Halifax

Watersports in Halifax Harbour

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The weather in Nova Scotia is the best of all worlds, which means there’s plenty of adventure to be had all year long. 

A typical summer day is around 23°C, so you can bask in the sun while also enjoying a light coastal breeze. Or you could visit in the fall, when the air is crisp and refreshing and you’ll be surrounded by stunning shades of red, orange and gold. As for winter, you can expect temperatures between 0°C and -10°C—perfect for skiing, skating and other wonderful winter adventures. 

No matter when you choose to travel, it’s always the right time of year to visit Nova Scotia. 

Average monthly temperature and average monthly rainfall diagrams for Halifax

There isn’t just one thing that makes Halifax special. Sure, it has a vibrant music scene, world-class restaurants, museums, cozy pubs, stunning coastlines and a bustling waterfront. But part of what makes Halifax so unique is the feeling you get as you walk its historic streets while enjoying the vibrant energy in the air. It’s knowing that at any moment, and at every corner, there’s a new adventure waiting to be discovered.

The Halifax Waterfront is a bustling hotspot. A beautiful day on the waterfront could start with breakfast at a local café. Once you’ve got your coffee, hop on a bicycle or e-bike rented from I Heart Bikes and get ready to explore.

Fancy some time on the water? Travel by boat to George’s Island and take a guided tour of historic tunnels, walk the trails and enjoy scenic views of Halifax. After all that exploring you'll be getting hungry! Plan to stop by one of the many waterfront restaurants to sample a local brew and enjoy a tasty lunch with a view.

If you’re a history buff, journey into Canada's and Nova Scotia's past at two waterfront museums—the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 and the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. Or if shopping is more your thing, visit the unique stores along the boardwalk or check out the boutique shops and art installations at the Queen’s Marque.

Then, to cap off your day on the waterfront, snap a sunset pic on the harbour ferry.

Whether you explore by foot, bike or even boat you’ll never run out of things to see, do and taste!

There’s plenty to keep you entertained right in Halifax, but you can also enjoy endless adventures nearby!
 

Lunenburg  

Wander the streets of Old Town Lunenburg and you’ll feel like you’ve gone back in time. This UNESCO World Heritage site is lined with colourful buildings, restaurants, distilleries, breweries, and artisan shops. 

Peggy's Cove

The vibrant fishing village of Peggy’s Cove is home to one of Nova Scotia’s most well-known lighthouses. Take in the views from the accessible viewing deck and maybe catch the sunset over the ocean! 

Annapolis Valley/Wine Country  

Do you know what pairs well with lobster? Wine! The Annapolis Valley is Atlantic Canada’s richest agricultural region and is home to the majority of wineries in Nova Scotia. 

Hiking  

Feel like exploring Nova Scotia by foot? Lace up your hiking boots and hit the trails! Numerous trails wind around the expansive coast or meander through old growth forests and rolling orchards. Unleash your wild side! 

Beaches 

In Nova Scotia, you’re never more than 60km from the ocean. So that means plenty of opportunities to hit the beach. Spend a day relaxing on pristine white sand beaches along the South Shore or hop on a surfboard and catch some epic waves at Lawrencetown Beach!  

Cape Breton Island  

Cape Breton Island is truly like no place else. Prepare for your jaw to drop as you drive along the world-famous Cabot Trail. Get ready to explore a place packed with outdoor adventure, scenic drives, breathtaking views, and the freshest seafood imaginable.

Tidal Bore rafting  

Think rollercoaster but powered by the ocean. Experience the power of some of the world’s highest tides as you ride down the river in a Zodiac boat. 

Whale Watching  

Witness the true magic of seeing a whale in the wild. Discover the secrets of the ocean and listen to local tales as you watch for any of the 12 species of whales that visit Nova Scotia each year.

Bay of Fundy 

Experience one of the seven wonders of North America. Here, you can literally walk across the ocean floor and then watch as the world’s highest tides crash upon the billion-year-old coastlines. 

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