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Here’s what you should know about the Halifax Explosion

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Want to learn more about the disaster that shaped Atlantic Canada’s largest city 100 years ago but not sure where to start? We’ve got your back. Here’s a basic summary of the catastrophic collision that occurred on the morning of December 6th, 1917.

Cities around the world have been shaped by the major disasters in their past. Events like the San Francisco earthquake of 1906 and the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 are responsible for moulding both the cultural and physical aspects of their environment. Unfortunately, Halifax is not exempt from catastrophic disaster, having experienced the Halifax Explosion of 1917.

On the morning of December 6th, the Norwegian aid ship Imo collided with the French arms vessel Mont-Blanc in the narrows, the waterway linking the Bedford Basin and the Halifax Harbour. Although the collision itself was minor, it ignited a fire that burned for twenty minutes, drawing spectators to the shoreline who were unaware of the grave danger presented by the fire. Only a few naval officers and Vincent Coleman, railway dispatcher, knew the explosive cargo that was aboard the Mont-Blanc.

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8 Things You Should Know About Nova Scotia’s Tree for Boston

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2017 marks the 100th anniversary year of the Halifax Explosion that occurred in the Halifax harbour in 1917. When the explosion struck, killing nearly 2,000 people and leaving hundreds more injured and homeless, Boston sent medical personnel and supplies to relieve the city’s rescue efforts.

For decades Nova Scotians have commemorated Boston’s kindness by sending a Nova Scotian Christmas tree to our southern neighbours each year. Here are a few interesting facts you may not have known about Nova Scotia’s Tree for Boston:

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25 facts you may not know about Halifax Pop Explosion!

Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, Halifax Pop Explosion (HPX) is hands-down one of my favourite things about this city. There’s something about picking up a schedule (or lately, downloading an app) and comparing your musical must-sees with friends and planning your festival experience.

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When those five days in October finally arrive, you can’t beat getting out on crisp autumn nights, grabbing a few drinks, hearing some great music and maybe forgetting that you’ve got to wake up and be a responsible adult in a few hours.

Whether you’re completely new to the festival, or you’re a reasoned regular, here are 25 FACTS YOU MAY NOT KNOW about HPX:

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6 FREE Halifax Cultural Activities You Can’t Miss

In Atlantic Canada, Maritime culture is celebrated in plays, movies, music, and art—and Halifax is no exception. And the best part is that you can experience the best of the city’s culture without spending a penny.


1 – Poetry in the Gardens

Calling all poetry lovers! To mark the 150th anniversary of the Public Gardens, visitors can enjoy free monthly poetry readings at sites throughout the gardens. Continue reading