Take in the View in Your Halifax Rental Car
Ranked "the fourth best place to live in Canada" by MoneySense magazine in 2012, Halifax is Nova Scotia's capital and crown jewel. If you’ll be cruising through the city, pick up your Halifax rental car at the airport before you head out to see the sights. After you land, visit the Thrifty car rental location to get out and take in all this city has to offer.
Citadel Hill (Fort George)
Drive your Halifax Airport rental car to Citadel Hill to discover one of the most visited sites in Canada. Also called Fort George, this designated National Historic Site of Canada offers visitors a glimpse at what used to be a fortification built in 1794 to defend against various enemies. Since that time, construction and leveling have reduced the height of the summit by 10 to 12 meters. The citadel was never attacked, but served as the keystone to the defense of Halifax Harbour and its Royal Navy Dockyard. The park is open year round, and features a living history program with live animators portraying life in the fort. Take a self-guided tour or guided tour of the fort, complete with audio-visual presentations and exhibits. You'll want to keep your camera ready for the year-round daily ceremonial firing of the noon gun — the citadel’s main artillery cannon. Plus, be sure to visit the army museum inside the Citadel's Cavalier Block, featuring rare weapons, medals and uniforms from Nova Scotia's historic army.
Point Pleasant Park
Take an afternoon and visit Point Pleasant Park in your Thrifty rental car. This large, partially forested public area is located at the southern tip of the Halifax peninsula. Once the site of several artillery batteries, this park still contains the Prince of Wales Tower — the oldest Martello tower in North America. The park features views of the harbor and out toward the Atlantic Ocean. You might catch a play being performed during the summer by the Shakespeare by the Sea theater company.
Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
A short drive from the city in your Halifax rental car, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic features galleries displaying the Days of Sail, the Age of Steam, Small Craft, the Canadian Navy, the Halifax Explosion and Shipwrecks. Here, visitors can witness a permanent exhibit that explores the sinking of the RMS Titanic. Since Nova Scotia was helpful in recovering survivors from the sinking ship, the museum features the world's foremost collection of wooden artifacts, including one of the few surviving deck chairs from the Titanic.