Halifax is the provincial capital of Nova Scotia.

A port city on the Atlantic Ocean, the city is officially known as Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM). The population is approximately 418,000 (2015 estimate). Halifax is known for commerce and its role as a maritime trading center.

Halifax Community Demographics
Halifax Municipal Website

Halifax History

Oral traditions tell that Halifax saw its first human inhabitants 13,000 years ago, nomadic hunters and gatherers who made seasonal forays food and furs. European influence arrived with English settlement in the mid-18th century, led by Colonel Edward Cornwallis. Today, following an amalgamation of four municipalities in 1996, Halifax is officially known as Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM).

Halifax: Canadian Encyclopedia
Looking Ahead: Halifax Strategic Plan

Halifax Weather

The climate of Halifax is classified as “humid continental.” During the winter months, daily high temperatures average 1.3°C, while average lows overnight are -6°C. Average highs during the summer are 21.7°C and average lows are 12.7°C. The average annual precipitation is 1388 mm.

Climate of Halifax
Weather Forecast for Halifax

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Cost of living in Halifax

According to Numbeo, the cost of living in Halifax (exclusive of rent) is about $1,085 for a single person and $3,966 for a family of four. Compared to New York, the cost of living is about 23 percent lower. Compared to Toronto, the cost of living is about 10 percent higher, however, rent is about 30 percent lower.

Cost of Living Comparison: Halifax and Toronto
Halifax Quality of Life Index

Real Estate

More than 200 neighborhoods make up the Halifax Regional Municipality. Per the most recent census, there are 177,160 private dwellings. The Fall 2016 housing market outlook published by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation forecasts vacancy rate will rise in 2017 due to increased supply of homes, and mortgage rates are expected to show a modest increase through 2018.

Neighborhoods in Halifax
Homes for Sale in Halifax (Point2 Homes)
Apartments for Rent in Halifax

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The Nova Scotia Health Authority lists nine hospitals serving Halifax Regional Municipality and Hants County. Among the larger institutions is QEII Health Sciences Centre of Capital Health, which operates in ten buildings at two locations: Halifax Infirmary (HI) and Victoria General (VG).

Capital Health System
Nova Scotia Health Authority


Halifax is a port city, handling more than 1,500 vessels a year, including cargo and cruise ships from all around the globe. Commercial transit from water across the land is enabled by the Canadian National Railway (CN); passenger trains are operated by VIA Rail. The primary air hub is Stanfield International Airport (YHZ), which serves more than 3.6 million passengers a year. The primary highways serving Halifax are 101, 102, 103, and 107. Halifax Transit provides public transportation with buses and passenger ferries.

Stanfield International Airport
Halifax Transit
VIA Rail Halifax Station


The Halifax Regional School Board oversees 134 schools serving 48,000 students. There are several private schools as well, including Sacred Heart School of Halifax (Catholic) and King’s Edgehill School, Canada’s oldest private school. Halifax is known for several esteemed institutions of higher learning as well, including Dalhousie University (18,000+ students), Nova Scotia Community College (24,000 students) and University of King’s College (1,000+ students), Canada’s oldest chartered university.

Halifax Regional School Board
Sacred Heart School of Halifax
Dalhousie University

Enjoy The City


You’ll find many different options for lodging in Halifax, from history inns and quaint B&Bs to modern, upscale hotels with all the conveniences. The Harbourside Mansion B&B is five km from downtown Halifax, provides a deluxe breakfast in a Victorian era home. The Courtyard by Marriott in downtown Halifax is a four-star property that puts you in a vibrant locale with a splendid view of Halifax Harbour.

Destination Halifax Accommodations Locator
Places to Stay in Nova Scotia
University/Hostel Lodging


A visit to Halifax isn’t complete without a sampling of something fresh from the Atlantic. If your appetite is hearty, you might enjoy the local sustainable halibut on the menu a Five Fishermen. For hot, fresh fish and chips in a casual setting on the waterfront, you’ll “get hooked” at The Battered Fish (May through October). A winner with sushi and steaks, the Hamachi Steakhouse Bar and Grill is also a great place for groups of ten or more.

Culture Trip: Ten Restaurants to Try in Halifax
Halifax Restaurants: Fodor’s

Things To Do

As a historic maritime city, Halifax offers lots to see. A good place to start is the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, the oldest and biggest maritime museum in Canada with 24,000 artifacts and 20,000 photographs (you’ll need more than a day to take it all in). Alexander Keith’s historic brewery is a pleasant diversion that recalls nineteenth century Halifax in story and song. And the impeccably maintained Citadel National Historic Site in the heart of downtown Halifax is a must-see attraction.

Explore Nova Scotia
Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
Best Things To Do in Halifax (U.S. News)

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