5 reasons why Halifax is a must-see destination for summer travellers
When the world is your oyster, it can be difficult selecting that perfect travel destination. Why not have a Canadian “staycation” and explore your own backyard? Halifax is the perfect location for students and teachers to explore! No need to worry about long flights or exchange rates—this Canadian city has something for every type of traveller.
Peggy’s Cove has a distinctive environment which been designated a preservation area even though it is still an active fishing community.
1. Iconic east coast scenery
Take in the beauty of Peggy’s Cove, an active fishing community located just outside of the Halifax. This picturesque, coastal community is home to Peggy’s Point Lighthouse, arguably the most famous lighthouse in Nova Scotia and across Canada. While en route, take a moment to visit the Swiss Flight 111 Memorial. You can learn more about how Peggy’s Cove supported the flight recovery operations and capture amazing views of the iconic Canadian landmark.
If seafood isn’t your thing, try The Donair. This saucy, meaty wrap is the official food of Halifax.
2. Bite down on surf and turf
When you’re right on the ocean, fresh seafood is always close by! You might even see a local fisherman selling lobster out of the back of their trucks. When you’re in Halifax, make sure you try surf and turf, which features both seafood and red meat. There’s nothing like having a steaming, fully-cooked lobster placed on the table right in front of you—and the slight panic of figuring out how to eat it. (Our recommendation? Lots of butter). Seafood infused dishes are also a popular option to try. Lobster Mac and cheese, anyone?
In 1996, Canada certified Pier 21 as a national historic site. Commemorating its role as a major ocean port-of-entry immigration facility during the period of post First World War and during the years following the Second World War.
3. So. Much. Canadian. History.
Did you know that over one million Canadians immigrated through Pier 21? It has since been turned into a museum that highlights the history of immigration in Canada. During your stay, see if you can pass the mock citizenship test. (Sadly, we were unsuccessful at our first attempt). You might even locate immigration documents of relatives who came to Canada via Pier 21. For those curious about local history, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site are the perfect places to visit. You can learn more about the Halifax Explosion, the city’s involvement during the Titanic tragedy, and the military history of this unique destination.
Explore hidden gems in search of aquatic beauty.
4. Enjoy the water
Hop on a tall ship and sail around the Halifax Harbour. It’s all-hands-on-deck (and a lot of rope burn) as you raise the giant sails, and enjoy the waterfront views of the city. Head north of Halifax to experience the tidal changes in the Bay of Fundy. You might even spot some sea life, like whales and sea birds, while out in the bay. Learn how to surf or kitesurf at one of the many beaches located just outside Halifax. Or try kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding…just dive in!
Enjoy dance, storytelling, local history of the early settlers referred to as Nova Scotia Gaelic.
5. Experience Nova Scotian Gaelic
Did you know that Gaelic speaking immigrants from both Ireland and Scotland settled in Nova Scotia? You can still find Gaelic culture present across the province through festivals, museums, workshops and events. While in Halifax, you can check out a Celtic musical performance that includes fiddle and pipe music at one of the many cozy venues. Want to experience more of the Gaelic Language? Travel to Cape Breton Island for the various Celtic attractions all year long.
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