Halifax is full of history. Throughout the city, you’ll find landmarks and memorials commemorating WW I and WWII as well as the fishing and naval industries.
When visiting Halifax’s harbour port, it’s crazy to imagine that only a century ago disaster struck with what’s now known as The Halifax Explosion. In 1917, a ship loaded with explosives collided with another ship in the harbour, killing over 2,000 people and injuring 9,000. The largest man-made explosion of its time, the accident caused $28 million in damages and left 6,000 people homeless.
During both World Wars, Halifax served as an important naval base where Allied ships found safe haven until they were able to safely travel across the Atlantic. In Point Pleasant Park sits a memorial recognizing the nearly 2,000 Royal Canadian Navy members who lost their lives during WWII.
In Halifax’s Fairview Cemetery, you’ll find the graves of 121 Titanic victims who were laid to rest here, including the man who is said to have inspired the character Jack in James Cameron’s movie, Titanic.
The city’s many memorials and landmarks serve as a testament to the determination, perseverance and strength of character that is typical of those who call Halifax home.