Set a course for Canada’s east coast, with flights to Halifax.
This sophisticated seaside city is always awash in activity. Sing along to a maritime tune or feast on lobster at Halifax’s many festivals. With cultural events throughout the year, there are always a bounty of things to do in Halifax.
Even if you’re not enrolled in Halifax’s Dalhousie University, you can still enjoy all the educational attractions the city has to offer. From the seafaring history in the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, to the journeys and stories of the Canadian Museum of Immigration, the city’s museums are sure to float your boat.
In Halifax, history isn’t limited to the inside of museum walls. Halifax’s military past stretches from the top of Citadel Hill, to Point Pleasant Park, where forts still stand guard over the Atlantic Ocean.
Even landlubbers will love the vast variety of seafood Halifax has to offer. If you’re looking for places to eat in Halifax, fresh seafood (especially lobster) is a citywide specialty. Wash down your dinner with a pint of the city’s favourite drink, Alexander Keith’s. At the Alexander Keith’s Brewery, you can learn more about the man and manufacturing behind the beer and raise a glass to Halifax.
Views into the past and over the Atlantic Ocean await in Halifax’s Point Pleasant Park.
From the Halifax Common to the Halifax Public Gardens, the city’s park system provides hours of outdoor activity. But one of the best parks in the city doesn’t actually belong to the city. Point Pleasant Park is borrowed from the Brits, with an almost 1000 year lease (999 years, to be exact) from the British Government. For 10 cents per year, these 75 hectares are Halifax’s to enjoy.
Point Pleasant’s British heritage is most evident in the ruins of military forts scattered throughout the park. 39 km of walking trails pass by these remnants of the past. These flat trails are easily walkable, putting Halifax’s history just steps away.
The most well-preserved of all the ruins is the circular Prince of Wales Tower. Since 1769, this tower has watched over Point Pleasant Park. At over 200 years old, the Prince is North America’s oldest Martello tower, and one of the oldest buildings in Halifax. Circling the tower, interpretive panels provide more information on the history and strategy of this squat, defensive structure.
The waters of Point Pleasant’s beaches were once watched over by soldiers, but now they welcome swimmers. The supervised Black Rock Beach is one of Point Pleasant’s best hangouts, but 200 years ago pirates were hanged on this site. Black Rock has since traded in its dark past for a sunny outlook over the Atlantic.
Whether you spend your time in Point Pleasant walking through history, or wading into the Atlantic, you won’t want to wave goodbye to the waves. With a 10 minute drive from Halifax, you can come back as many times as you like.
Halifax’s South End is student central, but there’s more to do here than just study.
Backpacks are the accessory to have in the South End, with both Dalhousie University and St. Mary’s University campuses in the neighbourhood. Non-students can still enjoy the perks of these higher education institutions.
At the Dal Arts Centre, the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium stages some of Atlantic Canada’s most prominent performers. Symphony Nova Scotia regularly plays in the Rebecca Cohn, adding to the auditorium's entertainment appeal.
If all the academia has you inspired, spend an evening in the Halifax Central Library. Designed to act as a community living room for the city, this modern library hosts theatre, music, and a First Nations reading circle under the light of its large glass ceilings.
For more educational attractions, journey towards the Museum of Natural History, Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, or Halifax Citadel Historic Site, all located within the bounds of the South End.
Even the most studious visitor will enjoy some playtime in the South End’s parks. From Point Pleasant park in the very south, to the Halifax Commons on the northern edge, there are numerous opportunities to spend time outside. In the green of the Halifax Public Gardens, you’ll find a piece of peace in this bustling maritime city.
Surrounded by water on three sides, the South End invites visitors to explore its peninsular qualities. Take a stroll on the seashore, or to the Halifax Seaport Farmers market to taste the sea that built this city. Wherever you wander, Halifax’s waterfront is always welcoming.
Porter’s check-in desk is located on the second floor, in the departures area.
Halifax Stanfield International Airport (YHZ) is about 35 km / 24 mi from downtown Halifax.
Taxi and car service from downtown cost about $55 CAD.
Please allow sufficient time to drop off your car rental before your departing flight.
The Airport Express shuttle bus provides service to the airport from downtown, during the summer months. The fare is $22 CAD.
Take the Metro Transit 320 bus to the airport stop. The fare is $3.50 CAD.