Shopping, Dining, Sightseeing, Nightlife and more...
Halifax is one of Canada's most scenic seaport cities. It is a bustling center for commerce, trade, education, and culture while still maintaining a warm and friendly small town atmosphere. The main attraction of the Downtown area is the historic waterfront district with its shops, cafes, galleries, and restaurants. Because the historic downtown area is fairly compact, walking is the best way to get around. In the Historic Properties, on the Halifax Waterfront, quaint shops and galleries dot many of the small cobblestone walkways. The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is located here with an impressive display of local folk art. The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic is also near by, with extensive exhibits on the region's sea faring history and the great disasters of the Halifax Explosion and the sinking of the Titanic.
For the more adventurous, Harbour Tours, Deep Sea Fishing Expeditions and Nature Cruises can all be arranged through the Tour Boat Center at the bottom of George Street on the waterfront.
The Halifax Citadel is on a hilltop overlooking the city and the harbour. This 19thCentury British military fortress is the most visited national historic site in Canada. Uniformed re-enactors portray members of the 78th Highlanders and the Royal Artillery. Guided tours are available, there is a firing of 'the noon gun', elaborate military drills are performed throughout the day and the spectacular views of the city from the massive stone walls surrounding the fortress should not be missed.
Spring Garden Road, known as Atlantic Canada's premier outdoor shopping and dining district, offers upscale shops, unique boutiques, regional and ethnic dining and lively night life. Near the top of the street lies the oldest Victorian garden in North America, The Public Gardens. The park, situated in the center of the city, is ideal for strolling though, while planning your day's activities. In the center of the gardens is a gazebo, where on most afternoons, bands or performers of some type can be found.
With five universities in town the night life is never dull. From the harbourfront all the way up to the Spring Garden Road pubs, bars and cabarets entertain until the wee hours. Local music has a strong Celtic influence and can be found on nearly every corner of the downtown, inside and outside. Dinner theatre , community theatre , movie cinemas , symphony , concerts and street buskers can offer all the distraction that you will need, and many of the tour boats that offer harbour tours during the day plan night time party cruises.