Downtown Halifax, Halifax
The statue of Sir Winston Churchill is located outside of the Spring Garden Public Library. Statues, memorials and other dedications to him are common in Canada but this statue is worth seeing. Good thing, because it's pretty hard to miss. We walked by it two times and stopped both times. People who live here just pretty much ignore it and I was looking up information about it where one man said "I wonder if they realize how much they owe to this man when they walk by his statue everyday" Sir Winston Churchill was an incredible leader and man--many places around the world can connect something they know or have in their home country with him.
It's located at the Spring Hill Public Library
Favorite thing: When we first came into the city, the information we received was that Spring Garden Road was the center of nightlife, shopping and dining. No doubt is that accurate...there are so many places to eat and go out here, you'd never have to leave this area. There's pubs, nightclubs, a huge variety of restaurants, specialty botiques, gift shops, cafes...everything. We walked up and down the whole street...there is SO much to do here.
Halifax has a lot of Canadian firsts including the first provincial legislature building in Canada. It's a beautiful Georgian structure completed in 1819. It has some lovely rooms with detailed plaster ceilings inside. You can get free guided tours. Outside on the grounds are a statue commemorating the Boer War and one commemorating Joseph Howe, a famous orator and politician.
The Nova Scotia provincial government meets in Province house during the winter and spring.
2006: They are doing some renovations on the interior of Province House. Not sure if this affects whether you can go in and have a look or not. Be prepared just in case you're disappointed.
Fondest memory: Find Province House on Hollis Street near Prince Street.
Once the weather changes in late May, downtown Halifax bars and restaurants create outdoor patios which is a lovely way to enjoy a great meal and do some people watching too!
Fondest memory: It's certainly a sight to behold...every bar, restaurant, cafe or bistro haul out the planks and build decks and patios across the sidewalks, from the waterfront to Argyle Street and all the way up Spring Garden Road...all you have to do is decide...
The downtown area of Halifax contains a number of attractions, Just below the Citadel stand the Old Town Clock. The inner workings of this town symbol arrived in 1803 after being ordered by Prince Edward, the Duke of Kent, who was the commander.
Government house has been the residence of Nova Scotia's lieutenant governor since 1897 but it is not open to the public. Province House is open to the public and it is the home of Canada's oldest provincial legislature. Across from Province House and housed in the restored heriage Dominion Building of 1868, is the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.
St. Paul's Church was the first Protestant church in Canada. It was first built in 1749. St. Paul's Cemetery (the Old Burying Ground) is the final resting place for 12,000 people from 1749-1844. There is some incredible art on the tombstones.
Downtown Halifax is relatively small compared to that of other cities. Take a walk around and absorb the atmosphere of the city.
The former Naval Dockyard Clock is located just East of the ferry terminal.
The clock was madein 1767 at London, England by Ayneth Thwaites.
It served as the clock at the Halifax Naval Dockyard from 1772 to 1993.
The clock is the last remaining architectural feature of the original Halifax Naval Dockyard and one of the oldest of its kind in Canada.
In 1996, the Canadian Navy presented clock to the Halifax Regional Municipality.
The clock found its new home at the spot where Halifax's first European settlers landed in 1749.
Take the time to walk around the city, especially on the nice sunny days. We were there during the week of Halloween so it was pretty cold most of the time, but we were fortunate enough to catch a break with the weather and we made the most of it.
Fondest memory: The people in this city are some of the friendliest you will ever meet. Definately one of the fondest memories I have of the city. Oh and winning a bunch of money from the casino. haha.
Favorite thing: Halifax is a very safe and easy city to explore by foot. The city is not very big and most of the major attractions are close to one another. City maps of Halifax are readily available in the hotels as well as the tourist offices around the city. Best time to walk around is during autumn when the temperature is cooling and the streets are lined with colourful autumn foliage.
VYTAIEMO is an Ukrainian greeting after which a statue is named placed in the Coastal Park opposite the Westin Hotel.
It is dedicated to the centenary celebration of the Ukrainian immigrants that came to Canada in 1891-1892.
The statue displays the 1891 and 1991 Canadian flags as a display of past, present and future.
Favorite thing: St Paul's Church is located near the junction between Barrington Street and Prince Street, and it is established in 1749 with the founding of Halifax. The church was designed by James Gibbs and it ressembles St Peter's Church in London.
well Halifax Shopping Centre is one of the biggest malls you can get there from Bayers Rd. or numerous other back streets/ near the Rotery. Actually Mic Mac Mall is the biggest it has 3 levels...... but a lot of the stores are the same as HSC. It has cool stores etc. Um.. go to Citital Hill where the concerts are sometimes and also where there is Historian stuff. Downtown has some cool stores.......
Fondest memory: I love the malls, downtown.......busses!
I love downtown Halifax. There are so many little shops and interesting places to visit. You can walk along the harbor, stop for a bite, and visit the casino all in one day.
Fondest memory: I use to visit Halifax every spring with my band, and we'd always stay in the Quality Inn. Really nice place, and pretty much in the middle of everything.
Take a tour of the historic downtown area, soaking in the ambiance and some of the summer festivals that take place here. Other worthwhile places to spend your time are Spring Garden Road, with its cafés and pubs, the Citadel (however over-touristed it may be), the Public Gardens; even taking a tour of the cemeteries or exploring the Victorian houses of the South End.
Fondest memory: I really loved sitting on a pub's patio and watching the world go by; taking a ferry over to Dartmouth for the beautiful views (I mean, hell, it's not like there's anything to do in Dartmouth!). All in all, I'll miss pretty much everything about this genteel city with a funky edge.
Fondest memory: Halifax is a very picturesque city. Be sure to bring a camera and some money. There are some quaint shops with great little trinkets!