting attention for its architecture and design ever since. With stunning rooftop views, a central downtown location, thousands of books and magazines and so much more… it’s a place where locals and tourists thrive.
Today Neptune Theatre is Atlantic Canada’s largest professional regional theatre. The season runs from mid September until late May and often well into July, with productions like CATS and Beauty and The Beast.
Seven Bays Bouldering
Check out this 6000sq. ft. bouldering facility on Gottingen St. that hosts a 120 ft long bouldering wall and a licensed café with plenty of comfortable seating.
Timber Lounge Halifaxe
Are you looking for something new & AXEciting to do? Unleash your inner lumberjack at Halifax’s newest and hottest facility – The Timber Lounge!
Fairview Lawn Cemetery
For a deeper look into the Halifax-Titanic connection, visit the Fairview Lawn Cemetery, where there are over 100 graves for Tatanic victims.
Government House is truly a treasure for Nova Scotia and Canada. It remains one of the single-most important parts of our provincial and national history as the oldest consecutively occupied government residence, and one of the oldest such official residences in North America. Government House rivals the White House, in Washington D.C. for that title!
Halifax Citadel National Historic Site
Transport back in time to 1749, surrounded by Vicortian-era soldiers and cannons at the Halifax Citadel. This massive, star-shaped fort located in downtown Halifax will have you in awe.
HMCS Sackville is the last of Canada’s 123 corvettes, one of many convoy escort vessels built in Canada and the United Kingdom during WW II. She is Canada’s oldest fighting warship and has been our official Naval Memorial since 1985.
Memory Lane Heritage Village
Memory Lane Heritage Village is an award winning living history museum depicting coastal rural life in Nova Scotia during the 1940s, including life during and after the Second World War. Located on the Eastern Shore, this charming attraction is roughly 45 minutes from downtown Halifax.
Old Town Clock
The Old Town Clock, as it is now known, was installed in October 1803. It has since become one of the city’s most beloved and familiar landmarks!
Saint Mary's Cathedral Basilica
This Gothic Revival Catholic cathedeal locatied in downtown Halifax is a stunning piece of history and arcitecture.
St. Paul's Anglican Church
St. Paul’s is the oldest building in Halifax and the oldest existing Protestant place of worship in Canada. Located in Parade Square in downtown Halifax, St. Paul's Church has been designated as a National Hisortic Site, and posesses artifacts and connections to the Halifax Explosion.
The Old Burying Ground
The Old Burying Groundis Halifax's first burial ground. Since its founding in 1749, more than 12,000 people have been interred in this historic Halifax cemetery.
York Redoubt National Historic Site
Part of Halifax’s formidable Defence Complex, York Redoubt was constructed in 1793 just as war broke out between Britain and France. Perched on a bluff at the narrowest point of the outer harbour, it offers superb views of the harbour.
Markets and Retail
Acadian Maple Products
Learn all about Maple Syrup from the experts! Acadian Maple is the largest purchaser and processor of Nova Scotia produced maple syrup.
Freak Lunchbox, a beloved candy store in downtown Halifax, searches the world to find the weirdest, newest and hippest candy and pop culture items on the market. You will be sure to find some neat finds in this little treasure chest!
Halifax Seaport Farmers' Market
The Halifax Farmers’ Market, now known as the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market, is the oldest, continuously operating farmers’ market in North America. Inside you will find fresh produce, wine, baked goods, international cuisine, a roof-top patio, views of the Halifax harbour and so much more.
Museums and Galleries
Visit the Africville Museum exhibits to learn about life in Africville and this important piece of Halifax's history.
Alexander Keith's Brewery
Take our one-of-a kind, award-winning theatrical tour of Alexander Keith's original Brewery! Mr. Keith’s guests are hosted by actors portraying citizens of 1863 Halifax. Experience a “Real Nova Scotia Good Time” with songs, stories, and - of course - our fine variety of Mr. Keith's ales.
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is the largest art museum in Atlantic Canada and houses over 17,000 works in the Permanent and Study Collections. The AGNS is also home to the Maud Lewis Gallery.
Canadian Musuem of Immigration at Pier 21
Canada has been profoundly shaped by immigration. The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 will inspire you to explore Canada's relationships with those migrations with their newly renovated space and interactive exhibits!
The New Discovery Centre, now located at 1215 Lower Water Street, has twice as much space with STEAM-themed (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) interactive exhibits and programs. Including four galleries, an open atrium, an Innovation Lab, a Featured Exhibits Gallery and the first Immersive Dome Theatre in the region!
