As the capital of Nova Scotia, Halifax is brimming with things to do that you could easily spend a weekend (or longer) exploring the East Coast city. From its unique attractions and beautiful Atlantic coastline to its vibrant restaurants serving fresh seafood and maritime music, the city boasts the friendliness of a small town and the energy of an urban centre. We guarantee the atmosphere will draw you in.

If you only have two days to see the highlights, here is how you can spend a weekend in Halifax.

Day 1

Eat lunch at Tony’s Donairs

If you want to start your time in Halifax off on the right foot, do it by indulging in the unofficial regional dish, the Halifax Donair. One bite of a donair from Tony’s Famous Donairs & Pizza, and you’ll see why it’s a staple in every Nova Scotian’s fast food repertoire. Choose between a traditional donair on a pillow pizza, a sub or a plate, and each bite will be filled with shaved meat, sweet donair sauce, raw onions and diced tomatoes. If you’re craving pizza and/​or garlic fingers, Tony’s Donairs does those very well too.

Stroll along the Halifax Waterfront

No trip to the city is complete without a stroll along the 4 kilometre boardwalk to enjoy the beautiful Halifax waterfront. That’s why it should be at the top of your Nova Scotia itinerary. Lined with bars, restaurants and shops, the boardwalk is the perfect place in Halifax to indulge in a satiating meal, pick up your Nova Scotia souvenirs or enjoy a beautiful East Coast sunset. While you’re in the area, visit the gorgeous historic building that houses Canada’s oldest and longest-standing brewery, Alexander Keith’s. The exterior is more than enough reason to stop by. Better yet — order your favourite Alexander Keith’s beers, and get them delivered right to your door.

Make sure to double check the provincial restrictions in place, and whether the establishments are open and operating.

Dine at the Five Fishermen Restaurant

For an upscale dining experience and a locally-sourced seafood-focused menu, make a dinner reservation at the Five Fishermen Restaurant. You can’t go wrong with the fresh oysters, daily ceviche and grilled lobster tail with one of the curated cocktails or a 6oz glass of red wine on the side. Situated a few blocks from the Halifax Harbour, in one of the oldest building’s in Canada, the Five Fishermen Restaurant once was used as a morgue that took in bodies from the Titanic in 1912 and the Halifax Explosion in 1916.

Day 2

Head to the Halifax Public Gardens

The Halifax Public Gardens are the ultimate escape destination in the heart of the city. As one of the oldest Victorian gardens in North America, the National Historic Site has welcomed visitors to relax, people-watch and admire nature since Canada achieved confederation in 1867. No matter what the weather may be, the Halifax Public Gardens are as peaceful as it is beautiful with its immaculately manicured lawns and gardens. You’ll stumble upon sweet-smelling roses, colourful dahlias, towering trees and a pond typically filled with ducks.

Indulge in a meal at 2 Doors Down Halifax

With a cozy atmosphere and chic décor, 2 Doors Down Food and Wine brings fresh and familiar dishes to the heart of downtown Halifax. Open for lunch and dinner from Tuesday to Saturday, the menu is filled with seasonally inspired, locally-sourced comfort food, craft beers and unique cocktails. Opt for the Mac n Cheese Bites, the Smokehouse burger with a side of hand-cut fries or the Fishermonger’s Catch and you won’t be disappointed.

Absorb the view from the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site

The Halifax Citadel National Historic Site is the perfect place to slow down and absorb the picturesque views of the city. Head up the hilltop and you’ll find the star-shaped fort that was built to protect the city of Halifax. With a history dating back to 1749, the Halifax Citadel is still home to the buildings that once housed soldiers, stout walls and large cannons. At the base of the National Historic Site, right off Brunswick St., is the Old Town Clock. Now a symbol of the Halifax, the clock has been watching over the urban core for over 200 years — all while keeping both locals and visitors on time.

If you’re after great way to experience the wonder and charm of Nova Scotia, hop into your car and track down the shooting locations of the best movies shot in the province.

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