Points of Interest for the 2008 congress located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Halifax, the capital of Nova Scotia, offers world-class dining and entertainment in a picturesque seaside environment that is steeped in history and culture. The city itself presents a blend of old and new – from fantastic 250-year-old architecture and landmarks such as Citadel Hill, the Public Gardens, Alexander Keiths Brewery, Pier 21 and the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic , to great shopping on Spring Garden Road and exciting games at the Casino Nova Scotia.

Halifax is a perfect starting point for fabulous day trips to some of the most photographed spots in Nova Scotia – the rugged beauty of Peggy’s Cove, the Bluenose II in the UNESCO World Heritage town of Lunenburg, the 3 churches of Mahone Bay and the wild surf of Lawrencetown Beach.

Halifax is also home to a great variety of festivals, art, music and theatre venues and outstanding restaurants featuring fresh Atlantic seafood and exotic international cuisine. The Nova Scotia Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage has an extensive website that covers the cultural heritage, cuisine, events, scenic attractions and night life.

Alexander Keith Brewery
Originally established in 1820, Nova Scotia's oldest brewery is new again. Join us for a walk through brewing history that you'll never forget. From the moment the Warden greets you, until the inn keepers of the Stag's Head tavern say farewell, you'll be entertained and educated by the costumed guides. We're in the Brewery Market at 1496 Lower Water Street.

Alderney Landing
Alderney Landing is located on the Dartmouth waterfront, adjacent to the ferry terminal. Alderney landing provides visitors with a multitude of sources of entertainment. Wander through our Gallery, experience traditional Maritime hospitality in our indoor Market, or take in a live show in our fully-equipped 285 seat theatre -- the perfect destination for a night on the town

Bluenose II
Nova Scotia's sailing ambassador, the Bluenose II is the symbol of Nova Scotia recognized around the world. Launched in July 24, 1963 Bluenose II was built from the identical plans as Bluenose, in the same shipyard of Smith and Rhuland and by some of the same men. Call 1-800-763-1963 for schedule and reservations. 2-hour harbour sailing tours run from June 1 to September 30.

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
Located across from Province House; Nova Scotia’s major arts institution exhibits 6,000 works in a permanent collection; historic and contemporary Nova Scotian, Canadian and international art are on display, as is an acclaimed collection of folk art.

Halifax Citadel National Historic Site
Constructed between 1828 and 1856, this citadel is an impressive star-shaped masonry structure complete with its defensive ditch, ramparts, musketry gallery, powder magazine, garrison cells, guard room, barracks and school room. On the guided tour, visitors may see the 78th Highland Regiment in action, hear the beauty of the bagpipes and ask a soldier's wife what life was like back then.
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 Peggy's Cove
Possibly one of the most photographed location in Canada. Peggy's Cove is a small picturesque fishing village (population 120) that surrounds a narrow ocean inlet. The lighthouse built on the smooth wave washed rocks is one of the most noticeable features.

Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic
The Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic is located on the bustling waterfront of Lunenburg, a UNESCO World Heritage town, where fishing vessels, cruise ships, and sailing boats come and go. Celebrating and honouring all things related to Lunenburg and Nova Scotia’s seafaring and fishing heritage, this award-winning museum is open from mid-May to mid-October. 

Fisherman's Museum
A hearty welcome awaits you in this Nova Scotian fisherman's house from the early 1900s. Come enjoy the music of a pump organ in the parlour, see the handmade rugs and decorations around the home owned by Ervin and Ethelda Myers and their 13 daughters in the early 1900's.

Tidal Bore
The moon and sun create gravitational forces that act on the waters of the world giving us high and low tides. Thanks to the unique shape and conditions present in the Bay of Fundy these changes are greatly amplified. In fact, the Bay of Fundy is home to the highest recorded tides in the world. The nutrient-rich Bay of Fundy is home to some amazing marine life. The finback whale, the second largest animal on earth, comes to the Bay of Fundy to feed and play along with the Right whales, Minke whales and Humpbacks. A whale watching tour will give you a new definition for "awesome".

Point Pleasant Park

Point Pleasant Park lies on a rocky 75-hectare (185 acre) promontory jutting into the Atlantic Ocean at the eastern end of the Halifax peninsula. This park has been a place of recreation for the citizens of Halifax since the city's founding in 1749. Before that, it was a hunting, fishing, and ceremonial area for the indigenous Mi'kmaq people. Until 1866, Point Pleasant was primarily a military bastion, but in that year it was leased to a newly formed commission for a public park. Trees were planted in its early years as a park and it soon became an urban forest where citizens could find an oasis of peace close to the bustling city. A map onsite identifies all walkways and points of interest, including the ruins of several fortresses. During the summer a local entertainment troupe runs live Shakespeare plays outdoors. Halifax rents the site from the British Government for 1 shilling (about 10 cents).

In late September 2003, Hurricane Juan, a category two hurricane, made landfall in Nova Scotia, not far from Point Pleasant Park. The maximum force winds from the eastern eye-wall of the hurricane that swept over the park, and the city, caused millions of dollars of damage, and destroyed more than 75,000 trees in Point Pleasant Park alone. Point Pleasant Park closed in order for work crews to perform cleanup operations. Nine months later, the Park was reopened to the public. With almost 85 per cent of the trees removed and its shoreline damaged, the Park is undergoing a new challenge to rebuild.

Halifax International Busker Festival
Each year Buskers from around the world gather in Halifax to entertain the over half million visitors to the Halifax waterfront in August. Join the Buskers while they amaze and humour you. What a way to spend a day!

Neptune Theatre
Since opening in 1963 the Neptune Theatre has entertained more than 4 million patrons with live theatre. Recently renovated in 1997 the Neptune Theatre also boasts and elegant arts & conference centre and two stages for showings. Please call for our current live show, ticket pricing & availability. 429-7070 or 1-800-565-7345

Nova Scotian Crystal
Located in along the scenic Halifax Waterfront, Nova Scotian Crystal specializes in mouth-blown, hand-cut crystal using traditional tools and equipment. Drop by Nova Scotian Crystal to see our master craftsmen and apprentices at work and realize Nova Scotian Crystal makes truly wonderful gifts.

Casino Nova Scotia
There's always something new and exciting at Casino Nova Scotia! Blackjack, slot machines, poker tables, craps, roulette all await you at Nova Scotia's largest casino.