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Province House

The Nova Scotia House of Assembly is the birthplace of parliamentary democracy in Canada. Visit this grand Palladian building to discover the history of the province.

Province House is the home of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly and the oldest serving legislative building in the country. This National Historic Site of Canada stands impressively between the Grand Parade and the harbor. Visit to learn about Nova Scotia’s history and browse antiques from colonial times, as well as portraits and sculptures of notable figures.

Province House has accommodated the legislative branch of the provincial government of Nova Scotia since 1819. It’s the birthplace of parliamentary democracy in the British Empire outside the United Kingdom. The building once served as the colony’s Supreme Court, and has witnessed some momentous political and legal events.

The three-storey building is a classic example of Palladian architecture. The building features grand symmetrical design in sandstone, and is set back in a tree-lined garden. Enter the house to explore its stately interior.

Impromptu tours with Province House guides are available, but book ahead to avoid disappointment. Check out the stunning interior architecture of the former Supreme Court, now a library, and the Red Chamber. Stroll out into the courtyard to see the South African War Memorial and two wartime cannons. To the south side of Province House, you can see the statue of the Honorable Joseph Howe, the journalist whose heartfelt speech and acquittal at Province House led to the development of press freedom in Canada.

Visit Province House any day of the week during regular business hours. Legislative assembly sittings begin in the spring and fall seasons. Watch the proceedings from the visitor’s galleries during a sitting to see Nova Scotia’s Members of the Legislative Assembly in action. 

Province House sits three blocks back from the Halifax waterfront in the heart of downtown and is easily accessible by bus and ferry. Walk in from the Halifax harborfront boardwalk to enjoy a scenic route downtown. Entry is free.


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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 ¥13,234
            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.

                The Barrington Hotel ¥10,493
                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.