A Maritime metropolis awaits, with a flight from Montréal to Halifax.
Whether you’re enjoying a pint at the Alexander Keith’s brewery or drinking in oceanside views from Point Pleasant Park, the past is part of the present in Halifax. From landmarks, to entertainment, to parkland, there’s a history to all of the best things to do in Halifax.
Climb to the top of Citadel Hill to see the height of Halifax’s history. At the top of this hill overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, you’ll find the Halifax Citadel. The view of the harbour is scenic, but this spot was chosen for strategic purposes in 1749, to keep watch over Halifax’s waters.
Step down from Citadel Hill to see the best of this seaside city’s entertainment at the Neptune Theatre. The site of live theatre since 1915, the Neptune Theatre has undergone a series of renovations and reincarnations over its century-long life. Several other names were given to the theatre before finally settling on Neptune.
If you’re looking for a quieter night, cozy up with a good book in the Halifax Public Library. Designed as a public living room for the city, this library also hosts music and theatre performances.
Visit the city’s collective garden, with a walk through the Halifax Public Commons. Black wrought-iron features frame the colourful flower displays in this Victorian-designed green space.
Before you fly back to Montréal, make sure to take a photo with the colourful houses of the North End. Capture the maritime charm of the city with a picture by one of these candy-coloured homes.
Only minutes away from downtown, Long Lake Provincial Park offers hours of outdoor fun.
After flying in from Montréal, stretch your legs along the park’s extensive trail network through Nova Scotia’s nature. The lake may be long, but you’ll easily find your way around it on the park’s pathways which can be covered by bikes.
Explore the park’s waterways by kayak or canoe, paddle your way back to the path, or park your boat on the beach and immerse yourself in Long Lake’s amazing swimming.
Take the Lakeview Trail to circumnavigate with Long Lake’s smaller body of water. You’ll see Witherod Lake from every angle along this trail. A stroll along this scenic shoreline is the perfect way to wind down during a busy trip from Montréal to Halifax.
Away from the park’s beaten paths, 2,000 hectares of protected deciduous and mixed forests are waiting to be discovered. At five times the size of New York’s Central Park, there’s almost an overwhelming amount of natural beauty to see in Long Lake Provincial Park. The terrain can be rough, but the shots you’ll get in this popular photography spot make the trek more than worth it.
You won’t be able to see the whole of this enormous park in one day. But with a 15-minute drive from downtown, it’s as easy to come back as it is to get there.
Look out over the Atlantic and back into history, with a visit to Point Pleasant Park.
When you’re visiting from Montréal, Halifax’s parks are a great way to spend a day or an afternoon. But this 75-hectare park technically doesn’t belong to Halifax. For about 10 cents a year, the city rents this park’s space from the British government. Don’t worry about the park being taken away anytime soon, though, Halifax has a 999-year lease on the land.
One of the most prominent marks of the park’s British heritage is the Prince of Wales Tower. This circular Martello tower dates back to 1796, making it the oldest of its kind in North America. The tower’s two centuries of history are explored in interpretive panels around the structure. It’s strange, squat architecture, solid walls, and strategic purpose is all explained in these educational write-ups.
The Prince of Wales Tower didn’t stand alone. They might not be as well preserved, but the ruins of forts throughout the park are no less interesting. Following the 39 km of winding, easily walkable trails will take you by these remnants of Halifax’s military past.
Get closer to the sea that the fort's soldiers guarded at one of Point Pleasant Park’s beaches. Black Rock Beach is now a favourite beachside hangout, but it was once the site of pirate hangings. Black Rock’s dark past has been replaced by a sunny outlook on this supervised beach.
After you’ve walked through history and waded into the Atlantic ocean, you’re only a 10-minute drive away from downtown Halifax. So you can easily enjoy both sides of this seaside city.
Fly non-stop from Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL) to Halifax Stanﬁeld International Airport (YHZ). Montréal to Halifax flight time is 1 hour and 45 minutes on average. The distance from Montréal to Halifax is around 805 km / 500 mi.
Enjoy complimentary drinks and snacks along the way.