Things to do in Halifax
1. Cape Breton Island and the Cabot Trail
Located a 4-hour drive from Halifax, your journey to Nova Scotia would be incomplete without experiencing the breath-taking Cabot Trail. This route is considered one of the world’s most scenic destinations, and the steep hills will make you feel like you are plunging into the ocean. On your drive you will stop to see lush ancient forests, giant cliff-faces and glaciers, panoramic ocean vistas and the mysterious Cape Breton highlights. Do this journey in late Spring and you might be lucky enough to see ice bergs floating alongside you.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Lunenburg is located 1 hour away from Halifax, and enchants visitors with its charming streets and unique architecture. Take some time to explore the picturesque waterfront before visiting the Bluenose II, Nova Scotia’s sailing ambassador and a replica of the schooner who raced undefeated for 17 years. Featured on Canada’s currency and passport, this is a landmark not to be missed.
There are over 16 unique wineries in Nova Scotia, meaning you are never very far from unique, lush vineyards. Make sure you sample the produce from one (or more) of these vineyards during your trip – the growers are known for their high-quality wine and genuine passion about what they do.
4. Harbour Hopper Tour
This sightseeing tour provides fun for all the family! Climb onboard one of the famous amphibious vehicles and learn all about Halifax’s important landmarks, before making a splash into the harbour for a fascinating cruise along the city shoreline! This fully-narrated excursion is an adventure you will never forget.
5. Canadian Museum of Immigration
Situated at Pier 21, the Canadian Museum of Immigration is packed full of first-person stories from those who paved the way into the country. Search shop rosters in the Immigration Database, see striking images of soldiers and refugees and imagine life for the immigrants as you walk along the narrow corridors of the replica ship’s cabin. Over 20% of Canadians have a family connection to this historic site, and so this is the perfect place to learn how Canada’s multi-cultural society came into existence.