Halifax (Nova Scotia)

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Halifax (Nova Scotia)

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Halifax [1] is the capital city of Nova Scotia and the largest city in the Atlantic Provinces of Canada. The city's origins and rich maritime history derive from a strategic location and one of the world's great natural harbours. In the 19th and early 20th century, Halifax was the entry point for European immigration to Canada. Today, Halifax is a busy Atlantic seaport and the economic and cultural hub of Eastern Canada.

The old town clock situated at the base of Citadel Hill


Halifax is the provincial and regional hub of Nova Scotia. It is still, however, a smaller city by North American standards (2006 pop. 282,924). Rather than feeling relegated to 'second-fiddle' status, this dichotomy is celebrated by residents who take pride in their slower pace and warm hospitality.


While the area around Halifax has been inhabited by native Mi'kmaq for millennia, modern Halifax was founded on June 21, 1749 as a British military outpost. Easily defended and featuring one of the world's largest natural harbours, Halifax proved its worth during the Seven Years' War against the French and later in the American Revolutionary War, and as the base grew in size and importance, a significant population of merchants and other civilians sprung up in its wake.

Alas, World War I caused more than just the economy to boom: on December 6, 1917, the collision of a munitions ship loaded with 2,500 tons of explosives resulted in the Halifax Explosion, which killed over 2,000 people and leveled the northern half of the city.

The city was quickly rebuilt and World War II saw Halifax busier than ever, with British supply convoys assembling to start their perilous journey across the Atlantic as German U-boats lurked offshore. After the war, over a million immigrants to Canada passed through Halifax.


The city of Halifax is located on Halifax Peninsula, on the west side of the harbour, with Dartmouth to the east. The main landmark is the Halifax Citadel, on a high hill above the city, and it conveniently divides the city into three districts: the South End, representing the older, wealthier urban core south of the Citadel; the North End, the grittier northern suburbs destroyed by the Explosion; and the largely residential West End. The downtown core is sandwiched between the Citadel and the sea, making navigation a snap.

Get in

By plane

The modern Halifax Robert L. Stanfield International Airport (IATA: YHZ) [2] is located 35 km north of Halifax. It is the biggest airport in the maritime provinces, with direct flights from Toronto, Montreal, New York, Ottawa, Calgary, Boston, and limited service to a number of regional and holiday destinations. Direct connections to Europe are provided by Air Canada (London-Heathrow), Zoom and Thomas Cook Airlines (London-Gatwick), Condor (Frankfurt/Main, May-October only) and Icelandair (short stopover in Reykjavik).

There is no real public transportation to the airport. Taxis charge a flat $55 and get you to Halifax/Dartmouth in around half an hour, while the Airporter [3] shuttle charges $18 to most major hotels, but may take up to an hour to get to yours. For solo travellers, the share cab service operated by Sunshine Cabs (tel. 1-800-565-8669, 902-429-5555, [4]) is a reasonable compromise, with door-to-door service for $26 per person going out and $28 coming in, but you have to book one day in advance.

By train

The VIA Rail [5] train station located in the south end of Halifax directly next to the Westin Nova Scotia Hotel has one train daily leaving for Montreal. It's a long, slow trip though.

By car

Halifax is connected to the rest of Canada by provincial highways 101, 102, 103, and 104. Highway 102 runs between Halifax and Truro, where it connects to Highway 104 (the Trans-Canada Highway). Going west on 104 takes one to the New Brunswick border, and then onto Maine, Quebec, or Prince Edward Island. It's about 2 hours from Halifax to the New Brunswick border; there is a $4.50 toll at the Cobequid pass. Going east on 104 takes one to Cape Breton.

A ferry service in Sydney connects Nova Scotia with Newfoundland. Highway 103 connects Halifax with the South Shore. During the summer, a high-speed ferry named The Cat connects Yarmouth (3 hours from Halifax) with Bar Harbor, Maine. Highway 101 connects Halifax with the Annapolis valley. A ferry service connects Digby (about 2.5 hours from Halifax) with Saint John, New Brunswick.

