Morning: Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
Between 1928 and 1971, close to a million new Canadians arrived in the country via Pier 21. Explore their diverse stories at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, which also helps visitors delve into their own ancestors’ histories through immigration paperwork, ship manifestos and photographs.
Lunch: Donair at Pizza Corner
Enjoy an iconic Haligonian meal at Pizza Corner, an intersection so named for its cluster of late-night eateries (pizza, poutine and donairs) that are especially popular among the post-bar crowd. Your lunch? A Halifax-style donair, the city’s official food: a pita filled with spiced ground beef, tomatoes, raw onions and a sweet, creamy sauce.
Afternoon: Alexander Keith’s Nova Scotia Brewery
Now that you’re good and thirsty, head to Alexander Keith’s Nova Scotia Brewery, which opened in 1820. (Its founder also served as the city’s mayor.) On offer is a beer tour with a twist: actors in 1863 period costume present songs and stories along with the ales.
Evening: Celtic music at The Old Triangle
Settle in at The Old Triangle for pub food and live music—often with a Celtic slant—every day of the week.
Historical attractions to see in Halifax:
Explore Halifax’s military past from this fortress that overlooks the city and harbour.
Visit the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic to see artifacts and learn about Halifax’s role during the disaster.
Discover this historic military tower in Point Pleasant Park.
Travel-Worthy Cities You Should Really Stop Overlooking
These on-the-rise cities have plenty to boast about. Get authentic Mexican food in Tucson, Ariz., hang out at hipster locales in Dartmouth, N.S., see old-growth forests in Port Renfrew, B.C., explore the history of Santo Domingo in the D.R., and relax on the uncrowded waterfront in Vero Beach, Fla.
Nova Scotia’s Best Wine Regions (and Where to Sip)
Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley is a bountiful area with around 15 wineries, including Luckett Vineyards and Domaine de Grand Pré. To the north, Malagash is home to Jost Vineyards, the longest-operating winery in Nova Scotia, and Fox Harb'r Resort, which boasts a new on-site vineyard.