Angus L. MacDonald Bridge between Halifax and Dartmouth (2005)
Founded in 1749 and the capital of Nova Scotia, the ocean port of Halifax and the surrounding area
offer many attractions to visitors. Some highlights are listed below.
The Halifax / Dartmouth area offers numerous museums of local, provincial and national significance.
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
The Gallery holds over 17,000 works of art between its two locations including the Maud Lewis
Gallery (which includes her house) and many Group of Seven works from their days in Halifax.
Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
Nova Scotia has a rich maritime heritage and the Museum provides the story of small craft
boat-building to World War Convoys, the Days of Sail to the Age of Steam, and the Titanic to the
Halifax Explosion. Visit the CSS Acadia and HMCS Sackville dockside.
Museum of Natural History
Explore Nova Scotia’s natural diversity... “plants and birds and rocks and things”, including
displays of Mi’kmaq artifacts, rocks and minerals, flora and fauna, a whole whale skeleton, and
Gus, the 70-year-old Gopher Tortoise.
Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
Your Canadian story might have begun here. Pier 21 was the entry point for 1 in 5 Canadians from
1928 to 1971. Uncover your own family history by visiting the onsite Scotiabank Family History
Admiralty House / Naval
Museum of Halifax
Halifax’s Naval heritage dates to its founding in 1749. The Halifax Naval Yard was created in
1759, and Halifax was an important British Naval base until control of the base was given to
Canada in 1904.
The Halifax Citadel Historic Site
The present citadel was completed in 1856. Actors portray the army life of the mid-Victorian
era, when it was headquarters for the 78th Highland Regiment of Foot and the 3rd Brigade, Royal
Artillery. The site also houses the Army Museum preserving Atlantic Canada’s military heritage.
Halifax Public Gardens
This National Historic Site, opened in 1867, is the oldest Victorian Garden in North America.
The present garden retains the original Victorian charm on 16 acres in the heart of Halifax.
Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk
Extending from the Casino to Pier 21, the Boardwalk links many waterfront attractions and
businesses in downtown Halifax.
Shubenacadie Canal Waterway
Historic parks, lakes, locks and a 19th-century marine railway in Dartmouth, the City of Lakes.
It includes 9 km of wooded walking trails, some of which follow the Canal.