Halifax, the capital of Nova Scotia, is an Atlantic Canadian region that has evolved since 1749 to incorporate an exhilarating variety of sights, attractions and people. With sandy beaches, rugged shorelines and colorful gardens, charming fishing villages, farming communities and so much more, Atlantic Canada's largest city awaits.
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Halifax is overflowing with history. This city played a role in the Titanic, as it is the final resting place for some of the passengers. The great Halifax explosion took place here and caused such a disaster in the harbour, that it took many years for things to get back on track. The great museums and tidbits of artifacts are a reminder of these tragic occurrences, but also a confident boast that the city is able to withstand anything and still be a major tourist destination.
In the heart of downtown you'll find art galleries, museums, historic sites and churches, shopping, sidewalk cafés and friendly nightclubs. Lively pubs, entertainment and a nightlife that doesn't quit; spectacular shows, first class sporting events, riveting live theatre on both sides of the Harbour, scrumptious dining and non-stop fun are all part of the enlivening Halifax experience.
The Halifax Harbour is a beautiful way to see not only the place where Halifax obtains one of their major natural resources, but it is also a way to visit some of the neighboring places such as Dartmouth. There are three ferries that cross the harbour, each operating on two routes from Halifax. It is an easy system to access in coordination with the bus systems. Don’t underestimate the power of these ferries; even though they just celebrated their 250th anniversary, they are fully updated and accessible by anyone.
Throughout the year you can enjoy music festivals, live theatre, outdoor concerts, symphony performances and good old fashioned Celtic ceilidhs. If you seek peaceful nature scenes, head out of the downtown for nearby communities offering hiking, camping, and bird watching. There are many trails that can be accessed, and offer many different types of ability levels and landscapes.
Let yourself be romanced by the ocean and its wildlife, the crisp tang of salt air, fresh breezes, and an ever-changing panorama of colour and light. Stroll the boardwalks and see ships from around the world, watch fishermen at their timeless tasks, sail or kayak among the many islands of the beautiful bays. These pleasures of a broad sandy beach and the tremendous power of waves crashing against a rocky shore, along with the historic and cultural attractions of this Canadian city make for a vacation no one should miss.