Halifax, NS, Canada

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Halifax, NS, Canada

Halifax vacation rentals

Maritime history and modern culture

Perched on the eastern shore of Canada, the glittering port city of Halifax is a jewel of Nova Scotian culture, history, and natural seaside beauty. Once a prominent entry point for immigrants from around the globe, Halifax celebrates its diverse ethnic heritage with numerous museums and historical sites, and rich music, culinary, and art scenes. Halifax vacation rentals are close to myriad delights from famous lighthouses and pristine public beaches to waterfront boardwalks and exquisitely preserved maritime vessels. Downtown Halifax offers a dizzying array of shops, bustling sidewalk cafés, and bars and small music venues that light up the night.

Scenic pleasures in Halifax

Sports fans can have lively days out in this neck of the woods, screaming for basketball, football, and hockey teams, or head to an ice rink to learn the quintessential Canadian sport, curling. As a major port used by numerous shipping lines, Halifax Harbour is a fascinating place to watch ships coming and going and seagulls soaring overhead. There's an historic fort to explore on a nearby island and a 200-year-old restored fishing village filled with quaint buildings in vivid colors, not to mention fishing vessels and glistening waterways that reflect the beautifully restored surroundings. Halifax vacation rentals are close to museums that unveil gripping stories of immigrants and seafarers.

Maritime beauty in Halifax Harbour

McNabs Island sits at the mouth of Halifax Harbour and is accessible by commercial or private boat. Visitors to the island can hike miles of coastal and forest trails, or visit the historic ruins of Fort McNab. The oldest running saltwater ferry service in North America will take you from Halifax to Dartmouth and provide a dazzling view of Halifax Harbour. Halifax vacation rentals are close to venues such as the Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia, and the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, which shares captivating sea stories and informative displays from small vessels to the doomed Titanic.

Cozy winter experiences in Halifax

Thanks to its seaside location, Halifax has a humid climate with warm summers and relatively mild winters. Cool breezes off the ocean make summer days cooler and more refreshing than inland areas, ideal weather for outdoor activities such as hiking, sailing, and swimming in the brisk North Atlantic waters. Winter brings heavy snowfall but also rain, so warm outer wear is essential. Hatfield Farm is a lovely place for a winter sleigh ride, and Peggy's Cove is gorgeous in winter with fewer crowds and the opportunity to ring in the start of lobster season with seafood chowder.

A harbor city on the North Atlantic

Bordered by the North Atlantic and surrounded by thickly forested provincial parks and idyllic areas like Herring Cove, Terence Bay, and Blue Mountain - Birch Cove Lakes, Halifax is a gem of a city in a jewel box of a setting. With glistening harbors, pristine public beaches, and rugged coastline, this Nova Scotian haven delights the eye and soothes the spirit. The parks around Halifax are dotted with lakes and home to snowshoe hares, Eastern chipmunks, woodchucks, and Northern flying squirrels. Keen inland observers may also spot beavers and porcupines, while seafarers may see humpback whales and harbor seals.