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  • What I enjoyed the most about the tour was learning how former immigrants had to go through 7 stages of immigration processing before being admitted to the city of Halifax

    • by Melissa Glenn

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      Located along Halifax’s waterfront is a hidden National treasure, Pier 21, Canada’s Immigration Museum. The waterfront and the boardwalk used to walk around it are frequented by lunchtime office workers and tourists who come to look for cruise ships, whale watching boats and to admire the view to the twin city of Dartmouth. Until very recently, few people knew that the old warehouse at the end of the boardwalk was actually where Canada and Halifax’s first immigrants arrived through.

      Several years ago


      the Government of Canada began to recognize Pier 21 for what it was Canada’s Immigration Museum and began to renovate it accordingly. Now the former eyesore as I used to refer to it as has been modified into a living working museum. A huge blue sign hangs outside saying Pier 21 and inside is no less remarkable.

      Huge interactive demonstrations and old film reels daily show tourists and Halifax residents like me how the first modern immigrants to Canada arrived in droves ...


      • by boat. Artefacts and memorabilia of immigrants from Britain, Holland, and other European destinations are on permanent display throughout Pier 21. Voice recordings of immigrants arriving in a strange new land in search of a better life are available to tourists to listen to and some of them are truly moving, especially from the war brides who followed their Canadian husbands to Canada.

        What I enjoyed the most about the tour was learning how former immigrants had to go through 7 stages

        of immigration processing before being admitted to the city of Halifax. From here, many of them immediately took the CN train to the Prairie Provinces to become farmers.

        Truly we are blessed to have this immigration museum in my home city. I myself am an immigrant and although I never went through Pier 21 as it closed in 1971 when immigrants began arriving by plane, it does document the history of one million immigrants whose first glimpse of Halifax and Canada was Pier 21.




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