Halifax, NS, Canada

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Halifax, NS, Canada

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Halifax _ where Canada meets the Atlantic

Happy Halifax masterfully fuses the laid-back and the exciting. Blessed by fresh sea winds and steeped in old maritime history, it's got some of the best naval museums in Eastern Canada, and a load of whale watching, boating and lighthouse spotting besides. The town center is packed with handsome heritage buildings; a gilded Victorian mansion here, a regal redbrick university hall there. Beer-frothing microbreweries, thought-provoking art galleries, the beautiful backcountry of Nova Scotia and a host of uber-charming Halifax vacation rentals only add to the undeniable allure.

Having fun in Halifax

Look to guided street tours of the Victorian buildings on the South End, and enthralling journeys out to UNESCO-attested port towns on the coast of Nova Scotia for the historical end of the bargain in Halifax. Then there's the bucket-list-busting activities, like whale watching out on the Atlantic Ocean, or dining on the freshest seafood in Canada _ at least that's what the locals will tell you. Cooking classes in the fish shacks, sailing expeditions, and a rambunctious nightlife of live music and blues rounds things off nicely.

Forts and naval relics in Halifax

All trips to Halifax should start with a jaunt to the Halifax Citadel. This National Historic Site of Canada soars above the Downtown, offering reenactment ceremonies and enthralling military exhibits. On the shores just to the east, you can discover the acclaimed Maritime Museum of the Atlantic _ a place to unravel tales of the Titanic and the seafaring past of Nova Scotia. Pier 21 is another awesome museum, where the stories of millions of transatlantic emigres are chronicled. You could also get Halifax vacation rentals in old Lunenburg, to feel the colonial history in a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Halifax beckons all the time

Halifax doesn't have a designated "high season". Its historic forts, colonial outposts and enthralling naval museums beckon right throughout the year, meaning there's never a bad time to go in search of those Halifax vacation rentals. That said, a trip to glimpse whales is perhaps best done between July and October, when the bulk of the tour operators are in action. And it's worth remembering the winters can get icy-cold here, so sightseeing outside might be better between May and September.

Under the wash of the Atlantic in Halifax

Halifax sits on the edge of the province of which it is the capital; Nova Scotia. That meets the raw swells of the whale-spotted Atlantic Ocean as they roll in across rugged shores and inlets. You won't have to travel far to glimpse the wild coastal reaches of the region. Just head to the wide, sandy bays of the Kejimkujik National Park Seaside, hidden between craggy headlands and pockets of dunes topped with plovers. Or you can go inland to the Kejimkujik National Park, where the riverways connect the Bay of Fundy to the ocean.