Halifax, NS Cruise Ship Destination Port

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About Canada

Canada, where English and French are the official languages, is the world's second largest country in land area with urban cities, small towns, large mountain ranges and vast coastlines. It is a highly developed, stable democracy with a vibrant economy. Tourist facilities are widely available in much of the country, but the northern and wilderness areas are less developed and facilities there can be vast distances apart.


Tall Ships Festival

Every few years, Halifax hosts up to 30 historic and unique (and usually massive) maritime sailing vessels from around the world. The next festival is in the summer of 2012.

Getting Around  

Harbor Tours

Take a boat guided tour of Halifax and harbor from Cable Wharf.  There are various tour operators to choose from.

Dartmouth Ferry

The Halifax-Dartmouth Ferry dates back to 1752. For the same cost as bus fare, one can take the ferry back and forth between Dartmouth and Halifax. Make sure to get a transfer (valid for 90 minutes), so you can return on the same ticket. Downtown Dartmouth Map PDF

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Halifax NS Canada

Halifax is the capital city of Nova Scotia and the largest city in the Atlantic Provinces of Canada. The city's origins and rich maritime history derive from a strategic location and one of the world's great natural harbors. In the 19th and early 20th century, Halifax was the entry point for European immigration to Canada. Today, Halifax is a busy Atlantic seaport and the economic and cultural hub of Eastern Canada. 

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Tourist bureaus portray Nova Scotia as a province whose true essence is found in primitive, rustic, and unspoiled traditions outside the process of modernization, and highlight all things Scottish. People with Scottish ancestry are the largest self-identified ethnic group in the province after Canadian.

Good to Know

Port of Entry

Halifax - Piers 22 and 20 are the principal cruise ship berths offering passengers direct ship-to-shore access to HPA’s dedicated cruise passenger terminals, Pavilions 22 and 20.

Pavilion 22 offers cruise passengers and crew unique and friendly shopping experience at the Halifax Seaport, and Pavilion 20 offers an open, barrier-free space ideal for gathering for tours.

Passengers are greeted by the skirl of bagpipes as the 78th Highlanders perform the traditional dockside greeting.  

Cruise Halifax Brochure (pdf) from cruisehalifax.ca

Time Zone


Map Coordinates

44°40 N, 63°36 W

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Nova Scotia lies in the mid-temperate zone and, although the province is almost surrounded by water, the climate is closer to continental rather than maritime. The temperature extremes of the continental climate are moderated by the ocean.  Nova Scotia's cold winters and warm summers are generally moderated by ocean influences. The province is surrounded by three major bodies of water, the Gulf of Saint Lawrence to the north, the Bay of Fundy to the west, and the Atlantic Ocean to the south and east.

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Halifax Seaport

The Halifax Seaport is a vibrant arts and cultural district found at the south end of the Halifax waterfront. Extending from Piers 19 to 23, you will find artisans, retailers, event facilities, cafés, galleries, offices, a museum, a university and a farmers’ market. This district has been redeveloped to showcase local talent and is now a popular destination for locals and visitors alike.

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Things to do and see

Downtown Halifax Map (pdf)


Take a stroll along the waterfront for food, drink, music and people watching.

Pointe Pleasant Park

Located at the most southern point of the city, Pointe Pleasant is a large peaceful park that serves as a vantage point to see the mouth of the harbor and into the Atlantic ocean.

Halifax Citadel

The Citadel is an old fort on a hill overlooking the city and the harbor. It is a national historic site and home to a museum and ceremonial garrison. The museum is open May-Oct, but the grounds are open year-round.

Province House

Home to Canada's oldest provincial legislature and of Britain's first overseas self-government. A fine example of Georgian architecture, the building first opened in 1842. Visitors can learn about the history of the site and the current Legislative Assembly through guided tours, displays and an audio-visual presentation. Province House is open year-round.

National Immigration Museum at Pier 21

Canada's equivalent of New York's Ellis Island, this historic waterfront building processed over a million immigrants. Now converted into a modern museum with extensive exhibits related to Canadian immigration.

Alexander Keith's Brewery Tour


Fisherman's Cove, Eastern Passage

Shopping area and boat launch point for tours to McNab's, Lawlor or Devil's Islands  Only 20 minutes from Downtown Halifax. Map PDF

McNab's Island

A network of trails leads past the island's lighthouse, ruined fortress and batteries, sand beaches and abandoned homesteads.

Old Town Clock

One of Halifax’s most famous landmarks officially began keeping time for the garrison and residents of Halifax in 1803.

National Maritime Museum

Located on the downtown waterfront. The collection includes exhibits and artifacts related to the sinking of the Titanic and the devastating 1917 Halifax explosion.

Peggy's Cove Lighthouse

The graceful lighthouse at Peggy’s Cove sits high upon the smooth wave-worn granite of the coast, and is a revered symbol of the sea-born spirit of Nova Scotia. It is Canada’s only post office located in a lighthouse, making it one of the most photographed sites in Canada. About an hour drive from Halifax.


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