To walk through the iron gates of The Halifax Public Gardens is to step back a century; Canada's first public gardens have that effect. Since 1867, visitors have enjoyed the flowers, trees, fountains, a pond and winding paths. Sit on a bench near the Victorian bandstand and listen to the music and marvel at the beauty of a huge Rhododendron in bloom. Bring lunch, you'll want to stick around. one thing to remember while visiting the park is that opening times vary in the winter and summer seasons.
Point Pleasant Park offers a sight of squirrels, blue jays, woodpeckers and a good 74.8 hectares (185 acres) to explore. Although it is located a few minutes from downtown, it feels like being in the country. You can walk by the water or through the forest; there are a variety of paths. Bring a picnic lunch or barbecue a few hot-dogs; the park has pits for cooking and plenty of tables. Spend a relaxing day exploring the old forts, watching for seals or mingling with the dog walkers and joggers.
The 'Last Corvette', HMCS Sackville is a memorial to all who served in the Canadian navy. During World War II she spent her time escorting convoys to Ireland and met with quite a few adventures. Visitors are welcome aboard each summer to explore the fully restored ship, which is docked just behind the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. There's a gift shop where you can pick up a copy of the HMCS Sackville's history and multi-media presentations at the Interpretation Center.
Pier 21 was one of the most important ports for immigration in Canada and welcomed more than one million refugees between 1928 and 1971, comparable to Ellis Island on the US East Coast. The Canadian Museum of Immigration was built in 1999 to tell the story of this mass immigration and provide access to the only ocean immigration shed still standing in Canada. As part of the National Museums of Canada, it is the only museum in the country dedicated solely to immigration. Its exhibits are such that they appeal even to children and acquaint them with a major historical phenomenon that occurred over decades. Learn more about the Canadian role in World War II, delve into the desperate stories and dreams of the brides and children who sought refuge in Halifax and purchase a souvenir at the gift shop as a remembrance of your visit. Temporary exhibits and projects such as Digital Storytelling and Culture Trunks give visitors a fun and holistic learning experience.
At the Maritime Museum of Atlantic, you can explore the hydrographic research vessel, CSS Acadia, which is berthed at this museum's wharf. At other times, content yourself with wandering through the William Robertson & Son Ship Chandlery. For those interested in the Titanic, you might be aware of the fact that the recovered bodies of the tragedy were brought to the city's morgue and then interred here in 1912. Watch a film depicting the tragedy that was the Halifax Explosion in 1917. Check out more than 40 small watercraft and thousands of artifacts. Souvenirs can be purchased in the Museum Shop. The Museum is also rented out for different events.
The Harbor Hopper Tour happens aboard a Lark V, built during the Vietnam War years to navigate on land and water. Individuals and groups up to 41 can be accommodated for a 55-minute tour. On the tour you will see it all - gardens, famous old churches and the City Hall. Then it's into the water for a different perspective. You can get your tickets at Harbor Hopper's kiosk, located next to the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic.
With something for everyone, Argyle Fine Art gallery is one of Halifax's most vibrant galleries. From paintings, drawings, photography and limited edition prints to fiber and sculpture, the gallery features works by well known Canadian artists as well as the emerging ones. Established in July 2000, they have a one of a kind selection of Canadian contemporary art which is unique to the culture and way of life there. The warm and cheerful atmosphere makes possible, a comfortable appreciation of the works on display.
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.
Established in 1908, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Halifax is a premier art gallery in Atlantic Canada. Showcasing Nova Scotian works, it is among the finest art institutions in the country. In its effort to promote lifelong learning, the gallery also provides in-school programs, hands-on workshops and other opportunities for families, children, teens and teachers, as well as, organizes tours, films and lectures. With more than 17000 artworks on display, it is indeed a visual delight for art lovers.
If you are a sports enthusiast, then a visit to Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame will be a fruitful one. Established in 1964, this repository is one of the best of its kind in the region and probably the province's only one that showcases local sportspeople who have achieved great success in their fields. Covering various eras and different sports as well as the people who impacted the game, this museum will enthrall all ages. Check out the lockers of inductees and legends or get transfixed at the Cisco Theatre where some momentous moments are showed. Engage yourself on the Tim Hortons Sport Simulator. With over 7000 artifacts and clippings, the collection just seems to grow. Some of the great sporting heroes of Nova Scotia featuring in their hall of fame are Sam Langford (heavyweight boxer) and Sidney Crosby (ice hockey player).