Halifax Public Libraries have free internet access terminals *for patrons with a library card* at most of their 14 locations. If you have a library card, you can prebook a terminal online. Most provide printing at 10 cents per page plus tax or 25 cents per page for colour printing where available. The libraries also now offer free Wireless computer access so you can take your wiFi laptop in and work. If you do not live in Nova Scotia you can still get a library card by coming into one of the branches and applying in person. Nova Scotia residents can also apply online and activate the card when they first visit in person. Have ID with you in either case, for verification. See the website for locations.
Halifax Public Libraries
There are a few Internet cafes around town as well and many cafes are now offering free WiFi (Starbucks, Second Cup among others). You may also get free wifi in some hotel lobbies tho some of those are just for guests.
Searching for information is rather simple at Halifax: just follow the ?-signs.
Harbour Waterfront webcam
Ferry Terminal webcam
Harbour Hopper webcam
NS Highway Cameras
Travel and Tourism
Downtown Halifax Information
The local tourism industry is promoting Halifax as a great place for a holiday for members of the LGBT community and with that in mind, have launched a new travel website called Rainbow Halifax LGBT Travel. There are travel packages, visitor guides, accommodations with gay friendly tags. The website is a partner with Destination Halifax and Experience Halifax, so the links may shift to one of those sites for things like accommodations, events, and attractions. It's all good!
Halifax has Pride week in July every year with the fourth largest Pride Parade at the end of the week.
Fondest memory: 2009's Pride Parade was great! The sun came out hot but without humidity and there was a little breeze. The parade had loads of colour and it was a lot of fun to watch. Clearly the participants were having a great time too!
Favorite thing: I think we've created a haven for deer . Our sub division is made upmof lots 1 to 2 acres. They are heaven for deer that come to eat our gardens . They are beautiful but very destructive to us plant collectors!!
Favorite thing: We live on a little woodland lake . When life doesn't get in the way , I like to take the time to look up and watch the soft pink sunset on our own tiny spot in the world. This photo was taken in may . One of my favorite times in Nova Scotia!!
If you are interested in Nova Scotia's history visit The Nova Scotia Archives & Records Management. Especially when you are into genealogy this is the place to go.
Address: 6016 University Avenue - Halifax B3H 1W4.
These are the Archive sections:
- Biography Card Catalogue
- Open Shelf Area
- Library Card Catalogue
- Census Records
- Government Vital Statistics
- Marriage Bonds
- Church Records
- Cemetry Records
- Community Card Catalogue
- Land Records
- Passenger Lists
- Halifax City Directories
- Registry of Deeds/Probate Court Records
- Photographs: Card Catalogue/Inventories
- Maps/Architectural Plans
Fondest memory: You need to go through some red tape, but you will get a free researcher pass and than it's up to the books, maps and binders.
While looking at recorded sound material I noticed that there even was a blank cassette on record!
There are many places in Halifax where you can get visitor information.
Year-round Visitor Information Centres:
Scotia Square Visitor Centre, 5251 Duke Street, Halifax B3J 1P3 +1-902-490-5963
Halifax Argyle Visitor Centre, 1598 Argyle Street at Sackville Street, Halifax, +1-902-490-5946
Halifax Airport Visitor Information Centre, Halifax International Airport +1-902-0873-1223
Waterfront VIC, located at Sackville Landing, +1-902-424-4248
Halifax residents are called "Haligonians"
The oldest stone in Halifax's oldest cemetery, the Old Burying Ground, dates from 1752, just three years after the city was founded by Edward Cornwallis. One of the graves belongs to Major General Sir Robert Ross who was responsible for burning the original "White" house in Washington in the war of 1812.
The Split Crow on the corner of Duke and Granville Streets is on the location of the very first tavern in Halifax which was opened in 1749 and named the Spread Eagle.
Nova Scotia has 7 times the world average of people over 100 years of age.
The native Mi'kmaq name for Halifax is Chebucto.
It's foggy in Halifax on average of 122 days a year.
The most popular beer is Keith's India Pale Ale.
The harbour is the second largest ice-free harbour in the. Rotterdam is larger but it is artificially created. Sydney, Australia has the largest natural harbour in the world but temperatures in that part of the world even in winter rarely below 5 degrees celcius, there's not much chance of that water ever freezing.
The co-founder of the coffee chain Tim Horton's was a Nova Scotian, Ron Joyce.
Nova Scotians are called "Bluenosers". Why? The most likely reason is because the sailors used to wear blue mittens and would get the dye on their faces when working on the ships.
