48 Hours in Halifax: What to see and what to do

By msears, on Fri, 8 Sep 2017 | 0 Comments

Welcome to Nova Scotia’s seaside capital city of Halifax! We’ve compiled list of don’t miss things to see, do, eat, and drink that also includes tour options, pubs with live music, and the most popular spots that promise a true Halifax experience.

Live music at The Carleton Music Bar & Grill in downtown Halifax Nova Scotia.

Pubs and Live Music Venues

Halifax is home to the largest number of pubs per capita with many featuring live music. Pull up a seat, order locally brewed craft beer or cider, local wine or cocktails made with locally distilled spirits of choice. Enjoy live music from performers from across Atlantic Canada at The Old Triangle Irish Alehouse, The Carleton Music Bar & Grill, Stayner's Wharf Pub & Grill, The Lower Deck Pub, Durty Nelly’s Irish Pub and more.

Halifax International Busker Fest takes place each summer along the Halifax Waterfront boardwalk.

Explore the Halifax Waterfront

This 3.8km waterfront boardwalk offers visitors an assortment of unique shops, popular restaurants with waterfront patios, and even a vendor marketplace alongside a waterfront beer garden that serves up local crafted beers and ciders - all with unobstructed views of our busy harbour. With annual festivals such as TD Halifax Jazz Fest, Halifax International Busker Fest, Halifax Seaport Beer Fest, and more taking place along the waterfront, there is no shortage of entertainment.

Try Halifax's official food - the Donair - while on a food tour with Taste Halifax Tours.

Take a tour… or two

Experience our port city on foot, by bike, boat, bus, segway or kayak!

  • Discover the best of Halifax's amazing food and craft beer scene with Taste Halifax Tours. Don't forget - a visit to Halifax is not complete without trying the official food of Halifax: the donair.
  • Take a historic ghost walk through downtown Halifax with Tattle Tale Tours or join a ghost tour at the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site where you'll be led by candlelight through historic tunnels, and prison cells.

Kayak to Georges and McNabs Island with Kayak Halifax and glamp on Georges Island with Halifax as your backdrop to a perfect night.

Hop aboard the Harbour Hopper in Halifax to tour downtown Halifax and to see the city from the water too!

The Halifax Seaport Farmers' market is North America's oldest continuously running farmers' market.

Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market

Bring your appetite when you visit North America’s oldest continuously running farmers’ market, home to 205+ vendors featuring seasonal produce, meats, fish, local wines, spirits, craft beers and ciders, as well as local artisans, in its state-of-the-art sustainable green building.

Be sure to pop up to the rooftop patio at the Halifax Seaport Farmers' Market and take in the amazing views of Georges and McNabs Islands.

Highlanders firing muskets at the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site in Halifax Nova Scotia

Halifax Citadel National Historic Site

The Halifax Citadel has long watched over the harbour and downtown core of the capital city of Halifax. Originally built as a military fortification to protect the Empire from enemies (and the occasional pirate), today the Citadel and its distinctive Clock Tower act as a reminder of Halifax’s rich past. Want to get hands-on with history? Dress like a Highlander and become a solider for a day or participate in ‘Ready, Aim, Fire!’ where you get to hold – and fire - an authentic Snider-Enfield Rifle just as they did in 1869.

An aerial view of the Halifax Public Gardens

Historic Parks and Gardens

Discover the Halifax Public Gardens, a 16-acre Victorian garden oasis in the heart of downtown Halifax. Opened in 1867 and declared a National Historic Site in 1984, stroll the paths and take in the ornate fountains, lush gardens, and the traditional bandstand that hosts performances throughout the summer months.

Want to visit the UK without leaving Canada? Visit Point Pleasant Park, a historic 75-hectare wooded park with 39 km of easy winding trails and wide paths that the city of Halifax rents from the British Government for 1 shilling (about 10 cents) a year, with a 999-year lease. During the summer months, take in a theatrical performance in the park by professional theatre group, Shakespeare by the Sea.

Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

Stuff for History Buffs

Located on the Halifax Waterfront boardwalk, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic is home to the largest collection of wooden artifacts from the Titanic. Halifax played an important role in the rescue and recovery mission following the Titanic disaster and is where many of the deceased passengers were buried. The Museum is also home to a permanent exhibit containing artifacts that tell the story of the Halifax Explosion, the largest man-made explosion prior to the Atomic bomb, that devastated Halifax in 1917.

Did you know that over 25 million North Americans can trace their ancestors’ path back to Pier 21? Between 1928 and 1971 over 1 million immigrants entered Canada through Pier 21, today known as the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, Atlantic Canada’s only National Museum.

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in Halifax Nova Scotia

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (AGNS) in downtown Halifax is home to the Province’s vast art collection and offers a wide range of exhibitions including displays of historic and contemporary Nova Scotian, national and international paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, and ceramics.

A major attraction within the AGNS is its acclaimed collection of folk art including the vibrantly decorated Maud Lewis house which features her charming paintings.