At Global Alliance, we take the “Worldwide” in our company name very seriously. We pride ourselves in offering premium limousine services to our clientele not only in our home base of Toronto but around the globe. Through our sophisticated network of trusted worldwide affiliates, Global Alliance can provide professional chauffeured services in hundreds of international cities. We will discuss many of the major worldwide destinations served via our affiliate network on this blog. Today, we travel to the Maritimes for the historic and charming coastal city of Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Founded by British settlers in the mid-18th Century, Halifax was soon made the capital of the Nova Scotia colony and became a vitally important imperial military and naval stronghold during and after the American Revolutionary War, a role it maintained into the 20th Century during World Wars I and II. The capital of modern Nova Scotia has grown into a key economic, cultural, media, and government centre in Canada’s Atlantic provinces whose metropolitan area counts nearly 400,000 inhabitants.
Halifax continues to be dominated by its large and excellent natural harbour, the most protected part of which is known as Bedford Basin. Maritime economic activity remains an essential feature of Halifax’s daily life, be it shipping at the harbour piers, ferries and cruise ships at the passenger docks, scientific pursuit at government oceanographic facilities, or shipbuilding and refitting at the expanding shipyards.
Maritime culture is also fundamental to the identity of Halifax and its residents, with many of the historic buildings in the city’s waterfront area attesting to this oceanic heritage. Historical attractions include the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, one of Canada’s main immigrant points of entry from the 1920s through its closure in 1971 and now the nation’s official museum dedicated to the immigrant experience. The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic is also a popular attraction, especially for its exhibit exploring Halifax’s connection to the Titanic disaster. History is not limited to the waterfront, with numerous National Historic Sites spread throughout the city. These include military fortifications including those on Citadel Hill, as well as heritage buildings, houses, churches, and the iconic Halifax Town Clock.
But Halifax is not merely a city of the past, it is a city of the future. Halifax has a young, vibrant, growing population, with many popular summer festivals as well as a year-round tradition of extraordinary hospitality. The city is fortunate to have an active contemporary cultural scene, especially in music, where the region’s strong Celtic heritage melds with modern influences. Although music is a key ingredient of Halifax nightlife (the city features more bars per capita than any other city in Canada), its cuisine and retail options are gaining a strong reputation nationally and beyond as well.
The region around Halifax offers many rewarding side trips as well, with a plethora of historic sites within a few hours’ drive as well as popular visitor sites such as Peggy’s Cove, with its famous rocks and picturesque lighthouse. All told, the Halifax region offers plentiful opportunities for the discerning traveller.
Please feel free to contact Global Alliance Worldwide Chauffeured Services for all of your transportation needs in Halifax, Nova Scotia.