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Book a flight to Halifax with Qatar Airways and you’ll be closer to discovering a city that is blessed with all the amenities you’d expect from the 21st Century, but with the community feel of a small, Canadian port town. Halifax is situated on the banks of one of the world’s largest natural harbours and boasts a rich maritime history. The harbour also acts as something of a cultural centre, playing host to numerous historical landmarks and public artworks.
Given that it’s such a compact city, the best way to explore Halifax is on foot, which allows you the chance to take in all the best attractions at close quarters. Flights to Halifax can be caught from most international airports.
There are a number of important attractions just a ten-minute walk from the picturesque harbour. To see the very beginnings of this city, take a stroll to the Grand Parade - a parade square that dates back to Halifax’s origins in 1749. Nearby you’ll find the impressive Halifax City Hall, which is the seat of Nova Scotia’s municipal government. Province House is an equally imposing building, comprised of concrete columns and yawning doorways. This is Canada’s longest-serving legislative building and has been awarded National Historic Site status.
No trip to Halifax would be complete without a visit to the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. Here, you can learn about Halifax’s water-borne past, from ancient steamships to Nova Scotia’s role in the wake of the famous Titanic disaster.
If you’re travelling to Halifax with children, then a visit to the Discover Centre ought to be on the itinerary. Here, younger visitors can get involved with a number of interactive and educational exhibits such as the Bubble Room, the Race Against Time Track and live science demonstrations.
Point Pleasant Park is a must on any trip to Halifax. Showcasing the best of Canada’s spectacular scenery, it’s a huge, rolling park with hidden lakes and aromatic pine forests. In addition to birdwatching and wildlife-spotting opportunities, there’s also the chance to take in some culture and catch a Shakespeare play in the park’s open-air theatre.
If you want to factor in some relaxation on your trip to Halifax, then be sure to take in the tranquillity of Crystal Crescent Beach. With sapphire-coloured seas and powder-soft sands, there’s plenty of opportunity to take a gentle walk or an invigorating hike along this spectacular stretch of coastline. However, if you’d rather stay within the city itself, Halifax Public Gardens are something of a hidden gem, offering beautiful scenery and heritage attractions.
There are plenty of places to eat in Halifax, serving a wide range of cuisine. With its proximity to the Atlantic it should come as no surprise that fresh, delicious seafood is something of a speciality in local restaurants.
Canadian cuisine is a fusion of British, Scottish and French influences, creating meals that are intensely savoury or wonderfully sweet. However, if you want a true taste of Halifax, hunt out restaurants serving pancakes with maple syrup or the Canadian national dish - poutine. Poutine is possibly the ultimate comfort food consisting of French fries, gravy and cheese curds – a must-try.
A shopping trip to Halifax is an eclectic experience. The largest shopping destination in Canada, it offers the best of all worlds from high-street outlets and designer stores to artisan shops and chic boutiques.
Spring Garden Road offers the highest concentration of shops and this is where you’ll find the designer stores. However, if you want to enjoy the hustle and bustle of street shopping, head down to Hydrostone Market, where you’ll find unique, independent shops rubbing shoulders with market stalls, selling everything from hand-crafted furniture to cooking oils and spices.
Flights to Halifax land at Halifax Stanfield International Airport.
Visa restrictions for entry into the country will depend on your country of origin, length of stay and whether your trip is for business or pleasure. So before you fly to Halifax please check the visa and passport requirements.
Currency: Canadian Dollar (CAD)
Voltage: 120 V 60 Hz
Plugs: Type A / B
Language: English / French
International dialing code: +1