Before we moved here I did not know that the Titanic sank off the coast of Halifax. A friend back home, who is a self-confessed Titanic enthusiast (the history, not the film!) shared this piece of knowledge with me as I arrived in Nova Scotia, so I put it on our to-do list. There have been many shipwrecks along the shores of east coast, but the Titanic has to be the most famous and one of the deadliest. More than 1500 people perished in the icy waters on 15th April 1912 and ever since it has been a part of Halifax history.
Whether you enjoyed the film or are a history buff here are the top Titanic things to see in Halifax.
Halifax is great at preserving its rich history. The Titanic disaster is no different. They have been able to collect and preserve many artefacts related to the incident at the Maritime Museum. Located downtown on Lower Water Street the museum is easily accessible, although parking can be tricky. The collection itself is smaller than I expected as many items have been loaned or gifted to other museums. This however doesn’t detract from the items they do hold.
One of the main feature of the exhibit is a wooden deck chair. Not that exciting I hear you say? Well, I think it’s pretty impressive to have survived such a disaster. My favourite was a piece of the grand staircase. Which, if you are a fan of the film, you’ll remember from the scene where Jack waits for Rose.
Do check out the other exhibits within the museum as they detail much of Halifax’s history. When we were there, there was a special exhibition on the Halifax explosion, which was the largest man-made explosion prior to the detonation of the first nuclear bomb. Also check out the cool street art nearby.
This is a particularly interesting place to visit as it details many stories of immigration to Canada from past to present. There is no formal Titanic collection here but many of the stories told are like that of the people who were aboard the ship. In addition, there is information on the shipping company White Star Line, which operated the Titanic.
Apparently, they even filmed a few scenes here and off the nearby coast!
It may seem a bit grim to go visit a graveyard and I must admit it was not on the top of my to-do list. But Matt’s Mum had mentioned that someone she knew had a relative at the Fairview Lawn Cemetery, so we thought we’d go and visit. It was only a quick stop as the area its self is small, and it was bitterly cold.
When bodies were recovered their possessions were put into a cloth bag and numbered, this number is on each headstone of over one hundred victims buried in Halifax. It was unique experience and we were able to find the grave of Sidney Holloway for Matt’s Mum.
Are you a Titanic fan? Would you travel to Halifax to visit some of these sites?