- City Guide - Halifax
Halifax Regional Municipality is the capital of the province of Nova Scotia, Canada and has a population of 390,096. Halifax is the largest population centre in Atlantic Canada, as well as largest in Canada. The city was ranked by MoneySense magazine as the fourth best place to live in Canada for the year of 2012.
The area comprising present day Halifax was settled for thousands of years by the Mi'kmaq. Those who settled on Halifax Harbour called it Jipugtug - meaning Great Harbour. The first permanent European settlement in the area was the establishment as ‘the Town of Halifax’, and named after the British Earl of Halifax.
Halifax is now a major economic centre in eastern Canada with a large concentration of government services and private sector companies. Major employers include the Department of National Defense, government, and the Port of Halifax. Agriculture, fishing, mining, forestry and natural gas extraction are major resource industries found in the rural areas of HRM.
The Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) offers visitors and guests the best of city living, small town life and pristine nature – all in one place. Halifax boasts rocky coastlines, seascapes, breathtaking views, and so much more! Halifax is the perfect destination for seaside picnics, bicycle tours, kayaking and even surfing.
Halifax is rich with heritage, entertainment, arts, and culture. Halifax events and festivals offer something for people of all ages. Visitors and residents alike have the opportunity to participate in exciting outdoor sports, or take in a world championship game! If arts are your thing then look forward to enjoying world class films, theatre, and concert performances. Those of you who seek adventure will be overwhelmed by the variety of choices when deciding how to spend your time Halifax.