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The ultimate guide to have a great stay in Halifax

As you might already know… Halifax is the largest city in Nova Scotia and a major economic center in Atlantic Canada but there’s way more to it than you might have heard. Besides it’s economic and geographical importance, Halifax is mostly visited for its historical heritage and the great outdoors locations it has.   

It’s population is under half a million and a multicultural gem. Most of the popular tourist sights are located in smaller areas, making them easy to find. The city is full of coastal charm, beautiful buildings, corporate housing options, and lively food and drink hotspots.

Finding fun activities to do in Halifax is not a hard thing, this diverse and beautiful city has something for everyone. This guide will tell you everything you need to know and turn you into a proficient Halifax tourist, so you can have a blast on your business trip.

 

Tourist place in Halifax
Halifax is diverse and beautiful city has something for everyone.

Halifax

 

How is the weather in Halifax?

 

Halifax’s climate is surprisingly soft. In comparison to the towns that surround it, winter temperatures are a bit higher and summer’s ones are a bit lower. Best months to visit the city for ideal weather go from June to October where its average temperature and humidity are spot on for a perfect and comfortable trip. However, if you rather have sunny days, the hottest months are August, July, and September.

 

Getting to Halifax

   

Halifax’s transportation services are easy to use! There are many ways to get there and explore the city:

  1. Use the Trans-Canada Highway to get there by car.
  2. Fly-in and arrive at the international airport Halifax Standfield – located just 30 minutes from downtown.
  3. Then take the MetroX bus to get to the fully furnished apartments for rent in Halifax.
  4.  The bus has 3 drops off and picks up location: Fall River, Downtown Dartmouth, and Downtown Halifax.   
  5. Reach Halifax by train with Via Rail Canada.
  6. Or take one of the many tour buses that include Halifax on their itinerary.

 

Once there, get around Halifax by:

 

  • Car: Pick your favorite car rental company.
  • Bus: Transit is a good option! Halifax Transit provides reliable bus service for all of the Halifax Region.
  • Bike: It’s a great way to get around! Rent a bike in I Heart Bikes and tour the city through the best biking trails.

 

Or if you’ll like to explore the city on foot. Halifax is a very walkable city, it’s easy to get from one end of the city to the other just by walking.

 

Top 5 things to do in Halifax

 

1. Visit Halifax’s stunning beaches.

 

Halifax’s stunning beaches
Taken from discoverhalifaxns.com

 

Beaches will be the highlight of your business trip to Halifax. Find pleasure in warm waters, white sand and big waves where you can surf. And if you like better the calm, lonely vibe of the beach… Then visit it during weekdays.

Some of the best places to visit are:

 

  • McNabs Island Provincial Park beach, located just a couple km’s from downtown.
  • Chocolate Lake Beach, a great spot for families.
  • Conrads Beach, perfect for walking.
  • Clam Harbour Beach Provincial Park.
  • Bayswater Beach, here you can find the world-famous Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse.
  • Crystal Crescent Beach Provincial Park.

 

2. Go for a Beer!

 

Craft beer community in Halifax
Taken from narcity.com

 

Halifax has a great craft beer community. There is a slew of craft brewers to choose from with many flavors that can go from funky wild ferments, barrel-aged brews to fantastic lagers.   

Alexander Keith’s is the oldest brewery in the city.

Take Alexander Keith’s original brewery tourist tour and experience the real Nova Scotian vibe with songs and a fine variety of ales.

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3. Halifax Public Gardens

 

Halifax Public Gardens
Taken from halifaxpublicgardens.ca

 

Halifax Public Gardens are the oldest Victorian gardens in North America. Let yourself be enveloped by the meandering paths through a variety of trees, shrubs, and flowers with the versatility and symmetry of the Victorian Gardenesque style. The place is popular for being one of the prettiest spots in Halifax.

 

4. Great outdoors

 

Georges Island National Historic Site
Georges Island National Historic Site

 

Halifax is surrounded by some great trails that cater to a wide range of skill sets and cover a variety of terrains. Also, it also has the second-largest natural harbor in the world: Georges Island National Historic Site.

Cruise aboard the historic Tall Ship Silva for a great view of the harbor.

 

5. Discover their history

 

You need to spend a few hours giving the Historic Properties Wharf a once-over.

This neighborhood retains much of its original fin-de-siècle architecture.

If you want to learn about the city’s military past, visit the Citadel.

By visiting Citadel’s corridors you’ll learn about Halifax’s war history its involvement in the American Revolution, the American Civil War, and both World Wars.

 

Halifax Citadel
Taken from behance.net

 

Don’t forget to try the local food!

 

The culinary scene in Halifax is eclectic and a trip to this city is not completed without a tasting trip (especially seafood) to the best restaurants in town. The Vancouver Sun has a list of the best 10 places to it in Nova Scotia’s Capital City.

The recommendations include a mix of cheese with seafood at Stubborn Goat Gastropub, Cocktails at Black Sheep on the top. Also visit  Turkish Delight Kebab House, Morris East,  Five Fishermen Restaurant and Grill, and The Bicycle Thief.    

 

Where to stay

 

So, to make the most of your stay in Halifax try all the things we recommended you in this guide, You’ll also need to find the best Halifax furnished housing. In Corporate Stays, we have the perfect options for you. Stay at The Vuze building, located only a few minutes from the waterfront boardwalk, shopping along Spring Garden Road and some of the finest restaurants the city has to offer.

Stay in Icon Bay with both contemporary and spacious suites or in The Roy Located in the heart of Downtown Halifax.