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1. Ar­m­dale Yacht Club 75 BURGEE RUN

In­cor­po­rated in 1937 and lo­cated on his­toric Melville Is­land at the head of Hal­i­fax’s North­west Arm, the Ar­m­dale Yacht Club is one of the old­est yacht clubs in Nova Sco­tia. Since the 18th cen­tury, Melville Is­land has been a hos­pi­tal, a quar­an­tine sta­tion for im­mi­grants ar­riv­ing from Europe, a mil­i­tary prison and pris­oner of war camp dur­ing the Napoleonic Wars, War of 1812 and World War I, a re­cruit train­ing sta­tion for the Bri­tish For­eign Le­gion dur­ing the Crimean War, and an am­mu­ni­tion de­pot in World War II. Come for a tour, take in the mil­lion- dol­lar view, and savour the legacy and leg­end of AYC!

2. St. Ge­orge’s Greek Or­tho­dox Church 38 PURCELLS COVE ROAD

Con­se­crated in 1985, St. Ge­orge’s Greek Or­tho­dox Church was de­signed by the Hal­i­fax firm of Dumaresq and Byrne, based on the Ro­man basil­ica style in the shape of a cross. The in­te­rior of the dome over its cen­tre bears an im­age of Christ Pan­tokra­tor, or “ruler of all.” The church’s in­te­rior is rich with im­agery re­fer­ring to Christ’s last days and res­ur­rec­tion. The iconog­ra­phy on the walls and al­tar de­pict events in the life of Christ, im­por­tant Greek saints and an­gels, and took two years to com­plete.

The first Greek Fest, held at the new church in 1986, at­tracted more than 10,000 peo­ple. This an­nual fes­ti­val, fea­tur­ing food, mu­sic, dance and other as­pects of Greek cul­ture, has con­tin­ued to grow in pop­u­lar­ity, with at­ten­dance soar­ing to over 20,000 in 2016.

3. The Din­gle Tower, Sir Sand­ford Flem­ming Park Hal­i­fax 260 DIN­GLE ROAD

The Me­mo­rial Tower (known lo­cally as the Din­gle Tower), was com­mis­sioned by Sir Sand­ford Flem­ing and do­nated to the peo­ple of Hal­i­fax in com­mem­o­ra­tion of the 150th an­niver­sary of the es­tab­lish­ment of rep­re­sen­ta­tive govern­ment in Nova Sco­tia in 1758. Com­pleted in 1912, it of­fers a sweep­ing view of Sir Sand­ford Flem­ing Park and the North­west Arm. Lo­cated in what was orig­i­nally Flem­ing’s sum­mer es­tate, the tower is com­prised of iron­stone and gran­ite de­tails, ionic col­umns, and clas­sic Pal­la­dian win­dows. The tower also fea­tures two bronze li­ons, do­nated in 1913, sim­i­lar to those in Trafal­gar Square in Lon­don, Eng­land. An ex­ten­sive in­te­rior and ex­te­rior restora­tion of the tower was com­pleted be­tween 2010 and 2013 and in­cluded re­point­ing of ma­sonry de­tails, a new cop­per roof, stairs, light­ing, and re­fur­bish­ment of the 35 in­te­rior plaques com­mem­o­rat­ing Cana­dian univer­si­ties and prov­inces, Com­mon­wealth coun­tries and cities. The Me­mo­rial Tower was de­clared a Na­tional His­toric Site of Canada in 2010.

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