Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21#9 in Best Things To Do in Halifax
Between 1928 and 1971, 1 million immigrants passed through the doors of Pier 21 and became full-fledged members of the Canadian community. This large ocean liner terminal – sometimes referred to as the Ellis Island of Canada – has since become a National Historic Site of Canada and the country's National Museum of Immigration. Visitors can wander the halls that once led immigrants to a new life. And they'll also learn the stories of some of the immigrants who passed through. And who knows: You might learn a little more about yourself while here. Recent visitors who looked up their ancestors' journeys found it rewarding and fascinating.
Pier 21 overlooks Halifax Harbor from its seat just a few blocks south of Alexander Keith's Brewery. During the summer, the museum is open every day from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; hours are more limited between December and April. Admission is roughly CA$13 for adults (about $9.25) and CA$8 (about $5.50) for children ages 6 to 16. To learn more about the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, visit its website.
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#1 Halifax Citadel National Historic Site
Towering over downtown Halifax, the Citadel is a testament to the city's military past. Four forts have occupied this hilltop since 1749, when Edward Cornwallis, a career British military officer, 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 in major wars, such as the American Revolution, the American Civil War and both World Wars. The on-site Army Museum offers a closer look at the fortress's history. And to truly feel what it was like to be on the hill back in its heyday, make sure to come at lunchtime, when reenactors of the Royal Artillery fire the traditional noon gun.
You can also interact with members of the 78th Highland Regiment. From May through October, these kilted reenactors offer free guided tours of the fort and provide insight on what it was like to be a soldier there. You can even learn to shoot a 19th-century rifle from one of these reenactors (for an extra fee and age restrictions apply).
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