Welcome to Halifax

Here you will find all of the necessary information to make the best of your time in Halifax. From arrival and departure information, daily tour pick up times, and general information about the city.

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About Halifax, Nova Scotia

Halifax, an Atlantic Ocean port in eastern Canada, is the provincial capital of Nova Scotia. The city is a major business centre, proudly known for its maritime history. Waterfront warehouses known as the Historic Properties recall Halifax’s days as a trading hub for privateers, notably during the War of 1812. The city is dominated by the hilltop Halifax Citadel, a star-shaped fort completed in the 1850s.

Arrival Information:

When arriving in Halifax, please make your way to the arrivals exit. Immediately outside the exit door is a taxi stand. As of 2021, airport to downtown Halifax hotel fares will oscillate between CAD $63 – 70 per taxi depending on time of service and traffic conditions. Taxis accept all major credit cards, CAD and USD.

If we have arranged your private hotel transfer, you will find your driver holding a sign with your name right at the passenger exit.

Uber is also available in Halifax, depending on the type of service/vehicle the trip from the airport to your hotel in downtown Halifax will cost between CAD $53 – 70. The designated Uber pick-up location is located on Silver Dart Drive (the lower road), slightly south of the Metro Transit bus stop.

Halifax Transit operates its Metro X service from downtown to Halifax Stanfield International Airport. The #320 bus operates every 30 minutes during peak morning (6 am to 9 am) and afternoon (3 pm to 6 pm) times. The regular schedule departs every 60 minutes. Fares are $4.25 for adults/students and $3.00 for children/seniors. Exact fare is required. For more info visit Halifax Transit

If you are a visitor to Canada and you are not a citizen of the USA, you may be required to purchase an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). This document can be purchased for CAD $7.00 and most applications are approved within minutes of applying. Please visit the following government site for information and to purchase this eTA: Electronic Travel Authorization.

Departure Information:

When departing from Halifax, you can schedule a taxi from your downtown hotel. As of 2021, downtown Halifax hotel to Halifax International airport fares will oscillate between CAD $58-65 per taxi depending on time of service and traffic conditions. Taxis accept all major credit cards, CAD and USD.

If we have arranged your hotel transfer, you will find your driver waiting for you at the hotel lobby at the scheduled time.

Uber is available in Halifax, depending on the type of service/vehicle the trip from your hotel to the airport will cost between CAD $53 – 70.

Halifax Transit operates its MetroX service from downtown to Halifax Stanfield International Airport. The #320 bus operates every 30 minutes during peak morning (6 am to 9 am) and afternoon (3 pm to 6 pm) times. The regular schedule departs every 60 minutes. Fares are $4.25 for adults/students and $3.00 for children/seniors. Exact fare is required. For more info visit Halifax Transit

Restaurant Recommendations:

Halifax has the most bars per capita in Canada, so there is no shortage of food or drink in this city! Some restaurants and bars that we’ve enjoyed are found below:

Elements on Hollis ~ Internationally-inspired dishes paired with local wines. Smart casual attire.
Address: 1181 Hollis Street (inside the Westin Hotel)

The Five Fishermen ~ A swanky bar and eatery in a historic building that focuses on locally sourced seafood. Smart casual attire.
Address: 1740 Argyle Street

The Lower Deck ~ Great pub-style food including beer battered fish & chips, fried pepperoni and delicious house made burgers. Known locally for ice-cold beer and maritime hospitality. Casual attire.
Address: 1887 Upper Water Street

McKelvie’s Restaurant ~ Operating in an old fire station from 1906, this is a great spot for oysters, lobster and steak. Casual attire.
Address: 1680 Lower Water Street

Harbour City Bar and Grill ~ Seasonal fare with the largest selection of local craft beers in downtown Halifax. Casual attire.
Address: 1990 Barrington Street (inside the Hotel Halifax)

Harbourstone Sea Grill & Pour House ~ Contemporary décor and globally inspired, locally sourced seafood dishes. Casual attire.
Address: 1919 Upper Water Street (inside the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel)

Henry House ~ British-style watering hole operating in a provincially designated heritage building. Local and imported beers, and classic pub grub. Casual attire.
Address: 1222 Barrington Street

Sightseeing Recommendations:

The best way to get around Halifax is to walk or rent a bicycle. Depending on which hotel you are staying at, you can easily access the Historic Properties Market Mall or the Pier 22 Pavilion to satisfy your shopping needs. If you are feeling energetic, you can stroll along Lower Water Street, between the two locations. Be sure to check out the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic for a little maritime history. The Halifax Waterfront is especially great for sunrise too.
Rounding out your day at the waterfront you can visit the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. If you’re looking for local souvenirs, you may find those at the Halifax Seaport Farmer’s Market.
A short ride from downtown, you will find several interesting places to see and explore:
Founded in 1749, the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site offers guided historical tours, and has a coffee bar and gift shop. While you are there, plan a visit to the Museum of Natural History too.
Within Point Pleasant Park, a local outdoor park located at 5530 Point Pleasant Drive, you will find:
• Black Rock Beach
• Bonaventure Anchor
• Point Pleasant Battery
• The Royal Navy’s Shannon vs. Chesapeake Commemorative Plaque
• Naval Memorial
• Shakespeare by the Sea (operates in the Park Place Theatre in bad weather)
• Purcell Landing
• Prince of Wales Tower National Historic Site
If you like to drink beer, you can’t make a trip to Halifax without visiting the famous Alexander Keith’s Brewery. Take an unforgettable tour of the original brewery and experience real Nova Scotian good times with songs, stories and of course, a fine variety of ales.