Did you know all these interesting facts about Halifax?
- Halifax is home to one of the world’s longest downtown boardwalks
- The 100 Wild Islands is one of the last remaining intact and ecologically rich island groups of its size in North America
- The Sambro Lighthouse is the oldest functioning lighthouse in North America
- The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic is the oldest and largest Maritime museum in Canada.
- The Discovery Centre is the largest science centre in Atlantic Canada and home to Atlantic Canada’s first immersive Dome Theatre
- The Halifax Citadel National Historic Site has FREE entry for the entire year in celebration of Canada 150
- The Canadian Museum of Immigration is Atlantic Canada’s only national museum
- The Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market is the longest continuously operating farmers’ market in North America.
- The Halifax Transit Ferry is the oldest salt-water passenger ferry service in North America.
- The Halifax Public Gardens is one of the finest surviving examples of a Victorian Garden in North America.
- The Halifax Waterfront is the most visited attraction in Nova Scotia.
- Murphy’s on the Water offers ways to experience Nova Scotia by land and by sea
- Peggy’s Cove is one of the most photographed lighthouses in the world
- Halifax is home to the greatest man made explosion before the atomic bomb – the Halifax Explosion on Dec. 6, 1917
- Halifax is home to the First Supreme Court in North America (Oct 21, 1754)
- The Fairview Lawn Cemetery has the world’s largest collective group of graves from the Titanic tragedy
More Halifax Facts:
- First public school in Canada
- Canada’s first law school and art college
- First printed book (1752) and first newspaper in Canada (Halifax Gazette)
- First place of free speech and freedom of the press in the British Commonwealth
- First all-electric city lights in North America
- First naval dockyard in North America and largest on the eastern seaboard north of Norfolk, Virginia
- Oldest intact executive mansion in North America (Government House circa. 1800)
- First seat of democratic government in Canada (1758)
- Location of the first official rules for ice hockey
- The Halifax Common, in local popular usage more often referred to as the Commons, is a Canadian urban park in Halifax, Nova Scotia. It is Canada’s oldest urban park
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