Pier 21 is Canada’s last surviving seaport immigration facility. Over one million immigrants arrived there between 1928 and 1971. It is now home to the Canadian Museum of Immigration and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.
The Halifax explosion occurred on Dec. 6, 1917, and was the largest man-made explosion prior to the atomic bomb. Two ships collided in the harbor, with the resulting explosion killing 2,000 people and leaving 9,000 wounded.
Africville was a settlement established by former American slaves after the War of 1812, although it was not well accepted by the predominantly white society at the time. When it became rundown the Halifax government decided to evict Africville’s residents and disband the community. In 2010 the Halifax Council and Federal government issued an official apology. The Africville museum is now located across from where the town originally stood, with a park where the town once was.