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Halifax is the Capital of Nova Scotia with a population of 414,129 in the Halifax Regional Municiality (HRM). The city sits on the Atlantic ocean and boast a lot of great views from the waterfront. If you're big on the outdoors, Halifax's warm summers and relatively warm winters make it a great place to live. Whether you're exploring the small fishing village of Peggy's Cove or kayaking on the Northwestern Arm, you'll find spectacular views in and aroud Halifax.
The municipalities of Halifax, Dartmouth, Bedford and Halifax County that joined to form Halifax Regional Municiality, each have a unique personality and appeal. Halifax is the closest to the big city, housing a thriving downtown business core that turns into a lively and varied nightlife. Dartmouth, the City of Lakes, is often referred to as the bedroom community of Halifax. Bedford is a small town that was recently declared the community with one of the highest average earnings per capita in Canada. There are many interesting and wonderful communities throughout the Halifax County, but together they form Halifax and truly offer something for everyone.
Less than two hours by air from New York or Toronto and the half way point between Europe and the West Coast of North America. Halifax boasts 7 degree granting universities 11 business and industrial parks and 8 major hospitals. Unwinding in Halifax is a breeze. With 12 golf clubs, 5 yacht clubs and many parks, lakes, beaches and resorts you'll be spoiled for things to do.
To really understand the appeal of Halifax, it is best to consider the city's self perception as an oasis that just oozes laid back lifestyle. am image that is as justifiable it is contagious. In Toronto or Vancouver you can sit in traffic for hours, while in Halifax you have 10 minutes to the office. Halifax offers just the right mix of big-city cachet and small town comfort.
Outsiders better get used to the laid-back lifestyle. It comes from living on a harbor that is dotted with sailboats, kayaks and windsurfers weaving among the freighters and naval frigates on a clear day. It comes from walking through tree lined streets, parks and green spaces. And from being able to enjoy all the amenities of a cosmopolitan, bigger city thriving theatre, a top notch symphony, live jazz, rock and country music and clubs and still being only a $10 uber ride from home. It comes fromleaving the office on a summer Friday afternoon and, within an hour, lying on a saltwater beach, dining on fresh seafood in Lunenburg or catching some Shakespeare in the town of Wolfville.
On the job front, Halifax's proximity to the ocean makes it a hotbed of marine related employment. With over 450 PHD's, Halifax has the worlds highest concentration of marine related reasearch. In addition, Life Sciences, Finance and Insurance and Aerospace and Defense make up a large portion of the job market. The majority of the population is highly educated, with 68% of having a post-secondary education. Local universities and community colleges serve more than 40,000 students annually.
Halifax is steeped in history. From the arrival of the scurvy-ridden British pioneers, and the booty-laden privateer ships that plundered the entire eastern seaboard, to the conflicts with the Micmac Indians and the Second World War convoys massing before departing for Europe. Walking along the waterfront in Halifax from Historic Properties to the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic you can't help but feel the history.
Tragedy has had it's place in Halifax history. The Halifax Explosion occurred December 6, 1917 when the French Steamship Mont Blanc and the Belgian Steamer Imo collided in the Halifax Harbor. The Mont Blanc was carrying 400,000 pounds of TNT causing an explosion that killed over 1900 people and injured over 9000. After the sinking of the Titanic, Halifax sent two cable ships out under Charter to White Star Line, owner of the Titanic. Of the 328 bodies recovered, 150 were buried in Halifax. In 1998, Swissair flight 111 from New York to Geneva crashed near Peggy's Cove. The ships involved in the recover effort docked at Canada's largest Naval base CFB Halifax and one of Canada's largest Coast Guard bases, CCG Base Dartmouth.