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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.

How we rank Things to Do
  • #1
    Historic Properties Wharf
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    #1 in Halifax
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    To sample historic Halifax, spend a few hours perusing the Historic Properties. Overlooking the harbor from its city-center locale, this neighborhood retains much of its originalfin-de-sièclearchitecture. The historic buildings that once acted as shipping warehouses and privateers' headquarters now house the lively Harbourside Market, numerous boutiques, souvenir shops and several

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  • #2
    Citadel National Historic Site
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    #2 in Halifax
    Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing, Free
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    Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing, Free
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    Towering over downtown Halifax, the Citadel is a testament to the city's military past. Four forts have occupied this hilltop since 1749, when British Colonel Edward Cornwallis governed the region; the fort that stands today dates back to 1856. Visitors can wander the Citadel's corridors and learn about Halifax's involvement

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  • #3
    Halifax Public Gardens
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    #3 in Halifax
    Parks and Gardens, Free
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    Parks and Gardens, Free
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    The Public Gardens are a living testament to the Victorian era. And visitors welcome the respite from the urban atmosphere. Established in 1867, this two-acre public space -- marked by an ornate metal entryway -- houses manicured flower beds, quiet walkways, a picturesque gazebo and plenty of perfect picnic spots.

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  • #4
    Dartmouth
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    #4 in Halifax
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    Sitting across the harbor from Halifax is Dartmouth, a small town that has been around since 1750. There are two primary reasons to visit this Nova Scotia town (aside from the scenic ferry ride across the harbor): First, to enjoy its natural landscape; and second, to take in its history.

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  • #5
    Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
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    #5 in Halifax
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    It makes sense that Canada's oldest and most substantial maritime museum is located in Halifax: The city's history drips with stories from the sea. By displaying artifacts and providing interactive exhibits, this specialty museum recounts the city's days as a pirate haven, a commercial shipping hub and a military player

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    St. Paul's Church
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    #6 in Halifax
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    Founded in 1749 by Britain's King George II, St. Paul's is Canada's oldest Protestant church. The building may look simple at first, but architecture buffs and historians alike will appreciate its construction. The church was modeled afterLondon's St. Peter's Church (designed in 1722), and the heavy wooden beams were brought

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    Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
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    #7 in Halifax
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    Between 1928 and 1971, one million immigrants passed through the doors of Pier 21 and became full-fledged members of the Canadian community. This large ocean liner terminal -- often referred to as theEllis Islandof Canada -- has since become a National Historic Site of Canada and the country's National Museum

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    Alexander Keith's Brewery
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    #8 in Halifax
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    Founded in 1820, Alexander Keith's Brewery is one of the oldest commercial breweries in North America. The brewery is named for a Scottish immigrant who devoted his life to brewing his beer. Today, the brewery still runs on Keith's values, creating flavorful ales and generously providing visitors with a relaxed,

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    Province House
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    #9 in Halifax
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    This three-story Palladian building in the heart of Halifax has provided a meeting ground for the Nova Scotia House of Assembly since 1819, making it the oldest house of government in Canada and a National Historic Site. Although it still functions as a legislative building, visitors are welcome to take

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