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Explore Halifax in a day: walking tour

Explore Halifax in a day: walking tour - From its delicious eats, historic buildings and magnificent waterfront, there is much to do in Halifax. Bring your walking shoes and a camera, because you’re going to want to capture the beauty of this city on the Atlantic Ocean | My Wandering Voyage travel blog

Halifax is a lively coastal city in the Atlantic province of Nova Scotia. From its delicious eats, historic buildings and magnificent waterfront, there is much to do in Halifax.


Bring your walking shoes and a camera, because you’re going to want to capture the beauty of this city on the Atlantic Ocean. Here is your guide to exploring this amazing city in a day. At the end of the post, you’ll find a map of all the places mentioned in a neat little walking guide.

Halifax Public Gardens

Halifax Public Gardens - From its delicious eats, historic buildings and magnificent waterfront, there is much to do in Halifax. Bring your walking shoes and a camera, because you’re going to want to capture the beauty of this city on the Atlantic Ocean | My Wandering Voyage travel blog

Start your tour in Halifax’s public gardens. The 16-acre public space in the middle of downtown Halifax opened the same year Canada became a country in 1867 and still has a very Victorian feel.

There are hundreds of species of plants in the park, and it is a beautiful space to wander and enjoy. The gates open at 7am and remain open until 30 minutes before sunset.

Citadel with clock tower

Halifax Citadel Hill From its delicious eats, historic buildings and magnificent waterfront, there is much to do in Halifax. Bring your walking shoes and a camera, because you’re going to want to capture the beauty of this city on the Atlantic Ocean | My Wandering Voyage travel blog

Head up Citadel Hill to explore the historic military base. The Halifax Citadel National Historic Site is a step back in time. The Citadel looks down on the surrounding city, with 360-degree views of the surrounding harbour, making it the perfect defensive structure.

Today you can walk its garrisons and explore how the soldiers lived within its walls. You can watch the changing of the guard every hour and even talk ghost walks from July to October.

Try becoming a Highlander for a day, by suiting up and learning about the life of a soldier.

Halifax Town Clock - From its delicious eats, historic buildings and magnificent waterfront, there is much to do in Halifax. Bring your walking shoes and a camera, because you’re going to want to capture the beauty of this city on the Atlantic Ocean | My Wandering Voyage travel blog

After leaving the Citadel, head down the hill toward the Halifax Town Clock, one of the most recognizable structures in the city. The clock dates back to 1803.

Historic Properties

Historic Properties From its delicious eats, historic buildings and magnificent waterfront, there is much to do in Halifax. Bring your walking shoes and a camera, because you’re going to want to capture the beauty of this city on the Atlantic Ocean | My Wandering Voyage travel blog

The Historic Properties near the Halifax harbour are some of the earliest buildings built in Halifax. These properties, now turned into shops and restaurants were the driving force in Halifax’s trade and commerce. These places also have a rich history of smuggling and privateering.

Halifax waterfront

Halifax Waterfront - From its delicious eats, historic buildings and magnificent waterfront, there is much to do in Halifax. Bring your walking shoes and a camera, because you’re going to want to capture the beauty of this city on the Atlantic Ocean | My Wandering Voyage travel blog

The crowned jewel of Halifax is the waterfront. Starting from the north end to the south, you’ll walk along the boardwalks, passing ships, restaurants, food vendors, fantastic sculptures and even Theodore Tugboat.

At the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, you’ll learn about Halifax’s role in the sinking of the Titanic and the disastrous ship collision of 1917.

Alexander Keith’s

Alexander Keith's Brewery - From its delicious eats, historic buildings and magnificent waterfront, there is much to do in Halifax. Bring your walking shoes and a camera, because you’re going to want to capture the beauty of this city on the Atlantic Ocean | My Wandering Voyage travel blog

Next head over for an afternoon brewery tour at Alexander Keith’s Brewery, which opened over 200 years ago. It’s a popular place to explore the rich history of Alexander Keith’s legacy. Sample the local fare and take a brewery tour inside the beautiful space.

Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market

Halifax Seaport Farmers' Market - From its delicious eats, historic buildings and magnificent waterfront, there is much to do in Halifax. Bring your walking shoes and a camera, because you’re going to want to capture the beauty of this city on the Atlantic Ocean | My Wandering Voyage travel blog

After you filled your boots with beer, head down to the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market. It has been operating since 1750, making it one of the oldest farmers’ markets in Canada. Hosting both fresh fruits and vegetable, meats and cheeses along with many artisans.

Canadian Museum of Immigration

Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 - From its delicious eats, historic buildings and magnificent waterfront, there is much to do in Halifax. Bring your walking shoes and a camera, because you’re going to want to capture the beauty of this city on the Atlantic Ocean | My Wandering Voyage travel blog

Take a tour of the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, the landing place of many new immigrants from the 20s to 80s. Maybe you’ll find some of your family history here as well.

I didn’t realize until after I had come home, that my great-grandparents had come through Halifax’s ocean immigration port.

Stubborn Goat Beer Garden

Stubborn Goat Beer Garden - From its delicious eats, historic buildings and magnificent waterfront, there is much to do in Halifax. Bring your walking shoes and a camera, because you’re going to want to capture the beauty of this city on the Atlantic Ocean | My Wandering Voyage travel blog

By now, you’ll probably want to enjoy a tasty meal with some good brews. From June to October, you can enjoy the delicious dishes at the Stubborn Goat Beer Garden. This waterfront property has some pretty darn good dishes with a perfect setting along. Try to get a bar spot to watch the ships go by.

