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1. Citadel National Historic Site

Right at the center of
Halifax is one of the
citys most iconic
landmarks: the Halifax
Citadel National
Historic Site, or more
simply the Citadel.

The Citadel is a fort,
and a symbol of
Halifaxs role as a
principal naval station
in the British Empire. It
spans a large grassy
park in the shape of an
eight-point star. The
fort in place at the
moment is actually
fourth in a series,
having been completed
in 1856.

At the site, youll find a
defensive ditch,
earthen ramparts, a
musketry gallery, a
powder magazine, and
garrison cells. History

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1. Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic
This museum tips its hat to
the rich fishing heritage of
Canada's Atlantic Coast by
offering a wealth of
attractions and activities,
from boarding the banks
schooner Theresa E.
Connor to talking with "old
salts" who fished the North

lovers are able to tour
the period-style rooms
of the citadel, and the
Army Museum makes
for great browsing.
There is also a living
history program,
where mid-Victorian
Halifax is represented
through music,
performances, and
guided tours. The
Coffee Bar onsite
serves up hot drinks
and home-style baking
for when you need a

In the warm summer
months, pack a picnic
and join hundreds of
other Haligonians on
the grass. Youll find
that much of the large
student population
flocks here to soak up
the sun, sprawling over
the green and tossing
Frisbees or footballs
back and forth.
2 Peggys Cove

Peggys Cove is the
place to go if you want
a little piece of rural
Atlantic Canadian
living, just a quick drive
from Nova Scotias
capital city.

The star attraction of
the area is the Peggys
Point Lighthouse, a red
and white lighthouse
built in 1915 and still in
operation today. It sits
on a granite outcrop
overlooking the Atlantic
Ocean, where youll
get to watch the waves
crash cliff-side with
tremendous force.
Visitors are warned not
to get too close to the
cliffs edge in case of

turbulent seas.

If Peggys Point is the
focus of your journey,
park your car at the
bottom of the road
leading up to the
lighthouse and take a
walk through the
village area, with
fishing shacks and tiny
houses sitting inside a
narrow inlet. The piles
of lobster pots and
fishing nets make for
some perfect
moments. You can
also stop for lunch at
dinner at the
SouWester Restaurant
and Gift Shop, where
you can sample the
seafood that makes
the east coast of
Canada so well known.
The lobster comes
highly recommended!
3 Spring Garden

One of the busiest
districts in Halifax,
Spring Garden is a
major commercial and
cultural district that got
its name from the fresh
spring water that flows
underneath it, and has
since become one of
the trendiest places to
be in the city.

For shopping options,
youve got everything
from small boutiques
like All Dressed Up to
well known national
brands such as
American Apparel.
Here youll also find
Bath and Beauty
shops, books and
stationery stores,
childrens clothing,
photography outlets,

and just about anything
else you need.

When its time to
pause and relax, there
are dozens of options
for coffee shops,
restaurants, and pubs
and bars. Il Mercato
serves up excellent
Spanish dishes, while
the Fickle Frog is the
perfect place to go for
a cheap pint of local
beer and some pizza.
Rogues Roost Brew
Pub also has its own
delicious flavors on
tap. Find sushi options
at Sushi Nami Royale,
or if you just want to
grab a latte, The
Smiling Goat comes
highly recommended.

One of the greatest
perks of Spring
Garden, however, is
the opportunity for lots
of people watching.
Youll meet some
interesting characters
around these parts!
Fairview Lawn

Although a cemetery
might seem to be too
depressing of a place
to visit while on
vacation, the Fairview
Lawn Cemetery has
some incredible
history. Its best known
for being the final
resting place for over
100 victims from the
sinking of the RMS
Titanic, more than any
other cemetery in the

The headstones of the
dead are simple gray
granite parkers, with
the name and date of

the deceased. A third
of the markers have
never been identified,
including the grave of
The Unknown Child,
whose shoes were
donated to the
Maritime Museum of
the Atlantic. He was
later identified as
Sidney Leslie
Goodwin, whose entire
family perished in the
disaster. He was only
19 months old.

Here youll also find a
grave marked J
Dawson. The
deceaseds name is
actually Joseph
Dawson, but the grave
became a popular
place for Titanic
filmgoers to leave
ticket stubs and
flowers after Jack
Dawson first appeared
on the scene.

