Vacation rentals in Halifax

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Popular amenities for Halifax vacation rentals

Stay near Halifax's top sights

Dartmouth Crossing14 locals recommend
Halifax Waterfront173 locals recommend
Halifax Citadel National Historic Site318 locals recommend
Point Pleasant Park295 locals recommend
Maritime Museum of the Atlantic164 locals recommend
Casino Nova Scotia50 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Halifax

  • Total rentals

    1.7K properties

  • Rentals with dedicated workspaces

    980 properties have a dedicated workspace

  • Rentals with a pool

    50 properties have a pool

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    400 properties allow pets

  • Family-friendly rentals

    630 properties are a good fit for families

  • Total number of reviews

    79K reviews

Your guide to Halifax

All About Halifax

Located on the southeastern edge of mainland Canada, the provincial capital of Nova Scotia, Halifax, is noted for its maritime history, blend of architectural styles — the glass of Halifax Central Library sits comfortably alongside 19th-century buildings such as the Old Town Clock — and as a convenient jumping-off point for exploring the surrounding area’s natural beauty. Home to one of the largest ice-free harbors in the world, Halifax became one of the most prolific commercial ports on the eastern seaboard. Today, a stroll along the downtown waterfront allows you to take in heritage vessels, sailboats, and tugboats still zigzagging around the harbor.

The Atlantic port city is also known for its universities, thriving arts scene, and bohemian neighborhoods — the North End is home to a host of buzzing craft breweries. There’s classic and cutting-edge art to admire at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and Ukpik Inuit Art, while historical walking tours can take you through the city’s past. Halifax performs a balancing act as both a business hub and a center for the arts, brimming with modernity and steeped in history.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Halifax

The most popular time to book a vacation rental in Halifax is during the summer months, when temperatures are the most pleasant and rainfall is minimal. However, temperate conditions are still possible during the spring and fall shoulder seasons. Music festivals in the height of summer feature both international and local symphony and jazz musicians on the roster.

Autumn brings a performing arts event focused on fringe acts and a popular film festival featuring international movies and discussions with the film directors. The relatively mild nature of the region’s winter can at times bring below freezing temperatures, so it’s good to come prepared with the appropriate layers and boots. Check out the Halifax Lights Festival in late November/early December for an entertaining display of Christmas lights, carolers, food vendors, and warm drinks in Cornwallis Park.

Top things to do in Halifax

Halifax Harbor

Get an unparalleled view of the harbor and waterfront by renting a sea kayak and touring the waters and coastlines of Halifax. This is an enjoyable way to experience a bit of nature without leaving the city, whether you follow the four-kilometer boardwalk, or venture across the bay to McNabs Island, which once served as a defensive fort for the Halifax islands from French forces. Go it alone or with a guide for a deeper dive into the harbor’s history. Be sure to also look up some wildlife-spotting tips — coyotes, rabbits, and snakes alike are likely to be found in the islands like McNabs across the harbor.

North End Halifax

North End Halifax is the city’s premier Bohemian neighborhood, home to a slew of award-winning restaurants, boutique shops, and a thriving arts scene. When the day turns to night, be sure to check out a craft brewpub. North by Night Market’s lively blend of DJ sets, vintage gems, and foodie treats marks the start of the summer.

Georges Island

Set in the center of the city’s harbor, Georges Island is home to Fort Charlotte. What used to serve as a fortification against invasion now operates as a historical site for visitors and history buffs. The entire island is worth exploring, but the tunnels beneath the fort are of particular note. Guided tours are available for the labyrinth that used to store gunpowder and munitions for the fort’s armaments.

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