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If you’re visiting Halifax for the first time, don’t expect the typical temperate climate of other regions bordering on the water’s edge. In fact, with its short summers and winters, Halifax receives climate changes consistent with cities in Canada not surrounded by water. Here you’ll find warm summers averaging around 23 C and winter temperatures between 0 C and -10 C. Halifax also receives quite a bit of snow – on average, 85 days per year.

As for spring and fall, you’ll find Halifax temperatures ideal for spending time outdoors or visiting indoor attractions. Temperatures during these seasons are generally in the 5 C to 15 C range.

Average monthly temperature and average monthly rainfall diagrams for Halifax

Halifax is full of history. Throughout the city, you’ll find landmarks and memorials commemorating WW I and WWII as well as the fishing and naval industries.

When visiting Halifax’s harbour port, it’s crazy to imagine that only a century ago disaster struck with what’s now known as The Halifax Explosion. In 1917, a ship loaded with explosives collided with another ship in the harbour, killing over 2,000 people and injuring 9,000. The largest man-made explosion of its time, the accident caused $28 million in damages and left 6,000 people homeless.

During both World Wars, Halifax served as an important naval base where Allied ships found safe haven until they were able to safely travel across the Atlantic. In Point Pleasant Park sits a memorial recognizing the nearly 2,000 Royal Canadian Navy members who lost their lives during WWII.

In Halifax’s Fairview Cemetery, you’ll find the graves of 121 Titanic victims who were laid to rest here, including the man who is said to have inspired the character Jack in James Cameron’s movie, Titanic.

The city’s many memorials and landmarks serve as a testament to the determination, perseverance and strength of character that is typical of those who call Halifax home.

Halifax Hotels

Courtyard Halifax Downtown

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Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel

Elevate your experience in Nova Scotia's bustling capital city with a stay at Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel...

Residence Inn by Marriott Halifax Downtown

With stylish accommodations, unparalleled service and a prime location in the heart of Halifax's Entertainment district...

The Hollis - a Doubletree Suites by Hilton
Located in Halifax's Downtown Halifax neighborhood...