Halifax Overview

The Heart of Lively Port City: Halifax is one of Canada's most scenic seaport cities, and Downtown Halifax bustles with commerce, trade, education, and culture, all while maintaining a warm and friendly small town atmosphere. If you’re looking for real estate in the Downtown Halifax area, you’ll find a wide array of attractions at your doorstep.

The centerpiece of the downtown area is the historic waterfront district with its shops, cafes, galleries, and restaurants. Because the historic downtown area is fairly compact, it’s very pedestrian friendly. There is a charming feel to this area—in the Historic Properties, situated on the waterfront, quaint shops and galleries dot many of the small cobblestone walkways.

Several museums offer art lovers a variety of options: The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia has an impressive display of local folk art. The Maritime Museum exhibits displays on the region's sea faring history and the great disasters of the Halifax Explosion and the sinking of the Titanic.

Scenic nature is in no short supply in Downtown Halifax. A boardwalk runs for over 4 kilometres along the Halifax Waterfront, offering a great place to walk or jog. For adventure seekers, harbour tours, deep sea fishing expeditions and nature cruises are available. The downtown area also boasts the oldest Victorian garden in North America, The Public Gardens. The park, situated in the center of the city, is ideal for a peaceful stroll. In the center of the gardens is a gazebo, where bands and performers often play.

Shopping and dining options abound in Downtown Halifax as well. There is a wide variety of ethnic and regional cuisines, and Halifax has the highest number of pubs and bars per capita of any city in Canada, so there’s no shortage of places to get together with friends, unwind, and soak in the sights of this lovely port town. Spring Garden Road, an outdoor shopping district, offers upscale shops and unique boutiques. Several small malls are nearby as well.

Numerous festivals make their home in Downtown Halifax venues, including the Atlantic Film Festival, the Atlantic Jazz Festival, and the Halifax Pop Explosion. Every August during the Halifax International Buskers’ Festival, street performers from around world bring their talents to the downtown area. Local music has a strong Celtic influence and can be found on many corners of the downtown, both inside and outside.

Downtown Halifax is the heart of a unique port city- it’s a place where a distinct history meets the convenience new world. Its streets and architecture create a lively atmosphere that makes real estate in the downtown area a fantastic investment.

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Downtown Core/Spring Garden Road: There are several smaller malls downtown, Scotia Square, Park Lane, and Spring Garden Place. However, most retail outlets are found in specialty boutiques.

The Halifax Shopping Center: The second largest shopping centre in metro, along with its annex across the street, will satisfy most of your shopping needs. Recently this mall has received several new vendors and the mall itself has undergone an extensive renovation.

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