Constructed of durable heavy timber, the Halifax boardwalk is open to the public 24 hours a day. The boardwalk also includes shops at Bishop's Landing and the Historic Properties buildings as well as the "Cable Wharf", a former cable ship terminal now used as a tour boat base for several vessels including Theodore Too. A fleet of tugboats operated from the tug wharves at the foot of Salter Street for over a hundred years, including the famous tug Foundation Franklin but in 2010 the last tugs such as Point Chebucto were transferred to Port Hawkesbury. The final working vessels to regularly operate from the waterfront were pilot boats which were based at a small pier at the foot of Sackville Street, but in late 2020 their base moved to a wharf in Dartmouth near the foot of the Macdonald Bridge. The former tug and pilotage wharves have since been partially demolished and refurbished to make way for new public amenities.
The boardwalk's southern terminus is at Halifax Seaport. It stretches northwards along the coast for approximately 3 km (2 mi) before it terminates in front of Casino Nova Scotia at its northern terminus. Three notable museums are located on the waterfront. The Pier 21 immigration museum is located at the southern terminus. The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic at the boardwalk's centre and includes the museum ship CSS Acadia. Just south of Acadia is the summer home of the museum ship HMCS Sackville.
The waterfront boardwalk is administered by the Waterfront Development Corporation Limited, a provincial crown corporation located at the Cable Wharf.
Points of interest
Ordered from north to south:
- Casino Nova Scotia
- Purdy's Wharf
- Marriott Harbourfront Hotel
- Historic Properties (Halifax)
- Water Street Ferry Terminal
- Murphy's on the Water and the Cable Wharf
- CSS Acadia
- Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
- Sackville Landing
- HMCS Sackville (summer months)
- Tug wharves and Foundation Franklin monument
- Bishop's Landing
- Nova Scotia Power Headquarters
- Halifax Seaport
There are still several vacant lots along the waterfront. The Queen's Landing project, under construction, will fill in a large empty space between the Ferry Terminal and the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. Other planned projects include Sackville Landing as well as the Salter Street Block Parking Lot redevelopment, which includes parks, a winter garden, a hotel, retail, and condominiums.
- Home and Abroad. Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk