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Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

 
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
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The Halifax Town Clock has served the residents for over 190 years

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The four sided clock face displays Roman numerals but the hour 4 is shown as IIII and not as IV, for artistic balance

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Halifax was once the receiving center for immigrants and refugees who traveled to Canada

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St. Mary's Cathedral Basilica This Catholic cathedral located in downtown Halifax has a facade and spire made entirely of local granite. The basilica boasts the tallest granite spire in North America

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Halifax is the second largest natural harbor in the world after Sydney. It was founded by Colonel Edward Cornwallis in 1749

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Georges Island played a key role in the harbour's defence system for almost 200 years and has been named a National Historic Site

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Although Georges Island is not open to the public, the federal heritage department is currently restoring its fortifications

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Georges Island lighthouse

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There is only about a quarter million people who reside in Halifax

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In Halifax the sea often determines the temperatures and weather. At least one out of every three mornings all year long a unique fog comes to Halifax
 

Halifax Citadel

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The Halifax Citadel occupies the hill overlooking the harbour. In 1869 the most famous Scottish unit in the British Army, the 78th Highland Regiment, was stationed here

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78th Highland Regiment presented an impressive sight in their MacKenzie tartan kilts, feather bonnets and bright red doublets

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The Pipers, dressed in contrasting green uniforms, were the heart and soul of the 78th Regiment

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The soldiers' life inside the barracks

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Clean clothing and feathered bonnet

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The Citadel was established to guard against an attack from the United States. This massive, star-shaped, masonry fortification took 28 years to build

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The Citadel is an excellent example of a 19th-century bastion fortification complete with defensive ditch, ramparts, musketry gallery, powder magazine and signal masts

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The defensive ditch of the fortification

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The powder magazine and musketry gallery

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The ramparts and signal masts. A small flag is flown due to the inclimate weather

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In response to the introduction of powerful rifled guns in the 1860s, the Citadel upgraded its armaments

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For the first time it could defend the harbour as well as the land approach because the new artillery fired heavier shells a greater distance and with more accuracy

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This photo says it all about the weather
 

Halifax in History

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"Halifax will forever be linked to the Titanic. Three of its ships were involved in the grim task of recovering victims - many of whom were laid to rest in three of the city's cemeteries. In all 328 bodies were recovered including one child

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December 6, 1917, a French Military vessel, loaded with 2,500 tons of explosives, collided with a Belgian ship, caught fire and exploded. Peices of iron and shrapnel have been found 3 miles from the waterfront

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Halifax December 6, 1917
1,635 people killed and thousands more injured. Not a house in the city escaped damage. The following day a blizzard hit, crippling recovery efforts
 
Google Map Halifax, NS, Canada

 

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