Another interesting
fact: The cemetery
became a non-
cemetery in 1893, and
so several 20th century
residents rest here,
including whole
sections devoted to the
Greeks and the
Chinese. There is also
a mass grave of
victims from the Halifax
5 Halifax Cruise Port

On the edge of the
Atlantic Ocean is
Halifax, the largest city
in Atlantic Canada and
the Maritimes. Get out
on foot and explore
what this east coast
capital has to offer,
whether its strolling

the waterfronts
boardwalk, navigating
Citadel Hill, or listening
to live music at a local

How to get to Halifax

Cruises dock at the
Seaport, where there is
immediate access to
the Metro Transit bus
system, Halifax taxis,
and limousines. A 10-
minute walk will take
you straight to the
downtown area, where
you can peruse local
boutiques, visit
museums like the
Canadian Museum of
Immigration, or simply
snap photos of the
citys busy waterfront
and boardwalk area.

One Day in Halifax

Fortunately, many of
Halifaxs highlights are
just a short distance
from the citys port. If
you love history, visit
the Canadian Museum
of Immigration, or the
Maritime Museum of
the Atlantic. Visit
Citadel Hill for some
insight into Canadas
earliest years, or take
in the view of the city
from the tower.

Take your pick of
shopping options along
Spring Garden Road,
and wander through
the Public Gardens.
When the sun sets,
indulge in a lobster
dinner and head out to
the nearest pub for
some live music and
pints of Alexander

Port Information

Of all the Atlantic
Canadian cities,
Halifax gets the most
cruise traffic. More
than 15 different cruise
lines operate here,
including Princess,
Carnival, Celebrity,
Royal Caribbean,
Oceania, and more. All
local businesses
accept Canadian
currency only, and
English is most widely
spoken (although
French is Canadas
other official
6 Prince Edward Island

Spend a bit of time
here, and youll
understand why PEI is
known as the gentle
island. This itty-bitty
island in the middle of
the Atlantic was the
birthplace of Canadian
confederation, and
despite its small
stature and population,
it packs a big tourism

As soon as you cross
the Confederation
Bridge, stop for ice
cream at Cows. This
place is legendary for
its wacky flavors. If
youre spending the
night in Charlottetown,
get out and explore on
foot. For such a small
city, the place is
cosmopolitan and
theres a large student
population to keep the
nightlife alive.

You cant leave the
island without pausing
at the Anne of Green
Gables house. Even if
youre not an Anne
groupie, you will be by
the time you leave.
Tour the iconic
household with its
period-style rooms,
and wander the
gardens that were so
much a part of Annes
life. And if youre still
unconvinced, pick up a
copy of her first book in
the gift shop!
7 Alexander Keith's Brewery

Ask anyone from Nova
Scotia what the
provinces favorite beer
is, and theyre bound
to say Alexander
Keiths. You cant
make a trip to Halifax
without visiting the
famous brewery,
founded in 1820.
Nowadays, Alexander
Keiths still makes up
for every 1 in 3 beers
sold within the

The brewery is one of
the oldest breweries in
Canada, built in 1820
and made of ironstone
and granite. Its located
on the waterfront of
Halifax, and for a small
fee youre able to tour
the facilities with some
very entertaining
guides. Animators in
period costume will
guide you through
Halifax life in 1863,
complete with songs
and even a few pub
games from that time.

Youll have plenty of

opportunity for beer
tasting as well, with at
least five regular beers
on tap and seasonal
brews available when

Alexander Keith
himself is a legend. He
was one of those rare,
beloved politicians
revered by the locals,
and he was elected as
mayor of Halifax three
times. He died in 1873,
but every year on his
birthday, people visit
his grave at Camp Hill
Cemetery and pay
tribute by leaving
behind beer bottles or
8 Canadian Museum of Immigration at
Pier 21

Did you know that
Halifaxs Pier 21 is a
National Historic Site
that has served as a
gateway to Canada for
one million
immigrants? It was
also the departure
point for over 500,000
Canadian soldiers
during World War II.
Canada wouldnt be
what it is today without
the immigrants who
made it all happen,
and the Canadian
Museum of
Immigration collects,
share, and pays tribute
to these people.

Walk through the
museum and learn
about the experiences
of immigrants as they
arrived for the first time
in Canada. Youll
discover their vital role
in the making of the
country, and how their
contributions have

made Canada one of
the friendliest places in
the world to live. At the
Scotiabank Research
Centre, you can even
research and share
your family roots.

Also on site is the Pier
21 Gift Shop. History
buffs will love browsing
through the book
collection, and other
souvenirs are available
for those who want to
take away a little piece
of Halifax. You can
even stop for a drop of
coffee at the caf!
9 Halifax Public Gardens

The Halifax Public
gardens were opened
in 1867 -- the same
year as Canadian
Confederation. A large
team of
horticulturalists, and
gardeners has kept
everything blooming
for over 100 years, and
in 1984, the gardens
became a National
Historic Site of

Once youre through
the impressive main
gates, youre free to
wander the footpaths
at your leisure. There
are over 100 species
of trees here, as well
as a collection of
flowerbeds. Peruse the
Tropical Display beds
for exotic plants from
around the world, or
take in the colorful

Cross the Upper and
Lower Bridges and visit
The Victoria Jubilee

Fountain, added in
1897 to commemorate
Queen Victorias
Diamond Jubilee. The
most impressive
fountain, however, is
the double-tiered Boer
War Memorial
Fountain, erected in
1903 to honor the
service of Canadian
soldiers in the South
African war.

