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Old Town Clock | Courtesy of Destination Halifax
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The Most Beautiful Buildings in Halifax, Nova Scotia

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Updated: 7 September 2017

Between the impressive waterfront and colorful, bustling streets, Halifax is a picturesque city. Soak up the scenery and dive into the city’s rich history with visits to its most beautiful buildings.

Halifax City Hall

Opened to Council and the public in 1890, Halifax’s City Hall is a gorgeous, statuesque building overlooking the Parade Square. Take in the view from one of the square’s many picnic tables and Adirondack chairs, and be sure to look at the north-facing clock—it’s permanently set to 9:04 am, the time of the Halifax Explosion in 1917.

Halifax City Hall, 1841 Argyle St, Halifax, NS, Canada, +1 902 490 4000

The Most Beautiful Buildings in Halifax

City Hall | Courtesy of Destination Halifax

Halifax Central Library

It’s not just Haligonians that love the new downtown library: it recently placed ninth on Wired magazine’s 10 most beautiful libraries in the world, and the lead architecture firm, Fowler Bauld & Mitchell, won a Governor General medal for the building’s design.

Halifax Central Library, 5440 Spring Garden Rd, Halifax, NS, Canada, +1 902 490 5700

Historic Properties

One look at the beautiful stone Historic Properties will transport you back to Halifax’s early days. Three city blocks of Canada’s oldest surviving waterfront warehouses line the waterfront boardwalk and house a variety of boutiques, services, restaurants, and bars.

Historic Properties, 1869 Upper Water St, Halifax, Canada, +1 902 429 0530

Old Town Clock

One of the most recognized landmarks in Halifax, the Old Town Clock was originally installed in 1803, and while it underwent restoration in the 1960s, the original clockwork remains intact!

Old Town Clock, Brunswick Street, Halifax, Canada

The Most Beautiful Buildings in Halifax

Old Town Clock | Courtesy of Destination Halifax

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

Beautiful inside and out, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia sits in the city’s historic Dominion Building, constructed in 1865. The building is right next to Province House and features a gorgeous exterior and picturesque courtyard.

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, 1723 Hollis St, Halifax, NS, Canada, +1 902 424 5280

The Most Beautiful Buildings in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia | Courtesy of Destination Halifax

Saint Mary’s Cathedral Basilica

The Gothic Revival Catholic cathedral in downtown Halifax was consecrated in 1899 and boasts the tallest granite spire in North America. Guided tours are available year-round.

Saint Mary’s Cathedral Basilica, 5221 Spring Garden Road, Halifax, NS, Canada, +1 902 429 9800

Province House

The Province House is the seat of the Nova Scotia Government, and Charles Dickens once described Canada’s oldest provincial legislative assembly as “a gem of Georgian architecture…like looking at Westminster through the wrong end of a telescope.” Visit the National Historic Site in downtown Halifax.

Province House, 1726 Hollis St, Halifax, NS, Canada, +1 902 424 4661

Government House

Located downtown on one of the city’s busiest streets, Government House is the official residence of the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia. The beautiful National Historic Site was built over 200 years ago and is open to the public.

Government House, 1451 Barrington St, Halifax, NS, Canada