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Explore Halifax through the local lense
The Halifax Citadel is one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions. Originally built as a military fortification, this historic site gives you the opportunity to take a step back in time by dressing in authentic military uniforms while exploring its grounds. But the fun doesn’t stop there. To complete the experience, you have the opportunity to learn how to fire a real Snider-Enfield rifle. Guided and self-guided tours are also available for enjoying a less-involved experience.
With over one million immigrants passing through the terminal between 1928 and 1971, Pier 21 is widely considered Canada’s equivalent to Ellis Island. Now a lively museum, visitors come from near and far to view a variety of permanent exhibits detailing the thrilling stories of many of the immigrants who passed through the area after long months at sea. For military history buffs, there’s also an exhibit dedicated to the over 500,000 Canadians who launched from the port to fight in the Pacific Theater of WWII. A variety of other events can take place on the pier, including citizenship ceremonies.
The Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk is dotted with shops, historical landmarks, and a variety of other exciting attractions, making it one of the most popular city walks in all of Canada. Notable attractions along the south to north walk include the Historic Properties buildings, a local casino, the Halifax Farmer’ Market and Garrison Brewery, and the Cable Wharf – not to mention a number of cute cafes for when it’s time to take a quick break and relax.
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Downtown Halifax is a very walkable city, We highly recommended to walk the entire Halifax waterfront boardwalk, which is one of the longest boardwalks in the world.
what to expect
Halifax was founded in 1749 and retains significant historic buildings and districts. Craft beer, art shows and live music are just a few things to experience.
The Halifax Citadel National Historic Site is the most visited National Historic Site in Canada. The practice of firing a gun at midday dates from 1856 and continues today.