Halifax, Nova Scotia
A long-time naval and merchant port of call, Halifax Harbour is the second largest natural harbour in the world. Founded in 1749 as a British garrison town, Halifax is steeped in tradition. Visitors can relive Halifax's rich history at Canada's most visited National Historic Site, the Halifax Citadel Fortress. Hold on to your hats at noon as the blast of the cannon atop Citadel Hill signals to Haligonians that it's time to have lunch. Also, be sure to explore the Halifax Public Gardens, 17 acres of the oldest Victorian Gardens of their kind in North America. Known as the City of Trees, Halifax offers a rare, pristine setting, not only on relaxed summer days but also during the autumn when breathtaking fall colours burst into flame. Halifax, and its surrounding metropolitan area, is the premier shopping and entertainment centre of Atlantic Canada. Shops and boutiques are located in 19th century waterfront buildings at Historic Properties on Halifax's famous waterfront. During the summer one can take a sailing cruise on the Bluenose II, a replica of the famous racing schooner. Minutes away is the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and its fascinating exhibit ships floating at dockside. Aside from city tours, a wide range of shore excursions are available. A favourite is a visit to Peggy's Cove. Situated on massive granite rocks that jut out into the crashing surf, this beautiful fishing village is a favourite for artists and photographers alike.
FACILITIES AND SERVICES
With a depth of 17 m (56 ft) at low tide, Halifax has one of the world's deepest harbours. It is sheltered, spacious and ice-free; it has minimal currents and small tidal ranges of 1 to 1.8 m (3 to 6 ft). The port can accommodate passenger ships of any length or draught at its 17 multipurpose berths. Facilities range in length from 152 m (499 ft) to 611.5 m (2006 ft), and in draught from 8.3 m (27 ft) to 12.5 m (41 ft). All port facilities have easy approaches.
Halifax is a full service port offering a full range of facilities and supplies including covered gangways, sheltered access to and from land transportation, dockside telephones with multilingual assistance, policing, security and medical and chaplain services.