(the current page displays the steps of a tourist circuit created by the CDÉNÉ. You can access the complete circuit by clicking here).

Days 13&14

  • Continue your visit to the Pomquet area in the morning and depart for Halifax with a night in the capital
  • Travel distance: 233 km
  • Travel time: 2 hours and 30 minutes


To get to Halifax, get off Highway 104 to Exit 15 to reach Highway 102. Follow this road to the destination. The provincial capital offers a multitude of things to see and do. See the travel guide "Doers and Dreamers" to learn about tourist attractions and services.
https://www.novascotia.com

An early morning departure will allow you to arrive in Halifax around noon. You will have all the afternoon and evening to start your visit to this great city.

Halifax - A night in the capital

The Regional Municipality of Halifax is located in the middle of the province of Nova Scotia, Canada, on the southeastern coast of the Atlantic Ocean. The region currently covers an area of 5,495.7 square kilometers. Halifax is the capital of Nova Scotia and has a population of over 403,390, or about 43.7% of the total population of the province.

The Trans-Canada Highway and main highways 101, 102 and 103 converge on Halifax. Robert L. Stanfield International Airport serves the region and the entire province. In addition, Halifax is accessible by rail and sea. The Port of Halifax is recognized as one of the largest natural harbors in the world.

The Halifax region extends over a long-occupied territory of the Mi'kmaq Nation. Originally, it was named Chebucto from the Micmac term, 'Chebookt' which means 'Chief Harbor' primary harbour.
The city of Halifax was founded in 1749 by Governor Edward Cornwallis who established a military base there. The British needed Halifax to balance the distribution of power in the region. At the time, the French fortress of Louisbourg, located to the northeast, on Cape Breton Island, threatened British interests with respect to the Atlantic fisheries and its lands obtained from France by the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713. Strategically, the British installed their batteries on McNabs Island, on the North West Arm, on the cape where the current Point Pleasant Park is located on the site of this Redoubt-York. Cornwallis built several small wooden forts in the area, including one on the large hill overlooking Halifax and the harbor. This humble fort was to become one of North America's largest military structures, The Halifax Citadel.

Although the Acadian community was already established in the village of Chezzetcook, the presence of Acadian Francophones in the city of Halifax was felt more and more. In 1903, the founding of the Alliance française, a social and cultural association, enabled the regional Francophonie of Halifax to organize itself even more. In search of jobs, Acadians and Francophones in the province gradually settled in the region during the periods World War I and II.

Now that you've had some Acadian history in Halifax, have a coffee at Chezzetcook Acadian House (circa 1850) on Route 107, Exit 20 to Route 207. The Halifax Citadel has plenty of activities, and historical reenactments. The largest Titanic cemetery is also in the city of Halifax. Halifax's harbourfront has a 4-kilometer-long seaside promenade offering many things to see, do and eat along the way. Nova Scotian culture can be experienced at various events, musical activities and fine dining all along the way. Take advantage and explore. For more information visit
https://www.novascotia.com/about-nova-scotia/regions/halifax-metro

The largest concentration of French-speaking people in Nova Scotia live in the Halifax metropolitan area. According to Statistics Canada's 2016 Census, there are more than 10,140 Francophones in the region and 1,775 people who report English and French as first languages. The number of Francophones in the HRM is 49,585 or 12.3% of the population.