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From Downtown Delights to Maritime Enjoyment - What to Do in Halifax

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Halifax’s dual reputation for being a historic city and a coastal playground means it’s filled with exciting activities. The city is compact and pedestrian-friendly, which makes hitting its major sites like the maritime museum and Halifax Common easy to do. To see some of Nova Scotia’s renowned natural landmarks, you can take a boat tour from the famous Halifax Harbour.

Downtown Halifax

 

Halifax’s soul resides in its exciting history as well as its stunning coastline, and both characterize its city center. You’ll find major points of interest here, like the Museum of Natural History and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, and its pedestrian-friendly nature means you won’t need a car to see them. Halifax Citadel National Historic Site anchors the area and provides you with a glimpse of the city’s origins and rich military history. As you walk to this hilltop site, you can savor some of the area’s unique neighborhoods, like the quirky boutique-laden Spring Garden Area.

 

Halifax boardwalk

 

You can admire the sparkling waters of Halifax Harbour by strolling along its 3-km long boardwalk. You’ll find an eclectic mix of shops and sights, like the famed Halifax Wave sculpture, as well as street performers of all kinds including musicians and performance artists. On the southern end of the path, you can stop by the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, which details the importance of immigrants to Canada’s history. Walk to its north end, and you’ll be able to try your luck at one of Casino Nova Scotia’s slots and table games.

 

 

Explore the Titanic

 

Halifax played a vital role in dealing with the aftermath of the Titanic’s ill-fated voyage and the city’s cultural landscape remains dedicated to preserving the ship’s history. You’ll be able to see various artifacts pulled from the wreckage at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic - be on the lookout for a fully intact deck chair. You can also reserve a spot with Halifax Titanic Historical Tours to visit sites and hear stories relating to the city’s connection to the tragic incident.

 

 

Halifax Harbour and beyond

 

Halifax Harbour is one of the world’s largest natural harbors and the many boat tours on offer give you the chance to delve into maritime exploration. The 130-foot Tall Ship Silva has plenty of room to stretch out and view the city skyline day or night, and even invites you to enjoy a cocktail or 2. If you’re interested in sailing out of the harbor, a day trip with Blue Diamond Tours will take you to some of Nova Scotia’s iconic sites like Peggy’s Cove and the Bay of Fundy.

 

  • Tall Ship Silva, 1869 Upper Water St., Halifax B3J 1S9; Tel: +1 902 429 9463; Website: Tall Ship Silva
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  • Blue Diamond Tours; Tel: +1 902 444 6883; Website: Blue Diamond Tours

 

Public parks and gardens

 

Halifax provides plenty of ways to sneak a little nature into your vacation. Halifax Commons is Canada’s oldest urban park and several of its recreational areas date back to the 19th century. The seaside Point Pleasant Park is home to numerous trails, lush forestry, and military monuments. The colorful Halifax Public Gardens is as old as Canada, and features intricate Victorian-era architecture and over 140 different varieties of trees.

 

  • Point Pleasant Park, 5718 Point Pleasant Dr., Halfiax B3H 1B5; Tel: +1 902 490 4700; Website: Point Pleasant Park
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  • Halifax Public Gardens, 5665 Spring Garden Rd., Halifax B3J 3S9; Website: Halifax Public Gardens