With its rich history as a martime hub, it comes as no surprise that a number of museums and attractions celebrate its seafaring past and present. 

  • Maritime Museum of the Atlantic -- Museum collections include charts, map, equipment, and artifacts relating to the marine history of Nova Scotia. Located at 1675 Lower Water Street. May through October, hours are Mon 9:30 to 5:30 p.m., Tues 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Wed - Sat 9:30 to 5:30 p.m., Sun 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (May/Oct), 9:30 to 5:30 p.m. (June-Sept). November through April Tuesday 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Wed - Sat 9:30 to 5 p.m., and Sun 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Mondays. Cost of admission May to October $8 for adults, $7 for seniors (65 and over), children 5 and under free, $21 for family (2 adults and children). Prices are halved during the off season (November through April).
  • CSS Acadia -- Built in 1913, the Acadia was used by the Canadian Hydrographic Service, and served the Royal Canadian Navy in both world wars. Tour of the ship is free with museum admission, or can be toured separately for the admission price of $1. The ship is open to the public Monday to Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sun 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • HMCS Sackville -- Commissioned in 1941, the Sackville was one of 120 corvettes (speedy warships) built in Canada during World War II. Tours are free and open to the public June through October, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Pier 21 -- From 1928 to 1971, Pier 21 served as the gateway for millions of immigrants, similar to New York City's Ellis Island. Pier 21 is open year-round. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily from May to October, and 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday from November to May. Cost of admission is $7.75 for adults, $6.50 for seniors, $4.30 for children ages 6 to 16, or $18 for the whole family.