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20 Interesting Facts About Halifax, Nova Scotia

Facts About Halifax

  • People from Halifax are known as Haligonians.
  • Halifax, officially known as the Halifax Regional Municipality, is the capital of the Canadian province of Nova Scotia.
  • The regional municipality consists of four former municipalities that were amalgamated in 1996: Halifax, Dartmouth, Bedford, and Halifax County.
  • Halifax is a major economic centre in Atlantic Canada, with a large concentration of government services and private sector companies.
  • Halifax is located within the traditional ancestral lands of the Mi’kmaq indigenous peoples, known as Mi’kma’ki.
  • Halifax was incorporated as a city in 1842.
  • The first permanent European settlement in the region was on the Halifax Peninsula. The establishment of the Town of Halifax, named after the 2nd Earl of Halifax, in 1749 led to the colonial capital being transferred from Annapolis Royal.
  • Halifax has more bars per capita than anywhere else in Canada.
  • The Halifax Regional Municipality occupies an area of 5,490.35 km2, and its population centre covers 234.72 km2.
  • The highest temperature ever recorded in the city of Halifax was 37.2 °C on July 10, 1912, and the lowest temperature recorded was −29.4 °C on February 18, 1922.
  • The settlement was named Halifax, after Lord Halifax, head of England’s Board of Trade.
  • Halifax was incorporated as a town in 1749.
  • Halifax Harbour is a major port used by numerous shipping lines, administered by the Halifax Port Authority. The Royal Canadian Navy and the Canadian Coast Guard have major installations along prominent sections of coastline in both Halifax and Dartmouth.
  • Halifax is twinned with Hakodate, Japan; Campeche, Mexico & Norfolk, Virginia, United States.
  • The Estimated Population of Halifax is 431,479.
  • Today the Halifax Citadel is Canada’s most-visited National Historic Site.
  • The Bedford Basin is a large enclosed bay, forming the northwestern end of Halifax Harbor.
  • The Mi’kmaq name for Halifax is K’jipuktuk, pronounced “che-book-took”.
  • Alexander Keith, born in Scotland, immigrated to Halifax and founded Alexander Keith’s brewing company in 1820.
  • Halifax is closer to Dublin, Ireland than it is to Victoria, British Columbia.
Facts About Halifax, Nova Scotia
Facts About Halifax, Nova Scotia

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