• First public school in Canada

• Canada’s first law school and art college

• First printed book (1752) and first newspaper in Canada (Halifax Gazette)

• First place of free speech and freedom of the press in the British Commonwealth

• First all-electric city lights in North America

• First naval dockyard in North America and largest on the eastern seaboard north of Norfolk, Virginia

• Oldest intact executive mansion in North America (Government House circa. 1800)

• First seat of democratic government in Canada (1758)

• Location of the first official rules for ice hockey