Destination guide

Make the most of your Halifax vacation rental

The past and present collide in Halifax, the Nova Scotia city that boasts a rich maritime and military history and now serves as a popular cruise ship port. Travellers can spend their days exploring the hilltop Citadel, an 1850s fort built to defend the city, or visit the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic to see how seafaring adventurers lived back in the day. Lining the waterfront, you'll find scores of museums, restaurants, and shops, many with stunning views of tranquil Halifax Harbour. Hotels, inns, and vacation rentals, appropriate for vacationing families, groups, couples, and solo travellers, are scattered across the city's downtown district.


The past is alive and well at the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, with the long-standing hilltop fort serving as its centrepiece. Watch history unfold as guides in period clothing tell tales about the storied fort. For a change of pace, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic showcases vessels and artifacts relating to the city's seafaring history. Halifax once served as Canada's main entry point for immigrants, and the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 explores the lives of newcomers to the region. Finally, you can take a stroll through the Old Burial Grounds, featuring the graves of 18th- and 19th-century residents.


Sightseeing in and around Halifax

Do you want to discover top things to see and do in the city? Venture out of your vacation home and experience everything that makes Halifax a fun place to get away. These are some of the major attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk (0.3 mi / 0.6 km)
  • Emera Oval (0.6 mi / 1 km)
  • Clay Cafe Paint Your Own Pottery Studio (1.3 mi / 2.1 km)
  • Links at Montague (5.4 mi / 8.7 km)
  • Aplaydia Indoor Playground (6.9 mi / 11.1 km)
  • Goodwood Family Golf Centre (7.1 mi / 11.4 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural landscape of Halifax

Whether you're looking for exciting outdoor activities or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, Halifax is a great place to spend some time outside. Here are some of the area’s most stunning sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Public Gardens Park (0.6 mi / 0.9 km)
  • Royal Artillery Park (0.2 mi / 0.4 km)
  • Halifax North Common Park (0.6 mi / 0.9 km)
  • Halifax Public Gardens (0.6 mi / 0.9 km)
  • Halifax Central Common Park (0.6 mi / 0.9 km)
  • Ferry Terminal Park (1.1 mi / 1.8 km)
How to get there

Transportation options to and around Halifax

Fly into Halifax, NS (YHZ-Stanfield Intl.), the closest airport, located 16.7 mi (26.9 km) from the city center.

If you'd rather travel by train, the main station serving the city is Halifax Station.

How to get around

Getting around town from your Halifax vacation rental

It's easy to get around compact Downtown Halifax on foot. Numerous hotels, office buildings, and shopping centres in the area are connected by pedestrian-only tunnels and skywalks which offer shelter from the winter wind and snow. You'll find plenty of city buses downtown as well, many of which service surrounding communities. If you prefer to drive yourself, you can easily rent a car, just make sure you pay attention to the many one-way streets in town, and to black ice on the roads during the cold weather. Taxis can be ordered by phone and ferries connect travellers to the town of Dartmouth across the harbour.

Food & drink 

Doing the donair – getting the most out of Halifax cuisine

If you like seafood, you're in luck – Halifax serves up freshly caught mussels, scallops, and lobster on the regular. Fill up by chowing down on such hearty fare as sea pie, clam chowder, and fish and chips. Poutine, French fries topped with gravy and cheese curds, and blueberry grunt, a sweet berry dumpling, are popular snack foods throughout eastern Canada. But the city's most iconic food is the Halifax donair, thinly sliced beef dunked in condensed milk sauce, diced tomatoes, and white onions. The meat is showcased in a variety of dishes, including sandwiches, pizzas, and egg rolls.

Essential info

Key facts for your Halifax vacation rental stay

Halifax is the provincial capital of Nova Scotia and is home to over 403,000 residents. The official language is English, and the currency is the Canadian dollar. Gratuities are rarely included when you dine out, but you can tip anywhere from 15-20% on the total bill, before taxes, depending on the level of service. The legal drinking age in Canada varies by province; in Nova Scotia it's 19. Crime is low throughout Halifax, but you should proceed with caution in some areas at night. If you experience an emergency, dial 911 for assistance.

Where to stay near Halifax?

Our 2019 vacation rental listings offer a large selection of 291 house rentals near Halifax. From 136 Houses to 92 Condos/Apartments, find unique vacation rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Halifax for a long holiday or a weekend break is on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Halifax?

Whether you're travelling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Halifax:

  • South End: 97 vacation rentals
  • Downtown Halifax: 73 vacation rentals
  • North End: 72 vacation rentals
  • West End: 74 vacation rentals
  • Downtown: 25 vacation rentals

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when travelling to Halifax?

HomeAway offers a large selection of lodging choices near lovely places in Halifax. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Dalhousie University: 290 home rentals
  • Chocolate Lake Beach: 292 home rentals
  • Nova Scotia Archives: 276 home rentals
  • Province House: 264 home rentals
  • Halifax Shopping Centre: 294 home rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Halifax listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Halifax?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 136 Houses in Halifax. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Halifax include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 92 lodging choices
  • Cottages: 36 lodging choices
  • Cabins: 36 lodging choices

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation homes including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Halifax?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 29 vacation homes with pool available in Halifax.

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