By bus

Regional buses operated by Acadian Lines [6] run from Bangor and throughout the Maritime Provinces to Halifax, Dartmouth, Bedford and Sackville.

By boat

A ferry service also operates between Halifax and Dartmouth. A great boat ride, especially on clear summer days, especially for the $2 charged.

Carnival Cruise Lines [7] operates cruises to Halifax.

Get around

Halifax has a tendency to sprawl somewhat. Public transit is limited and mostly impractical outside the downtown area. The downtown shopping and attractions will engage the average traveller for a day or two at most. Beyond this timeframe a car rental will significantly open up the surrounding area.

By car

There are no photo radar or red light cameras in Nova Scotia. If you are caught, it'll be by a live officer. At some lights, there is an "advanced green", or flashing green light, which means that you can proceed left, straight, or right at your leisure. Green arrow lights are rare. Pedestrians are king. People will often cross a road in the middle of the block, and cars stop for them. U-turns are legal (de facto anywhere a left turn is allowed, de jure see [8]), barring a no U-turn sign.

By bus

HRM's Metro Transit [9] All public transport in the metro area costs a flat $2, with discounts for children and seniors. Transfer tickets are free, and are valid for 90 minutes after the last point of the route and can be used inbound or outbound on any Metro Transit routes or services, including all buses and the Halifax-Dartmouth ferry. All of the transit maps and schedules can be accessed by clicking on the aforementioned link.

By taxi

There are a number of taxi services in the city, although flagging one down may be difficult in certain areas. Calling and reserving cabs is rarely an issue. If you are bar or club bound for the evening, be aware that catching a cab back from downtown after last call may be difficult.


The Acadia exhibit at the Halifax waterfront.
  • The Halifax Citadel, [10]. An old fort on a hill overlooking the city and the harbour. Presently, the citadel is a national historic site and home to a museum and a small ceremonial garrison. A must see, especially during Canada day (1 July) celebrations. The museum is open only May-Oct, but the grounds are open all year around. During the summer, you can see the ceremonial cannon firing at noon.
  • Pier 21, [11]. Canada's equivalent of New York's Ellis Island, this historic waterfront building processed over a million immigrants. Now converted into a modern museum with extensive exhibits related to Canadian immigration.
  • The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic [12] : located on the downtown waterfront. The collection includes exhibits and artifacts related to the sinking of the Titanic and the devastating 1917 Halifax explosion. The CSS Acadia [13], a hydrographic survey ship built in 1913, is an ongoing conservation project. The Acadia is moored a few meters from the museum building; tours are available during the summer.
  • Old Burial Grounds, Barrington Street and Spring Garden Road. The graveyard was in use from 1749 to 1843 and there are moderately informative plaques and signs throughout.
  • Right across the street from the Old Burial Grounds is St. Matthew's Church, the oldest United Church in Canada. The building was opened in 1859, but the congregation dates back to 1749. St. Paul's Church [14], built in 1750, is the oldest Anglican church in Canada, located at 1749 Argyle St. (a.k.a. "The Grand Parade" square).
  • The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia [15], moderate in size, but does a fine job of highlighting the works of famous local artists such as Maud Lewis (folk) and Alex Colville (hyperrealist), in addition to Mik'maq (aboriginal) art. Check the Web site for travelling exhibitions.
  • Province House, [16] 1726 Hollis St. Home to Canada's oldest provincial legislature and of Britain's first overseas self-government. A fine example of Georgian architecture, the building first opened in 1842. Visitors can learn about the history of the site and the current Legislative Assembly through guided tours, displays and an audio-visual presentation. Province House is open year-round.


  • Public Gardens, Spring Garden Road and South Park St. A beautiful Victorian-era garden occupying a large city block, open May to October. There are ponds, flowers, ducks, geese, and sometimes music in the gazebo. Entry is free.
  • Point Pleasant Park (most southern point of the city). Free. Open most days from sunrise to sunset. A large peaceful park that serves as a vantage point to see the mouth of the harbour and into the Atlantic ocean. Was once a dense woods has since been left with patches of devastation and clear-cut from Hurricane Juan in 2003. It still remains a popular place to walk dogs and stroll. The park contains some preserved historic military fortifications such the 18th century Martello tower, as well as the unpreserved ruins of several other fortification.
  • George's Island, offers amazing views of the Halifax City skyline.


