Walking tour from Cruise Ship




 

Welcome to Halifax.

So you are either coming to or are in Halifax off of one of the many cruise ships that comes to town every year.

This area is for you.

The Walking tour starts in the cruise ship area and moves on from there.

Check out the areas below.

This map is the best route for getting around Halifax by foot if you are leaving the cruise ships.

  1. Cruise Ship Area
  2. Barrington to Spring Garden
  3. Spring Garden to Citadel Hill
  4. Citadel Hill to Downtown
  5. Downtown to Cruise Ship area 

 

12 - Cunard Centre

Cunard Centre is a waterfront cargo shed renovated into a large multipurpose, year round event centre. Cunard Centre is located at Pier 23, behind the Westin Nova Scotian hotel, as part of the Halifax Port Authority’s SeaPort redevelopment. The venue’s sheer size, 45,000 square feet of column free space, boasts one of the largest capacities for events in Halifax. The Cunard Centre can accommodate a variety of functions, from formal banquets for up to 2200 guests, receptions and concerts for 4,000 people, trade and consumer shows, to charity and fundraising events and product launches. This multi-functional facility embraces innovation, with creative design and a state-of-the-art kitchen.

Guests of Cunard Centre can be outside on the “Brow”, and watch as ships maneuver through the busy Halifax port. In season, guests are privileged to view some of the largest cruise ships in the world, which tie up adjacent to Cunard Centre when visiting Halifax.

The Cunard Centre has bookings for many international conferences and events, and the general public can access the site during such public events as the NS Designer Craft Council Christmas Craft Show, NSLC Festival of Wines, and Word On The Street. Other events booked include corporate and formal dinners, lobster suppers, trade shows, and weddings.

13 - Dockside Shops (seasonal)

Conveniently located next to the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, you will find our Dockside Shops at Pavilion 22 a vibrant, open-concept market offering a warm and friendly shopping experience for cruise passengers and locals alike. Our Dockside Shops showcase regionally-handcrafted products including jewellery, gifts, apparel, accessories and signature items. Open only on cruise ship days. Visit www.cruisehalifax.ca for the most up to date cruise schedule for the Port of Halifax.

Ambassatours Gray Line
Amos Pewter
Atlantic Cruise Ship Services – A Maritime Travel Company
Carrefour Atlantique Emporium
Coastal Culture Inc. o/a Cool As A Moose
Fancy Glass & Crafts
Island Beach of Nova Scotia Store
Jennifer’s of Nova Scotia
Last Name Heritage
Maritime Sunglass Company
Memories & More Souveniers
NovaScotian Crystal
Peter’s at the Pavilion
Plaid Place Shops Limited
Point of View Glass
Riven Woodworks
Rose Valade Designs
Silk by Mary Lund
The Maple Tree Clothing & Gifts

53 - Pier 21

The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, is Canada’s national museum of immigration. The museum occupies part of Pier 21, the former ocean liner terminal and immigration shed from 1928 to 1971. Pier 21 is Canada’s last remaining ocean immigration shed. The facility is often compared to Ellis Island (1892-1954), in terms of its importance to mid-20th century immigration to Canada[1] an association it shares with 19th century immigration history at Grosse Isle, Quebec (1832-1932) and Partridge Island in Saint John, New Brunswick (1785-1941)[2]. The Museum began as an independent institution run by the Pier 21 Society in 1999. It became a national museum run by the Canadian federal government in 2011.

43 - Mary Black Gallery

Nova Scotia’s only public gallery with a fine craft mandate, hosting local, regional, national and international fine craft exhibitions year round.

76 - East Coast Lifestyle

The DNA of East Coast Lifestyle is simple: it’s about being proud of where you’re from. In March of 2013, Alex MacLean, a senior Business student at Acadia University was asked to start a temporary business for an Entrepreneurship class project. With an $800 loan from his dad and a passion to rep his coast, Alex produced his first 30 East Coast Lifestyle hoodies and sold them to his closest friends. Using the proceeds from the first batch, ECL began distribution from the trunk of Alex’s car and on his moms front lawn for several months until the birth of the popular anchor logo.

77 - Designer Craft Shop

Beautiful. Local. Handmade

Come and explore the diversity of fine craft in Nova Scotia at the Designer Craft Shop. Filled with handcrafted work from members of Craft Nova Scotia, the Designer Craft Shop is the ultimate destination for a gift for that special someone, that perfect décor or art piece for your home, as well as signature fashion accessories. Learn the story behind your favourite piece and discover something unexpected at our new shop!

34 - Tomavinos Pizzaria

 

At Tomavinos we are not only passionate about extraordinary food and exceptional service: we are philosophers, athletes, raconteurs, artists, and lovers of nature. We strive for excellence in every aspect of our lives but especially in the quality of our product. We use only the finest of local organic ingredients and are constantly searching for and incorporating new and exciting ideas into our repertoire. We have been serving up our award-winning pizza for more than two decades and our goal has always been and will continue to be giving our customers and unforgettable culinary experience.

44 - NSCAD

NSCAD University, formerly and still unofficially called the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, is a post-secondary art school in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. It was founded in 1887 by Anna Leonowens and later became the first degree-granting art school in Canada.

23 - Garrison Brewery

Sudsy rise against the norm or UK-styled beer invasion fermented in Nova Scotia, Garrison started in protest. As the first major wave of craft brewing in North America was cresting, Garrison was determined to see small batch, independent brewing come back to Halifax. Launched in the city’s deep north-end, the brewery released first an Irish Red Ale (August 1997) & Nut Brown Ale (October 1997). Restless & innovative, the early years saw McNab’s Pale, Raspberry Wheat, Martello Stout, Titanic Ale, Jalapeno Ale & more. By 2004, craft beer was surging again & the Lady Hammond plant was busting at the seams – time to move!

Vacant & derelict but solid & historic, the Immigration Annex on the south-end waterfront was begging for a brewery. By February 2006 the 1929 character building had one – us – & the new Halifax Seaport had its’ first anchor tenant. The added space and exposure was like oxygen to Garrison & the brewery grew rapidly. New tanks & better bottling gear allowed for a tripling of production, but by 2012 the space could give no more.

Determined to stay “100% SEAPORT BREWED”, the team found another beautifully derelict Port space in the old CN Rail Repair Building just a keg roll away. By spring 2014 Garrison was running trial batches on their state-of-the-art, PEI-built brewhouse, & this fully updated craft-brewing plant continues to meet the growing Garrison demand. The new plant isn’t open to the public but you can still catch our brewers in action at the market brewery knocking out specialties & collabs on the original gear. Cheers!

52 - Pavilion 20

Pier 20 is one of two principle cruise ship berths offering cruise passengers direct ship-to-shore access to HPA’s dedicated cruise passenger terminal. Pavilion 20 offers an open, barrier-free space ideal for gather tours.

