Here are some quick suggestions for visitors with limited time in the city: The schedule is only a suggestion -- you may have more fun, or wish to take more time than mentioned below.
One Day Stay
To capture the essence of this city, here are suggestions for your first day (especially if its your only day) in Halifax. This action-packed tour is focused on downtown
Two Day Stay
If you have a second day in Halifax, you should take in the surrounding waterfront communities
- heading north on Barrington Street, you pass the HMCS Scotian and the Royal Canadian Navy dockyards
- passing underneath the two bridges to Dartmouth (you'll come back on one of these later), you pass Halifax's miles of docks, pretty Seaview Park before passing the HalTerm Container Port.
- Head northwest along the Bedford Highway, with a detour at Kea4rney Lake Road to Hemlock Ravine Park with its heart-shaped Julie's Pond
- Bedford's waterfront is home to several yacht clubs
- Continue your clockwise tour of the harbour along Windmill Road, now heading southeast toward Dartmouth
- Just before the first bridge, stop at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography
- Continue along Windmill Road into downtown Dartmouth, to Dartmouth Heritage Museum and Aldernay Waterfront Park, right beside the Dartmouth Shipyards, with an excellent view of downtown Halifax
- You'll pass a plaque commemorating the end of the historic Shubenacadie Canal, and can visit the Evergreen Historic House
- Head inland a bit to see Lake Bannook & Lake Micmac, home to many freshwater sporting activities in the region.
- Head east along the Eastern Passage Rd past Halifax's refineries to CFB Shearwater Aviation Museum
- You pass McNabs Island, home to Fort McNab National Historic Site, accessible by ferry in the town of Eastern Passage, which also has a historic waterfront, with many quaint shops and restaurants.
Three Day Stay
If you have a third day in the Halifax area, head south along Highway 333 to Peggy's Cove fishing village, the most painted waterfront in North America, and continue south along Highway 3 to Lunenburg, known for its charm, waterfront and historical homes and churches.
More significant detours are to the west to Annapolis Royal and Digby or to the north to the Cape Bretton Highlands, Baddeck, Fort Louisbourg and Sydney.