The seaport of Halifax has plenty to shout about and is rapidly growing a reputation as one the best places to live in Canada. Steeped in maritime history, the capital of Nova Scotia is also something of a cultural hub; trendy bars, restaurants and clubs are as plentiful as the many lush green spaces around the city. The large student population means Halifax is vibrant and laidback at the same time. Halifax is prone to pleasantly warm summers, when visitors can enjoy a number of festivals aimed to please a variety of different audiences. Jazz, fringe, food and world music are just some of the events you will find in the cities colourful events calendar. From fascinating museums to cosmopolitan boutiques, and everything in between, Halifax has got it covered.
A hatchback is perfect for driving in and around Halifax, as it is great for driving round the city, but also powerful enough to negotiate the winding, ocean view roads when travelling further afield.
Driving in Halifax
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Important things to note
Roads in and around Halifax are well policed by road and air, with steep fines handed out for those violating speed limits.
The Cobequid Pass on Trans-Canada Highway 104 begins at the Nova Scotia/New Brunswick border and is a toll road, charging approximately $4 per vehicle.
Another toll fee will be incurred at the rate of $1 per passenger on both bridges between Halifax and Dartmouth.
Highlights & Hotspots
Even those with not so much of a passing interest in naval history are likely to enjoy an afternoon at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, located in the heat of Halifax Harbour. Visitors can immerse themselves in the local heritage, and enjoy a stroll or a bite to eat round the harbour itself.
Whether it’s the height of a hot summer or winter, the stunning Victorian inspired Halifax Public Gardens have been a popular retreat from the surrounding city since 1875. Those who like their green space and don’t mind travelling a bit further out can head to Point Pleasant Park.
Lovers of the arts should try catching a show at the Neptune Theatre, which prides itself on its high quality productions and fine acting. With just 800 seats, it has a relatively intimate vibe and stages anything from classics to cutting edge comedy.
Halifax is renowned for having great restaurants covering all corners of the globe. Chives Canadian Bistro has garnered numerous awards in recent years’, offering up dishes such as pork tenderloin wrapped in maple bacon and cold water shrimp crusted Atlantic salmon.
The Halifax Stanfield International Airport acts as a hub for the entire Atlantic region of Canada including Nova Scotia, accommodating flights from North America, Europe and other major international destinations.
The drive from the airport to downtown Halifax takes between 35-40 minutes, traffic permitting. The best route to take is the 118 expressway, which runs alongside the airport, which is north of the city.