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destination: halifax
colin sines

Vibrant LGBT culture and community are an integral part of the city.

When we think of Halifax we think of Atlantic Ocean, seafood, a marine history stretching over 100 years, and the birth of Cunard Cruise Lines, but today Halifax is one of the leading gay and lesbian destinations in Canada. Steeped in history and culture, life in Halifax revolves around the sea – but there’s so much more! From bustling city streets to leisurely strolls along the magnificent Halifax Harbour.


Standing guard over the city is the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site. Constructed between 1828 and 1856, the Citadel is a living history museum sitting in the middle of Halifax where you’ll discover the 78th Highland Regiment still fires the noonday gun (yes, a real cannon).

Guided tours with costumed animators are available for exploring musket galleries, earthen ramparts, garrison cells, guard rooms and much more.

Experience the Halifax Citadel, where the sounds of a modern, bustling port city are exchanged for the crack of rifle-fire and the skirl of bagpipes. The present Citadel was completed in 1856 and is the fourth in a series of British forts on this site. Today, the restored Citadel is a national landmark, commemorating Halifax’s role as a key naval station in the British Empire and bringing history to life in Atlantic Canada’s largest urban centre.

The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 explores and celebrates Canada’s immigration story. Pier 21, once the gateway to Canada for one million immigrants between 1928 - 1971, is now home to Canada’s sixth national museum. This National Historic Site, is rich in history and has breathtaking harbour views.

The flavour of Halifax

Explore some of Halifax’s great neighbourhoods by following the city’s “Burger Trail”. Go from cheese curds in Dartmouth, to Ace Burger Co. in Halifax’s north end, to relish on Quinpool Road and on to Flipburger in Clayton Park. Priding themselves on their local spirit and ingredients, you’ll find a wide range of options from classic to signature burger creations. And don’t forget to experience the famous peanut butter burger at Darrell’s in Halifax’s South End (recently named one of Canada’s 8 Greatest Burger Restaurants by Readers Digest), and the homemade burgers at Willy’s Fresh Cut Fries and Burgers – a great downtown Halifax late night snack near Halifax’s “Pizza Corner”.

Unique destinations

Fisherman’s Cove is both frozen in time and constantly evolving. Nestled in a centuries-old fishing community, it is also home to a unique collection of gift shops, museums and art galleries, delicious restaurants, coffee and bake shops, ice-cream canteens and fish n’ chip shacks. In the heart of Eastern Passage, Nova Scotia, just 20 minutes outside of downtown Halifax, Fisherman’s Cove’s authentic fishing community is a hub of history, culture and sustainable eco-tourism. Beside our stores, galleries and restaurants, a meadow boardwalk extends out towards the historic Lawlor & McNab’s island in the mouth of Halifax Harbour.

Explore the Martimes or rent a space for your next meeting in the administrative centre.

Cape Breton Island is often called “the Scotland of North America.” Experience one of the prettiest drives in North America, the Cabot Trail. Visit the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site

Enjoy the Halifax Nightlife in a unique way - on the water! Enjoy one of the many party cruises we have to offer, every Thursday - Saturday all summer long! From country to rock & retro, from DJs to live Maritime musicians, we will help you experience your perfect Halifax nightlife!

World Famous Peggy’s Cove

Home to a year-round population of a mere 60 people, the little fishing village of Peggy’s Cove is one of the most photographed places in Canada.

Peggy’s Cove Coastal Region, encompassing the shores of the scenic St. Margaret’s Bay, offers you a wide range of attractions and experiences that will help make your holiday a memorable one. Many of our area’s assets are tucked away on side roads or in scenic coves and harbours, that are just waiting for you to find and explore. Let this website be your guide to many days of discovering our outdoor playground, just 30 minutes from downtown Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Besides the stunning natural beauty of this area there are a whole host of exciting activities and experiences to savour. The region is noted for its hiking trails, kayaking adventures, whale watching, birding activities, and golf courses and our pristine beaches offer fun for the whole family.

Travel through a landscape transformed some 12,000 years ago by glaciers. Hike through the coastal barrens and learn about the unique vegetation and wildlife that call the barrens their home. Keep your camera handy as you never know when you may spot – a whale or seals playing just off the coast here.

Learn the history of the first settlers, the Mi’kmaq people, who lived entirely off the natural resources that Mother Nature provided, the delicate and unique flowers that grow in this stark landscape and enjoy a healthy picnic lunch by the rugged Atlantic coast.

Fall events worth checking out:

Lake Charlotte
Clam Harbour Beach Sandcastle Competition,  Aug. 24 
Rain or Shine For over the past 35 years, the Clam Harbour Beach Sandcastle Competition has attracted hundreds of contestants and thousands of spectators. Clam Harbour Beach Provincial Park is a long, beautiful white sand beach within the Halifax Regional Municipality located off Highway # 7 at Lake Charlotte, Nova Scotia

Bluenose Ghosts Festival,
Oct. 3-Nov. 1
An ongoing initiative by Alderney Landing to preserve the cultural heritage and integrity of Dartmouth by engaging many levels of the community. The Festival offers school programs and activities as well as cemetery tours, haunted house, and other related events.

Nocturne: Art at Night, Oct. 18
A fall festival that brings art and energy to the streets of Halifax between 6 p.m. and midnight. The completely free annual event showcases and celebrates the visual arts scene in Halifax.

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