Halifax Port Guide

The Halifax port of call in Nova Scotia, Canada is among the world’s largest harbors; it sees a multitude of cruise ships every year. Plenty of tourists visit Halifax for its history; it was involved in the infamous sinking incident of the Titanic in 1912. The city became a part of the team that rescued the ship’s stranded passengers. Three of the city’s ships offered help.

As your cruise ship docks at the Halifax cruise terminal, Scottish men in traditional Scottish garb serenade the passengers using bagpipes. This is due in large part to Nova Scotia being regarded as “New Scotland.” Aside from tourists, there are plenty of students that have taken up residence in Halifax. There are plenty of things to do in and around the Halifax cruise port and tourists will not be disappointed with their stay in the city.


There are a multitude of shops along the boardwalk. Visitors will enjoy the historic stone buildings and architecture as they showcase a wide array of boutiques, shops, and pubs. These buildings are all part of The Historic Properties at Privateers Wharf; the structures are hundreds of years old. The stores all along the boardwalk provide a pleasant and convenient shopping experience.

Things to See

The city is rich in culture and history; there are numerous places for history buffs to enjoy. The Citadel National Historic Site, the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History, as well as the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and the Immigration Museum of Pier 21 are noteworthy places.

Tourists enjoy going to the Province House and visiting the public gardens of the city. The Halifax port of call has a spectacular waterfront that is best viewed on foot, rather than in a car. There are plenty of cabs just outside of the Halifax cruise terminal but access to rental cars is only be possible if you go into the town.

Restaurants and Bars

In and around the Halifax port of call are some of the best cafes, restaurants, and bars. There are plenty of places from which to choose. For authentic French experience, visit Sebastien’s Bistro. For gourmet pizzas and excellent steaks, try Dofsky’s Grill. Economy Shoe Shop Cafe and Bar provides a taste of Europe; Pineau’s Cafe is famous for its home style cooking and famous fish and chips. Cafe Mokka is known for its funky atmosphere and excellent desserts and pastries.

The Great Wall Restaurant serves scrumptious Cantonese and Szechuan cuisine. Curry Village is perfect for authentic Indian cuisine, Thai Chilli House for Thai food, and Kinh-Do for Vietnamese food. There is a Filipino restaurant in Halifax called ASAP Mabuhay Bar and Grill that is famous for its fresh lumpia rolls with peanut sauce. Hogie’s Steak and Fish House is a family restaurant that serves steak and barbecue.

Traditional Nova Scotia dishes include ingredients fresh from the sea; these dishes include cod, scallops, squid and lobster.

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