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Halifax, Nova Scotia

Downtown Halifax


Halifax is the largest city and capital of the province of Nova Scotia

Where You're Docked

Cruise ships dock at Pier 22 or 20 close to the downtown area. The Pavillion 21 cruise terminal has a large indoor market and is beside the Pier 21 Immigration Museum. Hop on and hop off buses wait outside or you can take a pleasant 600m walk along the Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk to downtown. http://www.cruisehalifax.ca/our-visitors/

Cruise ship schedule here http://www.cruisehalifax.ca/our-visitors/cruise-schedule/

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Money and Tipping

Canada's currency is the Canadian Dollar (CAD). Coins are used for denomination $2 and under and Canada is slowly phasing in polymer plastic notes similar to the notes used in Australia. The penny was eliminated in 2013. US dollars are widely accepted though you may get a poor exchange rate and your change back in Canadian money. When dining in restaurants, tips between 15-20% are expected since restaurant workers typically make minimum wage. Taxi drivers should be tipped the same.

Local Transportation

Halifax is small and easily walkable. Buses and taxis are readily available.


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  • Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk - A pleasant walk from the cruise terminal to the downtown core passing Tugboat Theodore.
  • Peggy's Cove - This scenic fishing village and lighthouse is 43km southwest of Halifax. You will need to take a tour or taxi to get out there.
  • Citadel - An old fort overlooking the city. Entry fee $11.70 summer and $7.80 fall (Dec 2011). https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/ns/halifax
  • Pier 21 Immigration Museum - Adjacent to the cruise terminal. Entry $8.60 (Dec 2011) https://www.pier21.ca/

Shopping & Restaurants

You will find shops and restaurants downtown and along the waterfront. There is a large Atlantic Superstore supermarket adjacent to the cruise terminal on the south side. Scotia Square is the main mall downtown though larger malls can be found in the suburbs. Spring Garden Road is the city's main shopping street south of the downtown area. The Halifax Seaport Farmer's Market is just north of the cruise terminal and the Historic Farmer's Market is by the Alexander Keith's Brewery on Lower Water St. Try a Halifax donair at Tony's Donair or Johnny K's.


Restaurants and cafes may offer free wifi for customers.


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Halifax Weather Forecast


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