The Citadel sits atop Citadel Hill and has played a major role in the history of Halifax. It is a now a national historic site and can be visited and toured to really see how this fortress protected and defended a major harbour. It still shoots a cannon at noon that has been said to give the locals an unexpected jolt if they aren’t paying attention to the clock!
Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
The maritime museum in downtown Halifax is Canada’s oldest and largest maritime museum. There are a variety of interesting exhibits with the most interesting being the Halifax Explosion in 1917 that killed 2,000 people and injured over 9,000 people and also the Titanic exhibit which shows the key role Halifax played in this disaster with recovery and burial. Both exhibits detail the events leading up to the disasters and the aftermath. And, it was National Accessibility Week so we got in for free!
Lunch Along the Waterfront
Halfiax has a wonderful waterfront and we were lucky enough to have a beautiful day without any rain. One of our firsts since Ohio!! We stopped at the Waterfront Warehouse and had some of the best seafood we have ever had! Wonderful!
We walked the waterfront and enjoyed the many sights, restaurants, and people. Since it was such a beautiful day many of the restaurants has their outdoor areas open probably for the first time this season! There is a beautiful walkway to allow pedestrians to enjoy the area.
Pier 21 Immigration Museum
And no trip to Halifax is complete (for us) without a visit to Pier 21. The home to those who immigrated and where Norm’s father first set his feet on North American soil many, many years ago.
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
This place was on our list but we just didn’t have enough time. There is never enough time to see and do everything but when we come back we will be going here. We especially wanted to see the Maud Lewis (Nova Scotia artist) gallery. We love the movie “Maudie” and have fallen in love with this artist, her persona, her character, and her simple, happy artwork. This museum has a restored version of her house which would be fun to see.