InsightsPOSTED June 2, 2015

Head out to Halifax

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Leading up to Canada Day, the APEX team is having a great Canadian scavenger hunt, exploring media markets across the country.

You might not have hit up this hot summer vacation destination yet, but chances are you know some of these famous folks!

From politicians (Alexander Keith – brewmaster and former mayor), musicians (April Wine!!, Sarah McLachlan), actors (Ellen Page) to athletes (curler Collen Jones to hockey great Sidney Crosby) Halifax has a lot going for it.  Check it out.

Halifax,, @hfxgov (23,200 followers)

1. Population

2. Mayor

3. Interesting facts

  • The Halifax Citadel National Historic Site is the most visited National Historic Site in Canada. The practice of firing a gun (from the site) at midday dates from 1856 and continues today.
  • The Old Town Clock, a famous landmark, has been keeping time since 1803.
  • Halifax is closer to Dublin, Ireland than it is to Victoria, British Columbia.
  • This is a young city. The median age is 39. And 59 per cent of the population is under 45.
  • The average selling price of a house in Halifax in 2011 was $259,060 – one of the lowest in Canada.
  • There are more pubs per capita than any other city in Canada. That might have something to do with the fact there are six universities.  There are 81 post-secondary students per 1000 people (three times the national average).
  • Halifax has a strong connection to the Titanic sinking. There is a permanent Titanic Museum at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic.
  • Several television shows have been created in Halifax including the CBC news satire show This Hour Has 22 Minutes and the mockumentary show Trailer Park Boys.
  • Dave Carroll of United Breaks Guitars fame lives in the Greater Halifax area.

4. Known for

  • It is the capital of Nova Scotia and home to the largest population east of Quebec City.
  • Halifax has been around for a loooong time. It was founded in 1749 by Honorable Edward Cornwallis of England.
  • It boasts the second largest ice free natural harbour in the world after Sydney, Australia.
  • During Atlantic Hurricane Season Halifax can suffer the brunt of tropical storms, depressions and hurricanes.
  • Bring your umbrella! Halifax has an average of 171 wet days per year.
  • The three biggest employers in Halifax are CFB Halifax, Capital District Health Authority and the government – all three levels.

5. Local bloggers

6. Local hashtags

7. Upcoming events

8. Local magazines

9. Dailies

10. Local TV

11. Top Five radio stations

Linda Andross is a managing partner at APEX & ruckus Digital. If she could live anywhere else Halifax would probably be on the top of the list. 

See where else we go in our great Canadian scavenger hunt

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