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How to Spend 24 Hours in Halifax, Nova Scotia

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Updated: 9 September 2017

Short on time and only have 24 hours to visit Halifax? Not to worry, as we’ve got a full day’s worth of activities to ensure that you see, and eat, your way through the city.


Start your morning off by grabbing a latte and croissant (or two) to go from The Old Apothecary (seriously, the best croissants in the city), and then head down to enjoy your treats in one of the hammocks along the Halifax Waterfront. After your breakfast al fresco, stroll along the waterfront while taking in the many vendors and stalls lining the boardwalk before working your way back into the downtown core to explore the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and the many boutiques and thrift shops.

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Head over to Morris East for lunch, and enjoy your meal on their small outdoor patio. The wood-fired pizza menu changes regularly and features seasonal and local produce. Take advantage of their lunch special and enjoy a starter, pizza, and cocktail.


Now that your belly is full, you’re ready for adventure. Head up to the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, and enjoy an interactive look into Halifax’s past. From there, it’s time for an ice cream break; Dairy Bar serves up delicious and unique soft serve flavors and artisanal ice cream sandwiches. Bring your treat along for a stroll through the beautiful Public Gardens and enjoy a peaceful piece of paradise in the heart of the city.

Halifax Citadel | Courtesy of Destination Halifax


It’s time to hit the sea. Climb aboard the Tall Ship Silva for a 1.5-hour sailing trip around the harbor and surrounding area, where you’ll witness the gorgeous scenery and learn about Halifax’s rich past. Once you’re back on land, enjoy dinner and drinks on The Bicycle Thief’s outdoor patio. For a true maritime night out, finish off your night with beers at the Lower Deck.

How to Spend 24 Hours in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Bicycle Thief | Courtesy of Destination Halifax