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Halifax at a Glance

Historic Halifax has been an important seaport since the 1700s. A gorgeous, star-shaped citadel, dozens of historic buildings and a fun nightlife and music scene guarantee you plenty of fun when you visit. For those who crave a breath of fresh air, hiking, kayaking and other outdoor sports are only a short drive away from the city.

Halifax is home to several universities and the college students keep the bar and club scene from ever getting stale. Visitors can find entertainment ranging from death metal to Shakespeare in the park. Cozy bars welcome you in out of the fog and all-night dance parties keep you moving and sweating til dawn. For those interested in cuisine, local foods, fine dining and plenty of fresh seafood are available in Halifax.

Halifax also benefits from several good museums. Learn about Canadian immigration at one of the busiest 20th century entry points in Canada. Visit the cemetery where unknown Titanic victims were brought ashore for burial. As always, tired travelers can chill out in front of an IMAX movie and learn about Nova Scotia's maritime history.

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High Season
May - September
Low Season
October - April
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      • Major Airport Halifax Stanfield International Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      American citizens and permanent residents must now have a valid U.S passport or U.S green card to enter Canada. Visitors from other countries may need a tourist visa and can determine their specific requirements by using the website of the Canadian government.  All visitors must be able to convince immigration officials that they have enough money for their trip, that they are healthy, and that they have ties in their home country that will draw them home again at the end of their visit. American citizens can learn more information on world-wide travel at the U.S State Department's website.

      Need to Know

      Severe Weather Snow storms, hurricanes and weather off the Atlantic can strike Halifax. Use caution in the event of a weather alert. Snow and fog can make driving difficult.

      Safety Concerns Stay safe in Halifax by observing common safety precautions. Avoid leaving valuables in your car. Keep cash, phones, passports and electronics out of sight. Be aware of your surroundings at night.

      Health Concerns Halifax has clean public drinking water and good public health. Stay healthy by washing your hands and staying well rested.