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Halifax, Nova Scotia
Halifax, Nova Scotia
New England/Canada Itineraries
Blessed with one of the world’s great harbors, Canada’s main Atlantic port and Atlantic Canada’s largest city is a thriving mix of past and present, commerce and tourism. The historic Citadel stands guard on the heights, firing its cannon every day at noon, a reminder of the port’s strategic heritage.
Halifax is the heart of a region that mixes city life, wind-swept rocky coasts, picturesque towns, and colorful fishing villages. Halifax, and Dartmouth across the harbor, are part of a huge Regional Municipality that embraces urban and rural alike. The Halifax downtown mixes historic sites and high-rise offices, and many of the city’s sights are a short walk from the waterfront promenade. Out of town, Peggy’s Cove’s lighthouse and tiny harbor are picture-perfect, and distant Lunenburg preserves the era of wooden ships. To the west, near the Bay of Fundy, rich farmlands produce fine wines and fresh produce to accompany the area’s abundant seafood.
The Mi’kmaq people enjoyed the fine harbor long before Edward Cornwallis (of American Revolution fame) founded the town in 1749 to strengthen Britain’s foothold in Atlantic Canada, and it remains a key naval base. The city welcomed British Loyalists after the American Revolution, was British headquarters for the War of 1812, and mustering point for the Atlantic convoys of both World Wars. In peace, this was the main port-of-entry for immigrants, Canada’s Ellis Island. When the Titanic sank in 1912, Halifax lead the rescue, and many of the dead are buried here. Halifax herself needed rescue five years later, when a munitions ship exploded in the harbor’s narrows, killing more than 2,000, and injuring over 9,000.
Top Photo Slice: The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia (℗ 53564) Photo contributed by © Dave Marx
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