Halifax is the largest city in Atlantic Canada and the largest city east of Quebec City. The urban population is about 300,000, including the city of Dartmouth which it swallowed some time ago, and the metropolitan area (which is huge) is about 400,000. The Wikipedia entry on Halifax provides an excellent overview of the city’s history, and some overview shots, which I did not take.
Halifax is a major economic centre with a large concentration of government services and private sector companies. Major employers and economic generators include the Department of National Defence, Dalhousie University (and five other major ones) the Halifax Shipyard, various levels of government, and the Port of Halifax. The harbour has always been the key feature of Halifax.
We try to get to Halifax about once a year, usually in the fall, but sometimes for the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo held for eight days including the July 1, Canada Day, holiday. These photos are from a visit on Hallowe’en weekend in 2014. On the day we arrived we walked along the waterfront.
Many of the piers in downtown Halifax have been converted: to a cruise ship terminal, a farmers’ market, part of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, galleries and Pier 21. Pier 21 is a museum and genealogical centre based on the immigration of one million people to Canada through the port of Halifax between 1928 and 1971. Currently it is closed for renovation (as is its web site!) so I offer you another Wikipedia reference. I discovered this year old statue of The Emigrant, standing where the one of Samuel Cunard used to be. (Samuel has been moved further north….)
More downtown and harbour photos – black and white – in the next post.