History in the City

Halifax is the capital of Nova Scotia and the major city in the maritime provinces of Canada so it would be remiss of us not to take a closer look.

The vibrant and interesting waterfront is not surprising, considering the importance of the harbour from both a commercial and military perspective.

We visited the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic which is located close to the waterfront and the Halifax Citaldel Historic site.

It is definitely worth arriving at the citadel before midday to witness the firing of the cannon at noon.  It was all serious business and then there was time to pose for photographs.

All of the staff were in costume including the pipe and drum band.

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The views over the city and harbour were outstanding and it is easy to understand the importance of the strategic location of the citadel.

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There is an excellent military museum located within the citadel which we found most informative.

Then it was time to relax and eat our lunch in the tranquility of the Public Gardens before we made our way down to the waterfront.

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Our next stop was the Maritime Museum which was quite different to the Fisheries Museum which we had visited the day before.  We chose a small number of galleries to look at closely and one which particularly interested me was the displays and oral histories relating to the Halifax Explosion.  I had not heard of this at all before we came to Halifax.  You can read more about it here.  The Halifax region has certainly witnessed its fair share of disasters as it was the closest major city to the sinking of the ‘Titanic’ and many of the victims are buried in Halifax.  This is also detailed at the museum.

Although there is no evidence that pirates really kept parrots, Merlin is an interesting exhibit at the museum.

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