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the capital of Nova Scotia. Nature has blessed this area with sandy beaches, rugged shorelines and colorful gardens. This fine location was the site of the first British town in Canada, founded in 1749. Since then, the area has evolved to be home for a diverse mix of people. Charming fishing villages, farming communities and Atlantic Canada's largest city awaits you. In the heart of the downtown you'll find art galleries, museums, historic sites and churches, shopping, sidewalk cafés and friendly nightclubs. The entrance marked Shops of Granville Mall leads into the network of arched brick passageways that now connect shops and the college, where it is easy to imagine the scene a century ago - horse-drawn carts crowding the alley with varied merchandise freshly arrived from ports around the world. St. Paul's Church, the oldest building in Halifax (1750) and the first Protestant church in Canada. Old Town Clock, one of Halifax's most famous landmarks. It was built in 1803 on the orders of Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, the fourth son of George III of England, and the father of Queen Victoria.
Lively pubs and livelier entertainment and a nightlife that doesn't quit, spectacular shows, first class sporting events, riveting live theatre on both sides of the harbour, scrumptious dining and non-stop fun are the ticket to an exhilarating Halifax experience. Find great pleasure in celebrating our sense of community and culture through our many festivals and events. Here we have highlighted some of the concert performances, festivals, shows and celebrations which take place year round. You will also find suppers, teas, gallery exhibitions and shows.
If you seek peaceful nature scenes, head out of the downtown for nearby communities offering hiking, camping, and bird watching. Let yourself be romanced by the sea. Everyone is drawn to the ocean - the crisp tang of salt air, fresh breezes, and an ever-changing panorama of colour and light. Everyone should experience the pleasure of a broad sandy beach, the awesome power of waves crashing against a rocky shore, or the simple pleasure of beachcombing for unexpected treasures from the sea. Stroll our boardwalks and see ships from around the world, watch fishermen at their timeless tasks or sail or kayak among the many islands of our beautiful bays.
Throughout the year you can enjoy music festivals, live theatre, outdoor concerts, symphony performances and good old fashioned Celitc ceilidhs. Halifax's waterfront is a popular tourist spot with wooden buildings and fine stone structures of 18th-century Halifax blending with more modern high-rise office buildings. The harbour is Halifax's most outstanding resource; it is the core of its existence and an exciting place to be. Harbour tours and boat trips are offered day and night, from deep-sea fishing charters to the regular passenger ferry service between Halifax and Dartmouth. On the waterfront, visitors can stroll along the piers, join a walking tour, visit a museum or climb aboard a bus tour.
Explore the great outdoors throughout the Halifax. Whether you take a picnic at one of many beautiful parks, go for a swim, or stretch you legs along a majestic hiking trail. Through our 188 communities, explore charming seaside towns, sun-drenched beaches, sparkling coves and miles of rugged shoreline guarded by graceful lighthouses. Imagine the vivacity of city living, the charms of small town life and the pristine beauty of nature.
Our community loves to get together for festivals, church suppers and craft fairs. And we want you to join us. Sights, sounds and places that make the Halifax Regional Municipality all you could want in a vacation. Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada is a modern port city teeming with culture and heritage and the perfect place for your next holiday vacation. Lying on a peninsula and is one of the world`s largest deep water harbors