Posted by: dbradbury | August 11, 2010

Haunted Halifax

Halifax, Nova Scotia has seen it’s fair share of disasters.  One of the most devastating was the Halifax Explosion in 1917.   

The Halifax Explosion occurred on Thursday, December 6, 1917, when the city was struck by the huge detonation of the SS Mont-Blanc, a French cargo ship, fully loaded with wartime explosives, which accidentally collided with the Norwegian SS Imo in “The Narrows” section of the Halifax Harbour. About 2,000 people were killed by debris, fires, or collapsed buildings and it is estimated that over 9,000 people were injured.  This is still the world’s largest man-made accidential explosion.

In 1912 Halifax was the first port to answer the distress call from the Titanic and in 1998 local fishermen assisted in the recovery after the crash of Swiss Air 911.   Perhaps because of these disasters, the long military history and shipwrecks off the coast of Nova Scotia, Halifax has many ghost stories to tell.   To learn more about Halifax’s ghostly past check out the following tours: 

Halifax Citadel Ghost Tours are back! Every Friday and Saturday night until the end of October, join a costumed guide for a 90 min candle-lit tour through the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site’s tunnels, dungeons, ramparts and dimly lit passageways. Lean about the bizarre legends that haunt the old British fort – some from the distant past and some more recent. Public tours start at 8:30pm each night starting at the main gate, cash admission only – $12 Adult, $8 Youth, $35 Family. Group tours are also available by calling 426-1990.

For more information on these events and ongoing programming at the Halifax Citadel, call 902-426-5080 or visit www.parkscanada.gc.ca/halifaxcitadel

Tattle Tours offers a Ghost Walk of Historic Halifax and there is also the Halifax Ghost Walk.

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