31 - Halifax Seaport Farmers Market

The Halifax Farmers’ Market was created by Royal Proclamation in June of 1750, a year after the founding of Halifax. The Governor and Council designated a site for the Market – the present day Bank of Montreal building. For 50 years this flesh, meat or cattle market, as it was known, sold produce as well as livestock delivered from Acadian farms in the Annapolis Valley and from local farm production.

In 1848 the City of Halifax was incorporated and the original City Charter conveyed the Country Market property to the city “for the public and common benefit and use of the City of Halifax according to the true interest and meaning of the original grant.” The Market has operated in several locations across the city since its inception in 1750, but moved to the Halifax Seaport in 2010 where it is now known as the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market – the longest continuously running Market in North America and proudly hosting over 250 vendors!

4- Barrington Street Superstore

The Superstore is a supermarket and a pharmacy where you can get a lot of products that you may be looking for while here.

Keep in mind if you are coming off of the cruise ship you may not be able to bring a lot of things back on the ship with you.  Check before you buy.

There is also a liquor store here in this superstore. In Canada you have to go to a different place than the supermarket to get alcohol.

72 - Via Rail Train Station

The station is the eastern terminus of the Ocean, Via Rail’s eastern transcontinental train which operates between Montreal and Halifax; thus it is also the eastern terminus of Via Rail.

The Ocean is North America’s longest running “named passenger train” as it was introduced by the Intercolonial Railway in 1904 to provide first-class rail passage between Halifax and Montreal.

In the early 2000s, the Acadian Lines inter-city bus company moved its Halifax terminal from Almon Street in the North End to the Halifax Railway Station.

The Halifax Railway Station adjoins the Westin Nova Scotian Hotel, a former railway hotel that was built and owned by Canadian National Railways, which also built the station. CN divested the hotel during the 1980s and it is currently operated under the Westin Hotels banner.

74 - The Westin Nova Scotia

The Westin Nova Scotian is a premier hotel destination in downtown Halifax, with spacious rooms, superb amenities, and a fabulous waterfront location.

17 - Cornwallis Park

The Statue of Edward Cornwallis was a bronze sculpture of the military/political figure Edward Cornwallis atop a large granite pedestal with plaques. It had been erected in 1931 in an urban square in the south end of Halifax, Nova Scotia, opposite the Canadian National Railway station. On January 31, 2018, the statue and pedestal were removed on order of the Halifax Regional Council.

Cornwallis was the founder of Halifax (1749) and was Governor of Nova Scotia from 1749 until 1752. Since the 1980s the existence of the statue has generated significant controversy. For Nova Scotia’s indigenous people, the Mi’kmaq, the statue had come to symbolize the injustices they had suffered through the colonial period, and up to the present day. To many other Nova Scotians, the statue represented the founding of the city and had local historical value. Historian John G. Reid writes that the conflicting viewpoints centred on the issue of historical memory, that is, “how the past should be publicly remembered.”[1]

1 - Alexander Keith's Nova Scotia Brewery

A “jewel in the crown” of Halifax, Alexander Keith’s Nova Scotia Brewery first opened its doors almost 200 years ago. Today, the same brewery serves as a popular destination for visitors and beer fans alike.
One of the oldest working breweries in North America, the brewery is dedicated to crafting small batch brews, inspired by local Nova Scotian culture and Keith’s heritage.
Visitors can tour the beautiful space and learn all about the history of Mr. Keith’s legacy, as well as get a behind the scenes look at the brewing process. The tour wraps up at “Stag’s Head”, the historic pub in what used to be the aging cavern of Mr. Keith’s Brewery. Here, visitors can sample the locally inspired small batch and limited edition beers, while enjoying live music from some of Halifax’s most talented young local musicians.
Why not stop by for a “Real Nova Scotian Good Time”, and experience an award winning one-of-a-kind brewery tour

24 - Government House

Government House of Nova Scotia is the official residence of the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, as well as that in Halifax of the Canadian monarch.[1][2] It stands in the provincial capital at 1451 Barrington Street; unlike other provincial Government Houses in Canada, this gives Nova Scotia‘s royal residence a prominent urban setting, though it is still surrounded by gardens.

66 - St. Matthew's Church

St. Matthew’s was originally called Mather’s Church, but it soon became known as the Protestant Dissenting Church. This name held until 1814, when it was often called the Presbyterian Church. After 1820 it became known as St. Matthew’s Presbyterian Church, and the congregation kept that name until it became a member of the United Church of Canada in 1925 – it has been St. Matthew’s United Church since that time.

Application was made to Lord Edward Cornwallis for a Protestant Dissenting Church in 1749, the year of Halifax’s founding, and on Dec. 20 of that year the council granted a church site at the downtown corner of what is still Hollis and Prince streets. This most desirable location consisted of four lots granted to four single men who had made no effort to erect dwellings. The building of the church commenced in 1753 and in 1754 the Halifax Council voted the congregation £400 from the public expense account. The church was completed in 1754. From 1750 until 1754 when the church was opened, the congregation met for worship in St. Paul’s Church (Anglican). In the morning people went to St. Paul’s to hear Rev. John Breynton or Rev. W. Tutty in a service that lasted approximately three hours. In the afternoon, the same people attended the Dissenter’s service with Rev. Aaron Cleveland, their first minister, preaching. Rev. Cleveland was offered a piece of land at the corner of Barrington and Morris, but after three years with the Dissenters, he went to England and joined the Anglican Church.

36 - Maritime Centre

Maritime center is a large office building that we have in downtown Halifax.  Many of the tenants are Government Offices.  There is a Bell Mobility store inside for those of you who are looking for a cell phone while you are in Halifax.  Also inside you will find an old bookstore, as well as Niche which is a fantastic restaurant.

48 - Old Burial Ground

The Old Burying Ground was founded in 1749, the same year as the settlement, as the town’s first burial ground. It was originally non-denominational and for several decades was the only burial place for all Haligonians. (The burial ground was also used by St. Matthew’s United Church (Halifax)). In 1793 it was turned over to the Anglican St. Paul’s Church. The cemetery was closed in 1844 and the Camp Hill Cemetery established for subsequent burials. The site steadily declined until the 1980s when it was restored and refurbished by the Old Burying Ground Foundation, which now maintains the site and employ tour guides to interpret the site in the summer. Ongoing restoration of the rare 18th century grave markers continues.

Over the decades some 12,000 people were interred in the Old Burial Ground. Today there are about 1,200 headstones, some having been lost and many others being buried with no headstone. Many notable residents are buried in the cemetery, including British Major General Robert Ross, who led the successful Washington Raid of 1814 and burned the White House before being killed in battle at Baltimore a few days later.

