The capital city of Nova Scotia, Halifax has a population of about 390,000. Halifax is the largest city on the Eastern coast of Canada. Halifax was founded in 1749 and named after the British earl of Halifax. Halifax was witness to a few wars over the centuries, as the British and French fought for control of Canada, and was almost destroyed in the early 20th century when a navy ship caught fire in the harbour and exploded, destroying most of Halifax’s water front. Today, Halifax is a good place to visit on the east coast.