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Halifax Canada Cruise Port Guide

Peggy's Cove Lighthouse
Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse. Credit: Pixabay license

The Halifax cruise port in Nova Scotia has more than enough things to do for cruise visitors who travel along the Canadian coastline.

It has plenty to do in part because it is both the capital of the Nova Scotia province and quite big with a population of more than 360,000 people. It is the largest city of the Canadian Maritime Provinces made up of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick. It also is the most important port in eastern Canada.

Cruise passengers disembark at Piers 20 and 22 and have immediate access to welcome terminals.

Some of the best attractions include Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse, Citadel Hill, the “Titanic Cemetery”, Public Garden and the waterfront. Many of these attractions are within walking distance of the docks for fit and energetic visitors. Otherwise, excursion operators have city tours that visit many of these attractions.

Attractions and Shore Excursions

Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse is a popular site for photographers because of the quaint red and white lighthouse. It’s a common stop on area land tours. The site is about 50 minutes and 28 miles southwest of the cruise terminal.

Citadel Hill is another famous and popular attraction in Halifax. It is a National Historic Site and the location of a series of four fortresses dating back to 1749. The first two forts were called Halifax Citadel, the third was named Fort George and the current fourth one is again called Halifax Citadel.

The 78th Highlanders, wearing the same uniforms their regiment had in the mid-1800s,  guard the Citadel’s entrance. They march and have band drills on the parade grounds, and the Royal Artillery fires the Noon Gun every day at 12 p.m.

It is a little more than one mile northwest of the docks and walkable for moderately fit people. Admission prices vary by season.

Halifax Public Gardens, Spring Garden Road at South Park Street, is just south of Citadel Hill. It is a 17-acre Victorian Garden and a National Historic Site. The bandstand often has afternoon concerts.

Fairview Lawn Cemetery, also known as the “Titanic Cemetery”, is the burial site for 121 passengers of the Titanic ship that sank in 1912 after hitting an iceberg. The tragedy cost the lives of more than 1,500 people. The cemetery is nearly four miles from the docks, so visitors will need a taxi or excursion bus to see it.

Point Pleasant Park, 5718 Point Pleasant Drive, is about one and a half miles south of Pier 22. It has about 25 miles of level trails as well as ruined forts. It often has outdoor theater performances.

Halifax Cruise Weather

Cruise weather in Halifax is much like other Canadian cruise ports. The average high temperature in September during the peak cruise month is 65 degrees Fahrenheit or about 19 Celsius, according to the Meteorological Service of Canada.

August is nearly 10 degrees Fahrenheit warmer while October is nearly 10 degrees cooler.

Rain averages about three and a half inches in August, four inches in September and more than five inches in October.

Scott S. Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled widely throughout the Caribbean and the Americas. He is the author of four books about cruising in the Caribbean, Alaska and Mexican Riviera.
July 09, 2021

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