Titanic lovers will want
to check out Griffins
pond, where a model
of the ship floats,
donated by the
Maritime Ship
Modellers Guild. This
follows a tradition of
displaying ships
models in Victorian

And finally, to wrap up
the whole experience,
grab a coffee and
some treats from the
Horticultural Hall and
Uncommon Grounds
Caf, and enjoy a
lunch from the terrace.
10 Halifax Seaport Farmers Market

Every Friday to
Sunday the Halifax
Farmers Market
comes alive at Pier 20
with over 230 local
vendors selling
everything from crafts
to produce. This
market is the oldest
continuously operating
farmers market in
North America,
founded in 1750.

Pick up some fresh
seafood at The Fish
Shop, and pair it with
selections from the
Seaport Bread Shop.

Need dessert? You
cant go wrong with
Chocolaterie, or Foxhill
Cheese and Dairy for
something a little less
sweet. Of course, youll
need to grab a bottle of
bubbly from Avondale
Sky Winery to
complete the meal!

Many artisans also
display their wares
weekly, like Andreas
Jewelry Design and
Gail Kirk Designs. If
you need to pick up a
unique, one-of-a-kind
present or souvenir for
someone special, you
have tons to choose
from. Several artists
work feature local
places and areas of
interest in Atlantic

Tip: If you want the
best of the best in
produce and food,
show up as early as
possible. Grab some
grub and head up on
the rooftops green
space for a perfect
view of Halifaxs
11 Maritime Museum of the Atlantic

Located on the citys
waterfront, Halifaxs
Maritime Museum of
the Atlantic is where
you go to get schooled
on Nova Scotias
maritime heritage.

The ocean has shaped
the lives of those living
in the Maritimes for
centuries, whether its
through the fishery,
boatbuilding, or the
navy. Here theres an

emphasis placed on
boats themselves, from
small crafts to World
War Convoys. Various
exhibits will take you
through the sailing
days of the early
explorers to the age of

Youll also learn about
the catastrophic
Halifax Explosion,
which occurred in
1917. A French cargo
ship filled with wartime
explosives collided
with a Norwegian
vessel not far from the
Halifax Harbour. An
onboard fire caused an
explosion that flattened
the Richmond District,
killing 2000 people and
injuring another 9000.
At the time, it was the
largest man-made
explosion recorded in

The museums biggest
draw, however, is its
Titanic connection.
While the survivors of
the sunken ship went
to New York City, the
deceased were
brought to Halifax.
Many belongings of the
deceased are now on
display inside the
museum, including the
heart wrenching tiny
shoes of the Unknown
Child. Crews working
at the site also brought
back pieces of the
wreckage, including
woodwork flotsam.
12 Point Pleasant Park

On the southern tip of
the Halifax peninsula
youll find Point
Pleasant Park, a large

municipal park where
visitors of all sorts can
find something well --

History lovers should
check out the
remarkably preserved
18th century Martello
tower known as the
Prince of Wales Tower,
a 26-foot high heavily
armed defense
structure used from the
early 1800s to protect
the city. Other defense
batteries can also be
found around the area,
including the
Cambridge Battery.

Several monuments
pay tribute to Halifaxs
heritage, the largest
being the Halifax
Monument (or Sailors
Memorial). This
memorial was
originally erected in
1969 to pay tribute to
the members of the
Royal Canadian Navy,
the Canadian
Merchant Navy, and
the Canadian Army
who were lost at sea.
Since then, the
monument has been
replaced twice.

In the summer, literary
folks can enjoy plays
performed by the
Shakespeare by the
Sea theatre company.
There are also many
trails for running or
walking. You can pack
a picnic, sit at a table
near the sea, and
enjoy the views. You
can walk your dog, but
park rules demand that
he or she be leashed
at all times.

1. Gaff point
2. Hirtles Beach
3. Blue Rocks

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Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo
1586 Queen
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(902) 451-1221
he Royal Nova Scotia
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2 Halifax Public Garden
Spring Garden Road and South
Park St, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3T
2M3, Canada (South End)
This beautiful Victorian-inspired
garden has been open to the
public since 1875 and remains as
one of Halifax's most beautiful
and cherished sites.
3 Point Pleasant Park
Point Pleasant
Drive, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H
1B5, Canada (South End)
Have a picnic with sweeping
ocean views or hike through 186
acres of forest in one of Halifax's
most cherished parks.

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