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As Nova Scotia’s capital, Halifax offers plenty to see and do no matter how much time you have.
The center of Halifax is compact and easily walkable, though you will have to contend with a few hills, particularly for a visit to the old fort of Citadel Hill, a symbol of Halifax’s role as a principal naval station in the British Empire. Tour the period-style rooms of the Citadel, take in the views of the city sprawled out beneath it, and brace yourself for the daily noon firing of the canon.
Make your way 46 km south of Halifax to Peggy’s Cove, a small coastal fishing community that is also home the province’s most iconic lighthouse (and most popular tourist attraction). If you’re feeling adventurous, drive another hour on to Lunenburg, Nova Scotia’s colorful port town. The whole town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and there are dozens of charming shops and restaurants to explore.
If you want some extreme adventure, head an hour north to Shubenac.