A natural harbor, numerous heritage buildings, and a thriving arts and culinary scene make Halifax one of the most charming maritime towns in Nova Scotia. Even if you’re pressed for time, you can still experience the highlights of the fabulous waterfront community. Here are some tips for making the most of your 24 hours in Halifax.
Get an early start for a morning tour of the historic Halifax waterfront. Tour Citadel Hill and the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, and see some of the city’s notable landmarks, including Argyle Street, Grand Parade Square, Victoria Park, the Halifax Public Gardens, Government House, and St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica. Take a more traditional tour by vehicle, or opt for a Segway tour for alfresco fun. If you’d rather explore at your own pace, climb aboard a vintage hop-on hop-off bus for your own self-guided tour of the city.
Many sightseeing tours of Halifax include a visit to Peggy’s Cove, and for good reason. This afternoon, make the scenic drive to this picturesque fishing village, best known for its colorful salt-weathered houses and historic red and white lighthouse. Go tide pooling by the seashore, watch fishermen bring in their daily catch, or shop some of the small boutiques in the village.
After a day of sightseeing, relax aboard a Mississippi-style sternwheeler during a leisurely harbor cruise. Learn about the city’s naval history as you take in the views of the Halifax waterfront, or sit down for dinner onboard, complete with live music and a full bar. Alternatively, if you’re still feeling energetic, opt instead for an open-deck party aboard a traditional tall ship. Order a drink and hit the dance floor in the salty sea air. Sunset sailing excursions offer a perfect night out for couples.