Halifax’s Waterfront: A Day of Adventure and Exploration

The East Coast Canadian city of Halifax has a stunning waterfront scene to be explored and discovered.

Halifax’s waterfront has everything from a 4-km urban boardwalk built alongside delicious seafood restaurants to miles and miles of ocean views. 

To make sure you get the most out of your day exploring this picturesque place and all the hidden gems it offers, here is your itinerary for the ultimate day on Halifax’s waterfront.


The Daily Grind Cafe & Bar


Who doesn’t love to begin their day with a cup of joe and ocean views? The Daily Grind Cafe & Bar is a great place to start the day, on a good note. The cozy coastal-inspired cafe offers a variety of coffee, food, and baked goods. On the menu, you can find items like the “Rise & Grind Omelette” ($10) and “Bagel & Lox” ($11). Best of all, this spot has a dog-friendly patio, so if you’re exploring with your pup, you won’t have to leave them at home.



Maritime Museum of the Atlantic


After fueling up on some good eats, make your way over to the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic where you can take a front-row seat to history. The museum which is located in the heart of Halifax’s waterfront is a great place to learn about Nova Scotia’s rich maritime heritage. Immerse yourself with interactive installations like sitting in a replica Titanic deck chair or stepping aboard the CSS Acadia. 


From May 1 – Oct 31, tickets are $9.55, per person.



Salt + Ash Beach House


Only a 3-minute walk away from the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic is Salt + Ash Beach House. This laid-back waterfront eatery is the perfect place to grab coastal classics, wood-fired pizzas, and cold drinks. Don’t skip the restaurant’s iconic “FISH + CHIPS” ($25) dish, while dining alongside the ocean.



Halifax Harbour Tours


Once you’ve explored all that the land has to offer, it’s time to get out on the water with Halifax Harbour Tours. The 60-minute guided harbour tour is curated by both experienced captains and passionate local guides. You will get to see Halifax’s waterfront, from the ocean on an all-electric and quiet watercraft. Tickets run from $40, per person.



Bar Sofia


End off your adventure-filled day with Latin-inspired eats and drinks at Bar Sofia. Chef Anthony Walsh created a menu entirely dedicated to his family’s Argentinian heritage and the items sound completely irresistible. From small plates to larger plates including “Octopus, Squid + Mussels a la Brasa” ($26), the restaurant is a great place to discover a new favourite dish. Not to mention, the restaurant’s cocktail menu has some incredibly uniquely named drinks like the “They Tried to Bury Us but They Didn’t Know We Were Seeds” ($16).


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