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Halifax Attractions

Places to visit, points of interest and top things to see in Halifax

Canada's National Museum of Immigration, Pier 21, is located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the gateway of Canada's European immigration. During the summer Pier 21 is open seven days a week during business hours. It is closed on Sundays and Mondays during the winter. Prices are $8.50 for adults and $5 for children. There are special discounts for groups, seniors, and students. Parking is available and a free shuttle runs during the summer. It is located on Marginal Road, right on the waterfront.

Pier 21 was a working immigration checkpoint from 1928 to 1971. It was a complex of buildings that would house new immigrants as well as connect them to the railway and the rest of Canada. The museum not only outline's the Pier's history but also all Canadian immigration from the first contact of Europeans to the present day. There are two different galleries in which the artifacts of immigration are stored... read more arrow
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The Halifax Citadel is a 19th Century military fort in the midst of a beautiful, lively city overlooking an amazing harbor. This old fort still maintains the steep masonry walls and stone lined underground rooms. It was completed in 1856, the fourth of the British Forts at this location. Currently, the complex has been restored and identified as a national historic site.

There are several interesting things to see at this the Halifax Citadel that make the visit enjoyable, such as:

1. A 45 minute walking tour providing an abundance of historic information about the fort and its role as a key naval station during the height of the British Empire's reign.

2. The most obvious landmarks – the Town Clock that is the entrance to the fort. Look for the stairs just beneath this old clock because they continue above to the fort's entrance.

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An unforgettable five days in Halifax, Nova Scotia is during the Tall Ships Festival when spectacular sailing ships from all over the globe join in this world-class gathering. This is the time that Halifax inhabitants and visitors celebrate their rich nautical culture and diverse seafaring legacy. The finest entertainment is available while enjoying the parade of tall ships.

Some of the main events that visitors to Halifax will delight in includes:

1. The Parade of Ships is one of the most awe-inspiring sights that visitors can enjoy – seeing these amazing ships sail by leaves the visitors desiring to see more. Think about what life was like on one of these incredible vessels.

2. In addition, the Highland Games and Scottish Festival celebrates all facets of Scottish history and culture including many of popular games such as the Stone Put, the Hammer Throw, and the most popular Caber Toss. Dancing, Bagpipes, and Drumming are well-liked by all... read more arrow
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The Maritime Museum of Halifax allows the visitor to become immersed in the rich marine history from the museum's intriguing collection of articles from anchors to shipwrecks, barnacles, to sailing ships. This museum can keep the visitor engrossed in the many topics housed in the museum.

There are several permanent and temporary exhibits in the Maritime Museum of Halifax, and include the following:

1. Days of Sail Gallery depicts the golden age of Nova Scotia when shipbuilding and fishing were the main careers of the day. The story of Bluenose, the legendary grand banks schooner is featured along with four other epic sailing tales.

2. Shipwreck Treasures tells tales of thousands of recorded shipwreck stories of vessels doomed off the shores. 5000 shipwreck records are in the database along with 250 images, castaway stories, mysteries, and archeological maritime anomalies.

3. The CSS Acadia continues the same mystique setting them apart from early 1900 vessels... read more arrow
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The Province House is one of the Historical Sites to visit while in Prince Edward Island in Canada. Recognized as the birthplace of the Canadian Confederation, it has been the seat of the provincial legislature of Prince Edward Island since 1847. It was officially proclaimed as a National Historic Site in July 1983, and is currently under the protection and care of Parks Canada. Today, it remains to be the focal point of political decisions and activities in the region.

The Province House is a landmark in Charlottetown and is situated at Great George Street, which has been designated as a National Historic Streetscape in the area. It is visited by over 100,000 people every year. It had undergone an extensive restoration project between 1979 and 1983 to retain the splendor and beauty back when the building was first established, complete with antique furnishings and decorations reminiscent of that period... read more arrow
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The Halifax Public Gardens, officially built in 1867, are located in Halifax, Nova Scotia. This Victorian-era garden has some of the most beautiful plants, and trees, of any park on the continent. The many features to the gardens provide visitors many hours of delightful sights, aromas, flora, fauna, and sculptures to make them wonder where the many hours went while they were strolling through these beautiful grounds.

There are many things to see and do in the Halifax Public Gardens while wandering through these several acres. The intent of the garden is reflected in the amazing variety of plants confined to the gardens including species from all over the world, in an abundance of colors and providing an array of fragrance. In addition to the wildly colored flowers, the fauna found in the bird life residing in the park provides a charming, restful setting... read more arrow
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The HMCS Sackville is the Naval Memorial in Canada, and is currently operated and maintained by the Canadian Naval Memorial Trust. The HMCS Sackville was originally established in order to maintain and preserve the HMCS Sackville, which is only one of the 120 corvette ships that were built in the country during the Second World War. Today, the HMCS Sackville not only serves as a model of the battleships used by Canada during World War II. It also serves as a living testament for the men and women who have served and continue to serve in the Canadian Naval Service.

Thousands of locals and tourists head out to visit and walk through the HMCS Sackville each year, which is only opened to the general public only during the spring and summer months. This is because during the winter months, this place is housed in the dockyard located at the CFB Halifax, one of the docks of the Maritime Forces Atlantic of Canada... read more arrow
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Several generations – both young and old alike – enjoy the Museum of Natural History in Nova Scotia, Canada. Visitors enjoy learning about their heritage, life as it has been for hundreds of years, the ecological aspects of the local environment, and the animals that roamed the wide open spaces of the region. There are many very interesting topics to interest visitors to this excellent museum.

Some of the interesting topics and habitats that are part of the Museum of Natural History include the following:

1. The Natural History of Nova Scotia provides their guests with a fascinating glance at the geology of the area, including the plants, animals, and the surrounding land and sea environments.

2. Several offshore, coastal, freshwater, wetlands, terrestrial land, and forest habitats are displayed throughout this section.

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