Maritime Musuem of the Atlantic
Situated in the heart of Halifax’s historic Waterfront, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic is the oldest and largest Maritime Museum in Canada. It is the largest site in Nova Scotia that collects and interprets various elements of Nova Scotia’s marine history - here you’ll discover the stories, events and people that have come to define Nova Scotia and its relationship with the sea.
Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History
The Museum of Natural History is the place to learn about Archeology. Geology, Mammals, Aquatic life and more, plus the Museum is home to numerous live animals such as Gus the Tortoise!
Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame
Celebrate and learn about the achievements of Nova Scotia's outstanding athletes, teams and builders at the NS Sport Hall of Fame, located in the World Trade & Convention Centre.
Get outside on the Emera Oval year-round! In-line skating in the summer and ice skating in the winter... with free rentals! A great way to get exercise, have fun and enjoy the outdoors.
Fisherman's Cove is a quaint, restored 200 year old fishing village located in Eastern Passage. It offers visitors a peek into the past along with a variety of modern day activities for the whole family
Halifax-Dartmouth Harbour Ferry
Connecting Halifax to Dartmouth is the Harbour Ferry, offering the best possible views of both sides of the harbour. Travel for just $2.50 and spend the day exploring Dartmouth.
Halifax Public Gardens
Officially opened in 1867, The Halifax Public Gardens, located in downtown Halifax has retained much of it's original Victorian character and was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1984. The Gardens boast ornate fountains, a bandstand, statues, urns and a magnificent wrought iron entrance. Also among their treasures are over 140 different species of trees, including unusual or rare species and some centenarians!
Halifax Waterfront and Boardwalk
The Halifax waterfront is a hub of culture and beauty in Nova Scotia. Surrounded by sparkling ocean, a working port, and featuring one of the world’s longest downtown boardwalks, the Halifax waterfront is home to a mix of year-round and seasonal businesses, exciting events for the whole family, and emerging urban developments.
Hatfield Farm, located in Hammonds Plains, offers everything from trail rides and riding lessons to wagon and sleigh rides! There is also a petting zoo and resturant on site!
I Heart Bikes
Experience the best of Halifax by Bike. I Heart Bikes offers guided tours of Halifax and outside nature areas, bike rentals, and a retail shop.
Lawrencetown Beach is renowned as a prime destination for local and international surfers, and is only 25 minutes from downtown Halifax.
McNabs Island is the largest island at the entrance of Halifax Harbour in Nova Scotia. Part of the McNabs and Lawlor Islands Provincial Park, McNabs Island is only a short boat ride from Halifax or Eastern Passage, but feels like a world away with its colorful past and unspoiled natural beauty.
Peggy's Cove (Peggy's Point Lighthouse)
One of the most photographed lighthouses in the world, Peggy's Cove is a place for the whole family to enjoy and will be sure to take your breath away.
Point Pleasant Park
Situated in the south end of the Halifax peninsula, is a historic 75-hectare wooded park with 39 km of trails! Visitors can experience preserved ruins of early fortifications, coastal ecosystems, a beach, ogg-leash dog walking areas as well as cultural resources.
Sir Sandford Fleming Park Trail and the Dingle Tower
Only a short distance from Downtown Halifax, located off of Purcell’s Cove Road, Sir Sanford Fleming Park land and the tower, Dingle Tower monument, were donated to Halifax in the 1880’s.
Tours and Guided Sightseeing
Local Tasting Tours
Experience affordable, entertaining food and walking tours are a terrific way to check out Halifax’s culinary delights while learning about the city and its people.
Open Top Tours
Open Top Tours provides visitors an unique and intimate way to enjoy Nova Scotia in 4 X 4 Jeeps. Enjoy a day tour and excursion to visit local fishing villages, taste our amazing wines or simply relax on our spectacular beaches.
Picture Perfect Tours
Get a tour from local Halifax photographers who will guide you on a unique photo experience of our beautiful Maritime city. See local-favourite vantage points and secret photo spots while learning tips, tricks and apps to make the most of your camera or images.
Segway Nova Scotia
See the spectacular Halifax Waterfront by Segway. Take a tour along the boardwalk stretching from the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic to the Seaport District.
Taste Halifax Food Tours
Taste Halifax offers chauffeured food tours around the city of Halifax. These tasty tours visit local culinary hot spots for scrumptious food, beer and wine.
Halifax Distilling Co. Tour
Learn all about the distilling process, immerse yourself in the history and legacy of the Shore family distillers, Maritime rum running history, and the story of women distillers! You'll also enjoy the sensory experience of a taste (or two) of their spirits!
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