Halifax Savings for CAA Members
Find discounts at some Halifax hotspots
Craving some cracked lobster and Celtic culture? If so, Halifax, Nova Scotia is a great spot to start exploring maritime life. And with helpful admission discounts thanks to your CAA membership, you can follow our suggestions and illustrated map to experience some highlights of Nova Scotia’s capital city.
The famous Halifax Citadel National Historic Site of Canada in downtown Halifax is a notable place to start your sightseeing. Prepare for the uphill climb on foot to this National Historic Site. Built in 1856, the star-shaped fort was occupied by the British until 1906, and later by the Canadian military. Inside you can take a guided tour and learn what the conditions were like for the military personnel that both lived and worked at the fort or wander through the musketry gallery and more.
Enjoying the history? Then use your CAA card for a reduced admission to Pier 21, Canada’s Immigration Museum. A National Historic Site of Canada, Pier 21 is the Halifax port where some 1.5 million immigrants, including war brides, displaced people and others, passed through from 1928 to 1971. Inside the pier’s museum you can take in interactive exhibits and multimedia presentations of the pier’s history, and stories of Canadian immigration and nation building.
From there, a visit to Province House continues your historical tour. The house, dating back to 1818, is considered the oldest legislative building in Canada since it’s where Nova Scotia’s legislative assembly has met since 1819. With portraits and historical artifacts housed inside, legislative sessions are held in the spring and fall and are open to the public.
Cap off your historical tour with a stop at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, which uses artifacts to spin the yarn of Nova Scotia’s maritime past. Here, use your CAA admission discount to wander through exhibits that include navigational tools, figureheads from the prows of ships and even a hydrographic vessel from 1913, which was used to survey and chart bodies of water.
If you enjoy cultural centres, then move on to the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, where you can receive an entrance discount with your CAA card. Inside the gallery, take in Nova Scotia-related works from artists such as Samuel Scott, James Hertle, Stanley Royle and others.
And if you enjoy the outdoors, stop by Point Pleasant Park on Halifax’s peninsula. The park, which houses batteries and forts that played a role in Halifax’s defense were active until the end of the Second World War, is a good place to head for a nature walk, a stroll on the beach or even a picnic of Maritime fare.
And speaking of Maritime fare, end your trip with a pint and a tour of Alexander Keith’s Nova Scotia Brewery. Tour guides in historic costume take you through the brewery to show you early brewing techniques, and later, raise a glass with you in the old tavern.CAA Members can save at the gift shop by showing their CAA card.