Why Halifax?

Well, where do we begin?
The people…helpful, friendly…the ocean and the nightlife scene.

THE LOCALS

It’s certainly true that in Halifax, whoever you are, it won’t take long for a stranger to strike up a conversation. CN Traveler readers recently voted Halifax as one of the friendliest cities in the world! There’s just something about Maritimes’ hospitality that really stands out, and don’t be surprised if you make a few new friends on your visit.

WE’RE THE PERFECT SIZE

Halifax knows how to achieve the perfect balance of big city flare and small town charm. Our downtown in a hub of culture, food, sports, and business, but head up to the South or the North end and suddenly it’s like you’re in a different city. Not to mention, we’re easy to navigate because there aren’t a thousand different neighborhoods

WE’RE A UNIVERSITY TOWN

Halifax boasts 5 large universities in the city alone, so there is no shortage of young people, which means the city is always alive. It makes Halifax feel safer, and if you’re a student as well, you can basically guarantee that you will recognize at least three people when you go for a stroll around.

WE LIVE ON THE OCEAN

Salty air, ocean breeze, the sound of the waves crashing on the shore. Halifax is also home to North America’s largest waterfront boardwalk. Really, what more explanation do you need?

WE’RE SURROUNDED BY INCREDIBLE NATURAL LANDSCAPES

Need a break from the city? No problem. Head to the Public Gardens, Point Pleasant Park, or a little bit further out out of town to the picturesque, UNESCO site of Peggy‘s Cove.

THERE‘S A GREAT MUSIC SCENE

Halifax is known for a lot of things, and one of those things is its incredible music scene. With so many local bands and musicians constantly flocking to the East Coast, we know how to appreciate music around here. And with all those bars, there is no shortage of venues and events going on no matter the day of the week.

HALIFACTS


Did you know?

  • The Halifax Explosion in 1917 was the world’s largest man-made explosion prior to Hiroshima. About 2,000 people were killed and 9,000 injured when the SS Mont Blanc, a French cargo ship loaded with wartime explosives collided with an empty Norwegian ship.
  • The Halifax Citadel National Historic Site is the most visited National Historic Site in Canada. The practice of firing a gun (from the site) at midday dates from 1856 and continues today.
  • Halifax enjoys four distinct seasons. Winters are cold and snowy, whilst summer temperatures are usually in the 20-23°C range. Look out for Atlantic Hurricane Season when Halifax can suffer the brunt of tropical storms, depressions and hurricanes. It’s normal to see 670 mm of rain over the period from June 1st to November 30th.
  • Halifax has a strong connection to the Titanic sinking. There is a permanent Titanic Museum at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic.