Living in Halifax

A lively coastal city

With a population of over 400,000 people, Halifax is the capital city of Nova Scotia and the educational, cultural and economic hub of Atlantic Canada. Often referred to as Canada’s “best-kept secret,” Halifax boasts a youthful spirit, rich history and scenic waterfront.  

Dalhousie has three campuses in Halifax — all within walking distance to the downtown core where you’ll find art galleries, museums, theatres, festivals, sport events, lively pubs, quaint cafés and, of course, friendly Haligonians. Check out shops, restaurants and historic buildings as you stroll along the world’s longest harbourfront boardwalk.

Halifax’s urban charm is complemented by its natural beauty. Discover rugged shorelines, colourful gardens, hiking trails and scenic parks. The ocean is part of our life here — Dalhousie is just 300 metres from the Atlantic — so sailing and water sports are enjoyed through spring, summer and fall, with surfing being popular year-round.

Weather in Halifax varies by season, from warm summer days to leisurely falls, crisp-fresh winters, and vibrant springs. The summer months (June-September) tend to be warm with temperatures ranging from 18°C to 30°C*, cooling off in mid-late September. Throughout the winter months (December-March), temperatures typically range from -15°C to 2°C* and while it's not uncommon to take shelter from a snow storm, Haligonians also love a number of outdoor winter activities such as skating, skiing and ice hockey. Temperatures begin to rise again in late March/early April.

*Temperature ranges are approximate. For historical data and current weather conditions in Halifax, visit the Environment Canada website.