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Halifax Sights and Landmarks Guide, Nova Scotia

Halifax is a rather small city that can be explored on foot or its public modes of transport. The most important sight of Halifax worth visiting is the Citadel, the stone fortress. So huge is this landmark that by standing on its boundaries, you will be able to see what goes on in the tenth floor of the skyscrapers.

A visit to Spring Garden Road, lying between Public Gardens and Grafton Street library, gives you interesting bars and restaurants to visit. If you are physically fit, you could take a walk to the waterfront, on to the Citadel, down to the Public Gardens and return to the Spring Garden while enjoying one or two meals on the way.

The waterfront of Halifax takes two to three hours to traverse from one end to the other. A typical summer day brings hundreds of tourists, and business people alike to the waterfront to enjoy a great day in the sun. The crown jewel of the waterfront is the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, a place you have to visit. Besides this, you find a variety of takeout food, interesting shops and minor monuments in the waterfront.

Take a look at the oldest Naval Clock

A visit to the Summit Place, the historic meeting of heads of the world in 1955 when Halifax was the host for the G-7 Economic Summit is a must. You can find the oldest working Naval Clock, which was manufactured in 1767 and rang in the Halifax Naval Dockyard from 1772 to 1993.

The Historic Properties of the waterfront of Halifax, which were once warehouses of the city’s shipping industry, is today the shopping center of the city. You find precious boutiques and exquisite restaurants here, of which the 1813 Privateer’s Warehouse is the most appealing.

Explore Halifax’s waterfront

There are numerous boat tours you can partake of while in Halifax. Tour boats are found offering various types of tours of varying lengths. There are many tour boats at Cable Wharf which offers on-the-sea and deep-sea fishing trips while the most thorough tours are offered at Murphy’s on the water. You can make choices from cocktail sailing tours to whale watching tours or take a tour to the historic McNab’s Island.

A slope spanning 9 blocks down Citadel constitutes downtown Halifax. There is nothing specific to see here; use your intuition while walking down the streets and busy arteries of Halifax. The Grand parade is a great place to regain your bearings while the sandstone City Hall is an architectural splendor with its eye-catching clock tower, Corinthian pillars and bent windows.

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