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General Halifax Questions and Answers

What kind of city is Halifax Nova Scotia to visit?

We are a city of around 340,000 - situated on one of the world's deepest harbours.  The
city is of historical interest - The Citadel (a large stone fort sited on a high hill overlooking
downtown and the harbour), the oldest legislative building in Canada, 125 graves of the S.
S. Titanic victims, site of the world's greatest man-made explosion until the Atomic Bomb
(back in 1917 - destroying much of the city) and much more.

Within a 45-minute drive one can find magnificent coastal scenery - rocky outcroppings at
the ocean's edge - lighthouses - crashing waves.  In town there is a major regional theatre
(the Neptune), a chamber orchestra (Symphony Nova Scotia), and 5 universities of
varying size.

The city is quite walkable - with some hills.  The major shopping area is roughly 4 blocks
long - and borders a beautiful Victorian garden called:  The Public Gardens.  

Many restaurants feature Nova Scotia lobster - haddock - halibut - scallops.  All fresh
and well-prepared.

Hotels range from the harbour-front Marriott, Westin, Radisson, and two Delta hotels to
small B&B's.

There is public transportation in the form of Metro Transit - city buses; and a pedestrian
ferry crossing the harbour to Dartmouth (45,000).  The 15 minute trip is a tourist
attraction itself.

Halifax is an important cruise ship destination - - and there are several local tour
companies offering trips through the city as well as to Peggy's Cove.

Canadian currency is used of course, although US currency is accepted at many retail
outlets.  At the present time, the US$ is worth approximately $1.15 Cdn.  The summers
are usually sunny and quite comfortable - although there are a few humid days.

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