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Halifax Travel Guide

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Courtesy of Nova Scotia Tourism

The capital of Nova Scotia is any historian's dream: This harbor town has been a British stronghold and a pirate haven. The city was also the starting point for more than a million immigrants' new lives and the final resting place for hundreds who died at sea as the "unsinkable" Titanic drowned in the icy Atlantic. And with so many of Halifax's top attractions devoted to the preservation of its rich history, you ... continue»

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When to Visit Halifax

The best time to visit Halifax is May through October. Summer and fall experience pleasant weather and usher in numerous festivals. However, these months also attract lots of tourists, so be prepared for steep hotel rates. If you're looking to avoid the crowds and the high prices, visit between November and February. Sure, you'll encounter icy winds (easily braved with warm layers), but you'll be granted access to Nova Scotia's ski slopes. March and April also see fewer visitors and lower prices, but the springtime rain can make sightseeing a muddy pursuit.

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Getting Around Halifax

The best ways to get around Halifax are on foot or by bus. Despite its hilly terrain, central Halifax is extremely compact and walkable, but you'll need stamina and sturdy walking shoes. You can also rely on Metro Transit, which operates buses throughout the city and ferries to nearby Dartmouth, and the bright-green FRED bus network offers free transportation around the downtown area. However, if you're planning on venturing outside the city, you will need a car. You'll find major rental agencies both in town and at the Stanfield International Airport (YHZ), located about 20 miles north of central Halifax.

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