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As the largest city on Canada’s East Coast, Halifax is a vibrant cultural centre. The innovative culinary scene, iconic attractions, laid-back East Coast lifestyle, and vibrant local pride create a unique blend of urban hustle and rural chill that embodies the character of this place.

From Hubbards to Ecum Secum and every community in between, the Halifax region is diverse, bold, beautiful, and home to some of the friendliest people in the world. Check out Halifax Visitor Guides for recommendations from Halifax highlights to hidden gems, plus great tours for every interest.


Halifax is located on Mi’kmaw territory, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq people. The people of the Mi’kmaw Nation have lived on this territory for millennia, and we acknowledge them as the past, present and future caretakers of this land.

5 things every first-time visitor should do in Halifax

  1. Walk the Halifax waterfront from end to end.
  2. Explore all 16 acres of Halifax’s urban wonder, the Halifax Public Gardens.
  3. Ride the Alderney ferry across the harbour and explore Downtown Dartmouth.
  4. Take a drive along the coastal route to see the iconic Peggy’s Cove lighthouse.
  5. Visit the stunning Halifax Central Library to browse the stacks, grab a coffee, and enjoy panoramic rooftop views.


No matter your travel style, Halifax has a perfect experience for you. Families looking for kid-friendly fun in the heart of the city will love the Discovery Centre. This four-floor waterfront science centre offers tons of fun, hands on experiences like the flight simulators in the Aerospace Flight Gallery, and live star shows in the immersive Dome Theatre.