Theodore Tugboat
  • Waterfront, A boardwalk with a great variety of historic buildings, shops, restaurants, and other entertainment. Theodore Tugboat, a WWII era Corvette, and other ships line the harbour. During the summer months, there are many harbour boat tours that launch from here.
  • Harbour Hopper[17], Guided tour of Halifax and harbour in an amphibious vehicle. A bit gimmicky, but informative.
  • Canoe the Northwest Arm, Head down to the St. Mary's Boat Club, 1641 Fairfield Road (off Jubilee) 902 490-4688, on Saturdays and Sundays (11am-7pm) and rent a canoe for $8/hour. Take a trip up the beautiful Northwest Arm to see the historic Dingle tower in Flemming Park, watch the numerous sailboats out for a weekend cruise or catch a regatta if you're lucky. Gawk at some of the mansions that line the water or for the ambitious, head all the way up to Point Pleasant Park, where the Northwest Arm meets Halifax Harbour. Note that since the recent installation of sewage treatment plants for the city, during the summer you can safely swim by the Dingle, and at Black Rock Beach in Point Pleasant Park.
  • The Halifax Mooseheads Quebec Major Junior Hockey League team plays from October to April at the Halifax Metro Centre. Rough, highly skilled games are combined with a near-NHL level of presentation. Tickets are $8-15, and are available at the Metro Centre box office.
  • Alexander Keith's Brewery Tour [18]. Heavily Disneylandified tour of Alexander Keith's original brewery as it supposedly was in 1863, complete with actor-cum-tour guides saying "Proper thing", busty wenches dancing jigs and lots of not-so-subtle promotion for the crisp, refreshing taste of Alexander Keith's India Pale Ale. You do get the chance to sample two mugs of the stuff at the end. Tours on the hour but limited opening hours outside summer, check the website for details.
  • The Spring Garden Road Memorial Public Library, 5381 Spring Garden Road. A convenient place to sit, relax, and watch kids duck between the legs of the pensive Winston Churchill statue out front. As a sliver of scarce downtown greenspace, the front lawn of the building is well-used by Haligonians as a meeting spot, a reading spot, and most importantly as a place to eat french fries on lunch breaks.
  • For a Canadian city, Halifax has quite a bit of history. You can learn about it in an entertaining manner by taking a guided ghost walk [19] [20], or a sea dawg walk [21].


  • Busker Festival, [22] Visit in August for the festival of street performers along the waterfront. It's a must see, with amazing acts, some grand and awe-inspiring, some quaint, others funny (both intentionally and unintentionally). A very lively time of year along the harbourfront, with music and stalls selling food and the standard run of touristy souvenirs.
  • Nova Scotia International Air Show, [23]. A yearly event, taking place in early September. This is a great chance to see the the aerobatic teams from a number of national air forces. The Canadian Snowbirds [24] perform every year. In past years, the show was held at the Shearwater airforce base, but in 2005 the venue was moved to the main civilian airport, the Robert L. Stanfield International Airport.
  • The Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo, [25]. Happening every July, the Tattoo is the world's largest annual indoor show. Its unique combination of music, dance, drama, gymnastics, comedy, military displays, competitions and much more.
  • Tall Ships Festival, [26]. Every few years, Halifax hosts up to 30 historic and unique (and usually massive) maritime sailing vessels from around the world. The next festival is July 2009.


Halifax is home to 3 major universities. Students make up a significant proportion of the population of certain city neighbourhoods.

  • Spread over 3 campuses, Dalhousie University [27] is the largest educational institution in Nova Scotia. With 15,000 undergraduates and a broad range of graduate and professional programmes, Dalhousie counts itself as one of the leading universities in Canada.
  • Located in the south end of the city, Saint Mary's University [28] is somewhat smaller. St. Mary's is renowned for its business school, strong alumni support, and athletics.
  • Located just off the peninsula, along the Bedford highway is Mount Saint Vincent University [29], a smaller university with a focus on undergraduate studies, and professional programs including those in teaching and public relations.

