Three days in Halifax gives you enough time to enjoy the town itself—its history, heritage, and modern culture—but also experience some of the highlights of Nova Scotia, including Peggy’s Cove, Lunenburg, Mahone Bay, or the Annapolis Valley wine country. Read on for suggestions on how to spend the ultimate three days in Halifax.
Day 1: Waterfront and Peggy’s Cove
Kick off your day with a sightseeing tour of Halifax. Move at your own pace aboard the hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus, or zip around town on a Segway for a fun way to see the sights. However you choose to explore, be sure to visit the Halifax Public Gardens, Citadel National Historic Site, Argyle Street, and the Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk. After lunch, make the short drive to Peggy’s Cove to get a feel for small-town life in the Canadian Maritimes. Soak up the sea views from the red and white historic lighthouse, do some tide pooling on the coast, or stroll through town to check out the shops, boutiques, and cafés. Once back in Halifax, spend your evening over a cold pint at Alexander Keith’s, one of the oldest breweries in Canada.
Day 2: The Great Outdoors
Nova Scotia boasts as much natural beauty as it does cultural appeal, so today is all about the great outdoors. Head offshore for a day of deep-sea fishing for the chance to snag cod, haddock, Boston bluefish, or mackerel, or rent a kayak for a paddle and picnic at Long Lake Provincial Park. If you’re not the outdoorsy type, take the day to dive deeper into your own personal interests in town. Visit one of the city’s museums (Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21), do some shopping in the Spring Garden neighborhood, visit the final resting place of some 100Titanic passengers at the Fairview Lawn Cemetery, or go for a walk in Point Pleasant Park. End your day on a sunset cruise of Halifax Harbor, either by sailboat or Mississippi-style paddlewheeler.
Day 3: Nova Scotia Day Trip
Now that you’ve experienced the best of Halifax, take a day to explore the greater Nova Scotia area. Head to the South Shore to visit the well-preserved colonial settlement of Lunenburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Learn more about the supposed hidden treasures that gave Oak Island the nickname “Money Pit” as you wander the streets of coastal Mahone Bay. Alternatively, head north of Halifax on a day trip to the Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia’s very own wine region. Taste a range of red, white, sparkling, and dessert wines while touring some of the winemaking facilities. Back in Halifax, polish off your trip with a lobster dinner at a waterfront restaurant overlooking Halifax Harbor.