The vibrant city of Halifax lies on a peninsula alongside the Atlantic Provinces of Canada. It’s the capital city of Nova Scotia and is regarded as one of the world’s best natural harbours. The city also takes pride in its rich maritime history. Today, Halifax has grown to be the economic and cultural nerve-centre of Eastern Canada. Besides admiring the waterfront, there’s a host of activities that travellers can engage in, while visiting here.
The city is accessible through the, located 35 km north of Halifax. The airport offers direct flights from Toronto, and Boston, among others. The history of the city can be traced back to the 19th and early 20th century, when it used to be the gateway for European immigration to Canada. The natives of the area, the Mi'kmaq have been inhabitants here for ages. The modern Halifax city came into existence on 1749, when the British established a military outpost here. The undulating hills of this coastal city rise up to the star-shaped Halifax Citadel, which gives a breathtaking view of the city’s coastline
Of particular interest are the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Canada’s oldest and largest maritime museum displaying various artefacts such as images and charts of the Royal Canadian Navy and also of local shipwrecks of the past century; the Pier 21 National Historic Site or Canada’s Immigration Museum which depicts true stories of the 1.5 million immigrants who passed through Canada’s borders in the last century. Their various trials and tribulations such as displacement, evacuee children and the plight of war brides have been poignantly showcased here. You would also be greatly touched by visiting the nearby Peggy’s Cove, where the Swissair Flight 111 Memorial and the world’s most photographed lighthouse, the Resident Lighthouse is located.
A trip to Alexander Keith’s Nova Scotia Brewery is recommended, as the interactive tour taking you on a retroactive journey into the world of beer and brewery, is enriching. It’s a city dotted with numerous events and festivals every year, as well. Most travellers get to see parties, parades, concerts or display of amazing fireworks. The Nova Scotia International Tattoo, held in July is a major festival attracting people from all corners of Canada. Among the other notable events are the Atlantic Jazz Festival in July, the in July, the Annual Halifax International Buskers Festival every August.
Kayaking or rafting in the glittering waters of the Atlantic or taking walk tours are a few other activities to keep you busy in the bustling city of Halifax.