Halifax Travel Guide

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Best Times 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.

Weather in Halifax

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Average Temperature (°F)
29.8
12.7
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13.6
37.4
21.6
47.1
31.1
59
40.1
68.5
49.3
74.5
56.3
73.9
56.3
65.8
48.7
54.9
38.8
44.4
30.7
34.5
19.2
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Average Precipitation (in)
5.87
4.5
5.3
4.66
4.32
3.87
4.02
3.65
4.08
5.07
5.75
6.09
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Data sourced from the National Climatic Data Center

May-August

Summers in Halifax are extremely pleasant, with temperatures hovering in the mid-50s to low 70s. It may not be beach weather, but frequent sunshine makes the city's boutique-lined waterfront and scenic ferry rides much more inviting. Just be prepared for heavy tourist crowds: Make your travel and lodging arrangements at least three weeks in advance to ensure the best price.

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September-October

Autumn is a great time to visit Halifax: The summer crowds have thinned out; festivals continue to enliven the city and the fall foliage adds a burst of color to the scenery. Temperatures range from the mid-50s to the mid-60s, making for pleasant sightseeing weather (though you might want to bring a jacket). However, don't expect room rates to drop too significantly; hotel prices remain relatively high, especially during festivals.

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November-February

Winters in Halifax are milder than out-of-towners expect them to be. Encountering frequent snowfall and daytime temperatures in the 30s and 40s, travelers will discover that wintertime in Nova Scotia is more than bearable as long as you layer up. And as temps drop, so do price tags: Bargain hunters will find excellent deals on hotel rooms during these months.

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March-April Despite the rising temperatures, spring is the least popular time to visit Halifax. Highs in the 30s and 40s mean springtime thaws and slushy terrain. And although you will find hotel rooms at extremely low rates, our advice is to hold off on visiting Halifax until the not-so-soggy summer.

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