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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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The Barrington Hotel ¥9,787
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 ¥10,444
    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 ¥12,262
      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 ¥12,262
        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 ¥13,511
          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.

            Cambridge Suites Hotel ¥11,228
            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.

              Hampton Inn by Hilton Halifax Downtown ¥11,650
              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.

                Atlantica Hotel Halifax ¥10,271
                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 Bay of Fundy, Public Gardens Park, and Halifax Citadel. Dalhousie University and Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk are also within 1 mi (2 km). Halifax Station is 28 minutes by foot.