Spending a daycation in Halifax and curious what Nova Scotia’s capital holds in store? Cast your eyes over our nifty guide.
Your Halifax Day Stay Guide
Food – There’s plenty to sate your appetite in Halifax, from Mediterranean cuisine at 902 Restaurant & Catering to Antojo Tacos and Tequila, as well as the charmingly named The Foggy Goggle, with many more great dining options to explore.
Citadel Hill – Citadel Hill, more formally known as Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, is a star-shaped fortress dating back to the 1850s, and one of Halifax’s best-known landmarks. Originally fortified back in 1749, the Citadel offers guided tours and the surrounding greenery is a pleasant place for a leisurely stroll. Inside is the Army Museum Halifax Citadel which tells the history of Canada’s soldiers, both on and off the battlefield.
Museums – The Canadian Museum of Immigration is a family-friendly venue that includes interactive exhibits and hosts events. Close by is the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, which has shipwreck and naval exhibits, as well as a historic vessel. Other museums in the city include the Museum of Natural History, and the Discovery Centre.
Culture – Culture vultures may wish to visit the Neptune Theatre, the largest regional theatre in Atlantic Canada, featuring a pair of stages and performing a mixture of plays and musicals. The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia displays over 17,000 works of art, including pieces both classic and modern.
Seven Interesting Halifax Facts
The Halifax Common is the oldest public park in Canada, dating back to 1763.
Halifax Pride is the largest LGBT event on the Canadian Atlantic coast.
Nova Scotia House of Assembly is the oldest assembly in Canada, as well as the location of the first responsible government in British North America.
The Halifax Transit saltwater ferry service was established in 1752, and is the oldest (continuously running) in North America.
The Noon Gun at Citadel Hill is fired at noon every day.
The Sambro Lighthouse is the oldest functioning lighthouse in North America.
Point Pleasant Park is owned by the British, and leased by Halifax for 1 shilling a year.