Historic Sites & Sightseeing
Explore Halifax History
Halifax Citadel National Historic Site
Constructed between 1828 and 1856, Halifax Citadel National Historic Site is a star-shaped naval station sitting atop a hill in the heart of downtown Halifax. A living Halifax history museum where a costumed animator will take you on a guided tour of musket galleries, garrison cells and more, and the 78th Highland Regiment still fire the cannon every day at noon.
Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
Over 1.5 million immigrants, war brides, displaced people, evacuee children, and Canadian military personnel passed through this famous building between 1928 and 1971. The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 is a monument to the stories of people who helped build our nation.
Dartmouth Heritage Museum
The Dartmouth Heritage Museum operates two historic houses of Victorian Evergreen House (26 Newcastle St., current headquarters of the Museum/open year round) and Quaker House (55 Ochterloney St., one of the oldest buildings in HRM/open seasonally). Throughout the year, many rotating exhibits, heritage events, walking tours, and historic programming are run by the Museum. The Museum will soon be moving to its new location on the Dartmouth waterfront. Protecting, preserving and promoting local heritage.
Alexander Keith’s Nova Scotia Brewery
Visit Alexander Keith's Brewery and step back in time for a fun-filled history lesson delivered by costumed animators. It's definitely not your run-of-the-mill brewery tour! People of all ages will enjoy visiting the beautifully detailed home & brew house of Alexander Keith, learning about the brewing process, singing a song (or two) in the Stag's Head Pub and, of course, sampling Mr. Keith's finest Ale.
Halifax and surrounding area is home to Maritime favorites such as Peggy’s cove….
Peggy’s Cove - a picturesque destination, Peggy’s Cove is one of Nova Scotia’s most breathtaking, famous and photographed places. The lighthouse doubles as a working post office - send friends and family postcards of this unique sea beacon.
Public Gardens - one of the finest original formal Victorian Public Gardens in North America.Located along Spring Garden Road, a main shopping area, the Public Gardens feature 17-acres of rare flowers & trees, sparkling fountains, historic statues, and free concerts from the picturesque red-roofed gazebo.
Fisherman’s Cove - watch the fishermen come in with their daily catch; take a boat ride and explore McNab’s Island.
Old Town Clock - one of Halifax’s most famous landmarks officially began keeping time for the garrison and residents of Halifax in 1803.
Province House - this fine Georgian building is home to the first responsible government in the British Empire. Tours available.
St. Paul’s Church - Halifax’s oldest building (1750) and Canada’s First Protestant Church.
Bedford Institute of Oceanography - Canada's largest center for ocean research and first major federal center devoted to oceanography. Guided tours available by appointment only.
Discovery Centre - Discovery Centre is a not-for-profit charitable organization whose mission is to stimulate interest, enjoyment and understanding of science and technology through innovative, exciting, hands-on experiences. Great for children.
Government House - the residence of Nova Scotia’s Lieutenant Governor, it is the oldest official government residence in Canada (not open to the public).
SS Atlantic Heritage Park - a burial site and a memorial to those who perished in the sinking of the SS Atlantic off the shores of Mar's Head, Lower Prospect, Nova Scotia on April 1, 1873.
Memory Lane Heritage Village - You’ll hear tales of survival and triumph, of land and sea, of real lives and real people as told by their descendants. Discover this era of change, when modern conveniences changed lives.
Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame - Honours athletes, teams, and builders who have contributed to Nova Scotia's sport heritage and culture.
William E. deGarthe Memorial Provincial Park (Peggy’s Cove, NS) - Sculptor and painter William E. deGarthe lived in Peggy’s Cove. A gallery exhibiting his work is open to the public between May 1 and October 31 each year.