48 - Old Burial Ground

The Old Burying Ground was founded in 1749, the same year as the settlement, as the town’s first burial ground. It was originally non-denominational and for several decades was the only burial place for all Haligonians. (The burial ground was also used by St. Matthew’s United Church (Halifax)). In 1793 it was turned over to the Anglican St. Paul’s Church. The cemetery was closed in 1844 and the Camp Hill Cemetery established for subsequent burials. The site steadily declined until the 1980s when it was restored and refurbished by the Old Burying Ground Foundation, which now maintains the site and employ tour guides to interpret the site in the summer. Ongoing restoration of the rare 18th century grave markers continues.

Over the decades some 12,000 people were interred in the Old Burial Ground. Today there are about 1,200 headstones, some having been lost and many others being buried with no headstone. Many notable residents are buried in the cemetery, including British Major General Robert Ross, who led the successful Washington Raid of 1814 and burned the White House before being killed in battle at Baltimore a few days later.

Commanders of three of the ships that served Governor Edward Cornwallis buried crew in unmarked graves: the HMS Sphynx (1 crew), the HMS Baltimore (1 crew) and the HMS Albany (6 crew). The HMS Sphynx was Cornwallis’ own ship and the crew member was buried on the day his ship arrived in Halifax on 21 June 1749. The HMS Albany was a 14 gun sloop commanded by the Nova Scotia’s senior naval officer John Rous (1749-1753).[1]

There are four recorded Mi’kmaq buried in the burial ground, including a Mi’kmaw Chief Francis [Muir?].[2] There was also a “protestant indian” named John Tray, possibly from John Gorham’s rangers.[3]

There are also 167 recorded Blacks buried in the graveyard, all with unmarked graves. (There is a grave marker, however, of the Huntingdonian Missionary who taught at the first school for Black students in Halifax, Reverend William Furmage.) Blacks arrived with New England Planters. During the arrival of the Planters, there were 54 Blacks in Halifax. 7 Blacks were buried in the cemetery from 1763-1775.[4] Black Nova Scotians also arrived in Halifax with Boston Loyalists after the evacuation of Boston in 1776. During this period, 18 Blacks were buried in the cemetery (1776-1782). Seventy-three free Black Nova Scotians (and no slaves) also arrived in Halifax with the New York Loyalists after evacuation from New York in 1783. Of the 73 Blacks who arrived from New York, there were 4 burials that happened during this time period. Rev. John Breynton reported that in 1783 he baptized 40 Blacks and buried many because of disease.[5] Between the years 1792-1817 there are no recorded burials of Black Nova Scotians. The largest number of burials happen in the 1820s (72 graves), presumably the graves of the 155 Black Refugees who arrived in Halifax during the War of 1812.[6][7]

The last erected and most prominent burial marker is the Welsford-Parker Monument, a Triumphal arch standing at the entrance to the cemetery commemorating British victory in the Crimean War. This is the first public monument built in Nova Scotia and is the fourth oldest war monument in Canada. It is also the only monument to the Crimean War in North America. The arch was built in 1860, 16 years after the cemetery had officially closed. The arch was built by George Lang and is named after two Haligonians, Major Augustus Frederick Welsford and Captain William Buck Carthew Augustus Parker. Both Nova Scotians died in the Battle of the Great Redan during the Siege of Sevastopol (1854–1855). This monument was the last grave marker in the cemetery.

In 1938, the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts presented and dedicated a granite monument to Erasmus James Philipps, who is the earliest known settler of Nova Scotia (c. 1721) who was buried in the cemetery. He was also the founder of Freemasonry in present-day Canada (1737).[8]

The Old Burying Ground was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1991.[9] It had earlier been designated a Provincially Registered Property in 1988 under Nova Scotia’s Heritage Property Act.[10]

65 - St. Mary's Basilica

The church has been significantly expanded and altered over time. Originally constructed of wood, it was replaced by a stone structure beginning in 1820 inspired (as were many churches of the day) by Saint Martin in the Fields in London.[1] It was expanded to its present size beginning in 1869, according to designs of Patrick Keely who introduced the Gothic Revival facade and spire. Besides the Gothic features, the spire also includes Norman and Germanic design elements.[1]

The facade and spire are notable for being built entirely of granite. All of the stone was locally obtained, except for the three portals which have a jamb shaft of pink Aberdeen granite. The spire has a height of 189 feet (58 m).

The basilica was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1997.[2]

56 - Provincial Court House

The Halifax Provincial Court is a courthouse on Spring Garden Road in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The first trial was heard in October 1860, and it remains today a functioning courthouse. The Supreme Court sat for the first time in the newly built Halifax County courthouse on Spring Garden Road in October 1860. Home of Supreme Court of Nova Scotiauntil 1960 when the building temporarily became the Provincial Library and then the home of the Provincial Court in 1971. The most recent renovations to the building were completed in 1985.

21 -Daltech

The Technical University of Nova Scotia (TUNS) is a former Canadian university that was located in HalifaxNova Scotia.

TUNS was officially founded as the Nova Scotia Technical College on 25 April 1907. On 1 April 1997 it was merged into Dalhousie University. The former TUNS campus is now called the Sexton Campus, in honour of Dr. Frederick Sexton, founding principal of the Nova Scotia Technical College.[1]

42 -Neptune Theatre

Neptune Theatre opened in 1963. Inspires our audiences with great stories. We see ourselves as an enduring cultural organization that enriches our community across the Atlantic Region, earning a national reputation through artistic and creative excellence in our programming and the practice of our craft.

64 - St. Davids Church

The Grafton Street Methodist Church is located atop a hill on Grafton Street in downtown Halifax, Nova Scotia. This Victorian Gothic style church was designed by David Stirling and built in 1868-1869. There is a small cemetery beside the church and the remains of Reverend William Black lie beneath the church. The building, cemetery and property are included in the provincial designation.

27 - Halifax Central Library

The Halifax Central Library is a public library in HalifaxNova ScotiaCanada on the corner of Spring Garden Road and Queen Street. It serves as the flagship library of the Halifax Public Libraries, replacing the Spring Garden Road Memorial Library.[1]

A new central library was discussed by library administrators for several decades and approved by the regional council in 2008. The architects, a joint venture between local firm Fowler Bauld and Mitchell and Schmidt Hammer Lassen of Denmark, were chosen in 2010 through an international design competition. Construction began later that year on a prominent downtown site that had been a parking lot for half a century.

The new library opened in December 2014 and has become a highly popular gathering place. In addition to a book collection significantly larger than that of the former library, the new building houses a wide range of amenities including cafés, an auditorium, and community rooms. The striking architecture is characterised by the fifth floor’s cantilever over the entrance plaza, a central atrium criss-crossed by staircases, and the building’s transparency and relationship to the urban context.