Other educational institutions include:

  • The Nova Scotia College of Art and Design [30] is a university offering programs and degrees related to the visual arts and design.
  • The University of King's College [31] is a small liberal arts university on the Halifax peninsula, known for their journalism programs.
  • The Nova Scotia Community College [32] has a number of campuses in the Halifax area.
  • The head of the world-wide Buddhist Shambhala organization is located in Halifax. The Halifax Shambala Centre [33] offers courses in Buddhism, particularly methods related to the the Shambhala tradition.
  • The Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts [34] provides performing arts education for children and adults.
  • The Atlantic School of Theology [35], an ecumenical Christian theological university.


The military is the largest employer in the region. The city is home to Maritime Forces Atlantic HQ and and the navy's East Coast fleet. Among the military installations around the city are Windsor Park, Stadacona and HMC Dockyard. It is hard to go anywhere without seeing a reference to the Navy.

Many corporations have their regional headquarters in the city, some are located downtown like TD and the Royal Bank, while others are located in some of the major business parks in the region like Burnside Industrial Park or the Aerotech Park which is located next to the Airport. Both have direct access to the major provincial highways and while the Aerotech Park is next to the airport which influences the Aerospace theme, Burnside has ~10-15 min travel time to the Airport.


Shopping Areas

  • Farmers' Market, 1496 Lower Water Street, [36]. The oldest running Farmer's Market in North America, located in a crazy maze of underground halls and passageways in and around the Alexander Keith brewery. Always very busy with people buying ethnic and local foods, plants, artwork, clothing and all sorts of other interesting stuff that you may or may not expect to find at a Farmer's Market. Don't haggle. Buskers play music in the hallways between retail areas. This market is held indoors so it is open year-round, but only on Saturdays from 7 AM to 1 PM.
  • Barrington Street (between Cogswell and Morris) is an up and coming area right in the heart of the Central Business District. Beautiful buildings mixed with the growing ammount of new stores make this definitely a nice place to hit up.
  • Spring Garden Rd. (between Barrington and Robie) is definitely the city's main shopping district and is full of all kinds of unique stores and in buildings from all kinds of era's. Definitely very lively and a must see!

Specific Stores

  • Freak Lunchbox, a quirky and unique store on Barrington Street. Not only does Freak Lunchbox sell an array of candy (by weight), but it deals in unique and hilarious trinkets.
  • The Black Market, on Grafton Street, sells a variety of interesting trinkets, accessories, and textiles. Here can be found items from around the world, at very reasonable prices.
  • Mary Jane's is a head shoppe located on Grafton Street in downtown Halifax.
  • Rock Candy, on Prince Street, sells an assortment of(especially rock- and pop-related) music items: shirts, pins, stickets, buttons, and more.
  • Venus Envy, a store which specializes in books and other items pertaining to gender and sexuality.
  • Fifty Hats on Queen Street is a humble and interesting collection of used items. (Hats are in particular abundance!)


There isn't really such a thing as "Nova Scotia cuisine", but there are a few things that are worth seeking out. Seafood is generally not much cheaper in the Maritimes than elsewhere, because why sell cheap locally when you can export the stuff for lots? The exception to this rule is mussels. They are generally good quality, cheap and found on many appetizer menus. Another seafood worth having is scallops, as they are generally higher quality than the ones you get in many parts of North America (note that good scallops are the size of a golf ball or larger, and do not taste fishy). "Sea pie" is often a good deal when available, as are hearty eats like fish and chips or seafood chowder.

Lobster in a restaurant will be expensive (unless you consider McDonald's summer McLobster sandwich a genuine experience), so your best cheap bets are to buy one at the store and cook one yourself, or attend any of the numerous lobster dinner that are hosted by churches and community groups throughout the warmer months.


