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The Halifax Regional Municipality is an urban area on the Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia Canada. The area is sometimes known as "HRM", or simply "Halifax", although the latter is actually technically incorrect. The population in 2006 was 372,679.

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Lonely Planet Nova Scotia, New Brunswick & Prince Edward Island (Travel Guide)

By Lonely Planet & Caroline Sieg

Paperback (288 pages)

Lonely Planet Nova Scotia, New Brunswick & Prince Edward Island (Travel Guide)
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Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

Lonely Planet Nova Scotia, New Brunswick & Prince Edward Island is your passport to all the most relevant and up-to-date advice on what to see, what to skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Wander the waterfront in Halifax, hike through Cape Breton Highlands National Park, and take in the dreamy seaside charm of Peggy's Cove; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick & Prince Edward Island and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet's Nova Scotia, New Brunswick & Prince Edward Island Travel Guide:

  • Color maps throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries show you the simplest way to tailor your trip to your own personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips save you time and money, and help you get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - including hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, and prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - including eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, and hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights give you a richer and more rewarding travel experience - including art, history, maritime music, local cuisine, and the region's environment
  • Coverage of Halifax, Fredericton, Charlottetown, St Johns, and more

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Nova Scotia, New Brunswick & Prince Edward Island, our most comprehensive guide to Nova Scotia, New Brunswick & Prince Edward Island, is perfect for those planning to both explore the top sights and take the road less traveled.

  • Looking for a guide focused on Montreal & Quebec City? Check out Lonely Planet's Montreal & Quebec City guide for a comprehensive look at what each of these cities has to offer.
  • Looking for more extensive coverage? Check out Lonely Planet's Canada guide for a comprehensive look at all the country has to offer or Discover Canada, a photo-rich guide focused on the country's most popular sights.

Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet, and Celeste Brash, Caroline Sieg, and Karla Zimmerman.

About Lonely Planet: Started in 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel guide publisher with guidebooks to every destination on the planet, as well as an award-winning website, a suite of mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveler community. Lonely Planet's mission is to enable curious travelers to experience the world and to truly get to the heart of the places they find themselves in.

Exploring Atlantic Canada: A 2-Week Travel Memoir of New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia

By Marie Schaeller

Released: 2017-02-21
Kindle Edition (121 pages)

Exploring Atlantic Canada: A 2-Week Travel Memoir of New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia
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Interested in visiting Atlantic Canada but haven't quite gotten there, yet?  Or, are you thinking of going on your first solo adventure?

Exploring Atlantic Canada was inspired by a solo trip the author took to drive around the Canadian Eastern Maritimes, experiencing the stunning natural beauty, vibrant music scene, delicious food, and rich local history.

A few stops along the way include: 

  • Crossing the US/ Canadian border
  • Hopewell Flowerpot Rocks and the Fundy tides
  • L.M. Montgomery's inspiration for Green Gables
  • Confederation Bridge
  • Cape Breton Ceilidhs
  • Cabot Trail
  • Fortress of Louisbourg
  • Glenora Distillery
  • Halifax Explosion memorial sites
  • Final resting place of the Titanic victims 
  • and more.

In this book, you will learn how to prepare and plan for your own trip, as well as the people and places the author experienced along the way.  Included are helpful links, tips, photographs, and maps; in the hopes of inspiring your own trip to Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and New Brunswick.

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Halifax: A Colour Guidebook

By Stephen Poole

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Halifax, Nova Scotia's capital city, is known for its rich history. This guide is organized into walking tours of the city which point out hundreds of attractions including heritage buildings, shopping districts, the Victorian South End and the historic waterfront. A special section covers nearby popular spots such as Peggy's Cove. 300 color photos.

Day Trips from Halifax

By Jon Tattrie

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Day Trips from Halifax
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A densely packed guide to Nova Scotia’s most raucous adventures, inspiring landscapes, and amazing history, this book ensures that visitors to and residents of the region never have a boring weekend again. From tidal-bore rafting on the Shubenacadie River or strolling among lions at the Oaklawn Zoo to searching for ancient fossils on Joggins Beach, Day Trips from Halifax is filled with all you need to know about the area’s local eateries, hidden beaches, unexpected hiking trails and much, much more.

A Walking Tour of Halifax, Nova Scotia (Look Up, Canada!)

By Doug Gelbert

Released: 2016-11-29
Kindle Edition (48 pages)

A Walking Tour of Halifax, Nova Scotia (Look Up, Canada!)
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There is no better way to see Canada than on foot. And there is no better way to appreciate what you are looking at than with a walking tour. Whether you are preparing for a road trip or just out to look at your own town in a new way, a downloadable walking tour from is ready to explore when you are.

Each walking tour describes historical and architectural landmarks and provides pictures to help out when those pesky street addresses are missing. Every tour also includes a quick primer on identifying architectural styles seen on North American streets.

There was northing organic about the creation of Halifax. On June 21, 1749 Edward Corwallis sailed into Halifax Harbour with 1,176 settlers and their families. Their arrival was a direct violation of the British treaty with the Mi’kmaq in 1726. Within a few months the native raids began as the British were busy fortifying the area.
In short order the new Halifax residents were embroiled in the Seven Years War with France and the new settlement - and capital - became the headquarters of the Royal Navy’s North American Station. The base was the launching pad for the Siege of Louisbourg on Cape Breton Island that led to the submission of the French in Atlantic Canada, a much-needed refuge for General William Howe during the American Revolution and the primary staging grounds for the Royal Navy during the War of 1812.
Halifax’s war-filled days wound down after the Royal Navy transferred operations to Bermuda in 1818. The town eventually settled into the business of trade and finance. Samuel Cunard, who was born here in 1787, launched one of the world’s most successful steamship lines from the Halifax docks. Two of Canada’s most powerful banks took their first deposits in Halifax.
After Confederation Halifax did not prosper as anticipated as the leadign city of the new Atlantic Canada. In the following half-century the population rose only from about 60,000 British to 80,000 Canadians. With the arrival of World War I, however, Halifax moved to the forefront of Maritime cities. Halifax was the point of departure for most Canadian troops and the city’s infrastructure was modernised.
On December 6, 1917, however, a French cargo ship called the SS Mont-Blanc, laden with high explosives, rammed the SS Imo flying a Norwegian flag, in the Halifax Harbour. Even though the Mont-Blanc was moving only two kilometres per hour the collision caused a fire which detonated the French ship’s deadly cargo. The Halifax Explosion - some say the larrgest man-made explosion before World War II - claimed some 2,000 lives and left another 9,000 injured. Blocks in the city’s North End lay in ruins.
Halifax set about rebuilding and in the century since has not been shy about sacrificing old build- ings for new in the process. But there are still plenty of pockets of heritage buildings in downtown Halifax Regional Municipality (the City of Halifax, the City of Dartmouth and the Town of Bed- ford amalgamated in 1996) and we will begin our explorations to find them from a spot that har- kens back to a martial past...


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