The library won a Lieutenant Governor’s Design Award in Architecture for 2014 and a Governor General’s Medal in Architecture in 2016.

City Centre Atlantic

Dresden Row Market, located in City Centre Atlantic, offers a unique shopping experience. Our retailers include Pete’s Frootique, a popular grocery emporium, and specialty retailers including Atlantic Photo Supply, The Suitor Company, 2008 New Century Trading,Cucina Moderna, Premier Wines & Sprits, Pete’s Cafe, Koo-E Nami & Royale Korean Cuisine.

Make a special stop at Dresden Row Market for all your specialty needs.

Spring Garden Place

Experience vibrant and cultivated shops, services and dining options in the heart of downtown Halifax at Spring Garden Place.

Enjoy a unique mall-meets-boutique atmosphere where you’ll find 24 retailers offering a great variety of retail, services and delectable dining from stylish fashion and floral to jewellery, spa treatments and cuisine for all tastes.

So come on, take a walk on over and experience the hustle and bustle of our great city and shop with flair.

Park Lane

Park Lane Mall is ideally situated on Spring Garden Road at the foot of The Halifax Citadel, just a block away from the famous Victorian Public Gardens Park Lane boasts 600 on-site parking spaces, a GoodLife Fitness centre, and Cineplex, featuring eight screens and stadium seating. With over 40 shops and services, there’s something for everyone at Park Lane.

Park Lane Terraces is the seven-storey office tower located above the retail levels.

Halifax Public Gardens

The Public Gardens encompass 16 acres and are bounded by Spring Garden Road, South Park Street, Summer Street and Sackville Street. They are open annually from approximately May 1 until November 1. The landscaping style is Victorian formal and provides a popular setting for wedding and prom photos. In addition to statues and extensive flower beds, there are three fountains, two stone bridges, three ponds (one large and two small), and a small concession building (located in the original Horticultural Hall).[3] The gardens also feature a bandstand that is used for free public concerts on Sunday afternoons during the summer. There are celebrations in the gardens every year on Canada day (July 1) and Natal Day (the first Monday in August).

In the past, many people enjoyed feeding the ducks who make the gardens their home, although it is now prohibited.[4]

The Public Gardens were badly damaged by Hurricane Juan in 2003. Many trees were destroyed, necessitating the early closure of the gardens and some redesign. The gardens reopened on Canada Day, 2004 after a restoration aided in part by $1 million which was raised during a radio telethon.

28 - Halifax Citadel National Historic Site

Halifax Citadel National Historic Site

Citadel Hill is a hill that is a National Historic Site in Halifax, Nova ScotiaCanada. Four fortifications have been constructed on Citadel Hill since 1749, and were referred to as Fort George—but only the third fort (built between 1794 and 1800) was officially named Fort George, by General Orders of October 20, 1798, after Prince Edward’s father, King George III. The first two and the fourth and current fort, were officially called the Halifax Citadel. The Citadel is the fortified summit of Citadel Hill. The hill was first fortified in 1749, the year the town of Halifax was founded. Those fortifications were successively rebuilt to defend the town from various enemies. Construction and leveling have lowered the summit by ten to twelve metres. While never attacked, the Citadel was long the keystone to defence of the strategically important Halifax Harbour and its Royal Navy Dockyard.

Today, Parks Canada operates the site as the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site of Canada and has restored to its appearance in the Victorian era.[1]

50 - Old Town Clock

The idea of a clock for the British Army and Royal Navy garrison at Halifax is credited to Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, who arranged for a turret clock to be manufactured before his return to England in 1800. It is said that Prince Edward, then commander-in-chief of all military forces in British North America, wished to resolve the tardiness of the local garrison.

The clock tower is a three-tiered (three storey), irregular octagon tower built atop a one storey white clapboard building of classic Palladianproportions. It was erected on the east slope of Citadel Hill facing Barrack (now Brunswick) Street. The clock face is 4-sided displaying Roman numerals. As with most clocks the “4” is shown as IIII for aesthetic symmetry and not as IV.

The clock mechanism was constructed by the “House of Vulliamy“, respected Royal Clockmakers based in London.[1] It is driven by three weights, gears, and a 13-foot pendulum with the mechanism being housed in a cast iron frame located in the “clock room”, immediately below the belfry. Its bell strikes hourly and quarterly and the durability of the mechanism (which dates to the original installation) is attributed to its slow movement.

The Town Clock began keeping time for the garrison on October 20, 1803.

The tower housing the Town Clock has been used in the past as a guard room and as a residence for the clock caretaker. The first caretaker of the Citadel Clock had the surname Dechman. Restoration work on the Town Clock has taken place at various times during the 20th century, with the property passing into the care of Parks Canada, which has responsibility for the Citadel Hill National Historic Site. The caretaker position ceased in 1965 with its maintenance now being performed by Citadel Hill employees who wind the clock mechanism twice weekly.

A major restoration project in 1960 saw the exterior façade of the Town Clock building returned to its original Georgian appearance. George Rose, a parks employee recorded this restoration.[2] Another restoration was carried out in 2005 to restore the clock’s faces.

As a Halifax icon, the Town Clock has featured in many artworks, fictional and non-fictional accounts of Halifax. One among many is a depiction of the town clock as a character named Chimey in the children’s television show Theodore Tugboat.

62 - Scotiabank Centre

The arena was opened on February 17, 1978 as the Halifax Metro Centre, and was built into the ground to compensate for the steep elevation of the land it occupies. One can see cars at street level, outside, while watching an event.

In recent years there has been some talk of a possible new, larger arena to be built sometime in the next few years. It would likely have a seating capacity of over 15,000 for hockey games.[citation needed] In December 2007, an Ozzy Osbourne concert sold out in nine minutes, setting a box office ticket record for the Halifax Metro Centre. In July 2008, the Halifax Metro Centre also set a record sell-out (25,000 tickets sold in forty minutes), for two back-to-back Elton John concerts held in late September 2008. In April 2012, the Halifax Mooseheads sold out game 6 of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League semifinals in 20 minutes. On May 9, 2013, QMJHL Presidents Cup final Game 5 sold-out in record time 11 minutes, setting another attendance mark for the Scotiabank Centre.[citation needed]

The facility is owned by the municipality but operated by Trade Centre Limited.

On June 25, 2014, it was announced that Scotiabank had won the naming rights to the facility and that the Metro Centre would be renamed the Scotiabank Centre.[1] The facility official opened its doors as the rebranded Scotiabank Centre on September 19, 2014.[2]

75 - Halifax Convention Centre

Halifax Convention Centre
Argyle Street and Nova Centre.jpg

Nova Centre under construction in 2016
Location Argyle Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Operator Events East Group
Opened 2017
Enclosed space
 • Total space 120,000 sq ft (11,000 m2)
 • Exhibit hall floor 50,000 sq ft (4,600 m2)
 • Breakout/meeting 40,000 sq ft (3,700 m2)
 • Ballroom 30,000 sq ft (2,800 m2)
Website
halifaxconventioncentre.com

The Halifax Convention Centre is the main conference centre in Halifax, Nova ScotiaCanada. It opened on December 15, 2017 in Downtown Halifax, replacing the older World Trade and Convention Centre.

