Discover our historic port city of Halifax when you walk along the Halifax waterfront. Start at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 – the gateway into Canada for one million immigrants – and then explore eclectic shops and galleries, some of the city’s best restaurants, and ships including the last of the WWII convoy escort corvettes.
Discover the Halifax Seaport Farmers' Market, the oldest continuously operating farmers’ market in North America, and our seafaring history through exhibits at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, including displays on the city’s link to the Titanic disaster. End at the timber-frame & stone warehouses of Historic Properties – originally built to safeguard booty captured by legalized pirates called privateers - and grab a spot on the patio at The Lower Deck Pub, Beer Market & Tap Room or find a spot inside to take in live local musical performances.
The most visited destination in Nova Scotia offers many paths to spontaneous discovery – by land or sea. Boat tours range from a romantic evening cruise aboard the Tall Ship Silva, a gracious dinner aboard the Harbour Queen or climb aboard the Harbour Hopper, an amphibious vehicle that meanders past downtown points-of-interest before splashing into the harbour. Families will also love to tour the 'big harbour' aboard Theodore Too, a bright yellow 'boy' tugboat who wears a cheerful expression and a jaunty red cap.
Events on the Waterfront
There’s lots to do at any time of the year in Halifax, but music, arts, culture, street performance and food festivals take the entertainment level up a notch or three. Large events, such as the RBC Multicultural Festival, Halifax International Busker Festival, Atlantic Film Festival's Outdoor Film Experience and the TD Halifax Jazz Festival keep our waterfront humming throughout the spring, summer and fall year after year.
Dining, Pubs & Shopping
There’s a lot to discover in Halifax, and that can make any voyager hungry. The city’s downtown restaurant scene continues to heat up, as celebrated chefs draw on their global expertise and the harvests of local farmers to create unique culinary offerings. With the most pubs per capita in Canada, be sure to pull up a chair on one of the many downtown Halifax pub patios during your travels. Along the way, be sure to peruse designer boutiques, galleries and artisan shops like NovaScotian Crystal while you explore Halifax's waterfront.