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Halifax Travel Guide

Halifax Waterfront © Janayna Velozo

Halifax is the provincial capital of Nova Scotia, serving as the centre of commerce for Atlantic Canada. It sits on one of the largest natural harbours in the world and has long been an important maritime centre.

Halifax Harbour is home to North America's oldest yacht club, Northwest Arm. Two toll bridges span the harbour and a passenger ferry connects Halifax and Dartmouth, which lies across the Bedford Basin.

Founded in 1749 by the British, who sought to strengthen their presence in the North Atlantic, the city retains its British military air. Many historic stone and wood buildings have been preserved, particularly in the restored waterfront area that has become a major tourist attraction. The locale offers shopping, nightlife, restaurants and entertainment.

Halifax is the cultural hub of Nova Scotia and the Atlantic provinces as a whole. It has a number of art galleries, museums, theatres, and other entertainment facilities. It's also home to the Nova Scotia Symphony and many cultural festivals like the Nova Scotia International Tattoo, Shakespeare by the Sea, The Halifax International Busker Festival, and the Atlantic Film Festival.

Visitors can find out more about the city's culture from its free alternative arts weekly magazine, The Coast. The city also offers a range of recreation sites, such as parks, beaches, walking trails, and some living history experiences like the firing of the noon day gun at the Halifax Citadel and the working locks of the Shubenacadie Canal.

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