The Halifax Waterfront is not only a favourite destination for local Haligonians, it also welcomes thousands of visitors each year from cruise ships, tourists, and visiting friends and families. There are plenty of exciting things to do on the Halifax waterfront, so we have rounded up the highlights for your ultimate visitor guide.
Discover Local Halifax Flavours
A small but mighty wine bar and restaurant located at Bishop’s Landing, Little Oak, has just been named one of Canada’s Top Restaurants! Their menu is continuously changing as the chef is inspired by fresh, local ingredients.
One of the most recommended places to eat for tourists in Halifax is The Bicycle Thief—and for good reason. The consistently great service and Italian-inspired menu is a reliable option for all tastes. It’s also why locals use it as a go-to for special occasions.
Enjoy the spanning waterfront views at Sea Smoke, while you dine on local seafood prepared in Asian-style cuisine. Or, the best Italian restaurant in the city as voted by locals, Ristorante a Mano is a family-friendly go-to for handmade pasta, pizza, and salads.
To discover the local flavours our region has to offer in craft beer, wine, and spirits, visit Bishop’s Cellar so they can educate you and help you find something to enjoy during your trip and to take back home.
Walk the Waterfront Boardwalk & Attend Local Halifax Events
A favourite activity in Halifax for locals and tourists alike is to walk the waterfront boardwalk. The four-kilometre stretch of scenic footpath is lined with ocean views, shops, restaurants, and often entertainment along the way.
Popular Halifax festivals and events that can be seen and heard along the waterfront include:
- Halifax Ribfest (June 28 – July 1)
- Canada Day celebrations
- Halifax Jazz Festival (July 9 – 14)
- Halifax Busker Festival (July 31 – August 5)
- Natal Day celebrations (August 2 – 5)
- Halifax Seaport Beerfest (August 9 – 10)
- Halifax Oyster Festival (October 4-5)
- …and more!
Shop Local on the Halifax Waterfront
Visit Frida Fine Jewellery to treat yourself or someone you love to the luxurious jewellery made by the talented Carrie Lamb. You’ll fall in love with the craftsmanship just like British Vogue did, where they were recently featured in their Editor’s Choice Jewellery Designer Profiles.
For a unique gift that will easily fit in carry-on luggage, L&L Home Shop has everything from home décor and backpacks to stationary and kids toys.
You can also pick up a stylish and trendy outfit from the Alexa Pope boutique to wear during your visit. Whether it’s a new pair of sunglasses, a swimsuit, or a whole outfit, you’ll enjoy these kind of souvenirs more than a magnet or postcard!