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Halifax Holidays in Nova Scotia

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A vibrant and cosmopolitan city situated on the water's edge, Halifax in Nova Scotia welcomes visitors with its Celtic heritage, scenic waterfront, laid-back evening entertainment, and rich maritime history. You may just fall in love with this coastal gem.

From galleries to museums, live music to theatre, the culture of Halifax can charm anyone, no matter what your taste. Take a leisurely stroll down the boardwalk and along the iconic shoreline to uncover Halifax’s nautical past, as integral to Canada as a whole.

The city harbour is one of Halifax's most famous images and is full of boutique shops and world-class restaurants. With the wealth of Halifax’s music scene, live entertainment is a guarantee, both indoors and along the boardwalk. Grab a beer – Halifax is renowned for its craft brews – and watch the world go by. Speaking of beer, did you know that Halifax has the most bars and clubs per head in Canada? Take some time to experience the nightlife on offer during your time in the city.

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Places to Eat in Halifax

Five Fisherman Restaurant

Located in what was once a 19th Century schoolhouse, the Five Fisherman Restaurant is the perfect spot for personalised service and a warm welcome. The restaurant is popular with locals and visitors alive, known for its delicious seafood but also its vegetarian and vegan options. Try and book your table a little later in the evening – the restaurant is known for ghostly activity and you may even have a supernatural encounter yourself.

Press Gang Restaurant

Press Gang is located in downtown Halifax, at home in one of the oldest buildings in the city. If you are looking for a fine-dining experience with an incredible ambience, this is the restaurant for you. Indulge in seafood, game and fine wines – plus, their oyster bar is considered the best in the city.

Bud the Spud

Halifax is renowned for its food truck scene, and Bud the Spud is one of the most-loved in the city. Located in Spring Garden, this iconic food truck and has been serving chips from the same spot for over 30 years. Low prices make this the perfect lunch option during your exploration of Halifax – not to mention the fact that the fries are gluten-free and vegan.

Halifax Donair

After enjoying Halifax’s famous nightlife, conclude your evening like a local by sampling the Halifax donair. A Maritime version of the famous doner kebab, the donair can be found across the city. The kebab consists of spicy meat with a delicious sweet sauce that is unique to Nova Scotia. This is a true Halifax delight that cannot be missed.

Alexander Keith’s Brewery

Although not strictly somewhere to eat, this is a classic Nova Scotia experience and cannot be missed by visitors. Built-in 1820, by the three-time Halifax mayor and brewmaster extraordinaire Alexander Keith, you can learn all about how this famous Canadian brew is prepared, before sampling some for yourself in the Stag Head’s Tavern.

Things to do in Halifax

Visit the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

Welcome to the Canadian equivalent of Ellis Island, where over one million immigrants landed seeking a new life in Canada.

Explore the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic

Learn more about the city's rich maritime history - including its strong link to the Titanic disaster. And you can step aboard the CSS Acadia, Canada’s longest-serving hydrographic vessel who’s over 100 years old and lives at the museum’s wharf.

Climb Citadel Hill

The Citadel is a must for any history lovers in Halifax – this large hill led the British to form the town in 1749. If you are planning a trip to this iconic landmark, make sure you are there around 12 pm for the firing of the gun by the Royal Artillery. This daily tradition is one of the oldest in the world. You can also partake in a ghost tour to learn about the ghostly legends of the Citadel.

Check out the Local Music Scene

Halifax is renowned for its world-class musicians – sing along to one of the fantastic local bands in one of the many music venues throughout the city. Our favourites are Lower Deck or The Old Triangle, which are must-visits for any travellers.

Take in Some Theatre

Halifax is known across Canada for being deeply rich in culture, so where better to experience this than at the theatre? Check out one of the many touring and local productions in one of Halifax’s premier venues, such as Chester Playhouse or Neptune Theatre.

Visit during the Nova Scotia International Tattoo

A week-long event held every year, the Nova Scotia International Tattoo is a proud demonstrating of the province’s Celtic roots and is unmissable for visitors to Halifax. If you would like to attend during your visit, make sure you book your tickets as early as possible, as they can sell out up to a year in advance.

Halifax Image Gallery

Fancy yourself a bit of a foodie? You’re in luck, as Halifax is renowned for its incredible cuisine. There are several first-class eateries across the city that serve fresh seafood, in particular, the local speciality – lobster. There are also wineries scatted across the province, so take a day trip outside the city limits and sample the finest local wines with information from local sommeliers.

Halifax city is perfect to explore on foot, with all of its key landmarks being within walking distance of one another. Lace-up your shoes and discover the city as the locals do – or, alternatively, rent a bike and hit one of the dozens of waterfront trails. There really is something for all ages.

With direct flights from Glasgow to Halifax taking under six hours, there is no better place to begin your adventure in Atlantic Canada. Our Canada Travel Specialists can help organise every detail of your trip to suit your exact requirements. We can offer your own personal advisor, low deposits and holiday payment plans to make sure you get exactly what you are looking for.

With direct flights, hotels and car hire, we'll cover it all, so get in touch today and embark on the holiday of a lifetime with Canada Travel Specialists.