IN HALIFAX: ITS SEAFARING PAST IS WELL PRESERVED
If you aren't too interested in Canada's seafaring history when you arrive in Halifax, you certainly
will be before you leave. This is, after all, one place where the past is ever present. In 1749, this
city boasted the great harbor that brought Colonel Edward Cornwallis to establish Canada's first
English settlement. For the next hundred years, it remained British North
America's most important naval and military base.
At citadel Hill visitors catch a glimpse of those times - as
well as a panoramic harbor view. The present star-shaped
fortress on this hilltop site was started in 1828 and took nearly
30 years to complete. In summer, tours are conducted on the
site; the Army Museum traces Atlantic Canada's military
heritage and the multi-media presentation is so stirring it alone
is worth your visit.
Stationed in Halifax for six years from 1794, Edward, Duke of
Kent left his stamp on the city. Nowhere is this more prominent
than the Old Town Clock at the foot of Citadel Hill
commissioned by the royal duke. It remains a constant reminder of his obsession with punctuality.
How the clock survived the 1917 blast flattening most of the city is anyone's guess. Until
Hiroshima, this had the dubious distinction of being the world's largest man-made explosion . One
December morning an ammunitions ship exploded, destroying buildings over two square miles
(five square km.) A harbour cruise will take you past the site. If time is limited a better idea is to
pop into the waterfront's Museum of the Atlantic to watch videos on this and other maritime
tragedies - including the sinking of the Titanic.
This 740 word story ends with suggestions for using Halifax as a base while exploring Nova Scotia's South