As with many areas that are lacking in temple construction, Halifax/Dartmouth members had to travel long distances to attend the temple before 1999 and even still there are many members that make sacrifices (in time & money) for the opportunity. It is thought that missionaries were sent to the Maritimes in 1843 by Joseph Smith. It wasn't until 1973 that the Canadian-Maritimes Mission was formed. This is considered one of the smaller classic modern designed temples and is built from white bethel granite. It was the 64th operating temple.
The culture and location of Halifax is just outstanding. With the harbour, the coastline, almost perfect year-round weather and maritime history, Halifax will grab your heart and never let it go. If you have some extra time, there's many lighthouses to see and a few islands to explore. McNabs Island is less than 30 minutes away from downtown by ferry and holds a lot of natural beauty.
With the area, the water and the port being very strategic for battles and war, there's many opportunities to see maritime history. The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic is a great starting point to engage in history and tales of the sea. Then, go onboard the HMCS Sackville to check out how those that make ships their home live. The Halifax Waterfront and wooden boardwalk is a nice place to stroll and take in the sounds and smells of the water. Check out the many museums or boat tours offered along the route. For even more history, the Citadel National Historic Site will show you how this fort has protected the area since 1749. If you enjoy the look and feel of Victorian Gardens, the Halifax Public Gardens won't disappoint with 16-acres of beauty.
The Dartmouth area may not have as many fancy restaurants as downtown Halifax, but there's still some great choices, all of which are nearby the temple. For breakfast anytime of day, try Nena's All Day Breakfast for traditional favorites. John's Lunch is a happening fast food-type joint that's famous for their fish and chips and fried clams and chips. Gourmet thin-crust pizza lovers will fall head-over-heels for Piez Bistro. You can always find interesting daily specials too if pizza's not on your short list.To experience fine-dining at a reasonable price, lunch at Gio couldn't be a better choice. If your wallet is filling a bit more generous, try dinner at Gio or Stories Fine Dining where you can expect imaginative, beautifully presented food. Wherever your travels take you, there will be fantastic restaurant choices along the way.