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Province House

1726 Hollis Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 2Y3, Canada (Downtown Halifax)
902-424-4661
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Ranked #21 of 79 Attractions in Halifax
Type: Architectural Buildings, Government Buildings, Historic Sites
Description: Oldest provincial Parliament building still in use in Canada; a visit to its legislative library is recommended.
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Japanese first
  • Any
English first
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

You Must visit Province House on a trip to Halifax. The building has been kept to a historically accurate design, while still remaining the seat of the provincial government. The staff are delightful and informative.

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Stoneham, Massachusetts
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286 reviews 286 reviews
137 attraction reviews
199 helpful votes 199 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

You have to empty your pockets of any coins, key, cameras, etc. and go through a metal detector. Your bags also have to go through the detector. You can then view Province House on your own or have a guided tour. We opted for a guided tour. After a brief introduction, we were left on our own to look at... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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90 reviews 90 reviews
50 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

First of all, I congratulate the gov't for keeping this public site open on Saturdays and Sundays during the summer. Bravo! A great way to keep the institution accessible to the public. Nice, knowledgeable tour guide, and lovely historical structure.

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NH
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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

My husband and I were warmly greeted without the stiffness or seriousness of visiting State houses in the USA. Yes, we had our bag run through a scanner and had to walk through one ourself, but it was brief and painless. Our tour guide,Yannick, was friendly and extremely well versed in the history and politics of Canada, even though he... More

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Halifax, Canada
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80 reviews 80 reviews
48 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

I took my political science students to see this for a field trip today. The tour guide was excellent and told us some great stories as well as giving us a detailed history and answering all of our questions. You get to see the Red Room with the thrones, the library and the Legislative Assembly. On the way in you... More

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Langley City, Canada
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53 reviews 53 reviews
19 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

The exhibits presented Nova Scotia from 200 years ago to present days. Interior was simple and elegant. I was the only one visiting. The outside wall was under renovation.

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Halifax, Canada
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293 reviews 293 reviews
142 attraction reviews
127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

There is really only 3 rooms to see: the Red Room, Library and the actual Legislative Assembly. All are worth seeing. There is also an interesting display about Joseph Howe. The tour guide was very knowledgable and fridendly. He answered every question our small group posed to him with authority. Whole thing took about a half hour and is free.

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Concord, New Hampshire
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

As an American who has visited many U.S. State Capitols, this was a very interesting stop. We were there right before closing, but the guard let us in anyway. It was tiny, compared to any U.S. state house, and yet quite lovely. Just wish I could have seen a live session. So glad we stopped in!

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Calgary, Canada
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146 reviews 146 reviews
111 attraction reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

We missed taking a guided tour (offered only in French when we arrived) but the friendly security guard gave us an abbreviated version of what we would learned while we were still in the foyer. You are able to wander through many rooms and even sit in the Speaker's Chair. There is an interesting display on Joseph Howe's freedom of... More

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Fairfax, Virginia, United States
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162 reviews 162 reviews
60 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

We stopped here while in Halifax, since it was along our general walking path. Security was simple to navigate and it felt like we had the building to ourselves. Don't miss the library, it is beautiful and had interesting architecture. The molding in the red room, was also very beautiful. Would have loved a brochure to better detail what we... More

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