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To see Halifax in one day, our Forbes Travel Guide editors recommend beginning first thing in the morning with a visit to the Cable Wharf on the Lower Water Street. There, you can get tickets for the Harbour Hopper. The amphibious vehicle splashes in and out of Halifax harbor and wends its way through the downtown. Enjoy unique views of the skyline, harbor approaches and the steady traffic of naval and cargo ships, as lively guides share anecdotes, pointing out landmarks and historic sites. Lasting 55 minutes, the tour is the perfect way to quickly survey the compact downtown and pick out the must-see highlights for the rest of your day.
Next, you hoof it. Return to the historic sites, funky shops and friendly pubs that caught your eye on the Harbour Hopper. Don’t let the steep hills daunt you — Halifax has a compact and walkable downtown. You’ll be glad you spent your time ambling rather than hunting for parking spaces and trying to navigate the downtown’s tricky maze of streets. On the waterfront, you’ll find Casino Nova Scotia, parks, restaurants, galleries, museums, shops and boutiques aplenty, from the venerable Historic Properties on the north end of the boardwalk to the modern lines of stylish Bishop’s Landing at the south end — more than enough to keep you busy for the rest of the day.