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Fishing in Halifax – everything you need to know!

With 7,600km of coastline, 6,700 lakes, and 100 rivers, the waters of Nova Scotia offer some of the best fishing on the east coast. From casting a line on the shoreline for bass, perch, trout, and mackerel, to setting sail on a deep sea fishing adventure for cod, haddock, wolffish, and Boston bluefish, the Halifax area offers fishing opportunities for all skill levels.

Whether you’re introducing your children to fishing for the first time or you’re a life-long angler, here is everything you need to know about fishing in Halifax.

What You Need:

Having the right gear can make the difference between a good day and a great one when you’re out on the water. Don’t forget the following:


  • Fishing License
  • Fishing Rod & Reel
  • Lure/Bait & Hook
  • Extra Line
  • Net


  • Fishing Basket

New anglers can take advantage of the Tackle Share Program, which allows visitors to borrow fishing equipment at no charge at six provincial parks across the province, including Laurie Provincial Park, just minutes from downtown Halifax.

Learning to Fish:

New to fishing? Don’t worry! Get started with these local programs:

Learn to Fish
This interactive program teaches children the basics of sport fishing, along with ethics and environmental stewardship.

Becoming an Outdoors-Woman
This program is a great opportunity for anyone 18 years or older to learn a variety of outdoors skills, including fishing.

Where to Fish:

Halifax has many places to fish and opportunities to fish all year round. Fishing can be done from the shore at one of the many rivers or lakes, from the wharf on the Halifax Harbour, by boat in the deep sea, or on ice in the winter.

Reel in even more fun with these fishing activities:

A&M Sea Charters: Located at the mouth of the Halifax harbour, this sea charter offers the opportunity to bring home fish that have been caught miles offshore.

Blue Shark Fishing Charters: Experience the thrill of big game shark fishing with state-of-the-art saltwater fishing equipment and an experienced crew. This tour practices ‘catch, tag, and release’ with all data being sent to the Bedford Institute of Oceanography.

Murphys Deep Sea Fishing: From May to September, this fishing tour travels out the mouth of the harbour into the North Atlantic on a fishing adventure you’ll never forget.

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Photo 1: Photo taken by Scott Munn
Photo 2: Photo taken by Scott Munn
Photo 3: Photo taken by Izzy Dempsey


Getting to Dartmouth from Downtown Halifax

Dartmouth is affectionately known as the City of Lakes, and in recent years the region has increasingly grown in popularity and into a vibrant community with a plethora of amazing things to do. Situated across the harbour from Downtown Halifax, Dartmouth shares its cosmopolitan feel and east coast vibe, but with a charm all in its own.

So be sure to check it out Dartmouth for yourself, it’s easy to navigate with a wide variety of smart transportation options!

1. Alderney Landing Ferry & Woodside Ferry

Halifax Transit Harbour Ferries makes trips from Halifax’s Waterfront to Dartmouth’s Alderney Landing terminal and Woodside terminal every 15 to 30 minutes depending on the time of day and take about 10-12 minutes to travel between Dartmouth and Downtown Halifax.  One-way fare for adults range from $2.50. Schedules and terminal information are available on the Halifax Transit website.

2. The King’s Wharf Harbour Water Taxi

For $10 you can catch a round trip ride with Harbour Water Taxi between Dartmouth’s Alderney Landing and the Halifax waterfront. The Harbour Water Taxi has been in operation since summer 2015, offering locals and visitors a fast, safe and fun method to travel back and forth across the harbor!

3. Halifax Harbour Bridges (Macdonald Bridge & MacKay Bridge)  Brought your own car on vacation to Halifax or have a rental? You’ll be able to easily commute back and forth between Halifax and Dartmouth on either of the Halifax Harbour Bridges. It’s approximated that 105,000 vehicles cross the Macdonald and MacKay Bridges on an average workday. If you’re commuting on the Macdonald Bridge, be sure to check to see if it’s open or closed due to the Big Lift redecking project.

4. Halifax Transit

Halifax Transit provides bus service in downtown Halifax and outlying neighborhoods in the region. Commuting via bus from Downtown Halifax to Dartmouth is easy, whether it be downtown or with a trip on Route 10 to Mic Mac Mall. Time-tables and route maps are available on their Halifax Transit website. Halifax Transit also has a mobile app available for iPhone and Android.

Looking for affordable transportation from Halifax Stanfield International Airport to Downtown Halifax or Dartmouth? Check out Halifax Transit’s Route 320 from the airport to Albemarle Street near Scotia Square Mall in Downtown Halifax.



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Halifax’s Top Attractions – Everything You Need To Know (And More)!

As Nova Scotia’s capital city with nearly 270 years of history, the commercial hub of Atlantic Canada and home to more bars per capita than any city in Canada, there is no shortage of things to do in Halifax!

From historical sites to local favourites, here is everything you need to know (and more) about Halifax’s top attractions.

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