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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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Cambridge Suites Hotel ¥10,102
Cambridge Suites Hotel

Cambridge Suites Hotel

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

    Located in Downtown Halifax, this eco-friendly hotel is steps from Royal Artillery Park, Neptune Theatre, and Halifax World Trade and Convention Centre. Discovery Centre and Spring Garden Road Memorial Public Library are also within 5 minutes. Halifax Station is 12 minutes by foot.

    Homewood Suites by Hilton Halifax-Downtown ¥10,572
    Homewood Suites by Hilton Halifax-Downtown

    Homewood Suites by Hilton Halifax-Downtown

    1960 Brunswick Street, Halifax, NS
       
      3.0 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. Casino Nova Scotia and Halifax Citadel are also within 10 minutes. Halifax Station is 20 minutes by foot.

      Hampton Inn by Hilton Halifax Downtown ¥9,789
      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 Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk and Scotiabank Centre. Casino Nova Scotia and Neptune Theatre are also within 10 minutes. Halifax Station is 20 minutes by foot.

        The Hollis Halifax a DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel ¥10,102
        The Hollis Halifax a DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel

        The Hollis Halifax a DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel

        1649 Hollis St, Halifax, NS
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Downtown Halifax, this eco-friendly hotel is steps from Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk, and Neptune Theatre. Scotiabank Centre and Casino Nova Scotia are also within 10 minutes. Halifax Station is 10 minutes by foot.

          Atlantica Hotel Halifax ¥7,255
          Atlantica Hotel Halifax

          Atlantica Hotel Halifax

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

            Located in South End, Halifax, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Emera Oval and Halifax Citadel. Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk and Dalhousie University are also within 1 mi (2 km). Halifax Station is 28 minutes by foot.

            Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel ¥13,939
            Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel

            Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel

            1919 Upper Water St, Halifax, NS
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Downtown Halifax, this spa hotel is steps from Historic Properties and Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk. Casino Nova Scotia and Scotiabank Centre are also within 10 minutes. Halifax Station is 16 minutes by foot.

              Prince George Hotel ¥11,687
              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.

                Four Points by Sheraton Halifax ¥12,373
                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.