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Halifax Metro Area, Nova Scotia


The Halifax-Dartmouth metropolitan area of Nova Scotia is the business, educational and cultural centre of Maritime Canada. Here you'll find first-class accommodations, fine dining, nightlife, art galleries, museums, universities and all the action of big city life. But there are also beaches, parks, walking trails, restored waterfronts and a small-town atmosphere that make Halifax-Dartmouth the ideal cosmopolitan experience. There's plenty of living history here--from the firing of the noon gun at the Halifax Citadel to the restored locks of the Shubenacadie Canal. Historic churches, houses and fortifications make Halifax-Dartmouth an explorer's delight. Go for a boat ride, a Motorcoach tour or a rickshaw ride. Discover our sea-faring and military past. Or simply spend the day watching the hustle and bustle of the world's second-largest natural harbour.

The twin cities of Halifax and Dartmouth are strategically placed on opposite sides of one of the world's finest harbours. Shaped like a spoon, with the wide bowl of Bedford Basin at its end, Halifax Harbour is 16 km in length. Over the course of its history the harbour has been a haven for explorers, sea traders, navy ships, oceangoing passenger liners, freighters and cargo container ships.

Bedford Basin, covering about 39 km2, offers sailing and boating opportunities for the communities of Halifax, Dartmouth Bedford and Sackville. Used as a marshalling area for convoys in both World Wars, today it is the site of many regattas and races. The Northwest Arm, home of North America's oldest yacht club, provides a picturesque coastline within the Halifax city limits, and Dartmouth offers 23 lakes within its boundaries for recreation.

Two toll bridges, the Angus L. Macdonald and the A. Murray MacKay, span the harbour, and a regular passenger ferry service connects the two downtown areas.

Halifax, Canada's most historic city of British origin, was founded in 1749 to establish British strength in the North Atlantic, and the city retains both a British and a military flavour. Modern office and apartment towers provide a striking contrast to the many old stone and wooden buildings that are part of its valued heritage.

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