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Halifax, Nova Scotia


Halifax, with a population of 400,000, is the capital of Nova Scotia. It is known for its maritime history, entertainment venues and characteristic pubs. In its vicinity lie Dartmouth and several charming waterfront communities, fishing villages and maritime heritage sites. We are returning to this area as our first major post-Covid trip and will update this page soon.

The Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk extends 3 km along the harbour. It is the hub of tourist attractions including Casino Nova Scotia, the farmers' market,  the Maritime Museum and unique shops, pubs and buskers.

Argyle and Grafton Streets form the historic heart of downtown Halifax known for shopping, nightlife, theater, live music and al fresco dining.

Halifax is dominated by the hill-top Citadel, a star-shaped fortress built in 1797, and its Old Town Clock Tower.

At the Citadel National Historic Site, tours and costumed reenactments capture the life of the soldiers and their families.

Founded in 1818, Dalhousie University is one of Canada's oldest universities attracting 20,000 students from around the world to its 13 faculties.

The Canadian Museum at Pier 21, at the location of the original ocean liner and immigration shed, has displays about 400 years of immigrant experience.

A ferry crosses Halifax Harbour to Dartmouth, a larger municipality with its own attractions, waterfront boardwalk, museums and galleries. (waye mason, wikimedia commons)

Dartmouth offers several parks, gardens, and recreational areas, and has 23 lakes such as Lake Banook, home to canoe, kayak and dragon boat clubs.

Nova Scotia is home to 160 historic lighthouses, the most famous being Peggy's Point on St. Margarets Bay in the historical community of Peggy's Cove.

Peggy's Cove is a picturesque fishing village along a narrow inlet on wave-washed boulders.

Characteristic signs at entrances to pubs

Numerous art galleries and studios

Comic Con festival at the Convention Center

Halifax maintains a long tradition of creative art and design.

Within a one-hour drive of Halifax, are several scenic coastal villages, such as Chester seen here.

The view across the harbour of three churches in Mahone Bay has become an iconic image of Nova Scotia.

The town of Lunenburg is a UNESCO World Heritage site, known for its brightly painted British Colonial buildings built in the 1750s.

A former rum-running and ship-building town, Lunenburg is famous for its tall-ship schooners, such as the Bluenose on the Canadian dime.

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This site was last updated 04/30/22