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Province House

The Nova Scotia House of Assembly is the birthplace of parliamentary democracy in Canada. Visit this grand Palladian building to discover the history of the province.

Province House is the home of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly and the oldest serving legislative building in the country. This National Historic Site of Canada stands impressively between the Grand Parade and the harbor. Visit to learn about Nova Scotia’s history and browse antiques from colonial times, as well as portraits and sculptures of notable figures.

Province House has accommodated the legislative branch of the provincial government of Nova Scotia since 1819. It’s the birthplace of parliamentary democracy in the British Empire outside the United Kingdom. The building once served as the colony’s Supreme Court, and has witnessed some momentous political and legal events.

The three-storey building is a classic example of Palladian architecture. The building features grand symmetrical design in sandstone, and is set back in a tree-lined garden. Enter the house to explore its stately interior.

Impromptu tours with Province House guides are available, but book ahead to avoid disappointment. Check out the stunning interior architecture of the former Supreme Court, now a library, and the Red Chamber. Stroll out into the courtyard to see the South African War Memorial and two wartime cannons. To the south side of Province House, you can see the statue of the Honorable Joseph Howe, the journalist whose heartfelt speech and acquittal at Province House led to the development of press freedom in Canada.

Visit Province House any day of the week during regular business hours. Legislative assembly sittings begin in the spring and fall seasons. Watch the proceedings from the visitor’s galleries during a sitting to see Nova Scotia’s Members of the Legislative Assembly in action. 

Province House sits three blocks back from the Halifax waterfront in the heart of downtown and is easily accessible by bus and ferry. Walk in from the Halifax harborfront boardwalk to enjoy a scenic route downtown. Entry is free.


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The Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites

The Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites

1515 South Park Street, Halifax
4.2
of 5, from 724 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Overlooking the Halifax Public Gardens and Spring Garden Road, this hotel is 3 blocks from Metro Centre and Dalhousie University.

$115
Atlantica Hotel Halifax

Atlantica Hotel Halifax

1980 Robie St, Halifax
3.9
of 5, from 1,017 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in South End, Halifax, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Emera Oval and Public Gardens Park. Halifax Citadel and Dalhousie University are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$145
Cambridge Suites Hotel

Cambridge Suites Hotel

1583 Brunswick St, Halifax
4.4
of 5, from 707 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in downtown Halifax across from Citadel Hill, Cambridge Suites Hotel is within walking distance of many attractions around the area; the World Trade Convention Center is 1 block away.

$88
Hampton Inn by Hilton Halifax Downtown

Hampton Inn by Hilton Halifax Downtown

1960 Brunswick Street, Halifax
4.4
of 5, from 430 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Halifax, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Halifax Town Clock, Halifax Citadel, and Public Gardens Park. Dalhousie University is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) away.

$117
The Hollis Halifax a DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel

The Hollis Halifax a DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel

1649 Hollis St, Halifax
4.5
of 5, from 375 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Halifax, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Halifax Citadel, and Public Gardens Park. Dalhousie University is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) away.

$136
Delta Hotels by Marriott Halifax

Delta Hotels by Marriott Halifax

1990 Barrington St, Halifax
4.0
of 5, from 418 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Halifax hotel is located by the ocean, within 1 mi (2 km) of Historic Properties, Halifax Citadel, and Public Gardens Park. Dalhousie University is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) away.

$143
Delta Hotels by Marriott Barrington

Delta Hotels by Marriott Barrington

1875 Barrington St, Halifax
4.0
of 5, from 370 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Halifax, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax Citadel, and Public Gardens Park. Dalhousie University is 1.6 mi (2.5 km) away.

$165
Prince George Hotel

Prince George Hotel

1725 Market St, Halifax
4.5
of 5, from 595 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

One block from the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, the Prince George Hotel is connected to the World Trade and Convention Centre and Halifax Metro Centre via a pedestrian walkway.