A Travel Price Comparison for Canada Kamloops vs. Halifax for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Kamloops or Halifax?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel comparison between Kamloops and Halifax can help. It includes a travel cost comparison in addition to other factors. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Where Should I go: Kamloops or Halifax?

Kamloops

In British Columbia, Canada, Kamloops is perhaps most famous for the large number of tournaments it hosts, everything from the Strauss Canada Cup of Curling, to the World Fly Fishing Championships. It also hosts Skate Canada, Tim Horton's Olympic Qualifying Bike Race, and the World Junior Hockey Championships among others. The city is in the south central part of the province and it sits near the confluence of the two branches of the Thompson River near Kamloops Lake. The city has a population of about 85,000 and it's the largest community in the Thompson-Nicola Regional District.

Halifax

The quaint and charming coastal town of Halifax, Nova Scotia has an interesting personality. While it caters to travelers from all over the world, it maintains the pace and lifestyle of a small town.

Steeped in maritime history, Halifax is the capital of Nova Scotia, and one of the world's greatest natural harbors. This busy seaport serves as the economic and cultural hub of Eastern Canada.

When planning your trip keep in mind that this city has a climate like other coastal cities. Summers are nice with the occasional humidity. Winters are mild, but still full of snow and wind. The best time of year to visit is most certainly the fall.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Train & Rail Tours in Canada, The Best Sightseeing Tours in Canada, The Best Camping Tours in Canada, and The Best Romantic Tours for Couples in Canada.


Which place is cheaper, Halifax or Kamloops?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Kamloops is $82, while the average daily cost in Halifax is $115. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Kamloops and Halifax in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Kamloops $44
    Halifax $66
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Kamloops $88
    Halifax $132
Compare Hotels in Kamloops and Halifax

Looking for a hotel in Kamloops or Halifax? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in Kamloops


Hotels in Halifax


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Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Kamloops Hotel Prices and Halifax Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Kamloops $20
    Halifax $17

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Halifax

Also for Halifax, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Private Transfer from Halifax Stanfield Airport to Halifax: $36
  • Private Arrival Transfer from Halifax Stanfield Airport YHZ: $85
  • Transfer to/from Stanfield International Airport: $44
  • Halifax Stanfield Airport(YHZ) to Halifax Port - Arrival Transfer: $34
  • Halifax Stanfield Airport (YHZ): Transfer to Halifax Port: $211
  • Halifax Stanfield Airport (YHZ) to Halifax Port-Arrival Transfer: $34
  • Halifax Cruise Port: Private Transfer to Halifax hotels: $134
  • Halifax Airport (YHZ) to Halifax Cruise Port - Round-Trip Private Transfer: $68
  • From Peggy’s Cove Small-Group Tour with Transfers: $79

Is it cheaper to fly into Kamloops or Halifax?

Prices for flights to both Halifax and Kamloops change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.





Food
  • Food Meals for one day
    Kamloops $24
    Halifax $31
Typical Food Prices in Kamloops

For Kamloops, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:


  • Pastries
    $5.85
  • Lunch for Two
    $26
  • Coffee and Gelato
    $12

Typical Food Prices in Halifax

For Halifax, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:


  • Bluenose II Restaurant
    $45

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Halifax

For Halifax, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Peggy's Cove Small Group Night Tour with Dinner: $159

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Kamloops $13
    Halifax $28

Tours and Activities in Kamloops

For Kamloops, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • Skip the Line: Kamloops BC Wildlife Park Admission Ticket: $14
  • Smartphone Audio Driving Tour between Kamloops & Revelstoke: $6.68
  • Smartphone Audio Driving Tour between Kamloops and Vancouver: $6.71
  • Unique Scavenger Hunt Experience in Kamloops by Zombie Scavengers: $21
  • Vancouver and Smartphone Audio Driving Tour: $6.16

Tours and Activities in Halifax

For Halifax, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • Exlore Halifax with 3 Unique Smartphone Audio Walking Tours: $13
  • From City and Peggy's Cove Sunset Guided Tour: $65
  • From Small Group Lunenberg Express Tour: $119
  • Halifax Boardwalk and Seaport: Smartphone Audio Tour: $5.07
  • Halifax self-guided walking tour and scavenger hunt: $38
  • Churches, Gardens, & Graveyards Smartphone Tour: $5.07
  • City Segway Tour: $67
  • Discover the Halifax Explosion Audio Walking Tour: $5.07
  • Full Day City Sightseeing Tour: $1,664
  • Guided Harbourfront Food Walking Tour: $119
  • Peggy's Cove, Lunenburg, and Annapolis Valley Tour: $127
  • Self-Guided Audio Tour: $11

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Kamloops $6.82
    Halifax $15

Sample the Local Flavors in Halifax

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Halifax:

  • The Classic Vintage Car Wine Tour: $208


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Kamloops and Halifax, we can see that Halifax is more expensive. And not only is Kamloops much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Kamloops would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Kamloops and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Halifax would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Halifax than you might in Kamloops.

