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Halifax, formally known as the Halifax Regional Municipality, is the capital and largest municipality of the Canadian province of Nova Scotia. It had a population of 403,131 in 2016, with 316,701 in the urban area centred on Halifax Harbour. As of July 2020, Statistics Canada estimated the population of the CMA at 448,544. The regional municipality consists of four former municipalities that were amalgamated in 1996: Halifax, Dartmouth, Bedford, and Halifax County.
Halifax is a major economic centre in Atlantic Canada, with a large concentration of government services and private sector companies. Major employers and economic generators include the Department of National Defence, Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia Health Authority, Saint Mary's University, the Halifax Shipyard, various levels of government, and the Port of Halifax. Agriculture, fishing, mining, forestry, and natural gas extraction are major resource industries found in the rural areas of the municipality.
I was in a store in Halifax, Nova Scotia that I love, sort of like an environmental friendly sort of store. But they had a great book section. So I went in there all the time. The woman who worked there - which I feel so bad; I've forgotten her name - she handed me the book and she said, "Hey, you should read this. I think it would make a good movie." I remember reading the back of it and I was like, "Huh." Then I just devoured the book and I was so moved by it and said, "Why don't we start developing this into a film?" So that's how it ['Into the Forest'] all started.
Haligonians are such a welcoming bunch, so much so that Halifax has been ranked one of the friendliest cities in the world by luxury and lifestyle travel magazine Condé Nast Traveler and believe me when I say it’s true. When the majority of people you run into on a daily basis are friendly, courteous and happy, we call that “a clue.” If Halifax, Nova Scotia were a crappy place to live, would everyone be so nice and friendly all the time? It takes a bit of getting used to at first, but you’ll soon come to love it and when you travel outside of Nova Scotia, you’ll realise just how special the people in it are.
Given the awesome night life scene and the volume of students living here, Halifax’s population is full of young people in their 20’s forming exciting creative and entrepreneurial communities all throughout the city.
Halifax traffic is by no means utopian, but compared to Montreal, Ottawa, or any other mid sized City our traffic situation is pretty mild. If you ask a Halifax resident (who has lived here their entire life and doesn’t travel much) about Halifax traffic, they’ll probably say it sucks. But they lack perspective. Sure, it’s not perfect, but we’re a decent size city with a growing population.
Everywhere you go in the Halifax, whether you’re downtown or on campus, you can catch a glimpse of giant cruise ships coming into the harbour, or sailboats floating along the arm.