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Q&A by Ilona Kauremszky


Q: One of the people I work with comes from Halifax. They’ve always told me how great it is out there and that they even have a lot of high tech stuff going on. My wife and I will be planning a trip in the fall and one of the places we’d both like to visit is Halifax. I’d like to get your thoughts on this city and learn about some of the things we can do. I love reading your column.

A: Considering that Halifax is one of Canada’s top five “Smart Cities,” it’s no surprise this Atlantic hub is high-tech central with leading information technology industries setting up shop along its historic waterfront.

With a young work force, a gaggle of universities (there are five post-secondary institutions), an international airport nearby, and convenient connections by sea and by land, Halifax is ideally positioned for some awesome exploration. A virtual walking city, there are literally landmarks at every corner.

No doubt 250 years of history does that. Founded in 1749 as a British fort, Halifax is dubbed the 'Birthplace of British Canada' and is known as the "City of Trees" and the "City of Firsts." Roughly 500 acres of parkland surround Halifax.

Among the shopping list of firsts, Halifax was the birthplace of the world’s first steamship line, the Cunard; North America’s first postal service began here and Halifax introduced the first public school and the first English language newspaper to Canada.

Here’s a quick list of must-sees: Halifax National Citadel Site, Pier 21, Alexander Keith’s Nova Scotia Brewery. You can order a complimentary travel guide from Destination Halifax, the city’s official tourism office by calling 1-877-422-9334 or by visiting www.destinationhalifax.com


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