Halifax City Quick Facts

  • Founded: 1749
  • Population: Approx. 410 000 (Metro)
  • Halifax is the capital and largest city in Nova Scotia.
  • With a latitude of 44 degrees, Halifax shares the same latitude with Moscow, Russia.

Halifax boasts being a quality, walkable city, so you can start exploring the pleasant communities and neighbourhoods straight away. Their friendly and cheerful culture is catching and this coastal community has much to offer its visitors. There are a lot of things to do and be happy about in Halifax and it is no wonder the city was once ranked the happiest city in Canada according to Twitter (in 2011) based on what it tweets; and among Canada’s 25 happiest cities based on Instagram photos in 2014. So visit Halifax and experience authentic East Coast hospitality.

Halifax showcases Nova Scotia’s culture in its downtown museums and art galleries as well as its coastal immigration history at the Canadian Museum of Immigration. You can also immerse yourself in Halifax’s rich history at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic or the 18th-century Citadel National Historic Site. There’s something for everyone. Halifax has historic exploration sites, outdoor adventure, festivals, art and culture, and many wine and culinary tours to visit. There are over 200 restaurants bars and some of the best hotels in Halifax with world-wide cuisines and Halifax’s nightlife is made up of bars, music venues and the Casino Nova Scotia. Check out our travel directory for tourist information in Halifax that will help you for a pleasing stay in Canada.

Sports lovers will admire the Scotiabank Centre, the largest arena in Atlantic Canada and host to major sporting events and concerts. The region is also a proud participator of ice hockey, curling, basketball and different disciplines of football. Skiers will like downhill skiing and snowboarding at Ski Martock or Ski Wentworth just outside Halifax. Its climate is relatively mild due to the coast and the Gulf Stream, so the seasons are often kind to those who love outdoor pursuits.

If you love nature, enjoy the pristine seacoast and kayak along the shoreline or hike one of the many scenic trails or relax and unwind at the Halifax Public Gardens. There are numerous bike trails and even sleigh rides to be had in winter! Afterwards, walk into any of the great cosmopolitan eateries the city has to offer and catch some live local music. Enjoy the ambience of Halifax, its seaside boardwalks and its fresh sea breezes. The harbour is the world’s second largest that remains ice free in the winter. We recommend taking a guided tour of Halifax to see more of what it has to offer its travellers.

Visit Halifax and discover why travellers to the city say one shouldn’t miss this experience!


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