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Halifax Metro Region

For a city with more pubs and clubs per capita than almost any city in Canada, it’s fitting that our most famous brewmaster was also our mayor. Three times. Alexander Keith’s original 1820 brewery welcomes visitors with costumed guides, stories and, of course, good ale.

Then walk (don’t drive!) from Keith’s to the boardwalk that follows the water’s edge of the world’s second largest ice-free harbour. Stretching from Pier 21 – the gateway into Canada for one million immigrants – to Casino Nova Scotia, you’ll pass unique shops, restaurants, and in the warmer months, graceful tall ships.

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Across the harbour, the Dartmouth side is filled with more locally-owned cafes, restaurants, and bars. The Black Cultural Centre in nearby Cherry Brook tells the stories of Nova Scotia’s Black communities, and celebrates history and culture that is part of our colourful mosaic.

History is as thick as fog in Halifax Metro, and the region has long been a preferred port of call. The Mi’kmaq spent the summers here hunting and fishing, and after the city’s founding in 1749, sailors would haunt the rough & tumble taverns known as grog shops. Halifax was a key player in many armed conflicts including the War of 1812. These struggles hit too close to home during World War I, when a French munitions ship exploded after colliding with a Belgian relief ship. The Halifax Explosion would be the largest man-made explosion until the nuclear bomb, killing 2,000 and injuring another 9,000.

Belgian relief ship. The Halifax Explosion would be the largest man-made explosion until the nuclear bomb, killing 2,000 and injuring another 9,000.

But don’t worry if you get lost in time or place, it’s easy to re-orient yourself here. Just look for the Halifax Citadel, the massive, star-shaped fortress carved into the huge hill in the middle of the city. You can’t miss it.

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