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Halifax Travel Guide


Halifax Introduction


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Throughout its history, Halifax, Nova Scotia, has been defined by the Atlantic Ocean. Its blue-gray presence is visible from the city's glass high-rises, centuries-old buildings and surrounding hills. Being built around a huge natural harbor that's second size-wise only to the one in Sydney, Australia, Halifax boasts a vibrant port that has catered to both commercial and naval vessels for more than 260 years. The fact that it was recently awarded a Can$25-billion federal shipbuilding contract further underscores how Halifax's ocean access drives the provincial economy.  Click here to see the full Halifax travel guide on Travel42 »

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Halifax Geography


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Nova Scotia is almost an island, with Northumberland Strait and the Gulf of St. Lawrence to the north, the Atlantic Ocean to the south and east, and the Bay of Fundy (which has the world's highest recorded tides) to the west. The 17-mi-/27-km-wide Isthmus of Chignecto connects the province to the rest of Canada.  Click here to see the full Halifax travel guide on Travel42 »

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Halifax History


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Halifax's first known European visitor, French explorer Samuel de Champlain, noted the good fishing in its deep harbor in 1605, and for centuries before that the seminomadic Mi'kmaq (Native Americans who camped on the inlet now called the Northwest Arm) used it as a hunting ground. However, Halifax wasn't actually settled until its strategic importance became apparent in the mid-18th century.   Click here to see the full Halifax travel guide on Travel42 »

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Halifax Sightseeing & Things to Do


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The small-town charm of historic Halifax is best discovered on foot, especially since parking is scarce. Stop at the Citadel—watching the 78th Highlanders drill there and observing the ritual firing of the Noon Gun are both highly recommended. Also take time to stroll along Halifax's waterfront boardwalk. Beginning at Casino Nova Scotia, it winds southward through the Historic Properties (where pirates stored their booty), then past ships, restaurants, waterfront pubs and the fascinating Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. It ends steps from the Seaport Farmers Market, near the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21.   Click here to see the full Halifax travel guide on Travel42 »

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Halifax Nightlife


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Sundown doesn't put a crimp in Halifax's liveliness, though most of the action is downtown. With so many clubs, pubs, bars and lounges to choose from, the evenings are long—generally carrying on into the wee hours. The Dome and Reflections Cabaret stay open after most bars close, till about 3:30 am. Afterward, locals head for one of the pizza joints on "Pizza Corner," at Blowers and Grafton streets, for a slice of pizza or a donair.   Click here to see the full Halifax travel guide on Travel42 »

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Halifax Restaurants & Dining


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Seafood has always been king in Nova Scotia: After all, the surrounding sea yields sweet mussels, plump Digby scallops, a wide variety of delicious fish and fresh lobster all year-round. Better yet, it's prepared in myriad ways. That means you can go old-school with boiled lobster dipped in butter, simple planked salmon and deep-fried fish-and-chips, or opt for gourmet crustacean creations that are prepared with international flair. Either way, if you stroll along the waterfront, you're certain to find great spots for an unforgettable meal.   Click here to see the full Halifax travel guide on Travel42 »

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