Halifax is a port city and the capital of Nova Scotia, Canada. From Pier 21 to the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, a lot of the attractions are linked in one way or another to the sea. Halifax also has a close Titanic connection, having played a key role in the aftermath of the tragedy in 1912. You can even take a themed tour of Titanic sites in Halifax. Halifax visitors will also enjoy culinary and wine tours. Get a car for hire in Halifax from our website so that you can do all this while exploring the rest of the city at your own sweet pace.
The most famous maritime landmark in Halifax is the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. This is a monument to the 1.5 million immigrants who entered Canada by sea from Halifax. Another must-visit attraction is the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. Get a car for rent in Halifax through our website and visit the HMCS Sackville at the Maritime Museum. The Sackville escorted convoys during WW II, and is now Canada’s naval memorial. Do not miss the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, a star-shaped naval station up on a hill overlooking the harbor. You might also want to spend some time at Fisherman’s Cove, and you definitely need to see the iconic lighthouse at picture-perfect Peggy’s Cove. Oh, and let us not forget Casino Nova Scotia on the waterfront.
If you are looking for a day out on the beach near Halifax, the following is a list of beaches within 30 minutes to an hour away from the city. One of the prime choices is Rainbow Haven Beach close to Lawrencetown. It is about 30 minutes away from Halifax. Clam Harbor Beach near Lake Charlotte is a great place for families which is safe and protected by life guards. It has plenty of parking, concessions, rest rooms, showers, picnic area, and a boardwalk too. Crystal Crescent Beach at Sambro Creek is about 40 minutes away, and actually has three beach areas including one clothing-optional beach. The Lawrencetown and Martinique beaches are ideal for surfers. Queensland Beach near Hubbards in St. Margarets Bay is a popular beach about 45 minutes from Halifax.
Your visit to Halifax would be incomplete without getting a taste of Nova Scotia lobster and Digby scallops washed down with some Annapolis Valley wine. Halifax has a long list of food and wine festivals throughout the year, so you can probably match at least one or two to your itinerary. You can also take winery tours in the Nova Scotia wine country. Actually, you can have a lot more fun visiting Alexander Keith’s Nova Scotia Brewery in Halifax itself.
Halifax is no doubt one of the main tourist destinations in Nova Scotia, but hardly the only one. You can drive up and down both coasts, and top it off with visits to Prince Edward Island and Cape Breton Island. Book your car rental in Halifax from us right now and plan for a coastal drive from Halifax to Bridgewater, Barrington, and Yarmouth. Continue on past Bay of Fundy destinations such as Digby, Annapolis Royal, and Kingston-ON. Turn inland at Kentville and continue on to Windsor before you return to Halifax. Do not miss a visit to Charlottetown on Prince Edward Island, and Sydney on Cape Breton Island.
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