Canada's ocean playground
The largest city on the east coast of Canada, Halifax is a lively gem of a place—due in no small part to its unique combination of military presence (home to the largest Canadian Forces Base and the Atlantic fleet), seven universities and colleges, and reputedly the most bars per capita in the country.
Popular day trips include Peggy’s Cove with its iconic lighthouse and landscape strewn of granite boulders, wine tasting in the Annapolis Valley, and the fishing village of Lunenburg, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
But there’s a lot to take in Halifax itself: climb up the steps to the Town Clock and the fortified summit of Citadel Hill, a National Historic Site which dates back to 1749; visit the Public Gardens, the oldest Victorian Gardens in North America; go for a seaside stroll through Point Pleasant Park in the south end of the city; or trace your roots at historic Pier 21, where over 1,000,000 immigrants landed between 1928-1971. Finish your day off at one of Halifax’s trendy restaurants with a meal of Nova Scotia lobster or Digby scallops, accompanied by an Alexander Keith’s beer or glass of Tidal Bay wine.
First established in 1749, Citadel Hill was built as a counterbalance to the French stronghold of Louisbourg. The star-shaped fort stands guard above Halifax to this day, with costumed interpreters enacting the living history of daily life at the fort during the Victorian era.
Trace your roots at historic Pier 21 where over 1,000,000 immigrants landed between 1928-1971. Discover the stories of triumph and tragedy of other’s journeys to a new life through compelling exhibits. Informally known as “the gateway to Canada”, Pier 21 is now home to the Canadian Museum of Immigration.
Meander through nearly 16 acres of historic Victorian era gardens in the center of the city. Established in 1867, the gardens have been a national historic site of Canada since 1984. Several types of both local and exotic flora can be seen amongst the garden’s many beds.
Halifax, Nova Scotia At a glance