Founded in 1749, Halifax is a lovely coastal city, and is the economic center of Atlantic Canada, with a population of nearly 400,000 including the municipalities of Darmouth and Bedford. It is an important business destination in Canada and a popular tourist spot in summer. Downtown Halifax is hilly, compact, and largely defined by the water. The main part of the city is only 9 km north-south, and about 3 km east-west. It is hilly east-west and flatter north-south. Running in Halifax has a great mix of waterfront, hills, parks, and paths.
The best places to run in Halifax are accessible from downtown hotels. Highlights include running along the vibrant waterfront, several public parks including signature Point Pleasant Park, Victorian-lined residential streets in the South End, and over the the bridge to Dartmouth, which hosts some good running spots as well. If you have time — and a car — good running ‘destinations’ include the BLT Trail, the path around St. Margarets Bay, and the Dyke Land trails in the Annapolis Valley.
Public transport consists principally of a good municipal bus system. A passenger ferry connects to Dartmouth.
Thanks to Bruce at Running Room Halifax for their help with this guide!