Why Choose Halifax

Halifax has the features of a big city in a small, compact city setting.  Nestled on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, this cosmopolitan port city offers the best of two worlds – a rich history with a close connection to the sea and a vibrant, young culture. 


Smart City: Halifax has built its economic base on knowledge industries.  With a highly educated workforce, that's a high collective IQ.  It’s no wonder, since Halifax is the education centre for the Atlantic provinces!  That’s why more than 30,000 students choose to study in one of our seven post-secondary institutions each year. 

Cool City: Halifax has something for everyone: a vibrant music scene, amazing restaurants, museums and galleries.  This metropolis offers exciting city life, yet it’s only a 20 minute drive to the gorgeous Nova Scotia countryside.

Weather: Nova Scotia has a temperate climate, with pleasant springs, colorful falls, and a summer that brings an average high temperature of 22º C (73º F). Winters are never too cold to enjoy great outdoor activities.  Average temperatures during the winter months of December to March range from -5º to -1º C.

Recreation: Nova Scotia is home to some of the world's most beautiful natural sites.  From sandy beaches and headland cliffs to pristine lakes and lush farmland, the province boasts an array of year-round recreational opportunities. Cycling, kayaking and hiking are all popular summer activities.