Halifax Harbour, Halifax
The Halifax Port Authority key facilities are:
-Fairview Cove Container Terminal
-South End Container Terminal
-Ocean Terminals, piers A - A1 and piers 23-24
Other harbour facilities:
-National Gypsum wharf
-CN halifax intermodal terminal
-Halifax Grain elevator
-Imperial Oil Wharves
-Maritime Forces Atlantic
-Woodside Atlantic Wharf
Favorite thing: One of the charms of Halifax Harbour are the impressive ships on display, especially historical ships dating back many years. Of course the most famous ship on display ins the Bluenose II, the re-creation of the famous schooner Bluenose which has won many racing titles during its days. You should visit these ships together with a visit to the famous Maritime Museum of the Atlantic which is just next to the ships.
Halifax was founded as a military town. From the construction of the Halifax Citadel as a counterpoint to the French fortress at Louisbourg, to the Royal Navy's largest dockyard in the Western Hemisphere, the history of the city is intertwined with story of the British Imperial forces in North America and the North Atlantic.
Today, the city hosts Canadian Navy's Atlantic Fleet. It contains berths for Canadian and foreign warships. The military maintains exclusive control of several anchorage areas within the limits of Halifax Harbour and prevents civilian vessels from sailing in the vicinity of military facilities.
Favorite thing: Bedford Basin is a large enclosed bay forming the northwestern end of Halifax Harbour. The basin came to international prominence during the First and Second World Wars when the German navy began to use submarines as an offensive weapon against Allied shipping. Canada's prominent role in the First World War led to Halifax being chosen as the primary logistic port for resupplying Western Europe. The protected waters of Bedford Basin allowed the Royal Navy and Royal Canadian Navy to assemble convoys consisting of hundreds of merchant ships in relative security while torpedo nets kept German submarines at bay. If you take a harbour tour and see Bedford Basin, imagine that the whole bay is filled with ships as far as the eye can see.
Take a harbour cruise. It is a very large harbour with several islands that have there own interesting history, as well as the intruiging history of Halifax itself. It is also a great perspective of the city.
Fondest memory: The best thing that we did was to get down to the harbour and walk around. We also took a harbour cruise that was very educational.
From the Halifax waterfront, you can take the 15 minute ferry ride accross the harbour to Dartmouth...it's a lovely and cheap way to see the harbour, and the cityscape...
Fondest memory: Once in Dartmouth you can check out the city or turn around and head straight back to Halifax...
Take a ride on the ferries that pass back and forth from Halifax to it's sister city, Dartmouth. It is a 15 minute ride from side to side, and on the Dartmouth - Hailfax run, you get to see the finest side of Halifax's buildings and the bridge - from the harbour!
Fondest memory: The hustle and bustle of Spring Garden Road. People watching from the windows of the Second Cup is awesome!