It was the English who founded Halifax in 1749 as a military base, choosing the site because of the easily defensible, vast natural harbour. The fledgling town was named after the then President of the British Board of Trade, George Montague-Dunk, 2nd Earl of Halifax. Today the city is the capital of the Canadian province, Nova Scotia and remains an important Atlantic seaport.

Cruise ships dock at Piers 20 – 22 located a short distance from the Halifax Metro centre.

Sights to See

To appreciate Halifax's colourful past, explore the Halifax Citadel sitting majestically above the heart of the city, before heading down to the waterfront for a pleasant harbour-side boardwalk stroll. The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic comprehensively explores the city's maritime history and displays artefacts from the Titanic and the 1917 explosion. Also enjoy wandering through the public parks including Halifax Common and the Point Pleasant Park. The Dartmouth Ferry also offers enthusiasts the opportunity to experience one of the world's largest natural harbours.

What's for Lunch

For dessert enjoy a beavertail, a deep-fried pastry that looks similar to its namesake.

If you see only one thing...

Opened in 1819, Province House is the province's parliament house and boasts classic Georgian architecture.

Local speak

If you order a rye and ginger, you're asking for a Canadian whiskey mixed with ginger ale.


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