HALIFAX WATERFRONT – Even if you don’t leave the fairly level waterfront area, there’s an abundance of boutiques here to explore. But a place you must see is the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. Here you will find fascinating exhibits. One is on the Halifax Explosion of 1917, the largest man-made explosion prior to the Atomic bomb, all the result of an accident in the harbour. For those who perished on the Titanic in 1912, their bodies once recovered were taken to Halifax (survivors went to New York). The museum’s Titanic exhibit has many, many artifacts from this time on display. About 150 Titanic victims are buried in local cemeteries, the majority at Fairview Lawn in the city where you can see the tombstones complete with names and other information.
CITADEL HILL – At the top of the rise above the harbour is Citadel Hill where you can visit the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site (or Fort George) established mid-nineteenth century. It is a star-shaped naval fortress, now a museum. Here you can take a guided tour, a self-guided tour, or even a ghost tour if you are there for an evening. This is a good family excursion ( or if you are a child at heart) as you can partake of various programs in which you become a soldier for a day (uniform and all), solve a mystery, and other interactive activities.
THE TATTOO – An extremely popular cultural event held every summer in Halifax is the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo, touted as the world’s largest indoor annual show. If you have never been to a Tattoo before, it will be an exhilarating and entertaining afternoon or evening filled with the music of mass marching bands with bagpipes and drums, brass bands, dancers and aerobatic and military displays. If you have attended others, you will see where this one excels or surpasses what you have known.