The Halifax Convention Centre is part of the $500-million Nova Centre project. With 1,000,000 square feet (93,000 m2) of mixed-use space, Nova Centre is the largest integrated development project undertaken in Nova Scotia’s history.

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History[edit]

Background[edit]

Trade Centre Limited (TCL), the provincial Crown corporation that operated the World Trade and Convention Centre, advocated replacing the facility to accommodate demand for larger scale conventions, citing the lack of a dedicated exhibition room and the larger size of comparable facilities elsewhere in the country. In 2008, Trade Centre Limited and the provincial Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal issued an expression of interest for an expanded facility.[1] This process identified a successful proponent, Rank Inc., a private developer. It was announced that Rank Inc. would build the overall development, called Nova Centre, in which the convention centre would be located.

In August 2011, the federal government announced it would invest $51 million toward eligible construction costs for the new convention centre. The remaining funding was shared by the Province of Nova Scotia and the Halifax Regional Municipality, with each contributing $56.4 million. With funds in place for the convention centre portion of the project, the developer, Rank Inc., continued to work on preliminary designs and securing tenants for the other aspects of the Nova Centre project. In July 2012, Rank Inc. CEO Joe Ramia officially announced his intention to proceed with the project, beginning with wide-ranging public consultation to help inform the look and feel, streetscape and public spaces for the Nova Centre. That same month Regional Council gave its final approval to a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Province of Nova Scotia that outlines the construction, operational and financial agreements surrounding the new convention centre.[2]

Auditor General Jacques Lapointe, in 2012, criticized the market study used to justify construction of the new convention centre. Without questioning the general merits of a new facility, he stated that “some industry realities were ignored” and provided new calculations which suggested that the economic spinoff could be significantly diminished if the expected utilization rate was lower than calculated. Trade Centre CEO Scott Ferguson responded by stating that he stood by the original projections.[3][4]

The branding and name of the facility, Halifax Convention Centre, were announced in early 2014 by Ferguson, who praised the “simplicity” and marketing sense of the name and graphic identity.[5]

Nova Scotia Sport Hall of fame

The Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame honours Nova Scotia’s sport heroes and history. Our athletes, teams and builders cover all sports including hockey, basketball, football, golf, track and Olympians.

78 - Nova Centre

The Nova Centre development occupies two city blocks in downtown Halifax. One block was formerly home to the longtime headquarters of the Halifax Chronicle-Herald newspaper.

The project has received federal, provincial, and municipal public funding as it will house, in the podium levels and basement, the new Halifax Convention Centre operated by the Crown corporation Trade Centre Limited (TDL).[2]

In 2014, Halifax Regional Council approved the sale of a section of Grafton Street, running through the Nova Centre site, to Argyle Developments at a cost of $1.9 million. This section will remain open to the public as a covered pedestrian arcade, and will be rented out for events by the developer.

In October 2015, the Bank of Montreal signed a 10-year lease agreement and naming rights deal. The bank will establish their Atlantic Canadian headquarters in the office tower, and one of the towers will be named BMO Tower. The bank’s flagship downtown branch will also be relocated to the ground level of the building.[3]

In April 2017 it was announced that Grant Thornton had signed a lease for 36,000 square feet (3,300 m2) of space in the complex and would move there from the Cogswell Tower.[4]

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62 - Scotiabank Centre

The arena was opened on February 17, 1978 as the Halifax Metro Centre, and was built into the ground to compensate for the steep elevation of the land it occupies. One can see cars at street level, outside, while watching an event.

In recent years there has been some talk of a possible new, larger arena to be built sometime in the next few years. It would likely have a seating capacity of over 15,000 for hockey games.[citation needed] In December 2007, an Ozzy Osbourne concert sold out in nine minutes, setting a box office ticket record for the Halifax Metro Centre. In July 2008, the Halifax Metro Centre also set a record sell-out (25,000 tickets sold in forty minutes), for two back-to-back Elton John concerts held in late September 2008. In April 2012, the Halifax Mooseheads sold out game 6 of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League semifinals in 20 minutes. On May 9, 2013, QMJHL Presidents Cup final Game 5 sold-out in record time 11 minutes, setting another attendance mark for the Scotiabank Centre.[citation needed]

The facility is owned by the municipality but operated by Trade Centre Limited.

On June 25, 2014, it was announced that Scotiabank had won the naming rights to the facility and that the Metro Centre would be renamed the Scotiabank Centre.[1] The facility official opened its doors as the rebranded Scotiabank Centre on September 19, 2014.[2]

75 - World Trade and Convention

Trade Centre Limited (TCL), the provincial Crown corporation that operated the World Trade and Convention Centre, advocated replacing the facility to accommodate demand for larger scale conventions, citing the lack of a dedicated exhibition room and the larger size of comparable facilities elsewhere in the country. In 2008, Trade Centre Limited and the provincial Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal issued an expression of interest for an expanded facility.[1] This process identified a successful proponent, Rank Inc., a private developer. It was announced that Rank Inc. would build the overall development, called Nova Centre, in which the convention centre would be located.

In August 2011, the federal government announced it would invest $51 million toward eligible construction costs for the new convention centre. The remaining funding was shared by the Province of Nova Scotia and the Halifax Regional Municipality, with each contributing $56.4 million. With funds in place for the convention centre portion of the project, the developer, Rank Inc., continued to work on preliminary designs and securing tenants for the other aspects of the Nova Centre project. In July 2012, Rank Inc. CEO Joe Ramia officially announced his intention to proceed with the project, beginning with wide-ranging public consultation to help inform the look and feel, streetscape and public spaces for the Nova Centre. That same month Regional Council gave its final approval to a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Province of Nova Scotia that outlines the construction, operational and financial agreements surrounding the new convention centre.[2]

Auditor General Jacques Lapointe, in 2012, criticized the market study used to justify construction of the new convention centre. Without questioning the general merits of a new facility, he stated that “some industry realities were ignored” and provided new calculations which suggested that the economic spinoff could be significantly diminished if the expected utilization rate was lower than calculated. Trade Centre CEO Scott Ferguson responded by stating that he stood by the original projections.[3][4]

The branding and name of the facility, Halifax Convention Centre, were announced in early 2014 by Ferguson, who praised the “simplicity” and marketing sense of the name and graphic identity.[5]

47 - Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame

The Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame honours Nova Scotia’s sport heroes and history. Our athletes, teams and builders cover all sports including hockey, basketball, football, golf, track and Olympians.

