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Halifax, Nova Scotia

The capital of Nova Scotia and the largest city in Canada's Atlantic Provinces, Halifax was once Great Britain's major military bastion in North America. The beautifully restored waterfront buildings of Halifax's Historic Properties recall the city's centuries-old maritime heritage. Stroll the waterfront, and you may find Nova Scotia's floating ambassador, the schooner Bluenose II, tied up to Privateer's Wharf, just as old sailing ships have done for over 200 years. Halifax is also the gateway to Nova Scotia's stunning scenery, including famous Peggy's Cove, where surf-pounded granite cliffs and a solitary lighthouse create an unsurpassed scene of rugged natural beauty.

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  • Maritime Museum of the Atlantic Maritime Museum of the Atlantic

    Step back into Nova Scotia's maritime history. Among its many historic exhibits you'll find the world's foremost collection of Titanic memorabilia, including the ship's only surviving deck chair.

  • Pier 21 Pier 21

    Discover Canada's Immigration Museum and experience this point of entry like the many people who passed through between 1928 and 1971. Learn the personal and national stories of struggle and triumph.

  • Historic Properties Historic Properties

    This charmingly renovated 19th-century district hearkens back to when merchant ships, privateers and naval ships plied the harbor waters. Stroll around and soak up some history while you shop.

  • Halifax Citadel National Historic Site Halifax Citadel National Historic Site

    Enjoy the living history program featuring actors portraying life in the fort in 1869. There are also many interactive exhibits explaining the Citadel's role in Halifax's and North America's history.

  • Province House Province House

    This is where the Nova Scotia House of Assembly has met every year since 1819. It's Canada's oldest seat of government. Visit the "Red Chamber," the parliament chamber and the library on your tour.

  • St. Paul's Cathedral St. Paul's Cathedral

    This 18th-century cathedral was the oldest Protestant place of worship and the first Garrison Church in Halifax. Be sure to see the "explosion window" and the metal piece embedded in the wall as a result of the historic 1917 explosion.

  • Peggy's Cove Peggy's Cove

    This quaint, historic fishing village dates back to 1811. Be sure to visit Peggy's Point Lighthouse. The current classic red and white structure was built in 1914, and is still in use today, though visits inside are no longer allowed.

  • Lunenburg Lunenburg

    This UNESCO World Heritage Site offers the best example of an 18th-century planned British colonial settlement in North America. It's also considered to be "The Balsam Christmas Tree Capital of the World."

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