Attractions in Halifax

Halifax, Nova Scotia, is a modern port city and the largest municipality in Atlantic Canada. Founded in 1749, the capital of the province of Nova Scotia has grown to become a fascinating and friendly place to visit or even call home. Sidewalk cafes, friendly nightclubs, competitive sporting events in crowd-packed arenas, nature trails and live theaters all offer an eclectic combination of cultural activities for every age. Historic sites abound as well, and there's always someone ready with a story about this city's colorful past.

The following attractions are well worth a visit while you're in Halifax:

Halifax Public Gardens — The first official public gardens in the entire country, these beautiful acres offer breath-taking flowers, trees, a large pond and delightful meandering paths with benches for those who want to just sit and capture the moment. Musicians play regularly at the Victorian bandstand.

McNabs Island — Nature lovers will have to catch a boat over to this pristine spot at the mouth of the harbor, but the trip will be well worth it to enjoy the habitat and the quiet peacefulness of this unique reserve.

John W Bookseller — Imagine a bookstore that feels more like a charming old library and seems to have books without end. Upstairs, downstairs, in corners and crannies, tens of thousands of books line row after row of immense shelves. Tasteful artifacts are also sprinkled throughout the store. Plan to spend a while here. You won't want to leave.

Maritime Museum of the Atlantic — The oldest maritime museum in Canada, this facility contains artifacts from the Titanic, the Royal Canadian Navy, the local fishing industry and even a few shipwrecks. See dories up close, and explore the CCS Acadia, a hydrographic research vessel.

Museum of Natural History — To understand something about Canada's early roots, you need to visit this museum. Archeological finds, fossils, mammals and birds abound. Early First Nations Mikmaw handcrafts include porcupine quill work on bark. Traveling exhibits are often on display.

Halifax Citadel National Historic Site — Built in 1846, the current star-shaped fortress was actually the fourth to be built by the British on this site. It was designed to be a defense against a possible invasion by the United States. Like the other three, it never saw actual battle. Today, it is a beautiful national landmark.

Halifax — Taking a tour is one way to really understand this city and there are several ways to get around: amphibious water craft tours, harbor tours, a Titanic Treasure Tour, Kids Only Tours, Ghost Tours and various guided Historic City tours. Self-guided walking and biking tours are also an option.

Halifax is a warm and friendly city with a rich history and a modern approach to life. Plan a visit. Stay a while. There's always something happening in this charming Maritime city.