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Best Landmarks in Halifax

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Saint Paul's Church

Saint Paul's Church was founded in the 17th Century and still holds services on Wednesdays and Sundays. Architectural plans for the church follow those of Saint Peter's in London, and the original timbers from Boston are still intact. Visitors are welcome to view the church Monday through Friday all year round. Tours can be arranged during the summer, except on Sundays.

Halifax, NS, Canada
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Province House

Charles Dickens thought this old building was interesting and so might you. Located in downtown and easily found on your sightseeing stroll, Province House has the distinction of being the oldest seat of government in this country. The structure demands investigation. Tours are given on a first come-first served basis. Arrive early in the day to hear the great stories of the old days in the house and see the amazing art and architectural detail of this Georgian building.

Halifax, NS, Canada
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Halifax Town Clock

Also known as the Old Town Clock or Citadel Clock Tower, the Halifax Town Clock was proposed by Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, around 1800. It began working in 1803 and served the British Army and Royal Navy garrison at Halifax, which, according to Prince Edward, was prone to tardiness. Now a beloved landmark, the Halifax Town Clock continues to help the citizens of Halifax keep time to this day. Visitors will find the town clock on the east slope of Citadel Hill, watching over Nova Scotia's charming capital.

Halifax, NS, Canada
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Government House

Government House of Nova Scotia is the royal residence and official abode of the Lieutenant Governor of the province. The construction of this beautiful Georgian began in 1800. It is replete with portraits and art work, as well as several rooms for formal entertainment. It plays host to dinners, galas and special events of the Canadian Royal Family, and is a designated National Historic Site of Canada. Guided tours are available.

Halifax, NS, Canada
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Halifax Citadel National Historic Site

The Halifax Citadel is one of the most popular attractions in Canada. The citadel that stands today on the aptly named Citadel Hill is actually the fourth fort to sit on the site. The first citadel on the site was constructed in 1749, although it was not in the form of the citadel we see today. The current star-shaped fort was built in 1856 and took 28 years to complete. In its history, the citadel never suffered an attack and many of the original 1856 features are still preserved today. A visit to the Army Museum includes watching 'The Tides of History', and experiencing the day-to-day life of a soldier or his wife in the mid-Victorian era. Concerts are sometimes organized at the garrison grounds here.

Halifax, NS, Canada
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Prince of Wales Tower

Built in 1796, the Prince of Wales Tower is North America's the first constructed martello. Under the orders of the Duke of Kent, the defensive tower evolved under the leadership of James Straton a naval captain. Towering up to eight meters (26 feet) in height and stretching to 21.94 meters (72 feet), the site was deemed a National Historic Site of Canada in 1972.

Halifax, NS, Canada
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York Redoubt

York Redoubt is a fort system with strategic views of the Halifax Harbor, near the city of Halifax in Nova Scotia. The lookout has been in use since more than a century, and during important events such as the World War II, when it was used by the military. Today, the complex includes the remnants of the Martello tower and a collection of cannons and other artillery. Visitors can view these monumental pieces of history while soaking in panoramic views of the harbor and indulging in recreational activities.

Halifax, NS, Canada
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