Halifax Regional Municipality, (commonly referred to as Halifax or HRM), is the capital city of Nova Scotia, and a major economic center in eastern Canada. Its harbor is one of the world's best, deepest and safest and serves as a major transportation hub forAtlantic Canada and the Eastern Seaboard.
A visit to Halifax and its surrounding Nova Scotiaareas include spectacular scenery with beautiful gardens, rugged shorelines and sandy beaches. For nature lovers, hiking, camping and birdwatching are favorite activities.
Not to be missed are the historic heritage sites, galleries and shops, museums and many parks, thus its nickname the City of Trees.
Halifax is well known as an entertainment capital and home to vibrant nightlife.
- On December 6, 1917 the world's largest man-made explosion (before the atomic bomb) occurred in Halifax Harbor; over 1,600 people were killed; another 9,000 were injured and maimed.
- The founder of the Cunard (Cruise) Line, Samuel Cunard, (a Haligonian) is a Halifax native
- Nova Scotia is the half-way point between the Atlantic coast of Europe and the Western coast of North America and is on the same latitude as Bordeau, France and South Oregon, USA.
Check out these attractions to visit while on your Canadian travels:
- Halifax Citadel National Historic Site
The present day Citadel is operated by Parks Canada and is considered to be one of the most important historic sites in Canada.
Restored to represent the mid-Victorian period, the Citadel features living history programs including the 78th Highland Regiment, the Royal Artillery, Soldier's Wives and Civilian Tradespersons.
The Citadel offers an educational and enjoyable heritage experience. Guided tours, an audio-visual presentation and modern exhibits communicate the historical themes of the Citadel's commemoration as nationally significant in Canadian history.
- Pier 21
Serving as a tribute to the immigrants who have enriched Canada's culture by calling this country their home, Pier 21 is Canada's equivalent of New York's Ellis Island.
Between 1928 and 1971, more than one million immigrants were processed in this historic waterfront building.
After a complete restoration, Pier 21 reopened in 1991. Its many exhibits portray the confusion and hope of those arriving at the pier. A multimedia show in a theater shaped as a ship, recaptures the crossing of the Atlantic.
- Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
The Maritime Museum, located on the Halifax waterfront, is the oldest and largest maritime museum in Canada. Its many exhibits include: the shipwreck treasures of Nova Scotia, the Navy, convoys, Days of Sail, Sable Island and lifesaving, Titanic, the tragic 1907 Halifax Explosion, the Age of Steam, and the restored ship chandlery of William Robertson and Son.
Learn about the colorful history of Samuel Cunard, the Nova Scotia native who founded Cunard Steam Ship Co., and whose first ship, the Britannia, sailed from Liverpool, England to Halifax harbor on its maiden voyage.
The Maritime Museum is one of the most valuable historical, cultural and educational institutions inCanada.