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Halifax is the largest city in Canada's Atlantic Provinces and a city with an important maritime history. Halifax is the cultural and economic hub in Eastern Canada with an extremely busy seaport. The residents of the city take great pride in their warm hospitality and the city's slower pace.

The urban core of the city is where a number of landmarks and historic buildings are located. The Citadel Hill with the Halifax Town Clock is the symbol of the city. This classic fort is a National Heritage Site. Located on top of the Citadel Hill, it offers beautiful views of the harbor. The waterfront of Halifax also has a number of historic buildings, restaurants and shops. Pier 21 is a historic building that processed over a million immigrants, leading to its being named the National Immigration Museum.

The South End in Halifax is known for its impressive Victorian houses. The North End and West End have well preserved wooden homes with unique features like the Halifax Porch. The campus of Dalhousie University is also quite well known and featured in a number of documentaries and films.

There are a number of world class performance venues in Halifax including the Music Room, Neptune Theatre and Rebecca Cohn Auditorium. A number of cultural attractions in Halifax like the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, The Khyber, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Symphony of Nova Scotia and Halifax Pop Explosion stand out to visitors.

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1. Citadel

What is it? One of Halifax's military history heritage sites, the citadel was built between 1828 and 1856 and is regarded as a fine example of a bastioned fort of the "smooth bore" era. It is built in a star-shaped design and features vaulted rooms, a dry defensive ditch, a musketry gallery and offers an inspiring view of Halifax and its harbour from the ramparts. Visitors can watch an audio-visual presentation about the defences of Halifax, and visit the soldiers' library, barrack rooms, powder magazine and garrison cell. The site also has exhibits about communications and the engineering and construction of the citadel. Guides at the site wear the uniform of soldiers of the Royal Artillery and the 78th Highlanders of 1869 and conduct tours in English and French. Hours of Operation: Daily 9am to 5pm (7 May to 30 June, September, October); 9am to 6pm (July to August). From November to 7 May only the grounds are open Phone:(902) 426 5080



2. Memory Lane Heritage Village
Lake Charlotte
What is it? This site in Clam Harbour Road, Lake Charlotte is community owned and operated and features 13 rescued and restored buildings that illustrate rural village life in Nova Scotia in the 1940s. The buildings include a general store, a one-room schoolhouse, church, homestead, barn, icehouse, workshop, goldmining complex, boatshop, fisherman's store, garage and cookhouse. Local people demonstrate traditional skills like rug hooking for visitors, and the cookhouse offers typical 1940s cookhouse meals. Hours of Operation: Daily 11am to 4pm (15 June to 15 September only) Phone:(902) 845 1937



3. Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
1675 Lower Water Street
What is it? This museum has one of Canada's finest collections of both ship models and ship portraits, the world's largest collection of wooden artefacts from the Titanic, some rare and beautiful examples of unique Nova Scotian boatbuilding traditions in its small craft collection, and a collection of about 24,000 marine photographs, some dating from the 19th century. The collections span days of sail, shipwreck treasures, naval World War II convoys, the age of steam and the opportunity to explore the 1913-built ship, CSS Acadia, at the dockside. The Museum also has a large collection of genealogical resources, including journals, diaries, ship's logs, shipping registers and a library containing more than 5,000 books relating to shipping. Hours of Operation: May to October: Monday and Wednesday to Sunday 9.30am to 5.30pm (in May and October open from 1pm on Sundays); Tuesday 9.30am to 8pm. November to April: Tuesday 9.30am to 8pm; Wednesday to Saturday 9.30am to 5pm; Sunday 1pm to 5pm Phone:(902) 424 7490



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1. Nova Scotia International Tattoo



What is it? Held annually at Halifax's Metro Centre, the military tattoo is billed as the world's largest combined military and civilian show, featuring more than 2,000 international performers in a combination of music, dance, drama, gymnastics, comedy, military displays and more. The event is a fast-moving two hours of pageantry and fun, which generally runs for nine days in June/July. Where is it?




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