Many of the cheap eats in town are along Spring Garden road. Also consider local pubs (see Drink), many of which serve up great food.

  • Trident Cafe, 1256 Hollis, 902-423-7100, [37]. Pick up any book to read in this bookshop cafe, then either purchase it or put it back!
  • Steve-O-Reno's Just off of Spring Garden Road on Brunswick. Specialty coffees, teas, cold drinks, and baked goods.
  • Bash Toulany's Fine Foods, 5553 Duffus Street, 902-455-5120, [38]. Voted best Donairs in Halifax.
  • The Ardmore Tea Room, 6499 Quinpool. 4AM-8PM. Virtually unchanged since 1956, and often voted the best diner in Halifax, and quite cheap. In addition to standard diner fair, they have a few Atlantic favorites such as "Newfoundland Steak" (a.k.a. fried baloney), and cod fish cakes with baked beans for breakfast.
  • Pizza Corner 3 different pizza restaurants at corner of Blowers and Grafton. Good cheap pizza and donairs (Gyro-type wraps, often overflowing with meat and sauce). However, this area can descend into anarchy when the bars let out, and the restaurants often lock their bathrooms, even to customers.
  • Bud The Spud A favorite local chip (fry) wagon parked in front of the main library branch on Spring Garden during the spring and summer. Try them with the malt vinegar. After you've had your fill, donate the rest of your chips to the city's ever-hungry pigeon population. Try to get there early, as they've been known to run out quickly.
  • Split Crow, 1855 Granville, 902-422-4366, [39]. Long-standing Pub with late week and weekend entertainment and cheap food. "Power Hour" brings in the crowds for cheaps drinks (3 middies for $5).
  • Your Father's Moustache, Spring Garden Road, 902-423-6766, [40]. Pub.
  • Thirsty Duck, 5472 Spring Garden Road.
  • Kings Palace, 6140 Quinpool Road. Chinese Food.
  • Mexico Lindo, 3635 Dutch Village Road. Authentic Mexican Food
  • Hala's Pizza and Donair, 117 Kearney Lake Rd. (Wedgewood Plaza), 902-455-5300, [41]. A charming and cozy pizza restaurant - takes pride in its homemade dishes.
  • The Coastal Cafe, 2731 Robie Street, 902-405-4022, [42]. Chef/Owner Mark Giffin prepares unbelievable breakfasts, lunches and bake goods for you to enjoy with a complete selection of coffees, teas and other non-alcoholic beverages. North End Halifax
  • Comfy Corner Cafe, 1313 Hollis Street. Great homestyle breakfast, very friendly staff, great atmosphere.
  • Cousin's Snack Bar, 2389 Agricola Street. Homestyle breakfast; quirky old-style interior decoration including faux wood panelling, faded watercolor paintings and an old tv with rabbit-ears.


  • Satisfaction Feast, 1581 Grafton St. Excellent vegetarian restaurant with variety and taste. Plenty of vegan or vegan option items on the menu. Dinner salad and entree = 17$ CAD. Try the Neatloaf. M-Sa 11:30AM-9PM, W 11:30AM-4PM, Su Closed.
  • Fireside - Meals are reasonably priced, atmosphere is cosy and EVERYTHING on the menu is worth eating. The cocktail menu is discounted on Martini Mondays.
  • Il Mercato, 5650 Spring Garden Rd, (902) 422-2866, [43]. Good Pasta. Have the lemon tart for dessert. M-Sa 11AM-11PM
  • Economy Shoe Shop, 1661-1663 Argyle St, [44]. Behind the bizarre name lies a stunningly decorated and sprawing complex incorporating everything from chandeliers to lush indoor gardens. Extensive menu. Go on Jazz night (usually Monday) and eat Nachos.
  • The Wooden Monkey, 1685 Argyle St, 902-444-3844, [45]. Veggie & Vegan friendly bistro featuring local, organic and macrobiotic food and drink. Kid's menu available. Su-Th 11:30AM-10PM, F-Sa 11:30AM-11PM.
  • Salty's 1869 Upper Water St (Privateers Wharf), +1 902 423-6818, [46]. Seafood restaurant on the waterfront. Casual patio dining downstairs, fancier setting upstairs. Can get very busy on summer evenings. Reservations recommended.
  • Little Fish (downstairs from the Five Fisherman). Seafood and oyster bar.
  • The Hungry Chili, Blowers St. Outstanding homestyle Szechuan restaurant. Like no Szechuan you have had before.
  • Heartwood Bakery & Cafe, 6250 Quinpool Road, [47]. Vegetarian, organic and extremely good. Lunch and dinner menu, soups, salads, entrees, desserts. In the summer of 2007, a full menu replaced a pay-by-weight system. M-Sa 10AM-8PM.
  • Coburg Cafe, 6085 Coburg Road, (near Dalhousie University). Students come here for group study or just to hang. Great hot chocolate and a $2 mammoth slice of carrot cake.


