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Halifax is an undiscovered gem. Filled with friendly people who enjoy a laid back way of life and who appreciate a good time. It doesn't matter if you are looking for a romantic weekend for two or a family vacation for 6 (or more!) you will find something in Halifax for everyone.
Once the center of Britain's North American naval fleet, the citadel has long protected the city of Halifax. Now it's a National Historic site. Visit the soldiers barracks, check out the library, walk on the defensive walls. Just remember to plug your ears when the Cannon sounds at Noon.
Explore Nova Scotia's naval history. Learn how gangs roamed the streets of Halifax looking to lure unsuspecting people into the dangerous Royal Navy. Visit the Titanic exhibit and see artifacts that survived the sinking of the great ship. The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic is the largest maritime museum in Canada . A must see for any visitor to Halifax.
One of the oldest commercial areas of the city, the Historic Properties is a great place to shop, eat or just hang out. Located on the Halifax waterfront you can hop on the ferry going to Dartmouth (the sister city across the harbour) or watch some of the many buskers who entertain visitors. Music, magic and some dancing. There are also numerous pubs where you can sit outside and have yourself a cold drink.
The only Victorian Garden in Eastern Canada, you can see a great variety of trees, flowers and shrubs in this small garden. Take your lunch and relax. Be prepared to share! Many of the gardens inhabitants will want a bite. The various ducks and birds are a delight to watch. The Gardens were heavily damaged by Hurricane Juan a few years ago, but it's on its way back and is still a great place to visit.
For a little bit of the wilderness in the heart of the city, check out Point Pleasant Park. LIke the Public Gardens, the park was hit hard by Hurricane Juan. Many of the trees were knocked over and the park is going through some major changes. Still, the walking trails are delightful and the views of the harbour is worth it.
What a street! Some of the best places to eat in the city along with some of the best shopping. Check your e-mail at the Spring Garden Branch of the Halifax Public Library, grab some fries from Bud the Spuds wagon (The best French Fries in the City) and then walk it off. The Public Gardens is just up the road.
A bit of a day trip outside of the city (but not far!), Peggy's Cove and the famous lighthouse is one of the most photographed spots in Atlantic Canada. A small fishing village it can be a bit overrun with tourists. Go early in the morning or later in the evening to avoid the crowds. And pay attention to the signs. The rocks are slippery and the Atlantic Ocean rough. The combination of the two have cost many lives at Peggy's Cove.
The best way to see the downtown area of the city is by foot. It's small and compact so park your car and put on a pair of comfortable shoes. There are some steep hills in the city, but nothing too bad if you take your time. Or, hop on the #1 bus and get off on Spring Garden Road. It's all down hill to the waterfront from there.
It's the oldest working brewery in North America and its beer is legend. No matter where you go in Atlantic Canada you can order a Keiths. Take the brewery tour, learn how it's been made for 100's of years and try it for yourself.
Over 100 of the dead from the great Titanic disaster are buried in the Fairview Lawn Cemetery. Visit the cemetary and see how the graves are laid out like the bow of a ship. Very moving experience. Even today efforts are being made to identify some of the people buried there.