Top 6 Halifax Facts
- One of the world's longest downtown boardwalks – Take a stroll along Halifax’s boardwalk and you will find fun water tours with Murphy’s On the Water, tons of Seaside Snack Shacks, kids’ activities and of course patios! We recommend trying Waterfront Warehouse, Murphy’s on the Water and Harbourstone Sea Grill and Pour House!
- The longest continuously running farmers' market in North America – Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market is located at the Halifax Seaport! Open year round, you will find an amazing selection of local flavours and local gifts. Halifax Historic Market, located in Brewery Square, allows visitors to stroll through a 200-year-old granite and ironstone heritage building while meeting local, small-scale farmers and artisans. Halifax also has many other farmers’ markets such as Alderney Landing Farmers’ Market, The Vegetorium and more!
- Finest original formal Victorian Public Garden in North America (Public Gardens circa. 1836) – Visit Halifax’s beautiful public gardens in the centre of downtown Halifax. There you will see over 140 species of trees, flowers and plants, ponds filled with ducks and swans and plenty of green space and benches for picnics or relaxing. You can also get coffee and treats from Uncommon Grounds located in the centre of the Gardens.
- Oldest salt water ferry service in North America (1752) – Head down to the Halifax or Dartmouth ferry terminal and take the Halifax Transit Ferry to the other side of the harbour! It’s a great way to see the city, fun for the kids and has lots of history!
- Halifax Explosion on Dec. 6, 1917: the greatest manmade explosion before the atomic bomb – There are many places you can visit to learn about this history. Evidence can be seen at places such as the St. Paul’s Church and the Fairview Lawn Cemetery. There is also a permanent exhibit at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, and you will learn about the Halifax Explosion on Halifax’s Harbour Hopper tour.
- First Supreme Court in North America (Oct 21, 1754) – Nova Scotia established the first Supreme Court in North America. The pillars of Canadian freedom, the executive and legislative branches of government (Oct 2, 1758) and the judiciary and freedom of the press (March 2, 1835) were all Nova Scotia firsts.
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