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. The only working vessels to operate from the waterfront are pilot boats which are based at a small pier at the foot of Sackville Street. 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 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.
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.