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Province House
Vacation Travel Guide

Province House showing an administrative buidling and heritage architecture

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 Hollis Halifax a DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel
The Hollis Halifax a DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel
4 out of 5
1649 Hollis St, Halifax, NS
The price is ¥7,440 per night from Jun 27 to Jun 27
Located in Downtown Halifax, this eco-friendly hotel is steps from Discovery Centre, Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk, and Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. Scotiabank ...
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"We really like the rooms"

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Cambridge Suites Hotel
Cambridge Suites Hotel
3 out of 5
1583 Brunswick St, Halifax, NS
The price is ¥7,869 per night from Jun 22 to Jun 22
Located in Downtown Halifax, this eco-friendly hotel is steps from Neptune Theatre and Halifax World Trade and Convention Centre. Discovery Centre and Spring ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (1,223 reviews)
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The Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites
The Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites
4.5 out of 5
1515 South Park Street, Halifax, NS
The price is ¥8,753 per night from Jun 22 to Jun 22
Located in Downtown Halifax, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Halifax Public Gardens, Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk, and Halifax Citadel. Scotiabank ...
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Reviewed on Jun 20, 2021

The Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites
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Hotel Halifax
Hotel Halifax
3.5 out of 5
1990 Barrington St, Halifax, NS
The price is ¥6,543 per night from Jun 22 to Jun 22
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Cambridge Suites Hotel
Cambridge Suites Hotel
3 out of 5
1583 Brunswick St, Halifax, NS
The price is ¥7,869 per night from Jun 22 to Jun 22
Cambridge Suites Hotel
The Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites
The Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites
4.5 out of 5
1515 South Park Street, Halifax, NS
The price is ¥8,753 per night from Jun 22 to Jun 22
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The Hollis Halifax a DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel
The Hollis Halifax a DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel
4 out of 5
1649 Hollis St, Halifax, NS
The price is ¥7,440 per night from Jun 27 to Jun 27
The Hollis Halifax a DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel
Prince George Hotel
Prince George Hotel
4 out of 5
1725 Market St, Halifax, NS
The price is ¥6,838 per night from Jun 26 to Jun 26
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Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel
Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel
4 out of 5
1919 Upper Water St, Halifax, NS
The price is ¥10,521 per night from Jun 24 to Jun 24
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The Westin Nova Scotian
The Westin Nova Scotian
4 out of 5
1181 Hollis St, Halifax, NS
The price is ¥7,878 per night from Jun 24 to Jun 24
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The Sutton Place Hotel Halifax
The Sutton Place Hotel Halifax
1700 Grafton Street, Halifax, NS
The price is ¥13,086 per night from Jun 22 to Jun 22
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Hampton Inn by Hilton Halifax Downtown
Hampton Inn by Hilton Halifax Downtown
2.5 out of 5
1960 Brunswick Street, Tower A, Halifax, NS
The price is ¥8,417 per night from Jun 26 to Jun 26
Hampton Inn by Hilton Halifax Downtown
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