You can’t say you’ve seen Atlantic Canada until you’ve seen Halifax and it all starts at the Halifax Waterfront, where one of the longest urban boardwalks in the world links many essential sites. You can easily spend an entire day just exploring the museums and shops; watching the activity in the busy harbor; listening to buskers; or simply sitting at an outdoor patio with a glass of wine watching the world go by. Every first time visitor should make sure to walk the waterfront from end to end. This walking tour starts at the boardwalk’s southern end and ends at Historic Properties mall, just over three kilometers (two miles) away.
The Canadian Museum of Immigration, also called Pier 21 by locals, has the story of the hundreds of thousands of immigrants who came to Canada through this building. Some might be your ancestors.
If you love markets, and who doesn’t, continue to Seaport Market where you’ll find the freshest of Nova Scotia products and great handicrafts on display in an airy, ultra-modern building. Just across the street drop into Garrison Brewery to sample some of the best micro-brews Nova Scotia has to offer.
Next check out at the trendy boutiques and high end restaurants of Bishop’s Landing, which has been designed to complement the historic buildings that surround it.
Not far away is the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic where you can learn the story of the Titanic (one of its famous deck chairs is on display), the Halifax Explosion, the Golden Age of Sail or tour the C.S.S. Acadia moored in front of the museum. Also found here and available for boarding, is the H.M.C.S. Sackville the sole surviving corvette from a fleet of over one hundred that protected convoys in WWII.
If you fancy getting out on the water, Murphys at Cable Wharf offers multiple options ranging from the tall ship Silva, to the Harbour Hopper, to the iconic Theodore Tugboat. If you just want to see Halifax from the water you can do it for $2.50 by taking the ferry to Dartmouth and back which departs from the waterfront every 15 minutes.
Don’t miss Nova Scotia Crystal, Canada’s only authentic crystal factory where you can watch skilled artisans creating beautiful crystal products before your eyes.
The walk ends with a visit the unique shops and restaurants of Historic Properties, Canada’s foremost historically preserved retail mall that houses gift shops and casual dining options.