Historic Sites in Halifax

Historic Sites in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Halifax Historic Sites

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  • Dave1796
    Springfield, VA593 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a must see when in Halifax. It's history, and the sweeping views of the city below. Highly recommended.
    Written December 4, 2023
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  • Lauryn Collins
    Halifax, Canada14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Went with a close friend to trace check out the museum's offerings and to trace our history, as we both had ancestors who had gone through Pier 21. Poignant, informative, and engaging, we had an impeccable learning experience and got to connect a bit to our individual histories using the on-sight archival services. Whether or not you have a personal connection the Pier 21, this is well worth a visit while you're in Halifax!
    Written December 23, 2023
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  • Erik_and_Cheryl
    Philadelphia, PA234 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is an Erik only review as Cheryl did not attend. I visited here on August 26,2023. The entry fee is by donation. The tour of the ship is self-guided. There is staff readily available to ask questions. There are numerous items to read and displays to view. The ship is in very good shape. This a nice piece of WW2 history and worth a visit while in Halifax.
    Written November 30, 2023
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  • backpacker31
    Boynton Beach, FL5,500 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We found out about this place from the friendly bank security guard across the street. Our self guided visit was accompanied by a provided, informative map/pamphlet. The rooms are filled with period furniture and historical art. The library was most beautiful. One of the friendly security guards mentioned to look carefully at the floor as there are fossils embedded in the stone. The visit was free of charge and the building itself is quite impressive. Definitely worth an hour of your time.
    Written August 26, 2023
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  • FiveGsplus9
    Oviedo, FL404 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Walking by, it was an honor to be able to enter the grounds and respect this historic cemetery in the heart of the city.
    Written March 22, 2020
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  • Resort549310
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Saw a YouTube video about this and decided to check it out. Beautiful area and unique site. Enjoyed reading the plaques with the sun on our backs. The hike was short but worth doing to see the Northwest Arm from a different view. Look for the park sign on Pineview drive across from #21 Pineview. We missed it and walked in on Cedar Terrace, which has a very steep grade. Worth making the trip.
    Written March 6, 2021
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  • PookyCake
    Victoria, Canada13,887 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    When looking up activities to see and experience during our most recent trip to the Halifax area, I stumbled across the Prince of Wales Tower. As a bit of a history buff, the site intrigued me. I knew it was old, but didn’t know how old. As an added bonus, I saw that the tower is located in beautiful Point Pleasant. Surely this would make for a great adventure.

    The Prince of Wales Tower is about a 10-minute walk from the Point Pleasant parking lot. My partner and I enjoyed the walk – it was nice to take in some of that fresh air and admire the greenery that surrounded us. Once we reached the tower, we were impressed by its size and, thanks to the information plaque attached to the site, we learned a little bit about its historical significance: It was built between 1796 and 1799 to “guard Halifax against seaborne attack from the Northwest Arm” and, in 1864, was converted to “a defensible depot magazine.” The conversion ensured the tower’s survival. The tower is in really good shape for a structure that’s over 200 years old. I only wish it was open to visitors, perhaps with a guide, to further contextualize the site and really drive home its significance.

    My verdict? If you’re in Point Pleasant Park, then I’d recommend checking it out; however, don’t do what we did and visit the site for the sole purpose of seeing the tower – it’s kind of underwhelming in that respect. Oh well, at least we were able to take advantage of the decent weather and enjoy our freshly made Brothers Meat sandwiches at the nearby picnic tables!
    Written July 9, 2018
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  • Shelley N
    10 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This island is an interesting place to visit if you like military history. There are tunnels and they do tours of them. All the guides were friendly and well versed in the subject matter about Fort Charlotte, military history and the changes in the military weaponry. Much of the viewing area (except for the tunnels) is outside so wear sturdy walking shoes and going on a good weather day would be best. The ferry only takes 10 minutes to reach it. The visit will be a few hours long if you look at all of the information and go on the tour. Good view of Halifax from the island.
    Written July 1, 2023
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