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A few facts about Halifax that may interest you

The Stats:

Halifax is the capital city of Nova Scotia. The full name is the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) and is comprised of the City of Halifax, the City of Dartmouth, the Town of Bedford, and Halifax County Municipality. The current population is roughly 415,000.

The Halifax Peninsula was the site of the first permanent European settlement in the area with the Town of Halifax established in 1749. The town was named for the British Earl of Halifax.

Halifax owes its existence largely to its location on one of the largest and deepest ice-free natural harbours in the world, which, over time, made Halifax one of the most important Canadian commercial ports on the Atlantic seaboard.

Halifax explosion, also called Halifax explosion of 1917 or the Great Halifax Explosion

A devastating explosion on December 6, 1917, occurred when a munitions ship blew up in the harbour of Halifax. Nearly 2,000 people died and some 9,000 were injured in the disaster, which flattened more than 1 square mile (2.5 square km) of the city. (for more, see

The weather is surprisingly mild… for Canada.

Halifax’s climate is less severe than you might expect, with mild winters and gorgeous summers. The weather rarely gets extremely hot or extremely cold. This is a result of Halifax being situated by the sea. The Atlantic Ocean is a major influence on the city’s moderate, yet always changing weather. And here’s a saying fellow Calgarians will recognize—if you don’t like the weather, wait a minute. (Is there any place they don't say that about?)

Our Fall Colors Nova Scotia photo tour will be in the Halifax area September 19 to 23, 2020. The average temperature for this time of year is a high of 18 C, and a low of 11 C. Just about right for walk abouts and photography!

They don’t just live on lobster and fish.

Not only is the seafood fresh, the fruits and veggies are too! Nova Scotia farmers grow more than 50 different kinds of vegetables. Nova Scotia is a world leader in research and the production of carrots, wild blueberries and strawberry plants. Plus, more than 2.5 million bushels of apples are produced in the province each year!

There is something for everyone when it comes to nourishing the body. We’ll find some great places to enjoy lunch and give you a list of some places to try for dinner!

A cannon goes off at noon every single day.

Don’t be embarrassed if you’re caught off-guard, even locals can be surprised by it sometimes (especially if they are standing near the hill when it goes off).

The Noon Gun at the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site (or more causally known as Citadel Hill) has been a long local tradition since 1857. It’s a tribute to Halifax’s history as a major British military stronghold. Gunners today still dress in 3rd Brigade Royal Artillery uniform of 1869 and fire the cannon every single day at noon (except for Christmas Day). The cannon used nowadays is a reproduction of a 12 pounder, smooth-bore muzzle loading gun used during the reign of King George III.

Citadel Hill has been a Halifax icon for centuries and continues to be one of Canada’s most popular historic sites.

The morning of Day 2 of our photo tour will be spent exploring and photographing in and around the Citadel. Keep an eye on the time!

Haligonians are actually really really nice, especially to visitors!

Need someone to snap a photo of your and you travel companions? Just ask a Haligonian for a hand. Lost and need help finding where you’re going? Chances are someone will volunteer to give you directions and send you on the right path.

But don’t take our word for it – Condé Nast Traveler readers ranked Halifax as one of the top 10 friendliest cities in Canada.

People are the heart of any travel experience; those that are part of the group and those you meet along the way. Take the time to get to know some of them!

VG Photography Tours will be hosting ‘Fall Colors, Nova Scotia’, a small group photography tour to Nova Scotia, September 19 to October 4, 2020. We will be spending four days in the Halifax area. Day trips around the area include the Citadel National Historic Site and down town Halifax, Peggy’s Cove, Lunenburg and Martinique Beach Provincial Park. From there it’s on to Cape Breton Island, then Sydney. Please contact us for all the itinerary details. Won’t you join us?

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