Halifax, an Atlantic Ocean port in eastern Canada, is the provincial capital of Nova Scotia. A major business centre, it is also known for its maritime history. The city is dominated by the hilltop Citadel, a star-shaped fort completed in the 1850s. Waterfront warehouses known as the Historic Properties recall Halifax's days as a trading hub for privateers, notably during the War of 1812.
Halifax is a major cultural centre within the Atlantic provinces (Nova Socia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador). The city has maintained many of its maritime and military traditions, while opening itself to a growing multicultural population.
The municipality's urban core also benefits from a large population of post-secondary students who strongly influence the local cultural scene. Halifax has a number of art galleries, theatres and museums, as well as most of the region's national-quality sports and entertainment facilities.
Halifax hosts a wide variety of festivals that take place throughout the year, including the
- Atlantic Film Festival,
- the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo,
- The Halifax Busker Festival,
- Halifax Greek Fest,
- the Halifax Jazz Festival,
- the Multicultural Festival,
- the largest Canada Day celebration east of Ottawa,
- Natal Day,
- the Halifax Pop Explosion,
- periodic Tall Ship events,
- and Shakespeare by the Sea, to name a few.
Many of these celebrations have become world-renowned over the past several years.
Halifax is also the home to many of the region's major cultural attractions, such as Symphony Nova Scotia, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and the Neptune Theatre. The region is noted for the strength of its music scene and nightlife, especially in the central urban core.
Halifax's connection to the the Titanic
Today, the city of Halifax and the Province of Nova Scotia retain many reminders of the way in which the tragedy of the Titanic touched the lives of those who lived here. From the gravestones of victims, to memorial monuments; preserved fragments of the vessel, to original photographs and documents; stories passed down through generations, to new insights and discoveries; Nova Scotians have remained respectful keepers of the vessel's memory.