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Maritime Museum of the Atlantic

Climb aboard a century-old ship and discover Atlantic Canada’s seafaring tales and maritime heritage at this harborfront museum.

Canada’s oldest and largest Maritime Museum is nestled in amongst the piers and boatsheds of the Halifax harbor. The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic is a historical, educational and cultural landmark, and a tribute to Halifax’s rich maritime history. Find out all about this shipping history with the stories of significant people and events. Steamships, local watercraft, the Royal Canadian Navy, World War fleets and the famous Halifax Explosion of 1917 are just some of the topics and events explored through displays at the museum. 

Immerse yourself in the mysterious shipwreck stories of Nova Scotia and learn about Halifax’s role in the Titanic disaster. Discover what Halifax looked like before the catastrophic explosion of 1917 through stories told by survivors, photographs and artifacts from the time. Walk aboard the century-old CSS Acadia, the “Grand Old Lady” that survived both World Wars and the Halifax Explosion and now rests in the Halifax harbor.

Admission to this growing archive of maritime heritage is low cost and cheaper still in the off-peak winter season. The museum is open every day during summer and closed on Mondays in winter. Take a guided tour for an in-depth experience, or return in the evening to attend one of the museum’s talks, presentations and performances. Stop by the Marine Heritage Store, located inside the museum, to pick up souvenirs, gifts and historical fiction and non-fiction books for junior seafarers and old sea dogs.

The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic is located in the heart of the historic harborfront. Come by bus or ferry. The museum is only a three-minute walk from the Halifax Ferry Terminal. Alternatively, wander along the Halifax Harborwalk, a two-mile (three-kilometer) boardwalk that crosses the whole length of the city’s downtown center. Public artworks and a selection of cafes, restaurants and bars can be found along the waterfront.


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The Barrington Hotel ¥9,810
The Barrington Hotel

The Barrington Hotel

1875 Barrington St, Halifax, NS
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Downtown Halifax, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk and Scotiabank Centre. Neptune Theatre and Casino Nova Scotia are also within 10 minutes. Halifax Station is 16 minutes by foot.

    Hotel Halifax ¥10,469
    Hotel Halifax

    Hotel Halifax

    1990 Barrington St, Halifax, NS
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Downtown Halifax, this spa hotel is steps from Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk, and Bay of Fundy. Scotiabank Centre and Casino Nova Scotia are also within 10 minutes. Halifax Station is 18 minutes by foot.

      The Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites ¥9,696
      The Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites

      The Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites

      1515 South Park Street, Halifax, NS
         
        4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Downtown Halifax, this luxury hotel is steps from Halifax Public Gardens and Bay of Fundy. Public Gardens Park and Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk are also within 10 minutes. Halifax Station is 16 minutes by foot.

        Four Points by Sheraton Halifax ¥12,299
        Four Points by Sheraton Halifax

        Four Points by Sheraton Halifax

        1496 Hollis St, Halifax, NS
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Downtown Halifax, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk and Neptune Theatre. Scotiabank Centre and Casino Nova Scotia are also within 15 minutes. Halifax Station is 8 minutes by foot.

          Prince George Hotel ¥12,191
          Prince George Hotel

          Prince George Hotel

          1725 Market St, Halifax, NS
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Downtown Halifax, this eco-friendly hotel is steps from Scotiabank Centre, Halifax Town Clock, and Grand Parade. Halifax City Hall and Neptune Theatre are also within 5 minutes. Halifax Station is 15 minutes by foot.

            Hampton Inn by Hilton Halifax Downtown ¥11,685
            Hampton Inn by Hilton Halifax Downtown

            Hampton Inn by Hilton Halifax Downtown

            1960 Brunswick Street, Tower A, Halifax, NS
               
              2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Downtown Halifax, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Bay of Fundy, Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk, and Scotiabank Centre. Casino Nova Scotia and Neptune Theatre are also within 10 minutes. Halifax Station is 20 minutes by foot.

              Cambridge Suites Hotel ¥11,263
              Cambridge Suites Hotel

              Cambridge Suites Hotel

              1583 Brunswick St, Halifax, NS
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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                Atlantica Hotel Halifax ¥12,120
                Atlantica Hotel Halifax

                Atlantica Hotel Halifax

                1980 Robie St, Halifax, NS
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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