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Key Info

1726 Granville Street

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Free

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Sightseeing, Free Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
3.6

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  • 5.0Value
  • 3.0Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

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 a guided tour. One TripAdvisor user strongly recommends this because "It's free and doesn't take long, they do a good job explaining the customs and history of the government in the region." You can also obtain a visitors pass, which will allow you to sit in on assembly gatherings (when they're in session).

The Province House is sandwiched between the Citadel and the Maritime Museum. Visitors are welcome every weekday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. (hours are extended to include weekends between July and August), and admission is free. For more information, check out the Nova Scotia Legislature's website.

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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 original fin-de-siècle architecture. The historic buildings that once acted as shipping warehouses and privateers' headquarters now house the lively Harbourside Market, numerous boutiques, souvenir shops and several rowdy brewpubs.

The majority of Halifax visitors and residents say that this quaint neighborhood is a must-see for first-time tourists. As one Yelp.com user (a Halifax resident) says: "It's a total tourist draw, and one of the places that is absolutely required visiting … whether you're 'from here' or 'from away.'"

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