We made it to Nova Scotia, and are spending some time around Halifax for a while. The city has a population of over 400,000 people. Halifax is the second largest ice-free harbor in the world. The harbor front offers views of all types of ships.
In 1917, a French ship carrying ammunition collided with a Belgian ship in the Halifax Harbour. Approximately 2000 people were killed and another 9000 injured. A large portion of the city was destroyed. The Halifax Explosion was the largest man-made explosion before Hiroshima. The Halifax Citadel is one of the most visited historic sites in Canada. This massive star-shaped fortress was founded as a military settlement.
A few interesting facts about Halifax:
-Halifax is closer to Dublin, Ireland than to Victoria, British Columbia.
-Halifax has an average of 171 wet days every year.
-Halifax has more pubs per capita than any other Canadian city.
Georges Island is the largest island entirely within the Halifax Harbor limits. Fort Charlotte is located on Georges Island – where Acadians were imprisoned during the Seven Years’ War. For almost 200 years, military activity took place on Georges Island. Fort Charlotte is currently being restored as a federal heritage site. Parks Canada hopes to have it open to visitors by 2014. Georges Island Lighthouse is clearly visible from Halifax Harbor.