Halifax has an eastern-maritime climate, which causes short summers and cold winters. The summer is the most popular time to visit, with major festivals and warm weather. The fall sees pleasant temperatures and colorful foliage. The winter can be chilly and snowy, but lower prices and sporting events like curling and hockey attract visitors. Spring brings warm weather and sporadic showers. Cruise season runs from May through October
- high season: mid-May to mid-October
- low season: January to March
- shoulder season: April to mid-May, mid-October to December
Halifax experiences four distinct seasons. The most favorable times to visit are the summer and fall. With warm and sunny weather, the summer is an ideal time for beach and ocean activities. The fall brings cool weather and bright foliage. Winter temperatures hover around freezing, and snow typically falls in January and February. The spring brings occasional showers, with March being especially muddy, making it the least desirable time to visit.
Halifax rarely gets overcrowded, but summer is the busiest time with many people visiting on Canada Day (July 1). September can also be a fairly busy month, with conventions and fall foliage tours by motorcoach. It can also get busy during large festivals like the Nova Scotia International Tattoo in July and the Busker Festival in August. Cruises may bring large crowds to the city from May through October.
Most hotels, shops, and attractions remain open year-round, but some smaller operations with the Halifax Regional Municipality may close from January through March.
When to Save
The least expensive time to visit is from November through March, when the demand is lower and many deals are available. Prices rise throughout September, when major events are in town and hotels fill up.
When to Book
Visitors with flexible travel plans can take advantage of low last-minute airfares. However, those with a set schedule should book flights at least three weeks in advance to obtain lower prices and ensure availability, especially for travel during the high season.
Last-minute lodging is available most of the year, but book at least two to three months in advance for visits during the high season, conventions, or popular events to ensure availability.
Information provided by Destination Halifax.