Halifax, Nova Scotia

Self portrait with new coat and shopping bag from Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC)

Self portrait with new coat and shopping bag from Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC)

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.

George's Island with Dartmouth oil refinery in the background.

George’s Island with Dartmouth oil refinery in the background.

George's Island and Dartmouth reflected in the water frontage of NS Power's headquarters.

George’s Island and Dartmouth reflected in the water frontage of NS Power’s headquarters.

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….)

The Emigrant - a statue recognizing Halifax's role in welcoming people from many lands to Canada.

The Emigrant – a statue recognizing Halifax’s role in welcoming people from many lands to Canada.

Around the harbour.

Around the harbour.

More downtown and harbour photos – black and white – in the next post.


8 comments on “Halifax, Nova Scotia

  1. c-rock@rogers.com says:

    Beautiful pics Bunty




    • buntymcc says:

      Thanks, Carol. It was cold, but nice. Things change so fast in Halifax. New buildings, new shops, somebody moved my Cunard statue!

  2. pix & kardz says:

    great images. i must visit the Atlantic coast one day πŸ™‚

    • buntymcc says:

      Yes, do come, but I’d not recommend November! May to mid-October, yes. Many of my posts this summer were of PEI. Stay tuned fo more of Halifax. Thanks for commenting.

      • pix & kardz says:

        thanks for the time of year suggestion.
        PEI has always been a must-see destination, and yet I find myself in Europe more often than in Canada when it comes to vacations. it probably won’t be for a couple of years.
        life has taken a bit of a busy turn at the moment, but i do look forward to catching up with some of your PEI posts in the new year.
        thanks for following my blog, btw. much appreciated! πŸ™‚

  3. Jean says:

    Halifax was part of our self-loaded bike touring and camping trip in Nova Scotia, PEI and New Brunswick (only 1 day).

    It was toward the tail-end of the trip ..before the Confederation Bridge was built. (I should scan my photos from that 1,000+ km. trip. Yea…) Halifax was a relief food-wise for myself since it puzzled me that over 50% of the small town restaurants prior to Halifax served…..fried seafood. That is not my style of eating seafood. (Asian treatment of seafood actually has less deep fried seafood compared to stir frying, steaming, etc.) Gorgeous fresh seafood must showcased with grilling and other techniques that don’t cover up the seafood’s more delicate texture (compared to beef.).

    Pier 21 was being built at the time we were in Halifax, but my partner really did want to go there and so we did.

    You see he was one of 1 million immigrants that entered into Pier 21. In early 1950’s, as a 7 yr. old boy from Germany with his family.

    I would love to see that museum one day. When will the renovations finish?

    Of course, my family (just parents) came through from Asia….so Vancouver or Toronto have been the “port” of entry. Have you been to Vancouver recently? It truly has become Canada’ Pacific Rim city.

    • buntymcc says:

      Cooking has come a long way since the Confederation Bridge was opened (1997) but small towns – everywhere, I think – still rely on fried food, overcooked vegetables and a limited palate. Charlottetown and Halifax both have a large number of very good restaurants which serve not only fried food but food of many other cultures. Chinese food, however, still tends to be Americanized Cantonese.

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