And Seniors Stop In Halifax

home1Halifax is the capital of the province of Nova Scotia, Canada. Senior visitors will find one of the world’s great natural harbors at Halifax. Sixteen miles in area makes it second only in size to the harbor in Sydney, Australia.

In the 19th and early 20th century, Halifax was the entry point for European immigration to Canada. Today, Halifax is a busy Atlantic seaport and the economic and cultural hub of Eastern Canada.

Seniors Enjoy Historical, Maritime Halifax


While the area around Halifax has been inhabited by native Mi’kmaq for millennia, modern Halifax was founded in 1749 as a British military outpost. The first permanent European settlement in the region was on the Halifax Peninsula.

A major mishap put Halifax on the map in 1917 when the collision of a Norwegian cargo ship with a French munitions ship loaded with 2,500 tons of explosives resulted in the Halifax Explosion. Over 2,000 people died and the northern half of the city was leveled.

The urban area of Halifax is a major cultural center within the Atlantic Provinces. There are several large universities within Halifax. The city has received accolades including a Best Place to Live in Canada, #1 by Large Size Cities in Canada and Large Cities of the Future. Senior visitors will find Halifax to be a a city with more pubs and clubs per capita than almost any city in Canada.


It is suggested that you simply stroll among the many galleries, museums and historical sites that include the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, the Bogside Museum, the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 and the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site that sits on a high hill above the city, a major landmark in the area.

The iconic Peggys Cove is internationally recognized and has over 600,000 visitors a year. Senior visitors will enjoy the Peggy’s Point Lighthouse that dates to 1868. Me, I’d head for Halifax Public Gardens and then off to the Waterfront Boardwalk.

Senior Visitors Awed By The Coastline


“The awesome coastline highlights any tour of Halifax and the active population contributes to the ambiance of the area.” Point Pleasant Park is a “must visit” right in the middle of town and Halifax’s waterfront is a popular destination, home to historic buildings and vessels, shops and a maritime museum.

For senior hikers, Halifax has five well-marked trails. And for senior gourmet travelers, Halifax prides itself on locally sourced ingredients, fresh seafood and innovative chefs making this region the center of Canadian Maritime Cuisine.

Streets are narrow by North American standards, and drivers are quite relaxed and patient. Pedestrians reign and they will often cross a street in the middle of the block. Cars will stop for them and give them the right away. So plan a visit to Halifax and enjoy this great city. -jeb

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