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6 Best Weekend Getaways from Halifax, Nova Scotia (within a 4-hour flight)


6 Best Weekend Getaways from Halifax, Nova Scotia (within a 4-hour flight)
6 Best Weekend Getaways from Halifax, Nova Scotia (within a 4-hour flight)

Halifax, Nova Scotia, epitomizes the charm of Canada's Atlantic coast with a perfect blend of history, culture, and natural beauty. Its picturesque waterfront invites leisurely walks amidst shops and cafes, while the Halifax Citadel offers a glimpse into its military past and stunning views of the harbor. The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic delves into maritime history, including exhibits on the Titanic and local seafaring traditions. Art galleries, diverse dining options featuring fresh seafood, and vibrant markets highlight Halifax's cultural scene, while nearby beaches and hiking trails showcase its scenic landscapes. This dynamic city combines historical richness with modern vitality, welcoming visitors with warmth and a wealth of experiences.


If you're a local and looking to escape for a weekend, keep reading. With a vast array of short domestic destinations, there are also some international destinations within reach. Here are some weekend getaway ideas for locals in the Halifax, Nova Scotia area within a non-stop 4-hour flight. More importantly, these trips are all possible without having to request PTO (for you M-F 9-5'ers), it just depends on what you want to do at your destination.






Boston, Massachusetts (BOS) - 1 Hour 30 Minute Flight


Why go?

  • History and cool summertime temps!

What to do?

When to go?

  • Summer for the best weather, but peak rates for solid hotels.

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $170+

Where can you stay?

Who will pick you up?





Toronto, Ontario (YYZ, YTZ) - 2 Hour 15 Minute Flight


Why go?

  • Food, people, cleanliness, Hockey Hall of Fame.

What to do?

When to go?

  • Summer

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $160+

Where can you stay?

Who will pick you up?






Washington, DC (IAD, DCA, BWI) - 2 Hour 30 Minute Flight


Why go?

  • Museums, walking tours, great mass-transit and cherry blossoms. Fly to DCA for convenience.

What to do?

When to go?

  • Year-round (spring season for cherry blossoms)

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $300+

Where can you stay?

Who will pick you up?

Pro Tip:

  • For avid runners, pack your running shoes and go for daily runs around the White House, Washington Monument, Lincoln and Jefferson memorials.


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (PHL) - 2 Hour 15 Minute Flight


Why go?

  • History, sports, cheesesteaks

What to do?

When to go?

  • Summer and Fall

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $400+

Where can you stay?

Who will pick you up?






Montreal, Quebec (YUL) - 1 Hour 30 Minute Flight


Why go?

  • More restaurants per capita than any other North American city.

What to do?

When to go?

  • Summer

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $50+

Where can you stay?

Who will pick you up?



Ottawa, Ontario (YOW) - 1 Hour 45 Minute Flight


Why go?

  • Ottawa, Canada's capital, offers a rich tapestry of cultural institutions like museums and galleries, along with picturesque parks and the Rideau Canal, celebrated for both its summer boating and winter skating.

What to do?

When to go?

  • Year-Round

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $120+

Where can you stay?

Who will pick you up?




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Hey! I'm Jordan, a native New Yorker who is addicted to adventure travel, photography, content creation, investing, and fitness. Read on, enjoy, and Never Run Out of First Times!

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