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Halifax, Canada

The capital city of the province of Nova Scotia is known for its traditional streets and historical places, and its proximity to the famous lighthouse in the town of Peggy's Cove

Typical food

Dishes you can't miss

Sea-Pie,Halifax, Canada

Sea-Pie A crunchy tart stuffed with meat and vegetables and cooked in a hot frying pan.

Fish and Chips,Halifax, Canada

Fish and Chips It consists of battered fish which is deep-fried and served with chips.

Seafood Chowder,Halifax, Canada

Seafood Chowder A seafood soup seasoned with salt and thickened with flour.

Typical food of Halifax, Canada

Gastronomy in Halifax reflects the richness of an area open to the Atlantic Ocean with all kinds of fishes and seafood, influenced by the other provinces of Canada.
When arriving in Halifax, you have to try the traditional dishes that include seafood, such as mussels and oysters. The local cuisine include dishes like "Sea pie", a crunchy tart stuffed with meat and vegetables and cooked in a hot frying pan; "Fish and chips", a kind of fast food consisting of battered fish which is deep-fried and served with chips; and "Seafood chowder", a seafood soup seasoned with salt and thickened with flour.

In Halifax you will find the traditional "pubs" offering all types of local beer, including the brand Alexander Keith's®, a very popular beer in the maritime region of Canada. "Propeller Bitter®" and "Best Bitter®" are other local beers.

To enjoy the best seafood in Halifax, we recommend visiting Elements on Hollis, offering a menu inspired by the typical products from the region. Durty Nellys Authentic Irish Pub is an authentic pub built in Ireland and brought to Canada across the Atlantic.


Useful Tips

  • Heavy rainfall is very common in Halifax, so we recommend carrying an umbrella or rain jacket.
  • Winds blow at 20 km/h (12.4 mi/h), so we recommend packing a light jacket.
  • We recommend wearing comfortable shoes to travel around the city.

The weather in Halifax, Canada

Halifax has a microthermal continental climate with temperatures that slowly vary from month to month. The weather is humid most of the year, heavy rains are common with an average of 122 mm (4.8 in) almost every month, and snowfall is heavy in winter. Foggy days are common at any season. The annual average temperature is 6 ºC (42.8 ºF) with lows of -10 °C (14 ºF) and highs of 22 °C (71.6 ºF).

What to bring by season

Spring (April and May): weather varies from cold to fresh in Halifax. In April, the minimum temperature is 0 ºC (32 ºF) and the maximum is 13 ºC (55.4 ºF) in May. The sea has low temperatures of 4 °C (39.2 ºF). The UV radiation is high during these months, days last 14 hours, and the season has the last snowfalls. We recommend packing long-sleeved T-shirts, a coat, long-pants, boots, a scarf, and sunscreen. If you travel in April, we recommend wearing thermal clothing. Summer (June through September): summers in Halifax are warm and pleasant. July and August have the highest temperatures of the year with 22 ºC (71.6 ºF). Nights are cold with lows of 10 ºC (50 ºF) in June and September. Days are longer during these days, with up to 16 hours in July. Precipitation decreases, the sea temperature reaches 16 °C (60.8 ºF), and the UV radiation is high. We recommend packing a neoprene swimsuit, shirts, shorts, long pants, sunglasses, and sunscreen, as well as a warm sweater to wear at night. Autumn (October and November): autumns are cold in Halifax. At night, temperature can decrease to 0 ºC (32 ºF) and the maximum is 12 ºC (53.6 ºF) during the day. This season has the first snowfalls, with up to nine days of snow in November. Days are shorter and precipitation is heavier than in the other seasons. We recommend packing long-sleeve T-shirts, long pants, boots, wool socks, a coat, a sweater, a scarf, and gloves, as well as a folding umbrella or a rain jacket. Winter (December through March): the minimum average temperature in these months in Halifax is -10 °C (14 ºF) and the maximum is 2 ºC (35.6 ºF). Winters in this city are very cold and humid. January has up to 22 days of snow and December has the heaviest rainfall of the year with 160 mm (6.2 in) of precipitation. Days are shorter in this season with nine hours of light and three hours if sunshine. To stay warm, we recommend wearing winter clothing including thermal underwear, wool socks, water-resistant non-skid shoes, a scarf, a hat, and a coat.


About Halifax, Canada

Halifax is the capital of Nova Scotia, one of the three insular provinces of Canada, located on the Atlantic Ocean. This port has a 19th century historic neighborhood in the vicinity of the dock with refurbished buildings made with materials such as stone and wood, cobbled streets, pubs, shops, and entertainment sites.

Near Halifax you can visit the traditional town of Peggy's Cove, one of the main tourist attractions on the island with a beautiful lighthouse built in 1914 with a certain air of romanticism, which houses a postal office open seasonally, from where you can send mails with the image of the lighthouse in the stamp.

In the city of Halifax you can visit Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, displaying works of art from all the styles, and the old Citadel Hill fort, or take historical tours through the city streets, which preserve a Victorian style inherited by England.

***The official currency of Canada is the Canadian Dollar (CAD).

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