The Old Town Clock was built under the direction of the Duke of Kent in 1805 to make sure that the soldiers would all be able to tell when it was time to be back on duty. The Duke of Kent also helped design the round church, St. George's.
Fondest memory: The Art College was founded in 1887 by Anna Leonowens who was made famous in the musical play the King and I (King of Siam). She came to Nova Scotia after she left Siam to live with her daughter.
Three of the main five Canadian banks were founded here: Bank of Nova Scotia (Scotiabank), Royal Bank of Canada, Bank of Commerce (CIBC)
There are 7 universities and colleges in the Halifax area alone: Dalhousie, Daltech (used to be Technical University of N.S. but now under Dalhousie's administration), King's, Mount Saint Vincent, Saint Mary's, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Nova Scotia Community College. Nova Scotia has 5+ more: Acadia, St. Anne's, St. Francis Xavier, University College Cape Breton plus more campuses of the NS Community College including a Geographic oriented campus in the Annapolis Valley, N.S. Agricultural College
Canada's oldest: Farmer's Market, Government House (1800) and Legislature building (1819) both still standing
Canada's first: printed book, Supreme Court, representative parliament, law school, permanent English settlement (1749), English Newspaper, First Protestant Church (St. Paul's in the Grand Parade), Lutheran Church (1758), university (King's College which started in Windsor NS but moved to Halifax)
North America's oldest: Postal service (1752), Naval dockyard (1759), Round Church (St. George's, 1800, restored after a fire), salt water ferry (the harbour ferry) 1752
World's third largest oceanographic institute
Site of the largest man made explosion before the nuclear bomb (Halifax Explosion 1917, see other General tip)
You're probably thinking that the library is the last place you want to spend your time while visiting Halifax, but keep this in mind: it offers free internet! Yep, and even visitors are allowed to use the computers without the need of a library card. If you are in town and looking for a free place to check your email, do your work, or research the internet, find one of the branches and pop right in.
The main branch is located on Spring Hill Road, just in the heart of downtown.
Here is the address:
5381 Spring Garden Road
Halifax B3J 1E9
Tuesday - Thursday: 10 am - 9 pm
Friday and Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm
Sunday: 2-5 pm
Click on this link to visit website for other branches and more information
One of the things I most enjoyed about Halifax was its "Registered Heritage Properties" blue plaques. Affixed on heritage buildings, they instantly tell the traveller the construction year and original name of the property.
I feel it enriched my travelling experience; it made identifying (and remembering) the buildings much easier. I wish more cities used such a system.
Anyway, if you're strolling Halifax's streets, look for the blue plaques!
Favorite thing: This is one of many activities that one can do while in this area. The North Atlantic coastal region of Canada is full of excellent places to fish and there is a very large fishing industry in this area. The day that our boat went out started slow. Then, I caught a cod and we all caught some Boston bluegills that were so dense that they often ran into the lines and got caught rather than taking the bait. Fishing may not be for everyone, however if you do have the interest, this is an excellent place to try it.
THIS IS NOT A FAVORITE THING
Like many larger cities, there are great contrasts found throughout Halifax. One of them being the homeless living so close to the extremely wealthy...sometimes literally on their doorstep. This isn't a warning or anything because it can't be avoided or realistically helped by one or two individuals, but the homeless are everywhere in Halifax. At least that was our experience. In some cities, they are withdrawn...in others, (San Francisco comes to mind) they are creative with signs and methods. However, in Halifax, they are persistant. They will come after you asking for money, they will ask you mulitple times, too. At least this was our experience...
It's just something you have to think about when you are looking up at these lavish and certainly expensive waterfront townhouses...then you turn the corner to see man huddled up with a jacket using a soaked box for a mattress. By no means am I making this out to be just a Halifax issue...sadly, it's all too common. However, it's something that was very much a part of this city on our visit.
The Halifax Explosion occurred on December 6, 1917. It killed 2000 people and injured some 9000. More info can be found at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantics. There is a big memorial at Fort Needham Memorial Park, close to pier 6 where it all happened.
Finding a statue of Edward Cornwallis located at the Cornwallis Park opposite the Railway station.
In June, 1749 Colonel Edward Cornwallis arrived as the new governor of Nova Scotia accompanied by 2500 new settlers. After founding the city of Halifax, he made peace overtures to the Abenaki and Maliseet using the ranger captain John Gorham as his emissary. The result was a peace treaty signed at Halifax with the Maliseet and Abenaki, but the strength of this agreement was indicated by the fact the Maliseet celebrated the signing with a war dance on the decks of Cornwallis' ship
Halifax is home to the following universities:
Mount Saint Vincent University
Saint Mary's University
Nova Scotia Community College
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