Halifax and the Titanic
When the liner's maiden voyage ended, the story of our Halifax Titanic connection began.
The world was stunned in 1912 by the loss of the liner Titanic on her maiden voyage. Halifax, Nova Scotia, located on the eastern coast of Canada, has one of the most moving and intimate connections with the Titanic disaster, playing a key role during the tragedy's aftermath and becoming the final resting place of many of her unclaimed victims.
Three Halifax ships were involved in the grim task of recovering victims - many of whom were laid to rest in three of our city's cemeteries. Rows of black granite headstones, each inscribed with the same date, April 15, 1912, are a stark reminder of the disaster.
Halifax’s deep connection with what became the tragic end to Titanic’s maiden voyage will forever be remembered and honoured here. No matter when your travels bring you to Halifax, you can learn more about our Halifax Titanic story by visiting the various permanent Titanic exhibits available and by touring the many Titanic sites in the city on your own or on a guided tour
- The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic on the Halifax waterfront is believed to have the largest and finest collection of wooden Titanic artifacts in the world. These Halifax museum artifacts are a touching reminder of the ship's lost luxury, her violent end and the special role our port played as the enormity of the disaster unfolded. These artifacts were all pulled from the water within weeks of the sinking by the crew aboard ships from Halifax searching for Titanic victims. The Titanic exhibit features wooden artifacts collected at the scene of the disaster, including one of the only Titanic deck chairs known to exist.
- At the Bedford Institute for Oceanography in Dartmouth you can view an exhibit of what Titanic looks like today lying on the ocean floor. Open May through August (9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday to Friday).
- Nova Scotia Archives offers a virtual Titanic exhibit including images, records and unique British magazines that are not digitized anywhere else on the Internet.
Titanic Sites in the Halifax Region
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- During a Halifax city tour with Ambassatours Gray Line, learn about the role Halifax played in the recovery effort and visit the Titanic burial site at Fairview Lawn Cemetery. Available from June to mid-October.
- Dtours Visitor and Convention Services offers van tours of Titanic sites. Contact: Blair Beed at 902-455-9977 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Halifax Public Libraries has teamed up with the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and the Nova Scotia Archives to create a self-guided tour highlighting HRM's Titanic connections. Consisting of 20+ stops, the tour will introduce you to some of the people involved and spotlight some of the resources accessible through Halifax's heritage institutions. The tour is available in three formats: on Foursquare, in a Layar Augmented Reality app, and through QR codes that can be found at each site. http://www.halifaxpubliclibraries.ca/titanic
- Have one of Halifax’s many tour operators, such as Halifax Tour Guys, Bluenose Sidecar Tours, and Blue Diamond Tours, plan a custom Titanic touring experience for you. For a list of local tour operators, visit www.destinationhalifax.com/visitors/things-to-do-in-halifax and click “Touring”.