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  • 1. Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

    Museum/Gallery

    Affectionately dubbed "Canada's Front Door," Pier 21 served as the entry point for nearly a million immigrants—refugees, evacuees, war brides...Read More

  • 2. Halifax Citadel National Historic Site

    Military Site

    You can't miss the Citadel, literally or figuratively. Erected between 1826 and 1856 on Halifax's highest hill, it still dominates the skyline...Read More

  • 3. Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk

    Promenade/Boardwalk

    Running from Casino Nova Scotia to Pier 21, this photogenic 3-km (2-mile) footpath offers backdoor access to the Historic Properties and the...Read More

  • 4. Alexander Keith's Nova Scotia Brewery

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    Although Alexander Keith served three terms as mayor of Halifax, his political achievements are overshadowed by another accomplishment: he was...Read More

  • 5. Anna Leonowens Gallery

    Museum/Gallery

    Victorian wunderkind Anna Leonowens is famous for the time she spent as a royal governess in Thailand (then Siam), which inspired Rodgers and...Read More

  • 6. Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

    Museum/Gallery

    In an 1867 Italianate-style building that previously served as a post office, bank, and the headquarters of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police...Read More

  • 7. Deadman's Island

    Park/Playground

    This tiny spit is the final resting place of almost 200 American prisoners of war who died while imprisoned in Halifax during the War of 1812...Read More

  • 8. Discovery Centre

    Museum/Gallery

    Halifax's interactive science center is an exciting place for children, and keeps many a parent enthralled, too, with exhibits like "Build Your...Read More

  • 9. Fairview Lawn Cemetery

    Cemetery

    This cemetery is the final resting place of 121 victims of the Titanic. The graves are easily found, in a graceful arc of granite tombstones...Read More

  • 10. Government House

    Government Building

    Built between 1799 and 1805 for Sir John Wentworth, the Loyalist governor of New Hampshire, and his racy wife, Fannie (Thomas Raddall's novel...Read More

  • 11. Halifax Public Gardens

    Garden/Arboretum

    One of the oldest formal Victorian gardens in North America, this city oasis had its start in 1753 as a private garden. Its layout was completed...Read More

  • 12. Halifax Seaport Farmers' Market

    Market/Bazaar

    Green in more ways than one, this waterfront market that hosts more than 200 local farmers, food producers, and artisans is one of Canada's...Read More

  • 13. Historic Properties

    Historic District/Site

    This series of restored waterfront warehouses dates from the days of yore, when trade and war made Halifax prosperous. They were built by such...Read More

  • 14. Maritime Museum of the Atlantic

    Museum/Gallery

    The exhibits in this waterfront museum, housed partly in a restored chandlery, include small boats once used around the coast, as well as displays...Read More

  • 15. Mary E. Black Gallery

    Museum/Gallery

    Between Pier 21 and the Seaport Farmers' Market, the exhibit space of the Nova Scotia Centre for Craft and Design, home of the Mary E. Black...Read More

  • 16. Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History

    Museum/Gallery

    This is the place to learn about fossils and dinosaurs, as well as the flora and fauna prevalent in Nova Scotia today. The Nature Centre is...Read More

  • 17. Point Pleasant Park

    Park/Playground

    Most of the city's former fortifications have been turned into public parks, including this one. The park encompasses 186 wooded acres on a...Read More

  • 18. Province House

    Government Building

    Charles Dickens proclaimed this structure, now a National Historic Site, "a gem of Georgian architecture." Erected in 1819 to house Britain...Read More

  • 19. Rainbow Haven Beach Provincial Park

    Cole Harbour | Beach–Sight

    For ocean swimming, this sand and cobble beach is the closest serviced option to Halifax, but avoid the area near the channel when the tide...Read More

  • 20. St. Paul's Anglican Church

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Opened in 1750, this is Canada's oldest Protestant church and the burial site of many colonial notables. It played a pivotal role during the...Read More

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