Haligonians (yes that's what people who live in Halifax are called) hold within themselves what I can only call an eastern joy along with an urban sensibility. Water has been proven to make one happy. With a four-kilometre long harborfront boardwalk lined with shops, restaurants, and cafes, never mind 13,000 km of shoreline for the province as a whole, Haligonians tend to be a happy people. And you can feel that happiness. Along with the salt of the sea, it's in the air.
Nova Scotia literally means New Scotland. You'll see that heritage in many of the festivals it holds and at the Halifax Citadel where the military wear kilts. So, why not take to Halifax with the thrifty attitude of a Scot?
Boardwalk people watching. Any visit to Halifax starts with a walk along the waterfront boardwalk. Day or night, it's hopping. Yes, there will be a lot of tourists on the boardwalk but you can also watch and, possibly, meet the locals as well.
Take a tour of the harbor. While there are many tours that you can take of the harbor giving you a history of the city, if you just want to get out on the water, take the ferry to Dartmouth. If you grab a transfer and return within 90 minutes, the round trip is free and you will have had a beautiful look at the city. The top deck is best for picture taking.
Visit Africville. Africville was the epicenter of the Nova Scotian black community until the 1960s, when it was displaced for industrial development. The site is now home to the Africville Museum housed in a replica of the community's church. The museum walks visitors through a history of the area.
Immigration Museum One thing I do recommend while you're at the waterfront is the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. Pier 21 is a National Historic Site. It was the gateway to Canada for one million immigrants between 1928 and 1971.
See live music. Halifax is known for its craft beer scene. Well, what's a beer without some music? Search "live music free Halifax" and you'll find plenty of options. If there's one that's called a Ceilidh, definitely go as you'll find traditional Scottish and Irish music. Finding the music scene is one thing I like to do in many cities as it means that you really rub shoulders with locals.
Don't miss the festivals. Under normal circumstances the city has many, many festivals. Just about one every week. Plan your trip around the one that looks best to you.
Those are a few ideas for you. What would I do in Halifax for two days? Day 1 – Waterfront, ferry ride, the Immigration Museum. Day 2 – Rent a bike, ride a trail, definitely make it to Africville, possibly canoe.