Halifax's Top 20
Collected by Lisa Cheng, AFAR Contributor
1055 Marginal Rd, Halifax, NS B3H 4P7, Canada
The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 (also known as simply 'Pier 21') is the location where over one million immigrants entered Canada for the first time from 1928-1971. Similar to New York's Ellis Island, today Pier 21 has been...
5425 Sackville St, Halifax, NS B3J 3Y3, Canada
Since 1749, there have been a series of four different forts on top of citadel hill in the middle of downtown Halifax. The highest point in the city, the current fort was built in 1856 is now a popular tourist attraction. Recognized as a National...
1496 Lower Water St, Halifax, NS B3J 3R5, Canada
Visitors can tour the centuries-old granite building that houses the brewery founded by Scottish politician Alexander Keith in 1820. The tour is led by costumed actors and ends in a sampling of frosty brews on tap. Raise your glass to loud and...
Halifax, NS B3H, Canada
The Halifax Public Gardens are one of the best places in the city to go for a stroll, have a picnic, get an ice cream, feed some ducks, and (literally) stop and smell the roses. The gardens opened in 1867 and occupy 16 acres of land in the middle...
1675 Lower Water St, Halifax, NS B3J 1S3, Canada
Halifax's identity is tied to the sea, and its rich maritime history is the central theme of this eclectic museum. Popular exhibits include one dedicated to the role of Halifax after the sinking of the Titanic (the city's ships helped with the...
5530 Point Pleasant Dr, Halifax, NS B3H 1B5, Canada
This wooded parkland wraps around the south end of the Halifax peninsula and really shows off the region's natural beauty. Once a hunting and fishing ground for the indigenous Mi'kmaq, and later a military bastion (you can still see ruins of...
3720 Windsor St, Halifax, NS B3J 3A5, Canada
This cemetery is famous for its connection to the Titanic, and it is a haunting reminder of the maritime tragedy. More than one hundred people who perished when the ocean liner sank were buried here after Halifax vessels aided in the recovery...
1723 Hollis St, Halifax, NS B3J 1V9, Canada
Housed in two heritage buildings, this exhibition space is a showcase for visual artists from Nova Scotia and other provinces in Atlantic Canada. Its collection is comprised of more than 17,000 works that run the gamut of traditional and...
178 Peggys Point Rd, Peggys Cove, NS B3Z 3S2, Canada
On the coast southwest of Halifax, the sparsely populated Peggy's Cove is a picture-perfect fishing town. It has two main attractions: an iconic red and white lighthouse atop a granite outcropping and a monument carved by William E. deGarthe...
26 Dufferin St, Lunenburg, NS B0J 2C0, Canada
This town, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995, has a long history of seafaring. The village proudly maintains itself as a pristine example of an early British colonial settlement, but it's enlivened by charming gift shops and cafés....
2205 Grand Pré Rd, Grand Pré, NS B0P 1M0, Canada
In the 17th and 18th centuries, before being expelled by the British during the French and Indian War, the Acadians (descendants of French colonists) resided in Grand-Pré. This marshland and park, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site,...
1209 Marginal Rd, Halifax, NS B3H 4P8, Canada
Housed in a former bank building, this farmers market spotlights Nova Scotia's regional bounty and unique brand of creativity. Bakeries turn out fresh bread and pastries; farmers sell seasonal produce; and craftspeople hawk items such as enameled...
5435 Clam Harbour Rd, Lake Charlotte, NS B0J 1Y0, Canada
This re-creation of an Eastern Shore village paints a vivid picture of country living as it was in the 1940s—complete with a one-room schoolhouse, a general store and period cars. Farm animals roam the grounds, and costumed guides offer...
279 Duncans Cove Rd, Duncans Cove, NS B3V 1K4, Canada
Starting at the entrance of Halifax Harbour, the trail to Duncan’s Cove runs along the coast and makes for an easy hike with just a few hilly sections. The seven-kilometer (four-mile) hike is one of the most scenic in Halifax, with rugged...
5795 Africville Rd, Halifax, NS B3K 2R9, Canada
This cultural institution pays tribute to the black community of Africville, which was located on the northern shore of Halifax Harbour, and to their neighborhood, which was destroyed in the 1960s to make way for industrial development. The city...
1747 Summer St, Halifax, NS B3H 3A6, Canada
The Museum of Natural History, which focuses on the province of Nova Scotia, contains—among other wonders—a bee colony, a butterfly house, an extensive collection of Mi'kmaq artifacts and a whale skeleton. The museum has strong educational...
Brunswick St, Halifax, NS B3J 3Y3, Canada
Built in 1803, this iconic landmark was a gift to the town of Halifax from the punctuality-obsessed Prince Edward, the Duke of Kent, who was returning home to England after a long stint in North America. Set atop a Palladian building, the...
Lower Water St, Halifax, NS B3H 4P8, Canada
The pedestrian-friendly waterfront offers a ton of activities within close proximity to the cruise port. The promenade is enlivened by thought-provoking public art, enterprising street vendors and on-key bagpipe players when the weather is right....
45 School St, Mahone Bay, NS B0J 2E0, Canada
This boatbuilding town on Nova Scotia's South Shore, 50 minutes from downtown Halifax, is home to the studios and shops of felters, rug-hookers, quilters and weavers. It's also famous for fun (and often whimsical) festivals, and the three churches...
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