2001 population: 359,111
(Source: Statistics Canada)
Political and financial capital of Nova Scotia
Halifax is in Halifax County, in the province of Nova Scotia. It is on Halifax Harbor. The regional municipality is the provincial capital.
The community was named for the second Earl of Halifax.
Thousands of loyalists from Boston and later, New York, sailed here during and after the American Revolution.
The city was established in in 1749 as a British naval and military base.
Many of the passengers who drowned when the Titanic snak were brought to Halifax for burial.
More than 1,600 people were killled, and much of the north end of the city was destroyed, after a 1917 collision of two ships in the harbor. A French munitions ship and a Belgian relief vessel crashed, causing an explosion that decimated families and wiped out 325 acres of the city.
The regional municipality of Halifax was formed in 1996, with the merger of the cities of Halifax and Dartmouth, the town of Bedford and Halifax County.
Filming location for 1995 movie, "Leaving Las Vegas" and 2001 movie, "The Shipping News" and 1997 movie, "Titanic"
Well-known residents have included:
· Sir John Sparrow David Thompson, prime minister
· Sarah McLachlan, musician
· Denny Doherty, singer (The Mamas & the Papas)
· Leslie Hope, actress
Local festivals include:
· Busker Festival - Aug. 9-19, 2007
· Nova Scotia Multicultural Festival - June 15-17, 2007
· Atlantic Fringe Gestival - Aug. 30-Sept. 9, 2007
· Maritime Fall Fair - Oct. 5-14, 2007
· Alexander Keith's Natal Day Festival - Aug. 2-6, 2007
· Atlantic Film Festival - Sept. 13-22, 2007
Dates often change. Check Halifax web sites and events links in the sections below.
Nearby parks & recreation: Long Lake Regional Park, Point Pleasant Park, Hemlock Ravine Park, Sir Sandford Fleming Park
Performing arts: Shakespeare by the Sea Theater Society, Neptune Theatre
Attractions: Casino Nova Scotia, Halifax Public Gardens
Historic sites and museums: Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Maritime Command Museum, Discovery Centre, York Redoubt National Historic Site, Nova Scotia Museum, Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame, Halifax Citadel, Dalhousie Art Gallery, Province House, Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History, Pier 21
Archives: Public Archives of Nova Scotia
Colleges and universities: Dalhousie University, Mount Saint Vincent University, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Saint Mary's University, Nova Scotia Community College - Institute of Technology, Nova Scotia Community College - Halifax Campus