The Eastern Canadian port of Halifax is the provincial capital of Nova Scotia with a rich maritime history. A vital part of Canada's infrastructure, Halifax is a major economic centre with many government and public sector companies based here, including the Department of National Defence. Praised for its quality of life, Halifax is a proud, vibrant city that represents modern Canada.
The urban city centre is home to a number of landmark buildings, and Halifax’s architecture will suit all tastes.[ReadMoreMob] Its Old Fort, Maritime Museum, Central Library and Art Gallery are all worth visiting and exploring. The city has a thriving arts, theatre and culinary scene, and Halifax pubs, with their craft beer culture, add to the whole experience.
Point Pleasant Park is particularly popular due to its seaside location, as is a stroll through the tiny Peggy's Cove, with its bustling fishing harbour and lobster fishery.
Halifax Citadel National Historic Site
Built in 1856, the Citadel was built originally as a military fortification to protect the Empire from enemies, despite it never actually seeing any battle. Today the 19th century British fort, with its distinctive star shape to give the garrison sweeping arcs of fire, is officially called Fort George. It watches over the city and port and offers breathtaking panoramic views.
The Titanic Connection
The city played an important role following the sinking of the ill-fated Titanic. Three Halifax ships were given the grim task of recovering victims, and many of them were laid to rest in the city’s cemeteries. 150 passengers were buried in the Fairview Lawn Cemetery, 19 at the Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery and Baron de Hirsch Jewish Cemetery.
Halifax has a long maritime history. Of particular interest is the Titanic connection; three ships from Halifax were given the grim task of recovering the victims of the ship's sinking.
Parks and Gardens
Halifax has a Victorian-era gated garden right at the heart of the city. Point Pleasant Park has a number of walking trails amidst the trees as well as fort ruins and monuments.
Cruises to Halifax
Departs: Southampton • Tue 29 Sep 2020
34 nights • Balmoral • L2026
- Experience the seasonal scenic splendour of North America’s East Coast in the fall, with rare scenic cruising of size-restricted rivers and waterways and visits to remarkable cities in the US and Canada.
- Admire autumn-coloured countryside scenes of red, yellow and brown woodlands as you sail the Cape Cod and Chesapeake & Delaware Canals; and enjoy a special journey along the Hudson River.
- Sail by the Statue of Liberty and spend two days in New York, rich with world-famous attractions; visit Baltimore, gateway to Washington DC; immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland; and much more.
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