Fully restored in 1991, this was the first burial ground in Halifax, and between 1749 and 1844 some 12,000 people were interred here. (Only 1 in 10 graves is marked with a headstone, however.) You'll find examples of 18th- and 19th-century gravestone art -- especially winged heads and winged skulls. (No rubbings are allowed, however.) Also exceptional is the Welsford-Parker Monument from 1855, which honors Nova Scotians who fought in the Crimean War. An ornate statue near the grounds' entrance features a lion with a Medusa-like mane. Go at dusk, when the grounds are imbued with a quiet grace, a few hours before sunset. The light slants through the trees and city traffic seems far, far away. Cemetery buffs could spend an hour or more; others can easily drop by for 10 minutes en route to downtown attractions or eateries.