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Rent a car in Halifax, the ideal starting point to discover Nova Scotia. Enjoy scenic drives past the industrious hub’s beautiful natural harbour and visit many of the city’s very own historical attractions like the St. Mary's Cathedral Basilica. Take your hired car to the mountainous suburbs promising extraordinary scenic views.

It's your choice: Where to go in Halifax

Rent a car in Halifax and drive uphill to Citadel Hill to experience the famous Halifax citadel ghost tour at the Citadel National Historic Site. Experience a chilling nocturnal journey recounting the citadel’s haunted history. A tour guide in period uniform leads you by candlelight through dark cobblestoned alleys, tunnels, hidden chambers and prison cells. From atop the hill, you can enjoy magnificent views of the picturesque city and harbour along the Bedford Basin. The city’s southern end, the Northwest Arm, is home to Point Pleasant Park. Climb to its tip and treat your eyes to some more sweeping views of the harbour dotted with sailing boats and Chebucto Head. For Titanic fans, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax is a must visit. The famous Titanic graves of Halifax Nova Scotia of over 100 victims draw travellers from far and wide and are located some 5km from the museum in Fairview Cemetery. Finally, don’t miss Peggy’s Cove which is less than hour’s drive from downtown Halifax. The major attraction here is the Peggy’s Point Lighthouse dating back to 1915.

Things to do in Halifax

When you have had enough of driving around, head for the waterfront. Take a leisurely stroll along the Waterfront Boardwalk in downtown Halifax, dine in one of the sea view restaurants, indulge in shopping or visit the museums along it. The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic on the waterfront is a great place to spend an afternoon learning about the shipping and boating history of Halifax, including the Titanic disaster. Foodies will enjoy a visit to Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market, North America’s oldest farmer’s market, operational since 1750. Browse through fresh local produce, cheeses, handcrafted products and souvenirs. If you visit it on a Saturday morning, there are more vendors. Take a scenic break from your eventful road trip by relaxing under the shady trees and amidst colourful blooms in the Halifax Public Gardens. The Victorian gardens are replete with fountains, ponds and a 19th century bandstand.

Important info about Halifax

Whether you are on a hunt of North America’s best lobster roll or in search of the lighthouses, getting around with a hired car in Halifax is the best way. Rent a car in Halifax to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and explore the hilly region’s tranquil green landscapes coastal hiking trails. Cheap car rentals of Halifax are located widely within the town although going for a car rental from Halifax airport proves more convenient if flying in. Trans-Canada Highway, the lung of Canada, connects Halifax to major cities like New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island besides the rest of Canada and even the United States. Coming from outside Nova Scotia, you pay a small fee at the Cobequid Pass to enter the province. Getting to Halifax from within Nova Scotia exempts you from any road tolls, except if you cross Halifax Harbour Bridge. Regular flights connect Halifax to most cities of Canada and major airports in the U.S. Besides, U.S. pre-clearance at Halifax Stanfield International Airport makes hiring a car in Halifax and getting around much easier.

Weather in Halifax
Country Nova Scotia, Canada
Language English
Currency AST
Time-Zones Mountain Standard Time, GMT-7
Country Code 782

Good to know

In Halifax, driving is on the right hand side with overtaking on the left. Like most major Canadian cities, Halifax is connected to suburbs with urban motorways facilitating rapid movement from one place to another. However, expect some congestion during peak hours in the morning and evening. When driving off main roads in Halifax, exercise caution on roads used by logging lorries as they tend to use the entire road and drive very fast. The sides of the roads bear milepost markings to direct the road users to transmit their position on CB. Halifax might sometimes experience dust clouds, a characteristic of the region. If that occurs, it is advisable to pull over to the edge of the road to maintain safety.

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What to visit in the surroundings of Halifax

Hiring a car in Halifax lets you explore the bountiful attractions outside the region which are within 90 minutes of driving and are great for day-outs. One such place is the historical port town of Lunenburg with colourful buildings displaying unique architecture. A must try here are the lobster rolls. The downtown area is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site worth exploring. Yet another vibrant, artsy destination, worth making a road trip to, is Wolfville – much loved for its local cuisine. The local wineries are the prime attractions of this region so don’t forget to enjoy some wine tours. You could also take your hired car from Halifax to the Eastern Shore. Drive from one fishing village to the other, go surfing on the waves or simply sunbathe on the virgin beaches.

What to bring to your friends from Halifax

Buy locally crafted artisan products for folks back home. ‘Made in the Maritimes’ Artisan Boutique with branches in North End and Bedford sells the highest quality artisan items, 100% handcrafted in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island or Brunswick. From woodwork, art housewares, cards to pottery, there’s much to shop here. Inkwell Modern Handmade Boutique on Brunswick Street in Downtown Halifax sells incredible handmade jewellery, textiles, ceramics, housewares and art prints. Admire craftsmen in action at downtown’s Nova Scotian Crystal, turning molten crystal into beautifully finished crystal ware. Friends or family at home would love a bowl, vase, wine glasses and more from the country’s only mouth-blown and hand-cut crystal maker.