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Parliament Hill

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Parliament Hill

Ottawa, Canda

Ottawa is one of the world’s quiet capitals. Ask an American the capital of Canada, and the answer is likely to be Toronto or Montreal. But it’s Ottawa and Parliament Hill (called “The Hill” by locals) that are the heart of government, with Gothic Revival buildings softened by English gardens and monuments such as the Peace Tower, built to commemorate lives lost in World War I. How great is Parliament Hill for ambling? Three million people visit each year, which means someday, everyone will know the name of Canada’s capital.


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With a focus on visual artists with ties to Nova Scotia, such as famed folk artist Maud Lewis, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia offers visitors an extensive collection of more than 15,000 historical and contemporary works. It also brings in many national and international exhibits every year. Dine at the Gallery’s restaurant, Untitled Eats, for lunch or dinner during the week or for brunch on Sundays. 960 1280

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Your French will improve exponentially with one bite of the crêpes at Bistro Le Coq. With its warm country-kitchen interior and outdoor patio on busy Argyle Street, it is a mandatory stop for local and visiting foodies. Serving fresh, locally sourced food is the agenda at Chives, another one of Halifax’s fine dining options. 960 1280

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Try your luck at Casino Nova Scotia. This top-notch gaming, entertainment and dining complex is located on Halifax’s waterfront. The casino offers packages with the nearby Delta Halifax and Delta Barrington hotels, which are just a short walk away through the climate-controlled pedway pedestrian tunnels. 960 1280

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The Halifax Farmers' Market is the oldest continuously operating farmers’ market in North America. Open year-round, the market’s more than 200 vendors (who offer lots of sampling) are housed in and around a new harborside, eco-friendly building. Take a short stroll and you can visit the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. Like the United States’ Ellis Island, the pier served as a point of entry for immigrants seeking a better life. 960 1280

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You might think you’ve been transported to the 1800s when you visit the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site. The restored fort is often filled with period-clad reenactors who give visitors a realistic glimpse into this landmark’s rich past. Tours are offered throughout the day and are included with admission. Don’t let the big bang you’ll hear scare you; it’s just the daily firing of the citadel’s noon gun. 960 1280

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Where there are college students, there are pubs, and Halifax has plenty of both. Home to 6 major universities, Halifax boasts one of the highest numbers of bars per capita of any Canadian city. Popular watering holes include the waterfront’s Lower Deck and Toothy Moose on pub-heavy Argyle Street. 960 1280

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Halifax Harbour is not only the largest natural harbor in the world and a major trade port, it is also a great place to catch a boat ride and enjoy the beautiful Halifax scenery. You might want to take a cheap ferry ride from Halifax to its sister city of Dartmouth or enjoy a magical sunset cruise on the Tall Ship Silva. 960 1280

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Believe it or not, Nova Scotia is possibly one of the first areas to cultivate grapes in North America. The province is home to a dozen wineries that are open to the public for tours and tastings. In addition, many of the wines are served and available for sale in Halifax. 960 1280

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Take a helicopter tour to get a bird’s eye view of Niagara Falls -- the collective name for 3 waterfalls: Horseshoe Falls, American Fall sand the Bridal Veil Falls. Located on the border between Canada and the US, this popular tourist attraction is 17 miles from Buffalo, NY, and 75 miles from Toronto. 960 1280

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Fallsview Waterpark is North America?s largest indoor waterpark and resort. Sixteen waterslides, an indoor wave pool, hot springs and outdoor sundeck with a pool are all found at this 3-acre park. It?s a 2-minute walk from Niagara Falls and connected to Falls Avenue Resort, which includes 3 hotels. 960 1280

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