Attractions in Downtown Halifax

Historical Halifax's Atlantic coastal location makes it a great place to learn about maritime history and marine life while exploring nature and enjoying Nova Scotia's culture and hospitality.

Museums in Halifax focus on the area's rich maritime history and other elements of local culture. Fisherman's Life Museum demonstrates ordinary maritime life from a century ago. Fisherman's Cove, an authentic fishing village with boats and shanties, shows visitors 200 years of fishing life, including the Marine Interpretive Centre. Bedford Institute of Oceanography is an educational and research facility open for guided tours by appointment. Visitors and see and touch different aquatic animals found in the area as well as visit exhibits on the Titanic and conservation.

Halifax also has a number of parks with beaches and walking trails. Pennant Point Coastal Heritage Park for example, includes extensive walking trails, harbor views, and ruins of an old fort. Long Lake Provincial Park is popular for hiking and mountain biking. Moser River Interpretive Trail passes by a tidal estuary so is a prime location to view wildlife such as seals and various types of birds.
The Hydrostone Market, open daily, was developed as a "retail theatre" in the 1990s. It sits in the Hydrostone District, a carefully planned community designed as an English-style garden suburb. The district was built after the disastrous Halifax Explosion of 1917.
Entertainment options in Halifax include Casino Nova Scotia with its 600 gambling opportunities, dining, and free entertainment. Those interested in learning about and consuming ale will want to visit Alexander Keith's Nova Scotia Brewery, celebrating Nova Scotia's first brewmaster.

Throughout the year Halifax holds festivals to celebrate the arts, food and drink, and the different ethnic groups that make up the region's population. The Winter Icewine Festival is held in early February. June brings three ethnic celebrations: Cedar Festival, honoring Lebanon; Halifax Greek Fest; and the International Gathering of the Clans, honoring all things Scottish.


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