While I’m not a fan of beer, Halifax does have some excellent ciders, like Bulwark and No Boats of Sunday, so why not try them here.

Finish with dessert

Sweet Hereafter Cheesecakery - From its delicious eats, historic buildings and magnificent waterfront, there is much to do in Halifax. Bring your walking shoes and a camera, because you’re going to want to capture the beauty of this city on the Atlantic Ocean | My Wandering Voyage travel blog

After you’ve had your fill, walk it off by heading to Sweet Hereafter, a cheesecakery. With dozens of flavours to taste, you’re going to want to take home a selection!

Sit, enjoy, and marvel at all you’ve seen during an incredible day in Halifax.

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Explore Halifax in a day: walking tour - From its delicious eats, historic buildings and magnificent waterfront, there is much to do in Halifax, Canada. Bring your walking shoes and a camera, because you’re going to want to capture the beauty of this city on the Atlantic Ocean | My Wandering Voyage travel blog
Explore Halifax in a day: walking tour - From its delicious eats, historic buildings and magnificent waterfront, there is much to do in Halifax, Canada. Bring your walking shoes and a camera, because you’re going to want to capture the beauty of this city on the Atlantic Ocean | My Wandering Voyage travel blog
Explore Halifax in a day: walking tour - From its delicious eats, historic buildings and magnificent waterfront, there is much to do in Halifax, Canada. Bring your walking shoes and a camera, because you’re going to want to capture the beauty of this city on the Atlantic Ocean | My Wandering Voyage travel blog
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Olivia Rutt is the travel writer and photographer behind My Wandering Voyage, a travel website helping working millennials find time to travel. She shares insight in trip planning, travel inspiration and photography tips. Olivia hails from southern Ontario, Canada where she works in the media industry between travels. Follow Olivia on Instagram where she shares her travel photos, or catch up with her on Facebook or Twitter.

22 Comments

  • Tanvi
    July 21, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    You know just today my husband was saying we need to visit Nova Scotia. We have been of most of the other provinces in Canada. Your post has convinced me to plan that trip sooner … The photography is so breathtaking, btw!

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  • yujia21
    July 21, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    Great suggestions – I was just there on a weekend and did most of the things on your list! I also really liked Point Pleasant Park, but it’s a little far if you’ve just a day in Halifax 🙂

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  • Ryan Biddulph
    July 21, 2019 at 9:06 pm

    That walking tour is up my alley Olivia. As is that delicious cheesecake. Awesome post.

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  • Annette Richmond
    July 21, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    Halifax looks gorgeous! I have a few friends that have visited and now I see why! Thanks for sharing!

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  • Missy | The Journey Project
    July 21, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    It is incredible to think I was born and raised in Canada and have yet to be to the Eastern provinces. This post just makes me want to visit even more! Canadian love <3 Beautiful photos!

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  • Jin Chu
    July 21, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    I would love to explore more of Canada other than Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver! Halifax looks like a charming place to relax and sightsee. Love your photos as well!

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  • Snow to Seas
    July 21, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    I’m from Canada, but I’ve never had the chance to go to Halifax. However, I would definitely love to and hope to visit the city in the near future! Everything looks absolutely picturesque, and I totally have a soft spot for Alexander Keith’s beer and cider.

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  • Stella Marie Encina
    July 21, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    i didnt think halifax would look like this,though but it’s so pretty. and the dessert fix at the end, of course. loved it!

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  • Stella Marie Encina
    July 21, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    your photos makes me wanna go!

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  • A Travellers Footsteps
    July 21, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    Looks like you can fit quite a bit into a day, and looks like the perfect way to end the day 🙂

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  • Jewels Rhode
    July 21, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    Umm I’ll have two pieces of that cheesecake please haha! Halifax looks like a relaxing place to vacation.

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  • ispyprettyplaces
    July 21, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    I was just looking up flights to Halifax last week! It looks so beautiful. And I completely forgot it was the home town for Keiths! Something else to add to the itinerary.

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  • Bernadette Adelheid Zephyr
    July 21, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    Delicious dessert! And I would love to walk on that place as well. Seems calming <3

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  • Amanda Arthur Krill
    July 21, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    Oh goodness – that cheesecake! I’ve been wanting to visit Nova Scotia forever!

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  • Kristi
    July 21, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    Two of my favorite things, Cheesecake & Beer! Oh my. Nova Scotia was already on my bucket list, but this just makes me want to get there even sooner than we are planning!

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  • Bernie
    July 21, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    That’s definitely a place I think I would love. It has all the things I really enjoy, like maritime history, great architecture, delicious food, and some craft beer for the husband (any maybe even a gluten free one for me). I get what the previous commenter means about it looking like the UK; it is very similar, although the shutters on the buildings look Dutch to me.

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  • Susan
    July 21, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    I love self-guided walking or biking tours! Great post – easy to follow map!

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  • Aga | worlderingaround
    July 21, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    Great post! And that cheesecake made me hungry, looks amazing! 😀

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  • Travels of a Bookpacker
    July 21, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    Very cool! I definitely thought this was the UK from the pictures haha. Love the little map too – very useful!

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  • Carina Covella
    July 21, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    This is lovely! Bookmarking for our trip to Canada! <3

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  • Janine Good
    July 21, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    I have yet to get out East but I have dreamed about it for years. This tour looks wonderful! I would love to check out Alexander Keith’s and that dessert looks heavenly.

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