456 Windmill Rd.
Dartmouth, NS B3A 1J7
Phone: (902) 463-9900
Fax: (902) 466-2080
Bedford Institute of Oceanography is the largest ocean research centre in Canada, and worthy of a visit. Bring the kids along to this institute, where everyone will enjoy the opportunity to get up close and touch all manner of marine life from lobsters to sea cucumbers. Take a free tour Monday through Friday, from 9:00a to 4:00p (by appointment only), and see what the ocean sciences are all about. Perhaps one or more of the five huge research vessels will be at anchor when you visit. The Web site has excellent directions to the Institute. Call ahead for more details.
Dartmouth's Common is verdant park with trees and trails and the usual park niceties. Various cultural events also take place here throughout the year. It is under the management of the Halifax Regional Municipality which takes care of it. Baseball players often use the space for practice sessions and matches. It is a good place to relax after work or to have a picnic with family and friends during summer.
Granite Brewery has been bringing some of the best ales to the beer-drinkers of Halifax. It offers seven different types of beers, each unique in its flavor. For more information, check out the website.
Barrington Street is the perfect place for a browser. Head to Barrington Place Shops for a beautiful location and thirty shops. However, if there is nice weather go for a stroll down the street. You won't be disappointed, since you'll encounter unique stores such as Hilltribe Designs and John W. Doull Bookseller. Barrington Street starts at MacKay Bridge and ends at Inglis Street.
Take the ferry across to Dartmouth for a day and check out the other side of the harbor. Alderney Landing is the site of the World Peace Pavilion, a theater, art gallery, events facility, ferry terminal and outdoor concerts. On Saturday mornings there is a Farmers Market and on Sundays you will find craftspeople selling their wares. The market open hours vary. Check the web site for details.
A resting place for the dead in the heart of Halifax is the Fairview Lawn Cemetery. When the Titanic went down on 12 April 1912, Halifax was the closest port and of the 209 bodies recovered, 150 were buried in Halifax and 129 are buried here. Five years later, Halifax was host to another tragedy: the Halifax Explosion. Nearly 2000 perished in the disaster and many are interred here. Located just north of the city's business and industrial districts, the Fairview Lawn Cemetery is a major stop for the curious and those interested in the Titanic disaster.
St John's United Church brings the community together in music and worship. Organizing prayer services as well as concerts, the church buzzes with activity all year round. For more information, call ahead or visit their website.
St. George's Round Church forms a popular attraction in the city of Halifax. Its known not only for its unique architecture but series of cultural and music events. For more information, do check out their website.
Located in central Halifax, the Halifax Armoury is a historic landmark and National Historic Site of Canada. It was built in 1895 in a Romanesque Revival architectural style, and served during several wars over the centuries. It continues to serve military purposes for several reserve units and artillery regiments of the Canadian Forces.
Looking to spend some time outdoors with a variety of things to do? Since 1749 this public area has hosted many events, from visits by Pope John Paul II to performances by The Rolling Stones. Explore the possibilities at the Halifax Commons located just a walk from Downtown. Whether it's enjoying the tennis courts, taking a dip in the pool, or a live music event at the Halifax Pavilion, this urban park provides a venue for a multitude of interests.
Scotia Square is a commercial and entertainment hub, nestled in the heart of Halifax. Established in the mid-1970s, Scotia Square was a popular shopping destination, featuring department stores, retail outlets, a theater and dining options. Over the years, the complex expanded, and now it includes a shopping mall, hotels and commercial offices.
Located on Argyle Street is the municipal government seat, the City Hall of Halifax. Built on the site where the former Dalhousie University used to be, the structure was built between 1888 and 1890. Designed by Edward Elliot, inspired by eclectic styles and traditions of architecture, it is one of the oldest buildings not only in the city but the entire province of Nova Scotia.