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Halifax in Halifax Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia — The Canadian Atlantic
 

Here We Began

A Marker of Distinction

 
 
Here We Began Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 27, 2017
1. Here We Began Marker
Inscription.

Just inland from this place, Chebucto Landing, 2,576 first permanent settlers of Halifax came ashore from thirteen small ships in June 1749. Here, you are at the shore of one of the great natural harbours of the world, the focus of Halifax's existence.

Look to port (left), to container piers; the Canadian Immigration Heritage Centre at Pier 21, where close to a million immigrants, refugees, war brides and children began their lives in Canada, and almost half-a-million Canadian troops departed for World War II and, when spared, returned; the cruise ship pavilion, Tall Ships quay, and waterfront boardwalk; the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic; historic George's Island fortifications, and dynamic Dartmouth across the harbour.

Look to starboard (right), to the Law Courts; Canada's East Coast Navy ships and headquarters; Halifax Shipyards; the location, between the two bridges, of the devastating harbour Explosion of December 6, 1917, the most violent man-made explosion before the atomic bomb; more container piers, and Bedford Basin, where convoys assembled in two world wars to carry personnel and material from the New World to redress the imbalances of the Old.
 
Erected by The Halifax Foundation and Halifax Regional Municipality.
 
Location.

Here We Began Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 27, 2017
2. Here We Began Marker
44° 38.964′ N, 63° 34.295′ W. Marker is in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in Halifax Regional Municipality. Marker is at the intersection of George Street and the Waterfront, in the median on George Street. Touch for map. Marker is adjacent to the Dockyard Clock. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5075 George Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 1M3, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Dockyard Clock / L'horloge de L'arsenal (here, next to this marker); Halifax’s Cable Wharf (within shouting distance of this marker); Celtic Cross (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Halifax Waterfront Buildings (about 150 meters away); The Mitchell House (about 180 meters away); Province House (about 180 meters away); South African War Monument (about 180 meters away); Samuel Cunard (about 210 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Halifax.
 
Also see . . .
1. Halifax. (Submitted on January 22, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Port of Halifax History. (Submitted on January 22, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Halifax Explosion History. (Submitted on January 22, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Halifax Municipal Archives. (Submitted on January 22, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 22, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 22, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 69 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 22, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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