Anyone wandering around the capital of Nova Scotia — one of Canada’s three maritime provinces — will never want to stop. This port city is steeped in history and is a perfect gateway to the charms of this Atlantic island.
Start at Historic Properties, right on the harborfront. This collection of buildings was built as warehouses in the early 1800s. Today, they’ve been restored and have some great restaurants.
Nearby is the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. This vast building has more than 30,000 artifacts, including a permanent exhibition showing how Nova Scotia was involved in recovering bodies and items from the Titanic. Out back of the museum, the CSS Acadia is moored. Climb aboard the main deck to admire this 105-year-old ship, which has served as a research ship and patrol vessel.
Head away from the harbor into downtown to visit the Halifax Citadel. Dating from 1749, the citadel protected the island from various attackers, including the French. Today, the star-shaped fortress has been restored and is a great outing for the family, with plenty of fun activities. Play soldier for a day and fire an old-fashioned rifle!
Take an hour or so to relax in the Halifax Public Gardens, with its lovely Victorian-era landscaping. You should be able to see the eye-catching shape of the Halifax Central Library. It’s said to resemble a stack of books.
Finally, take a boat tour to Peggy’s Cove, a nearby rustic fishing village, where you can breathe in the clean air and eat your fill of freshly caught Nova Scotian lobster! (T)