Halifax Explosion Memorial Service

Remember the tragedy that shaped our city at the 99th Anniversary Memorial Service of the Halifax Explosion of 1917

On the morning of December 6, 1917, approximately six minutes after 9:00 am, a miscommunication between two ships in the Halifax harbour resulted in an explosion of cataclysmic proportions. 2,000 people were killed and 9,000 more were injured. The city was reduced to ruins and debris.

The day of the explosion was one of Halifax's darkest days and the sheer magnitude of the traumatic event left a lasting impression on the city and its residents. 

Nearly 100 years later, Halifax has not forgotten, and every December 6, just before 9 am, there is a service by the Memorial Bells at Fort Needham, close to where SS Mont-Blanc exploded. 


Memorial Service

December 6, 2016
8:50 am to 9:20 am

Fort Needham Bell Tower
3372 Devonshire Ave, Halifax


Halifax Explosion Remembrance

December 6, 2016
9:05:35 am

Halifax Citadel National Historic Site 
5425 Sackville Street, Halifax

It has been 99 years since the Halifax Explosion devastated north end Halifax, killing 2000 people and wounding 9000 more, and destroying the city’s industrial centre. Parks Canada and the Halifax Citadel will mark the exact moment of the explosion by firing a cannon from the ramparts at exactly 9:05:35 am.  For more information on all the events taking place at the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, call 902-426-5080 or visit www.parkscanada.gc.ca/halifaxcitadel


100 Year Commemorative Event

Wednesday, December 6, 2017, will mark the 100 year anniversary of this tragic event. The Municipality is working with the Halifax Explosion Anniversary Committee to create a meaningful commemorative event. More details will be shared as they become available.