  • Château Briand fine European cuisine in the historic properties on Granville Street
  • Fid an authentic French restaurant located on Dresden Row above Spring Garden Rd. Closed Mondays.
  • Da Maurizio's an Italian restaurant located on Lower Water St. inside the Brewery Market.
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  • Five Fisherman Lobster, scallops, and other seafood dishes. Mussel & salad bar included.
  • Onyx Closed Sunday.
  • Taj Mahal, 5175 South Street, 902-492-8251, Delicious Indian food, great atmosphere, Restaurant is across the street from Cornwallis Park and The Westin hotel.


Granville St

There are a large number of good cafes, pubs, and other eateries all throughout downtown. Of particular note are those on Granville St.

Liquor can be purchased at NSLC (Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation) stores, in stand-alone locations, malls, and grocery stores. Selection is often surprisingly large, but be prepared to pay: a twelve-pack of beer can range from $17-20, and a pint of rum or vodka will set you back $12-14. All prices quoted include taxes and recycling deposits. Most stores close at 10 PM Monday to Saturday and 5 PM on Sundays. Stores are closed for holidays. The exception has been the sole drive-through outlet near the in Dartmouth end of the MacDonald Bridge; it is frequently open holidays, but for drive-through service only.


  • Gus's Pubs, 2605 Agricola Street (North End). No-nonsense local pubes with hockey on the TV and cheap beer, but they also host a remarkably eclectic selection of local live bands.
  • The Lower Deck in the waterfront Historic Properties. Beautiful, traditional interior.
  • The Split Crow on Granville. A true Maritime experience.
  • Your Father's Moustache, Spring Garden Rd., for a good atmosphere and decently priced food.
  • Rogues Roost, Spring Garden Rd., is a warm microbrew pub where you can order a tasting tray with a sample of 6 of their award-winning brews. Live music some nights, they also have an open-mic night.
  • The Henry House, Barrington Street, [48]. Formerly known as the Granite Brewery. Contains a wide range of hand-pubed beers from local micro-breweries (originally Granite Ales, but now carries a much wider stock). Excellent food in an English pub-type atmosphere.
  • The Halifax Alehouse is a traditional and popular pub, usually with live music. Features staff in period costumes.
  • Bearly's House of Blues and Pub is a mellow and low-key pubes bar on Barrington Street. Great live music!
  • The Economy Shoe Shop on Argyle is a beautiful and popular restaurant and pub.
  • The Argyle is a great restaurant and pub.


  • Dome/Cheers/Attic, Grafton St. Also known as the Liquor Dome. Three different establishments all linked together. Customers pay cover at the doors to either one of the three bars and gain access to all three. Cheers is a bar atmosphere which features live bands. The Attic is somewhat of a combination of a bar and nightclub featuring a large amount of sitting area and a few small dance floors. The Dome is a standard nightclub with a large dance floor, famous for cheap drinks and infamous for brawls. Wednesdays are student nights, with cover waived if you show a student card.
  • Bubble's Mansion is the club owned by the actor who plays that character on the television show, The Trailer Park Boys.
  • Pacifico is a relatively more up-scale establishment, catering to a diverse crowd.
  • The Palace is a popular club on Brunswick Street.
  • Reflections is a busy club, catering especially to LGBT community.



