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Here are 26 fun and interesting facts about Halifax. Halifax is the capital of Nova Scotia. It hosts the largest population east of Quebec City —people at last count. Halifax has been around for a long time. It was founded in by Honorable Edward Cornwallis of England.

Not all agree with the honorable connotation. About 2, people were killed and 9, injured when the SS Mont Blanc, a French cargo ship loaded with wartime explosives collided with an empty Norwegian ship.

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It caught fire and 25 minutes later exploded. A tsunami and pressure wave also occurred and caused considerable damage. As one reader pointed out — this is not a fun fact but a very tragic event and one most devastating events Canada has experienced. The practice of firing a gun from the site at mid-day dates from and continues today. The Old Town Clock, a famous landmark, has been keeping time since The Public Gardens on Spring Garden Road are a 17 acre oasis containing fountains, rare flowers, trees and the beautiful red gazebo.

Point Pleasant Park, a 77 hectare park and one of the cities best, is located on the southern tip of the Halifax Peninsula only 2. Halifax rents the site from the British government for 10 cents a year and has a year lease. Halifax boasts the second largest ice-free natural harbour in the world after Sydney, Australia. Halifax enjoys four distinct seasons. Look out for Atlantic Hurricane Season when Halifax can suffer the brunt of tropical storms, depressions and hurricanes.

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The coldest day ever recorded was The highest temperature ever recorded was On the summer solstice the sun rises at AM and sets at PM. On the winter solstice the sun rises at AM and sets at PM. There are more pubs per capita than any other city in Canada. That might have something to do with the fact below. There are 81 post secondary students per 1, people, three times the national average.

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Halifax has a strong connection to the Titanic sinking. Look for lobster, Atlantic salmon and Digby scallops on restaurant menus. Leigh McAdam is a Calgary based writer, author, photographer and social media enthusiast with over 61, followers.

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Her blog: HikeBikeTravel is frequently cited as one of the top travel and outdoor adventure blogs in Canada. I spent an afternoon in Halifax a few years ago, and really loved. Leigh, you know that I am a native Haligonian. Love all your facts.

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I really need to get in tune with the music. We might be there at the same time! Nancie That sounds like a great reason to go back to me. I read a novel set i Nova Scotia recently and had vivid dreams about the place. Would love to go for real. Mette I love the Maritimes — especially in summer.

To date, the Halifax Explosion is still the largest, non nucular man made explosion in history. It broke windows in Truro, a 45 min drive away. Love the photos, especially the first one. The photos show a beautiful place. I like the amount of pubs — is that because of the fishing traditions? Is Halifax aware of your close relationship with the city?

I mean, if the Titanic gets a museum, you must at least deserve a statue or something.


Ayngelina I would think the music and pub life in Halifax would be closer to Dublin to. Nice post and the pictures. Nice pictures and the places in pictures are beautiful. I like it and enjoy it.

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I live in Halifax and we have so much more history as well. I have some great posts on my blog, including the Titanic graveyard, the year memorial at the famous St. When the Halifax Explosion happened, it was felt all the way to Boston and Boston was the first to send aid to Halifax. The day after the explosion, there was a horrible blizzard which made recovery so difficult. I have stories from my grandmother of what happened on that day. I plan to to post this story as well.

Debbie Thanks for adding all that information. Not quite sure how the park is rented from the British government since it is on Canadian land. Shawn Or you could do the digging. There are lo more facts to include; this was meant to be a sampling not a thesis. Many of the Universitys where used as hospitals in the Halifax Explosion.

And Citadel Hill was made to protect us Haligonians in case of another explosion but that never happened. Sorry I am a bit of a know-it-all. Thanks love these facts! Do some on the Quebec Winter Carnival. Hi Leigh, Great list!

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It became a university in Anna would become famous as a tutor for the King of Siam; she wrote a book that eventually was turned into a stage play and movie, The King and I, starring Yul Brynner and Deborah Kerr. Gary modernized the school and brought the school to the international stage; he was responsible for bringing in some of the most famous artists and deers as professors, lecturers and visiting artists, including Horst Deppe, Andy Warhol he got an honourary degreeMichael Snow, Krzysztof Wodiczko, etc.

I lived there until I was 10 and then we had to move to America. You might want to consider editing the Honorable part about Edward Cornwallis In addition to making contributions to the building of Halifax he was big on scalping. The guy had a bounty out on Native scalps.

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Mike I did not know that. Horrific way of dealing with the Native people. Thank you for your comment. Thank you for your article; well done. I think I will visit Florida, then pay for lovely blonde scalps, steal the children, eradicate language and family, and destroy a culture of people. Save my name,and website in this browser for the next time I comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam.

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Learn how your comment data is processed. Exact matches only. Search in title. Search in content. Search in excerpt. Leigh McAdam Leigh McAdam is a Calgary based writer, author, photographer and social media enthusiast with over 61, followers.

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Scenic hiking trails, relaxing beaches, cool craft breweries and lots of lobster—there are definitely so many fun things to do in the Nova Scotia, and sometimes driving yourself is the best way to experience all the attractions.


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It offers plenty of activities for all, whatever the season, whatever the weather.