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Kamloops Expensive? and Is Halifax Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Kamloops or Halifax?

Halifax has a larger population, and is about 5 times larger than the population of Kamloops. When comparing the sizes of Kamloops and Halifax, keep in mind that a larger population does not always imply the destination has more attractions or better activities. So, always research the type of place that you want to visit along with the activities and attractions that interest you.


When is the best time to visit Kamloops or Halifax?

Both destinations experience a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. And since both cities are in the northern hemisphere, summer is in July and winter is in January.

Should I visit Kamloops or Halifax in the Summer?

Both Halifax and Kamloops are popular destinations to visit in the summer with plenty of activities. Most visitors come to Kamloops for the hiking and the family-friendly experiences during these months.

In July, Kamloops is generally a little warmer than Halifax. Daily temperatures in Kamloops average around 23°C (73°F), and Halifax fluctuates around 18°C (64°F).

In July, Kamloops usually receives less rain than Halifax. Kamloops gets 28 mm (1.1 in) of rain, while Halifax receives 99 mm (3.9 in) of rain each month for the summer.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Kamloops 23°C (73°F) 
    Halifax 18°C (64°F)

Should I visit Kamloops or Halifax in the Autumn?

Both Halifax and Kamloops during the autumn are popular places to visit. The autumn months attract visitors to Kamloops because of the hiking trails and the shopping scene.

Kamloops is a little warmer than Halifax in the autumn. The daily temperature in Kamloops averages around 11°C (51°F) in October, and Halifax fluctuates around 10°C (49°F).

Halifax gets a good bit of rain this time of year. Kamloops usually gets less rain in October than Halifax. Kamloops gets 14 mm (0.6 in) of rain, while Halifax receives 121 mm (4.7 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Kamloops 11°C (51°F) 
    Halifax 10°C (49°F)

Should I visit Kamloops or Halifax in the Winter?

The winter attracts plenty of travelers to both Kamloops and Halifax. The skiing, the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine are the main draw to Kamloops this time of year.

Be prepared for some very cold days in Halifax. It's quite cold in Kamloops in the winter. In the winter, Kamloops is much warmer than Halifax. Typically, the winter temperatures in Kamloops in January average around -3°C (27°F), and Halifax averages at about -4°C (24°F).

Halifax receives a lot of rain in the winter. In January, Kamloops usually receives less rain than Halifax. Kamloops gets 26 mm (1 in) of rain, while Halifax receives 129 mm (5.1 in) of rain each month for the winter.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Kamloops -3°C (27°F) 
    Halifax -4°C (24°F)

Should I visit Kamloops or Halifax in the Spring?

The spring brings many poeple to Kamloops as well as Halifax.

Halifax can get quite cold in the spring. In April, Kamloops is generally much warmer than Halifax. Daily temperatures in Kamloops average around 12°C (53°F), and Halifax fluctuates around 4°C (39°F).

It's quite rainy in Halifax. Kamloops usually gets less rain in April than Halifax. Kamloops gets 15 mm (0.6 in) of rain, while Halifax receives 110 mm (4.3 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Kamloops 12°C (53°F) 
    Halifax 4°C (39°F)

Typical Weather for Halifax and Kamloops

Kamloops Halifax
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan -3°C (27°F) 26 mm (1 in) -4°C (24°F) 129 mm (5.1 in)
Feb 2°C (35°F) 14 mm (0.6 in) -5°C (24°F) 108 mm (4.2 in)
Mar 7°C (44°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) -1°C (31°F) 111 mm (4.4 in)
Apr 12°C (53°F) 15 mm (0.6 in) 4°C (39°F) 110 mm (4.3 in)
May 16°C (61°F) 22 mm (0.9 in) 9°C (48°F) 105 mm (4.1 in)
Jun 21°C (69°F) 29 mm (1.1 in) 14°C (57°F) 104 mm (4.1 in)
Jul 23°C (73°F) 28 mm (1.1 in) 18°C (64°F) 99 mm (3.9 in)
Aug 23°C (73°F) 30 mm (1.2 in) 18°C (65°F) 111 mm (4.4 in)
Sep 17°C (63°F) 28 mm (1.1 in) 15°C (58°F) 91 mm (3.6 in)
Oct 11°C (51°F) 14 mm (0.6 in) 10°C (49°F) 121 mm (4.7 in)
Nov 4°C (39°F) 22 mm (0.9 in) 5°C (40°F) 140 mm (5.5 in)
Dec -1°C (30°F) 33 mm (1.3 in) -1°C (29°F) 152 mm (6 in)