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Pier 21, Halifax, Canada

From 1928 to 1971, the ocean liner terminal at Pier 21, in south Halifax, welcomed over 1 Million immigrants from Europe and elsewhere.  It is the last remaining ocean immigration shed in Canada. In 1996 it was named a National Historic Site of Canada, and in 2009 it was awarded the honour of National Museum of Canada.  In essence, it’s Canada’s Ellis Island.

The National Immigration Museum of Canada, Pier 21, is a must visit experience. Pier 22 next door is where all the cruise liners dock (hence the gigantic ship behind the museum).

As you walk through the museum, you’ll be amazed at all of the stories and items collected from actual immigrants who have made the arduous journey across the Atlantic Ocean, to then often have to face another arduous journey of many days, by rail, to a strange prairie town to meet a husband or father they’ve never known.

The most precious items of a young immigrant.

If you’re really lucky, like I was on this day, you’ll meet an actual immigrant who came to Canada through this same building.  I was fortunate enough, and feel grateful for the chance to meet “Lilly” (I forgot her real name, it was over a year ago), from St. Louis, who came to Canada through Pier 21 in 1952.  She was overjoyed that I wanted to take a picture with her, and I’ll never forget the experience of meeting her (even if I forgot her name).

Indeed, when you’re in Halifax, make sure you visit Pier 21.

4 comments on “Pier 21, Halifax, Canada

  1. The Local Traveler
    August 15, 2012

    Such an important Halufax landmark.

    • bucketdave
      August 15, 2012

      I agree. To say nothing of its historical significance, it’s probably my favourite museum in Halifax.

  2. J. G. Burdette
    September 1, 2012

    I’d love to get around to visiting this place (my list of want-to-visits must be about a mile long now).

    • bucketdave
      September 3, 2012

      Ha! Yes, I know what you mean. I think a person’s list should always be longer than reasonable, so that she can’t ever get complacent. It keeps you young to have a long list (I’m sure science will eventually back me up on that one later).

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