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Nova Scotia - Things to do in Halifax on your Holiday!

Halifax, the Capital of the Province of Nova Scotia, was founded in 1749. 

Halifax is a great location for a stopover from your holiday to the Western side of Canada or even Toronto or Montreal but it makes a great destination for a holiday and as a starting point for your holiday to Nova Scotia and the rest of Atlantic Canada.

For your first evening, why not take a walk along Halifax’s Waterfront which has plenty to see and do throughout the year from music, art, culture and street performers to Harbour Tours by Tall Ships, Evening dinner cruises, Kayaks and even the Harbour Hopper which will take you through the streets of the city before entering the harbour itself for a waterfront view of the city. It is a city with more pubs and clubs per capital than any almost any other Canadian City, so take a visit to Alexander Keith’s original 1820’s brewery which will welcome you with costumed guides, stories and fine beer.  The waterfront hosts a fine range of restaurants and bars and caters for a wide choice of tastes.

For an alternative to the harbour cruises, why not take a trip on board North America’s longest running saltwater ferry to the town of Dartmouth and meander through its local shops, restaurants, galleries and bars. 

Halifax is overseen and protected by the Halifax Citadel, a National Historic Site of Canada built by the British in 1749. Learn about life as a 78th Highlander or 3rd Brigade Royal Artillery, as re-enactments and displays coupled with great views of the city, will make for a memorable day. 

Over 1 million immigrants arrived in Halifax to make Canada their home. Find their stories by exploring the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 located at Halifax Seaport. The museum will help you understand what it felt like to be an immigrant arriving into Halifax and Canada’s last standing ocean immigration terminal between 1928 and 1971. 

Close by, you can also learn about the Maritime Heritage of Halifax and Nova Scotia at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic.   Learn about the early boat builders, the sinking of the liner Titanic in 1912, the Halifax Explosion in the Harbour in 1917 which claimed 2000 lives, and the Atlantic Crossings of World War 2, Halifax being the departure port for many vessels crossing to Europe. 

There is a wide choice of accommodation centred around the citadel, downtown and Harbour front area so you will be within walking distance of the many shops and restaurants located nearby. 

Sightseeing Tours not to miss!

  • Halifax Sightseeing Tour - included tour of the sights of Halifax including a visit to the Titanic burial site. Highlights include St. Paul's Church, the Historic Properties, the ocean terminals, Halifax Citidal National Historic Park and the Victorian Public Gardens.
  • Peggy's Cove Tour – A drive take you to Peggy’s Cove, a picturesque fishing village situated along the south shore. This picture postcard village stands on granite rock, high above the crashing Atlantic surf, an artists' and explorers' paradise for well over 150 years. The lighthouse claims to be the most photographed lighthouse in the world!
  • Lunenburg Tour - Travel along the picturesque coastline of "New Scotland" and discover the South Shore with its charming tows such as Shad Bay and West Dover. Continue onto the town of Lunenburg, which was settled in 1753. Originally founded on agriculture, this soon gave way to a profitable fishing industry based on the fishing grounds of the Grand Banks. Shipbuilding, ship provisioning and fish processing flourished. When the fishing dried up Lunenburg reinvented itself and adopted heritage tourism, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site it offers unique architecture

Recommended Packages with Holidays2Canada featuring Halifax 

Maritime Pure FlyDrive
Canada Maritime FlyDrive
Tides and Parks of Atlantic Canada FlyDrive
Lighthouses and Hidden Treasures of Nova Scotia FlyDrive
Eastern Treasures Multicentre

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