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Halifax is the provincial capital of Nova Scotia.  It is a major port city on the Atlantic Ocean and is one of the finest harbours in the world. It is closer to Europe than any other east coast port of call. With two-thirds of the city's population educated, it is considered as Canada's smart city and also a home to 50,000 students per year. Fun fact: Arabic is the 2nd most spoken language in the city.

 

Halifax has a number of art galleries, theatres and museums. It also hosts a wide variety of festivals such as The Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo, The Multicultural Festival, The Atlantic Film Festival, The Halifax Busker Festival among others.With a low cost of living and being a seaside city, there are a lot of activities, like whale watching and surfing, within the province.

WEATHER

The weather in Halifax is less severe than anticipated, there is a little bit of everything from a warm sunny summer to a cold snowy winter. Average temperatures in Nova Scotia:

Fall/Autumn:15 °C

Winter: -10 °C

Spring: 10 °C 

Summer. 25 °C

Summers in Halifax are pleasantly warm with the best summer weather experienced mid and late summer (June to August). The warmest month on average is July and the coolest is January. Snow, rain and ice mixes are common in the winter. Fun fact: Halifax is the second warmest city in Canada. For updates on the weather, please visit The Weather Network.

CITY LIFE

Halifax has a vibrant city life. There are a lot of things you can do to de-stress after long periods of studying. Interesting things are always going on every night of the week in Downtown Halifax. Halifax has the highest concentration of restaurants, pubs, bars and coffee shops in Canada where you can hang out with friends. For fresh air and beautiful scenery, Point Pleasant Park, Halifax Waterfront and Halifax Public Gardens to mention a few are the places to be. For more information on events and things to do, please visit Destination Halifax.

 

Other popular student activities within Nova Scotia are:

  • Skiing and snowboarding
  • Go karting
  • Whale watching
  • Fishing, kayaking, canoeing, and other sports activities
  • Camping and hiking -all seasons
  • Fruit picking -apples, pumpkin, blueberries, strawberries, etc.
  • Haunted houses and corn mazes -seasonal
  • Winter and summer surfing
  • Zip lining and amusement parks -seasonal

Places you can drive to for sightseeing (all are less than 24 hour driving time):

  • Peggy's Cove, NS 
  • Mahone Bay, NS 
  • Lunenburg, NS 
  • Cape Breton, NS 
  • New York, USA
  • Boston, USA
  • Montreal, Quebec 
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • New Brunswick
  • Prince Edward Island

GETTING AROUND

The city is served by Halifax Metro Transit, which operates standard bus routes as well as Halifax-Dartmouth Ferry Service. Halifax Stanfield International Airport provides scheduled flights to domestic and international destinations. From the airport, you can take Metro Transit X bus #320 for $3.50 or you can take a cab for a flat rate of $63 to go to Halifax city. Some cab companies in Halifax are:

  • Yellow Cab:  (902) 420-0000
  • Casino Taxi:  (902) 429-6666
  • A-Cab Taxi : (902) 445-8888
  • Bob's Taxi : (902) 463-2222
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