  • Halifax Backpacker's Hostel, 2193 Gottingen Street, [49]. From $20
  • Hostelling International, 1253 Barrington Street, [50]. Good downtown location.
  • Dalhousie University Dorm Rooms, 6230 Coburg Road (Howe Hall); 5303 Morris Street (Gerard Hall); 5598 Fenwick Street (Fenwick Place), [51]. Dorm and apartment-style accommodation From late May-Aug. Limited availability (1 of 2 suites in Howe Hall) during the school year.
  • Mumford Bed & Breakfast 7015 Mumford Road. [52]. An English-style B&B with just two rooms. $85
  • Clifty Cove Motel, 8444 Peggy's Cove Rd., [53].


  • The Garden Inn 1263 South Park Street, +1 902 492 8577, Toll Free 1-877-414-8577, [54]. $100
  • Lakeview Inn & Suites Halifax, 98 Chain Lake Drive. $100
  • Waverley Inn, 1266 Barrington St. Unique 19th century property downtown - filled with antiques. [55]
  • The Westin Nova Scotian, 1181 Hollis Street. Nice rooms with a little bit of a walk to touristy areas.
  • Atlantic Corporate Suites, 5536 Sackville St., [56]. $75.
  • Braeside Court Bed & Breakfast, 2 Bedroom Suite, Phone: (902) 462-3956 - ($80 - $150.00 CAD) [57]
  • Knightswood B&B & Private Carriage House, Phone (902) 435-3969 ($100.00 - $180.00 CAD) [58]


  • Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel (on the Halifax waterfront) [59]. 1919 Upper Water Street, Phone: 1-902-421-1700, Toll-free: 1-800-943-6760. Directly connected to Casino Nova Scotia by indoor skyway, the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel offers unique restaurants, the exquisite full-service Interlude Spa and spectacular views of the Halifax Harbour at this Halifax, Nova Scotia casino hotel. Rates from $169 CAD/night.
  • The Lord Nelson, 1515 South Park Street, [60]. Overlooking the Public Gardens just below the Citadel. $250 and up.
  • Prince George, 1725 Market Street, [61]. $200
  • Four Points by Sheraton, 1496 Hollis Street, [62]. $300 and up


Stay safe

Crime has been increasing in the Halifax area, and some dangers are worth mentioning. Some instances of swarming - groups of people harassing, robbing or assaulting persons - have been reported. Be especially careful around the North End of the city, especially near Gottingen Street and the Halifax Commons at night. Elsewhere, common sense should suffice.

Pedestrian crosswalks are highly respected by drivers in Halifax, and crossings can occur just about anywhere. This provides a double danger: For drivers to keep on the ball watching out for pedestrians; and for pedestrians to not be lulled into a false sense of security while crossing.

Rapidly changing weather means that black ice abounds in winter, and it's particularly nasty when combined with the city's hilly topography. Choose your steps and drive carefully.


Direction 180, 2158 Gottingen Street. The main resource drug addiction treatment. They operate a needle exchange, but you may need to register.

Get out

  • St. Margaret's Bay is only half an hour away; a gorgeous bay, almost as big as the harbour itself, but without the cities. Instead, it is dotted with islands and small towns.
  • There are beautiful beaches, such as Queensland, Cleveland, Black Point and others, just before the town of Hubbards.
  • The drive along highway 3 (2 lane, coastal) is well worth the twists and turns, for it is beautifully scenic, especially on nice summer days.
  • Peggy's Cove: stunning bare granite rocks and cliffs with its historic and still-used lighthouse. While sunsets are gorgeous and peaceful on clear summer evenings; the best times to see Peggy's Cove are the stormier days, when the waves crashing against the cliffs send salt spray high into the air. Better to get out there early in the day to avoid tour buses.
  • If you have a car, there are plenty of historical towns within an couple of hour's drive of Halifax that are worth visiting, such as Lunenburg, Mahone Bay, and Wolfville.
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