The Canadian city of Halifax is the capital of Nova Scotia and the largest city in Atlantic Canada, with a population of roughly 300,000 people. The city's nickname, "The City of Trees", hints at the large number of parks for expatriates living in Halifax to discover, with Point Pleasant Park, the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site and the Halifax Public Gardens especially worthy of note. As a reasonably old city – the aforementioned Citadel Hill was built in 1749 – there are enough sites to see for any expatriate living in Halifax with an interest in history, as well as a good collection of historic architecture. The Sambro Island Lighthouse, also built in the mid 1700s, is another sight to see and expats in Halifax can enjoy the lively atmosphere and historic downtown, with bars and cafés in Argyle Street for those who love good food and great atmosphere.
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The city's harbor is a busy ferry port, but expats moving to Halifax will find the Halifax Stanfield International Airport an easier way to travel to the city. This is well served by domestic flights, as well as international services from the United States, London and a number of other European destinations. There is also an overnight sleeper train from Montreal for the truly adventurous expatriate moving to Halifax. You can find a good collection of additional information on expatriation and moving abroad on the InterNations website – our Expat Magazine is a comprehensive set of articles on topics ranging from expat finance to tips on how to best get settled in your new home. In addition, we have a number of pieces written by other InterNations members on their own experiences of expatriation and you can always ask other members via use of our forums and discussion groups for more direct advice.
The city is a major center of business, government and culture, with industries including manufacturing, shipbuilding, and defense, as well as a recent boom in real estate. There is also a strong agriculture and fishing presence in the city. The climate is mild – cooler than most of Canada – and expats working in Halifax will find the cultural scene lively, with plenty of music festivals, street festivals and local events to get involved with. Expatriates working in Halifax can use the InterNations website to contact other global minds in the city, with our forums and private communications a popular way for expatriates around the world to get in touch with their local international communities. Halifax is a large, diverse city, so you should have little trouble finding other expats in Halifax and you can also use our website to organize meet-ups, network or get the latest information on things to see and do in the city.