25 - Grand Parade

Halifax town plan with Grand Parade at centre

18th century[edit]

The first contingent of British settlers in Halifax arrived in June 1749 and completed 300 houses by October 1749. Lieutenant John Brewse, a military engineer, sited the town within a defensive perimeter while Charles Morris, appointed Chief Surveyor on 25 September 1749, worked on the town layout and probably conducted the actual surveying.[1] Moses Harris, a settler skilled in draughting, published the town plan for Halifax in 1749. It comprised an urban grid made up of oblong, rectangular city blocks with the Grand Parade at the centre of the town. The plan stipulated a church at one end of the square (opened 1750), and a courthouse and prison at the northern end. However, the north end remained vacant.[1]

Shortly after arriving in Halifax, Governor Cornwallis ordered framing from Boston for the construction of a church. The cornerstone for the church was laid on 13 June 1750. It was named St. Paul’s in 1759 when a parish of that name was established.[1] The building was modeled off Marybone Chapel in London.[1]

In 1794 Prince Edward arrived in Halifax to command the military in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. He set about improving the military facilities around the city, and had the Grand Parade leveled to improve its usefulness. As Barrington Street slopes down toward the north of Grand Parade, a retaining wall was built here to keep the square level. The retaining wall is tall enough to accommodate inhabitable space underneath the square, with frontage on Barrington. This space originally accommodated ice houses for Mrs. Jane Donaldson, a Granville Street merchant.[1]

19th century

Dalhousie Square. A winter scene depicting men and women in their sleighs in front of Dalhousie College, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 1851.

Dalhousie College in 1871, where City Hall now stands
Halifax City Hall, opened 1890

The original building of Dalhousie College (now Dalhousie University) opened at the north end of the Grand Parade in 1821. It was a Georgian four storey building separated from the square by a dry moat to allow light to the lower floors.[1] As the 19th century progressed the Grand Parade deteriorated. Dalhousie claimed to lack the funds to upkeep the space while the city claimed it could not take responsibility for the square without undisputed ownership of it.[1] Meanwhile, city offices and council chambers were located at premises on Water Street described at the time as “a trifle porous”, “disreputable looking”, and “a dirty hole”.[1] In 1872 the council asked E.H. Keating, the city engineer, to investigate ways to improve the Grand Parade. Keating suggested building a new city hall at the south end of the site. Public opinion preferred the Dalhousie site, at the north end of the square.[1] In the end, Dalhousie agreed to relocated to the city’s South End and a decision was made to build a “respectable building” on the site of the college.[1] At this time Mayor James MacIntosh suggested renaming the square after Queen Victoria as the name Grand Parade bore connotations to a “condition of decay”.[1] This was not pursued.

An impressive new edifice was designed by Edward Elliot. Demolition of the old college began in 1886. The cornerstone of the new city hallwas laid in 1888. Following the completion of the building, Keating completely redesigned the layout of the square to more suitably reflect its new civic role. He built a circular carriage drive that began at Barrington Street and looped in front of City Hall.[1] The retaining wall on Barrington was rebuilt at this time.

20th century

Keating’s plan also specified a circular fountain that was not built until 1905. It was removed to make way for the Cenotaph, officially unveiled on July 1, 1929 by Sir Robert Borden.[2] The Cenotaph, honouring Canada’s war dead, was designed by Scottish sculptor J. Massey Rhind.

Grand Parade flagpole being transported through Digby in 1947

In 1907 the retaining wall on Barrington Street was augmented to include a stable. There were also plans to build public toilets south of the stable but these were not proceeded with. Later this undercroft space became a police patrol station that operated until 1952.[3] This space is currently walled off and unused.

A new flagpole was installed in preparation for the city’s bicentennial commemoration in 1949. The 128 feet (39 m) long Douglas fir log was transported from British Columbia by the Canadian Pacific Railwayto the Bay of Fundy, where it was put aboard a scow and sailed to Digby. It was floated to shore and loaded onto three CPR flatcars, arriving in Halifax on August 4, 1947. The new flagpole was erected by the Royal Canadian Engineers and officially unveiled in September 1947 by Mayor A.E. Ahern and railway officials.[4]

There was once a short street called St. Paul’s Hill that ran directly in front of St. Paul’s Church and connected Barrington and Argyle Streets. It was created at the behest of St. Paul’s during the renovations to the square after Prince Edward’s 1794 arrival.[1] The civic address of the church was 1 St. Paul’s Hill. The street was served by a bus in the 20th century.[5] It was closed in 1977-1978 and the land incorporated into the Grand Parade.[6]

The parade was improved in 1995 for the 21st G7 summit. Three functional areas were designated to accommodate different needs and uses: St. Paul’s Plaza, the Civic Plaza in the centre, and the City Hall Plaza in front of City Hall.[6] The pedestrian entrance to the City Hall Plaza from Argyle Street was added in 1999.[6][7]

Recent developments

For several decades, regional councillors were allowed to park their cars in the Grand Parade. This was controversial; a 1989 report stated that “a consensus of opinion indicates that all parking in the Grand Parade should be eliminated.”[8] The Coast argued for parking to be removed, derisively labeling the status quo as the “Grand Parkade”.[8] On May 20, 2003 councillors Sheila Fougere and Dawn Sloane brought forward a motion to seek alternative parking elsewhere so the space could be opened for public use, but this was defeated. On December 14, 2004 council voted against moving councillor parking to the Birk’s lot. The matter came up again on January 18, 2005 on a motion to reconsider and the proposal was again voted down.[8] Councillor Steve Streatch was one of the most steadfast opponents of moving car parking to the vacant Birk’s site, across the street from city hall, because he favoured the convenience of not having to walk the short distance.[8][9] Council eventually voted to relocate the councillor parking lot from September 1, 2007 (Streatch successfully argued to delay the deadline from the April 1 cutoff originally proposed).[10]

On October 17, 2010 a concrete arch was unveiled as a memorial to peace officers killed in the line of duty. It is inscribed with the names of 21 fallen Nova Scotia peace officers.[11]

Events

The Grand Parade is home to a variety of events year-round. Each November 11 the Cenotaph is home to the official Remembrance Day commemoration ceremony. There are celebrations on other holidays including Canada Day, and an annual concert and countdown on New Year’s Eve. The municipality also allows community groups to hire the square for special events, although there are special rules governing the use of the Grand Parade, including restrictions on advertising and the clause that events must remain 20 feet away from the Cenotaph.

Visiting dignitaries and members of the royal family often tour the square and greet the public there. For example, the Queen visited the square on a 10-day tour of Canada in 1994, where she reviewed a guard of honour and laid a wreath at the cenotaph.[12]

The Grand Parade is also a popular site for political demonstrations, and as a starting or ending point for protest marches.

