Welcome to Halifax

Stroll through the lush Public Gardens. Tour the impressive collection at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. Explore a museum… welcome to Halifax. Nova Scotia’s vibrant capital city hums with culture and history just waiting to be explored.

Visit the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site of Canada, or the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic for a crash course on the region’s past.

Find a ton of restaurants and shops steps from the ship. Feast on some of the freshest seafood you’ll find anywhere in the world, including famous Nova Scotia lobster.

Halifax’s central location makes it easy to enjoy many of Nova Scotia’s world-famous shore excursions such as Peggy’s Cove, Lunenburg (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), the Bay of Fundy, the Annapolis Valley, and much more. Like everywhere else in Atlantic Canada, the only thing more beautiful than the scenery is the good nature of the people you’ll meet on your travels.


Robyn Stewart
Manager, Cruise Development

Halifax Port Authority
PO 336
Halifax, NS B3J 2P6

Phone: (902) 229-4466
Email: rstewart@portofhalifax.ca
Website: www.portofhalifax.ca

Port Specifications

Halifax harbour is the second largest natural harbour in the world. Halifax has won both the "Best Port Welcome" award from Dreamworld Cruise Destination Magazine and "Most Receptive Port" award from Canada New England Cruise Symposium Marketing Awards.

Piers 20 - 22

Berthage: 611.5 metres (2,006 ft)

Depth: 12.5 metres (41 ft)

Tidal Range: 1.5 metres (4.92 ft)

Pier 23

Berthage: 213 metres (699 ft)

Depth: 10 metres (33 ft)

Tidal Range: 1.5 metres (4.92 ft)

Available Services

  • Airport
  • Bunker and diesel fuel
  • Canada Customs
  • Fresh water
  • Gray/black water/sludge removal
  • Hospital
  • Hydraulic gangways
  • International garbage removal
  • Pilotage Services (compulsory)
  • Port operations personnel / security
  • Ship building/repair
  • Ship chandler (marine supplies)
  • Shore Power
  • Stevedoring
  • Tugs

Vessel Agents

The partners in the Atlantic Canada Cruise Association are ready to welcome your ships to our harbours. These vessel agents can help you secure the berths you need. For more information please visit Halifax Port Authority.

Things to do

The Incredible Annapolis Valley

Take a trip to the scenic Annapolis Valley, Atlantic Canada’s richest agricultural region, a patchwork quilt of fields, orchards and vineyards. The power of nature is apparent here with the world-famous Bay of Fundy tides and ever-changing landscape of rocky shores, fertile farmlands, salt marshes and broad sandy beaches.

Explore wine country. Visit charming villages. Discover history and heritage. Go whale watching or golfing. Embark on a hike at the Kejimkujik National Park.

Halifax Citadel – A National Historic Site

Take a guided tour from a costumed animator and explore musket galleries, earthen ramparts, garrison cells, guard rooms, and more at this star-shaped naval station in the centre of the city.

Discover the 78th Highland Regiment that still fires a noonday cannon—yes, a real cannon! This living museum — the Citadel — was built between 1828 and 1856. You’ll be doing lots of walking on an incline (they don’t call it Citadel Hill for nothing!), so wear comfortable shoes.

The Lovely Lunenburg

Old Town Lunenburg is one of only two urban communities in North America designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Seventy percent of the original colonial buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries continue to greet visitors with their colourful façades.

Wander the distinctive waterfront with its colourful buildings and listen for salty tales of seafaring and rum-running, and discover a charming town filled with amazing restaurants, distilleries, breweries, artisans and unique shops.

Canada’s Oldest and Largest Maritime Museum

The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic is a valuable historical, cultural and educational institution. It is the largest site in Nova Scotia that collects and interprets various elements of Nova Scotia’s marine history. From the age of steamships, local small craft, the Royal Canadian and Merchant Navies, World War II convoys and The Battle of the Atlantic to the Halifax Explosion of 1917, and Nova Scotia’s role in the aftermath of the Titanic disaster.

Picture Perfect at Peggy’s Cove

Shop, dine, and see the sights at the tiny fishing village below one of Nova Scotia’s most famous, breathtaking, and photographed places, Peggy’s Cove.

Send friends and loved ones postcards of this recognizable beacon perched atop massive granite rocks.

Explore the rocks by foot but be careful not to slip! Before you leave, take a minute to visit the Swiss Air Flight 111 memorial.

Charming South Shore Towns

A visit to the South Shore is sure to satisfy the solitude you seek or adventure you crave. Spend the day exploring the colourful waterfront and narrow streets of Lunenburg. Stop by the home of the Bluenose, famous racing schooner. Snap a photo or two at the iconic Peggy's Cove lighthouse. Hike the canopied forest trails. Spend your day strolling the incredible white sand beaches, capped with a delicious fresh seafood dinner.

Dining on the Ocean Floor Burntcoat Head

Experience the ultimate culinary adventure at the site of the world’s highest tides. Savour the best Nova Scotia food, beer and wine. Begin by learning about the wild edibles of Nova Scotia, followed by a lunchtime seafood feast where you meet the Chef and enjoy beer and wine pairings. Enjoy a guided tour of the ocean floor, then take a seat at a dining table with a view of the incoming tide for an intimate 3-course dinner on the ocean floor; all followed by an ocean floor campfire.

For more on this incredible experience visit Tourism Nova Scotia's website.

Georges Island

Board the ferry at the Cable Wharf and venture to Georges Island, a National Historic Site in the heart of Halifax Harbour. This charming island is a place the Mi’kmaq called Kjipuktuk or “The Great Harbour.” Enjoy the scenic views from a new perspective and immerse yourself in the rich history of Halifax.

Harbour Hopper

All aboard the Harbour Hopper for a fun, fast-paced adventure that shares the best of Halifax by land and sea. Drive through the city streets, with an exclusive view of historic sights like the Grand Parade and Citadel Hill. Next, your driver becomes your captain as you set sail in the harbour towards Georges Island and along the Halifax waterfront. Bonus - this is a fully guided tour, so you're sure to learn lots about the beautiful city!

Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour

See the highlights of Halifax in a single, flexible day tour aboard a hop-on hop-off bus. You'll be able to tick all the must-see sights off of your list and focus on the attractions that interest you. Hop off whenever you like to explore further on your own at stops such as Province House, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Fairview Lawn Cemetery, the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, and others.

Local Tourism

Keep the trip planning going, explore the local tourism sites for more itineraries and trip ideas:

Discover Halifax | Nova Scotia Tourism