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Best Things To Do in Halifax

Halifax is steeped in history, much of which centers around the sea. For an in-depth look at the city's watery past, reserve a few hours for the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. Another must-see historic site is the towering Citadel, a fortress used as a naval station during the reign of the British Empire. If your history quota still isn't filled, take a tour of Alexander Keith's Brewery, one of the oldest breweries in North America. Halifax is also bursting with outdoor activities: take a stroll through the Public Gardens, enjoy a leisurely ferry ride to nearby Dartmouth or enjoy the harbor views from the vibrant Historic Properties Wharf.

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#1
Historic Properties Wharf Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: To sample historic Halifax, spend a few hours perusing the Historic Properties. Overlooking the harbor from its city-center locale, this ... read more»

#2
Citadel National Historic Site Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Towering over downtown Halifax, the Citadel is a testament to the city's military past. Four forts have occupied this ... read more»

#3
Halifax Public Gardens Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: The Public Gardens are a living testament to the Victorian era. And visitors welcome the respite from the urban atmosphere ... read more»

#4
Dartmouth Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Sitting across the harbor from Halifax is Dartmouth, a small town that has been around since 1750. There are two ... read more»

#5
Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: It makes sense that Canada's oldest and most substantial maritime museum is located in Halifax: The city's history ... read more»

#6
St. Paul's Church Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Founded in 1749 by Britain's King George II, St. Paul's is Canada's oldest Protestant church. The building ... read more»

#7
Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Between 1928 and 1971, one million immigrants passed through the doors of Pier 21 and became full-fledged members of the ... read more»

#8
Alexander Keith's Brewery
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: Founded in 1820, Alexander Keith's Brewery is one of the oldest commercial breweries in North America. The brewery is ... read more»

#9
Province House Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: This three-story Palladian building in the heart of Halifax has provided a meeting ground for the Nova Scotia House of ... read more»

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