How to Have the Most Canadian Day Ever in Halifax

Eat donair, drink Alexander Keith's beer and dance to Celtic music.

Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

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: 

Halifax Citadel National Historic Site

Explore Halifax’s military past from this fortress that overlooks the city and harbour.

Titanic: The Unsinkable Ship and Halifax

Visit the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic to see artifacts and learn about Halifax’s role during the disaster.

Prince of Wales Tower National Historic Site

Discover this historic military tower in Point Pleasant Park.