Features

Grand Parade Halifax looking north, Cenotaph, mast, and Halifax City Hallpictured.

Halifax City Hall

The Halifax City Hall is located on the original site of Dalhousie University, built 1821. The university building was demolished to make way for the new structure and timbers from the old academic building were reportedly incorporated into the municipal building, the Halifax City Hall.

It was designed by architect Edward Elliot and constructed for the City of Halifax between 1887 and 1890; it is one of the oldest and largest public buildings in Nova Scotia and is a designated National Historic Site of Canada. The building is of cream and red sandstone, designed in an eclectic, monumental style. It features granite construction on the ground floor and in the tower. The seven storey tower has clock faces on the north and south sides. The northern face is fixed at four minutes past nine to commemorate the Halifax Explosion of 1917.

The Cenotaph

Britannia by renowned New York sculptor J. Massey Rhind, Cenotaph, Grand Parade, Halifax

The Cenotaph in the middle of Grand Parade was dedicated on Dominion Day (July 1) 1929 by Former Prime Minister Robert Borden to commemorate those who died in World War I. The Bronze work on the cenotaph was modelled after Edwin Lutyens‘ famous Cenotaph in WhitehallEngland, with a statue of Britannia by noted Scottish sculpture John Massey Rhind. The Cenotaph is constructed of local Tangier granite.

The sculpture depicts victorious but grieving Britannia representing Nova Scotian motherhood. There are also three ceremonial wreaths, the names of First and Second World War Battles honours, a dedication, the coat of arms of both Nova Scotia and Canada as well as a Victory Cross.

During a 2009 maintenance inspection structural problems were discovered with the monument. It was completely dismantled and rebuilt in time for the Remembrance Day ceremony that year.[15]

67 - St. Paul's Church

St. Paul’s is the oldest building in Halifax and the oldest existing Protestant place of worship in Canada. Founded by proclamation of King George II in 1749, the building was erected in the summer of 1750. On September 2, 1750 the Reverend William Tutty held the first service inside what was, according to Mr. Tutty, “not completely fitted up”. The architectural plans were based on St. Peter’s Church, Vere Street, London which was designed in 1722 by James Gibbs, a pupil of Sir Christopher Wren. The resemblance between the two churches is remarkable despite the addition of St. Paul’s vestibule and steeple, 1812, the side wings, 1868, and the chancel, 1872. The timbers of St. Paul’s were cut in Saco, Maine and shipped to Halifax. Most of the materials including the bricks to line the walls were made locally. Over two and a half centuries later, the original wooden structure remains as sound as the day it was built. Charles Inglis, first overseas Bishop of the Church of England, arrived in 1787 making St. Paul’s his cathedral. Until the construction of a garrison chapel in 1844, St. Paul’s was also the first garrison church in Halifax. For more than 12,000 Sundays worshippers have gathered here to celebrate Christ’s death and resurrection, to read God’s word and to hear it preached from the pulpit, to bring before Him the needs of the world and to offer Him humble thanks for his goodness.

70 - TD Bank

TD Bank is an international bank with a branch on Barrington Street

11 - CIBC

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63 - Scotia Square Mall

Scotia Square consists of a mall, a hotel, and a number of office towers connected to each other and to other buildings by pedways and tunnels. In the centre of the complex is Scotia Square Mall and a large food court servicing the adjoinging office buildings. The complex is adjacent to the Cogswell Interchange, and it fronts on Duke Street to the south, Barrington Street to the east, and Albemarle Street (formerly Market Street) to the west.

Buildings

Map of Scotia Square

Food court

The Scotia Square Mall food court was renovated in 2014 and named The Mix by Crombie REIT. The court features 14 different food vendors ranging from large fast food chains like McDonald’s to locally owned vendors like Mama Gratti’s Deli & Market. Various upgrades to seating during the renovation allows large foot traffic during lunchtime rushes during the week. Being based toward servicing those working downtown the hours of operation of most food court tenants are 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.[10]

Pedways and tunnels

  • Pedway connecting Brunswick Street to the Scotia Square Parkade, and the west parkade stairwell. Passes over Albemarle Street (formerly Market Street).[3][11]
  • Pedway connecting the northwest corner of Scotia Square Parkade (topmost level) to Brunswick Place (formerly called Trade Mart building), which is located beside Scotia Square Parkade, on the north side of Cogswell Street.[3][11]
  • Tunnel connecting mall to World Trade and Convention Centre, as well as the Halifax Metro Centre. Passes under Duke Street.[3][11]
  • Three-level pedway going from Barrington & Duke Towers to a stairwell, which leads to parking and the mall. The middle level of this pedway joins up to the Brunswick Street Pedway mentioned above.[3][11]
  • Pedway going from Scotia Square Mall, over Barrington Street, and into Barrington Place Shops. From there one can go via pedway to Purdy’s WharfCasino Nova Scotia, the CIBC Building, and the TD Tower.[3][11]

42 - Neptune Theatre

nspires our audiences with great stories. We see ourselves as an enduring cultural organization that enriches our community across the Atlantic Region, earning a national reputation through artistic and creative excellence in our programming and the practice of our craft. 1593 Argyle Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

58 - RBC Bank

The Royal bank is on lower water street, great place to get your money exchanged before heading the rest of the way around town!

32 - Historic Properties

Experience Halifax’s heritage firsthand at Historic Properties on Halifax’s waterfront.  A designated National Historic Site in the heart of downtown Halifax, Historic Properties is the first restoration project of its kind in Canada, featuring three city blocks of Canada’s oldest surviving group of waterfront warehouses and some of North America’s finest Victorian-Italianate façades dating back to the late 1700s and early 1800s.

Charming historic buildings offer modern boutique shopping, gourmet dining, and true East Coast entertainment.

9 - Casino Nova Scotia

Casino Nova Scotia Halifax is located on the breathtaking Halifax Waterfront. Open year-roundCasino Nova Scotia is Atlantic Canada’s largest gaming and entertainment destination. Attracting visitors from around the world, the gaming floor maintains a high level of excitement with regular promotions and special events.

40 - Nathan Green Square

Waterfront Development and Halifax Regional Municipality partnered to revitalize a well-travelled and well-loved destination on the Halifax waterfront in 2011.

The two partners invested in the Nathan Green Square Revitalization Project to refresh this public area located next to the Halifax Ferry Terminal, between Halifax Harbour and the Law Courts. Each partner contributed $200,000.

The improvements included a continuation of the timber boardwalk, new seating, with enhanced landscaping for year-round interest, improved lighting and water views, as well as better access between this public area and Historic Properties.

