Canadian Halifax is the capital of Nova Scotia and the largest city of the country’s Atlantic provinces. It is distinguished by a rich maritime history associated with its advantageous location and status as one of the best natural harbors in the world. True, according to US standards, the city is considered small: its population does not reach half a million. But there are two oldest churches in Canada, the largest mobile market in Canada, the oldest local government in Canada. And here is the largest tattoo festival in the world.
One of the most remarkable urban symbols is the snow-white Clock Tower. Its dial is marked with Roman numerals, and for reasons of aesthetics, the number 4 is depicted there not as IV, but as IIII.
How to get to Halifax
Halifax Robert L. Stanfield International Airport is 35 km north of the city. It is the largest airport in the coastal provinces, which takes flights from New York, Chicago, Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, Boston, Philadelphia and London. In addition, in the summer season, planes fly from Frankfurt am Main (Condor Airlines) and from Reykjavik (Icelandair). From the airport to the city can be reached by shuttle bus, which takes half an hour at a good time and an hour at a bad time. By train to Halifax, you can come directly from Canadian Quebec and Montreal.
A bit of history
Halifax was founded in 1749 as a British military outpost. At that time, it was the second largest and easily accessible natural sea harbor in the world. During the Seven Years’ War with the French and later, during the Civil War in the USA, Halifax was used with might and main and grew as a naval and trading base.
In December 1917, in the harbor of Halifax, a Norwegian freight carrier collided with a French ship carrying 2,500 tons of explosives. The result was a Halifax explosion that claimed the lives of 2 thousand people and razed the northern half of the city. It was the largest human-induced explosion before the start of the atomic era. But the city quickly rebuilt and already served the allies with might and main in the Second World War: British convoys across the Atlantic departed from here.
In the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, Halifax was the very port where a wave of emigrants from Europe arriving, tearing to Canada. Today, the city is a vibrant seaport, the economic and cultural center of Eastern Canada.
Entertainment and Attractions Halifax
Halifax Citadel (Fort George) is a classic star-shaped fort that is today declared part of Canada’s national treasure. It is located on the top of the hill of the same name, and from the fort, when it was just built, an ideal strategic view of the harbor opened. Today there is a museum and a small garrison, which is used mainly for ceremonies. A visit to the fort is a must for any tourist in Halifax, especially during the celebration of Canada Day (July 1). The museum is open from May to October, and during the same period at noon you can witness a solemn cannon shot, although you can take a walk on the territory all year.
One of the most enjoyable places to stroll in Halifax is, of course, the promenade with many historic buildings, shops and restaurants. There are a variety of ships in the harbor, and from here, many excursion boat tours begin in the summer season. In particular, those who wish can go on an excursion on the Harbor Hopper amphibious craft.
Pier 21 has recently gained fame as the National Museum of Immigration. This is a historical place, a kind of analogue of the New York island Ellis, through which millions of visitors passed through at one time. Now it is a modern museum with extensive exhibitions on immigration.
things to do in Halifax:
To see the smiling “Theodore Tagbout” in his red cap is one of the corvettes of the Second World War.
Visit the oldest mobile farmer’s market in North America – Seport. The market is located on the waterfront, in a new building on Marginal Road, and is open year-round.
Go to Peggy’s Cove to admire the iconic image of Scotland – the snow-white lighthouse of Peggy’s Point, established in 1868 – not to mention the stunning local landscapes and nature. The bay is located just over 40 km from Halifax.
One of the most remarkable urban symbols is the snow-white Clock Tower. The idea to put it here belonged to the British prince Edward, the Duke of Kontsky, who wished to leave the tower in the city, going back to England in 1800. The tower consists of three tiers, and its upper part has the shape of an irregular octagon. It is hoisted over a squat, rectangular ground floor. The entire structure stands on the slope of Citadel Hill, facing in front of the current Brunswick Street. The watch dial is marked with Roman numerals, and for reasons of aesthetics, the number 4 is depicted there not as IV, but as IIII. The watch movement, made by famous British craftsmen, began to count the time in 1803.