Visiting Nova Scotia

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Halifax Nova Scotia – Experience the Vibrant Culture of Nova Scotia’s Sea-lined Coast

Located on the East Coast of Canada, Halifax Nova Scotia offers the vibrant amenities of metropolitan city, and the history and comfort of a small town community with historic roots and a familiar welcoming hospitality. Halifax, the city by the sea, has an endless list of places to explore while visiting the city, all within walking distance, with exciting entertainment, dining and cultural experiences that combined together to make Halifax such a unique and enjoyable place to live, work, play and visit.

Flying to Halifax? The Stanfield International Airport is 30 minutes from downtown, has daily connecting flights to all major national and international cities, is only six hours direct from Europe and has a United States pre-clearance facility.

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Halifax is a vibrant city that has a rich history, evident in the architecture that can be found throughout the city. An eclectic mix a young and old, Halifax is home to several of Nova Scotia’s top visitor destinations, museums, historical tours, and scenic walks.

Outside of the city, Nova Scotia’s more rural destinations have beautiful coastlines and unique and interesting tourist destinations that are just waiting to be explored. Whether it’s a drive to Peggy’s Cove, the Bay of Fundy or a quick trip to the Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia’s picture perfect landscape is something that needs to be experienced first-hand to truly appreciate.

For visitor information please check out these links below – don’t forget your camera when you come!

Destination Halifax

Halifax Visitor’s Guide

Halifax Citadel National Historic Site: Completed in 1856 the Halifax Citadel has been restored as a national landmark commemorating Halifax’s role as a key Naval station in the British Empire and bringing history and life to  Atlantic Canada’s largest urban centre.

Public Gardens: Enjoy a free walking tour at these spectacular Victorian Gardens located at the top of Spring Garden Road that have been flourishing since 1875.

Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History: Hosting a wide array of plant and animal artifacts and historic displays, patrons can view the animal feedings and meet Gus, the century old turtle residing in the museum.

Maritime Museum of the Atlantic: This waterfront museum has exhibits devoted to craft boat building and the Halifax explosion. Visitors can explore the retired CSS Acadia and sit in a replica of a Titanic deck char.

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia: Visitors can view the Maud Lewis Gallery and look at the latest traveling exhibits and see more than 15,000 objects in the gallery’s permanent onsite collection.

Neptune Theatre: Experience live theatre when attending one of Neptune’s live productions that range from political dramas to musicals.

St. Paul’s Anglican Church: Canada’s oldest Protestant church, the first Anglican Church founded outside Britain.

McNabs Island: Ride the ferry to McNabs Island for a quiet day of biking, hiking through the walking trails and picnicking at Fort McNab.

Pier 21: Restored to its original appearance, Pier 21 was the first stopping point for more than one million immigrants who can to Canada between 1928 and 1971.

Atlantic Canadian Aviation Museum: those interested in aircraft and aviation should be sure to check out Atlantic Canada’s only museum dedicated to preserving all aspects of Canada’s aviation history.

Uniacke Estate Museum: View the historic mansion built in 1816 by Richard John Uniacke, a prosperous Irish politician. Inside the house has fine labeled London furniture and exquisite portraits, outside explore the property that overlooks Lake Martha.

H.M.C.S. Sackville: Last remaining Flower Class Corvette in the world, symbolizes the extraordinary effort of Canadians in WWII. Restored to its original condition it serves as a museum and memorial to those lost during the battle of the Atlantic and the honour those who continue to serve in the Navel service of Canada.

Historic Properties: This scenic and historic site is filled with restaurants, pubs, clothing and speciality ships in restored 18th century buildings on the waterfront.

Peggy’s Cove Village and Lighthouse: Built in 1915 the Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse is one of the most popular and photographed lighthouses in Canada. The famous lighthouse has sat on the top of giant rocks where waves come crashing in for nearly a century. Located in a quaint fishing village along the South Shore, Peggy’s Cove has a gift shop and a restaurant nearby for visitors.

Alexander Keith’s Brewery: One of the oldest breweries in Canada, workers dress in period costume and their characters bring 1863 Halifax to life in song and story as they lead guests through Alexander Keith’s detailed brewhouse and taproom.

Bedford Institute of Oceanography: Canada’s leading marine research centre and one of the world’s largest oceanographic establishments. Exhibits on display at the institute are; programs in fisheries science, oceanography, hydrography, marine geology, species at risk and marine protected areas.

Hydrostone District: Patrons can see an excellent example of an English-style garden suburb designed during the rebuilding of the city following the Halifax Explosion. Enjoy the popular and vibrant European-style strip of unique shops and eateries.