The square was dedicated in 1983 to Judge Nathan Green to honour the work of the first member of Nova Scotia’s Jewish community to become a judge.

Recognized for his many personal and professional contributions, he held the role of Chief Judge of Nova Scotia’s provincial court, and was a well-respected mediator and sought-after arbitrator within the legal community. The Halifax Public Library Board, the Shaar Shalom Synagogue, and the Rotary Club are just a few of the community groups and associations he actively contributed to over the years.

Other partnership projects between the City and Waterfront Development include the children’s playground on the Halifax waterfront, and the Telford Bridge on the Dartmouth Harbourwalk Trail.

22 - Ferry Terminal

Halifax-Dartmouth Ferry Service
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Locale Halifax, NS
Waterway Halifax Harbour
Transit type Passenger ferry
Owner Halifax Regional Municipality
Operator Halifax Transit
Began operation 1752
Ended operation Still operating
No. of lines 2
No. of vessels 5
No. of terminals 3
Website Ferries

The Halifax–Dartmouth Ferry is the oldest saltwater ferry in North America,[1] and the second oldest in the world (after the Mersey Ferry linking Liverpool and Birkenhead). Today the service is operated by Halifax Transit and links Downtown Halifax with two locations, Alderney Landing and Woodside, in Dartmouth, NS.

Origins[edit]

The first ferry service in the region was put in place by the founder of Halifax Edward Cornwallis, who used the ferry service to move raw materials and people from a sawmill located on the Dartmouth side of the harbour. During this time there was no official service and it was not until 1752, after a council meeting, that the first ferry charter was issued to John Connor[2] This began the official ferry service between Halifax and Dartmouth. At this time regulations stated that the boats would be run from sunrise until sunset through weekdays with a fare of three pence. In these early stages there was no schedule. Patrons would simply walk down to the pier and be taken across as needed. Connor operated the ferry for only one year and after his departure the operation of the ferry changed hands twice more before 1786.

History[edit]

The first true ferry to be employed in the harbour was not until 1816 the Sherbrooke classified as a Horseboat being powered by (in Sherbrooke’s case) nine horses walking in a circular motion in the centre of the ferry powering the central paddle. This ferry was thought to be a large improvement to the previous service due to its speed and ability to transport more people and cargo from either side of the harbour. This ferry operated in the harbour until 1830 when the first steam ferry, the Sir Charles Ogle, entered service. The continuing ferry service remained the only effective way of crossing the harbour until 1955, when the Angus L. Macdonald Bridge was first opened.

The current generation of the ferry system was implemented by the former City of Dartmouth as part of major revitalization projects undertaken in both Dartmouth and Halifax in the 1970s. All five ferries currently in service were designed by Dartmouth company, E.Y.E. Marine Consultants.[3] In 1994, the City of Dartmouth transferred control of the ferry system to Metro Transit, later known as Halifax Transit.

46 - Nova Scotian Crystal

The only crystal maker in Canada, NovaScotian Crystal breathes life into the traditional art of mouth-blown, hand-cut crystal year-round on the Halifax Waterfront. Crowds from all over the world gather outside the Glassworks door to watch our master craftsmen turn molten crystal into stunning wine glasses, bowls, vases

6 - BMO - Bank of Montreal

3 - Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

The gallery was founded in 1908 as the Nova Scotia Museum of Fine Arts. It was renamed in 1975 as the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. In 1988, the gallery moved to the historic Dominion Building, built in 1865, designed by architects David Stirling and William Hay. The gallery expanded in 1998 to include several floors of the Provincial Building located just to the south of Dominion Building.[1] The two structures are separated by Ondaatje Court, a public space that besides being used for temporary exhibitions, contains several large permanent sculptures. Underneath the courtyard is a large underground exhibition room which connects the two buildings.

54 - Province House

Province House is where the Nova Scotia legislative assembly, known officially as the Nova Scotia House of Assembly, has met every year since 1819, making it the longest serving legislative building in Canada. The building is Canada‘s oldest house of government. Standing three storeys tall, the structure is considered one of the finest examples of Palladian architecture in North Americ

61 - Scotiabank

8 - Canada Post

This was the original Canada Post office in Halifax.

7 - Murphys on the water

Halifax Wedding Venues, Harbour Hopper, Tall Ship Sailing, Deep Sea Fishing, Nature and Whale Watching, Restaurant, Theodore Tugboat, Things to do in Halifax.

57 - Queens Landing

The Queens Marque district covers almost five acres at the centre point of the city. Located on the Halifax waterfront in the area historically known as Queen’s Landing, it runs to the east of Lower Water Street and is bounded by George Street, running south to Prince Street.

38 - Maritime Museum of the Atlantic

The museum is a member institution of the Nova Scotia Museum and is the oldest and largest maritime museum in Canada with a collection of over 30,000 artifacts including 70 small craft and a steamship: the CSS Acadia, a 180-foot steam-powered hydrographic survey ship launched in 1913.

71 - Theodore Tugboat

Theodore Tugboat is a Canadian children’s television series about a tugboat named Theodore who lives in the Big Harbour with all of his friends. The show originated (and is set) in HalifaxNova ScotiaCanada as a co-production between the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation),[1] and the now defunct Cochran Entertainment,[2][3][4][5] and was filmed on a model set using radio controlled tugboats,[6] ships, and machinery.[1][7] Production of the show ended in 2001, and its distribution rights were later sold to Classic Media (now DreamWorks Classics).[8] The show premiered in Canada on CBC Television, then went to PBS (Public Broadcasting Service),[1][6][9] was on Qubo in the US,[8] and at one time had appeared in eighty different countries.[1][3

33 - HMCS Sackville

HMCS Sackville is Canada’s oldest warship. This Naval Memorial and National Historic Site was a combat veteran of the Second World War. She is the last of Canada’s 123 corvettes, one of many convoy escort vessels built in Canada and the United Kingdom during the war. She played a pivotal role in winning the Battle of the Atlantic and holds a special place in Canadian naval history and heritage.

Sackville has been restored to her war configuration and is home to exhibits and artefacts dedicated to the legacy of those who served at sea during the Battle of the Atlantic.

Step on board to experience the daily routine and challenge of young sailors from across the country who braved the stormy and unforgiving North Atlantic and the perilous Battle of the Atlantic.

5 - Sands at Salter

About one third, or an acre, of the site located at the end of Salter Street, next to Bishop’s Landing, is now converted into green space as a temporary use called Sands at Salter.

Sections of Sands at Salter were phased in, including grassy and sandy areas, creating an urban beach feel, green space for people to take part in leisure activities, new seating and nearby parking. The boardwalk on both sides is connected to the extended portion and the area is now home to additional seating through a ‘Free Lab‘ project. The site is also the venue for signature events such as the Halifax Jazz Festival.

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