Yarr! Windy, harbor-front Halifax is as great a seafaring town as there ever was. Explore tall ships and Maritime history one minute and young, hip drinking and dining spots the next. With parks a-plenty, a fabulous farmers’ market and stately stone architecture, it’s Maritime Canada’s most popular city – for good reason.
There’s lots of culture and history here, from the high-caliber Art Gallery of Nova Scotia to a scattering of Titanic burial grounds and Pier 21, where some 40 years worth of immigrants arrived in Canada. Afterwards, peruse arty shops and raise a glass at one of many lively pubs – Halifax vies for the title of most bars per capita in the country.
There’s so much downtown that it’s hard to leave – but you should. The North End is a gritty yet increasingly hip neighborhood that includes Gottingen Street, Halifax’s gay center. It’s also home to bohemian types who are as likely to play punk guitar out their window as they are to swill free-trade coffee at a funky café.