Day trips from Halifax

Discover amazing national historic sites all within the city of Halifax. Each site was part of the vast defense complex that once surrounded the city, overlooking the seas watching for incoming French ships! Make the detour to learn about the tragic upheaval for the Acadians in Grand-Pré.

Let these must-see Nova Scotia destinations inspire your next visit!

A guide and four adults walk through the inner courtyard of the Halifax Citadel with lanterns.
Halifax Citadel National Historic Site
Historic star-shaped fort from 1749 overlooking the harbor.
  • Walk: Downtown Halifax
  • Transit: Sightseeing tour bus
Aerial view of Georges Island National Historic Site with downtown Halifax in the background.
Georges Island National Historic Site
A tiny island in the Halifax Harbour with a rich and fascinating history.
  • Walk: Downtown Halifax
View of the Prince of Wales Tower showing the massive circular walls.
Prince of Wales Tower National Historic Site
The first Martello tower built in North America, dating back to the 1790s.
  • Drive: 10 minutes
  • Transit: 25 minutes
Battery situated on a high bluff overlooking the entrance of Halifax Harbour.
York Redoubt National Historic Site
27 buildings and armaments first built in 1793 to protect Halifax.
  • Drive: 20 minutes
  • Transit: 40 minutes
The Grand-Pré Memorial Church at sunset, in Grand-Pré National Historic Site.
Grand-Pré National Historic Site
Once the epicentre of Acadian culture, now a memorial to a tragic upheaval.
  • Drive: 1 hour
At a distance, a family sit on a blanket picnicking on the lawn near the wooden blockhouse.
Fort Edward National Historic Site
North America’s oldest military blockhouse.
  • Drive: 50 minutes

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