Explore Halifax, NS

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Welcome to Halifax

Halifax is the capital city of Nova Scotia and the hub of the Maritimes. The city is centred around the Halifax Harbour, a beautiful seaport on the Atlantic coast. Historic homes, vibrant nightlife, and some of the freshest seafood in Canada are just some of the attractions of this charming port town.

Neighbourhood tags

Pet Friendly

Vibrant

Lively

Historic

Small-town charm

Unique Boutiques

Green Spaces

Water Views

Walkable

Nightlife

Foodie's Favourite

Multicultural

Family Friendly

Transit Friendly

Industry Hub

Bang For Your Buck

Plenty of Pubs

Student Friendly

Fun facts

  • There around 160 historical lighthouses in Nova Scotia, and Halifax is home to the world-famous Peggy’s Cove.

  • Halifax has high walkability. A large portion of the population walks to work every day.

  • The Halifax Common, built in 1793, is Canada’s oldest public park.

  • Halifax is known for having plenty of pubs for everyone. In Canada, it is the city that has the most pubs per capita.

  • The city is known for having a large post-secondary student population, all coming from their six major universities.

What to expect

History, heritage, and a whole lot of heart: this booming port town has a unique character thats all its own.

What not to expect

Hot summer weather. While Halifax enjoys a mild oceanic climate, summertime temperatures are cooled by the nearby Atlantic.

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Halifax

A bustling beach city with a small-town vibe.

Halifax is the capital city of Nova Scotia and the hub of the Maritimes. The city is centred around the Halifax Harbour, a beautiful seaport on the Atlantic coast. Historic homes, vibrant nightlife, and some of the freshest seafood in Canada are just some of the attractions of this charming port town.


Halifax is the major economic centre in Atlantic Canada, holding a significant portion of Government and private sector activities. Thriving industries such as agriculture, fishing, mining, forestry, and natural gas extraction have contributed to Halifax’s booming economy. Halifax is also a highly educated city, boasting six world-class post-secondary institutions. The largest and most-research intensive is Dalhousie University, which was ranked 7th in Canada by Maclean’s Magazine. Established in 1818, Dalhousie University is the oldest English-speaking university in Canada. In the Maritime region, Halifax is a significant player in business, banking, education, and culture.

The city is very proud of their history. The urban core proves that they have kept in touch with their Maritime and military traditions. Historic buildings, like the Citadel Hill (Fort George) and the Halifax Town Clock, decorate the downtown area. Grand Victorian houses and homes with the “Halifax Porch” are just an example of the architectural style that the city has preserved. Halifax is home to Atlantic Canada’s only National Museum, the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, which celebrates the proud Canadian tradition of immigration and multiculturalism. The city proudly carries on Maritime musical traditions and boasts a vibrant music scene with some of the best folk, country, blues, and rock musicians in Canada.

The urban core is vibrant, but the city is blessed with natural areas. The best thing to do in Halifax is to go outdoors. Residents can go for a bike ride, take a hike, or walk around the coastline. Several islands and peninsulas offer an opportunity to enjoy the scenery of iconic lighthouses like Peggy’s Cove. Within the city itself, the Halifax Harbourwalk is a three-kilometre stretch of boardwalk that passes pubs, cafes, boutiques, and historic sites. Halifax has a very high walkability score, and many residents walk to work each day.


WHAT TO EXPECT:

History, heritage, and a whole lot of heart: this booming port town has a unique character thats all its own.

Halifax is the major economic centre in Atlantic Canada, holding a significant portion of Government and private sector activities. Thriving industries such as agriculture, fishing, mining, forestry, and natural gas extraction have contributed to Halifax’s booming economy. The urban core is vibrant, but the city is blessed with natural areas. The Halifax Harbourwalk is a three-kilometre stretch of boardwalk that passes pubs, cafes, boutiques, and historic sites. Halifax has a very high walkability score, and many residents walk to work each day.


WHAT NOT TO EXPECT:

Hot summer weather. While Halifax enjoys a mild oceanic climate, summertime temperatures are cooled by the nearby Atlantic.

Hot temperatures during the summer months. Thanks to the calming effect of the Atlantic Ocean, Halifax enjoys a mild temperate climate all year long. August, the warmest month of the year, has a daily mean temperature of just 19 degrees Celsius (66 degrees Fahrenheit).


THE MARKET:

Housing in Halifax is quite affordable, especially for renters.

Living in Halifax is quite affordable, compared to other provincial capital cities. Thanks to its high student population, there is a consistent and steady demand for affordable rental prices. The surrounding suburbs offer charming and spacious single family homes, many within a short distance to the ocean. 

UNEXPECTED APPEAL:

In this historic port town, many heritage homes and cultural institutions have been beautifully preserved.

The city is very proud of their history. The urban core proves that they have kept in touch with their Maritime and military traditions. Historic buildings, like the Citadel Hill (Fort George) and the Halifax Town Clock, decorate the downtown area. Grand Victorian houses and homes with the “Halifax Porch” are just an example of the architectural style that the city has preserved.

THE LIFESTYLE:

Downtown Halifax is famed for its vibrant music and entertainment scene.

The city proudly carries on Maritime musical traditions and boasts a vibrant music scene with some of the best folk, country, blues, and rock musicians in Canada. Haligonians enjoy their pick of pubs, as their city has the most per capita of any Canadian city.

YOU'LL FALL IN LOVE WITH:

Exploring the beautiful Atlantic coastline by bike, foot, or car.

The best thing to do in Halifax is to go outdoors. Residents can go for a bike ride, take a hike, or walk around the coastline. Several islands and peninsulas offer an opportunity to enjoy the scenery of iconic lighthouses like Peggy’s Cove.

THE NEIGHBOURS:

This young community is home to a large population of students and educators, as well as public servants and technical tradesmen.

Thanks to its six different post-secondary institutions, Halifax enjoys a significant population of students, educators, and researchers. It is also a haven for skilled trades workers, thanks to the booming Port of Halifax, one of the major shipping ports on the Atlantic Coast. 

Halifax Neighbourhoods

Halifax contains 0 districts and 70 neighbourhoods , each with their own unique character. Whether you prefer a trendy urban centre or a peaceful suburb, Homicity can help you find your dream home. Explore the various neighbourhoods in Halifax to find the one that’s perfect for you.