Halifax Sights

Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

  • 1055 Marginal Rd. Map It
  • Halifax

Published 07/22/2015

Fodor's Review

Affectionately dubbed "Canada's Front Door," Pier 21 served as the entry point for nearly a million immigrants between 1928 and 1971. It's now a national museum where the immigrant experience is re-created. Several innovative exhibits make this well worth a stop, among them the holographic multimedia presentation, shown inside a faux ship, detailing the arrival of immigrants. Beside the ship sits a Canadian National train car in whose compartments you can hear different first-person accounts of immigrants who continued westward from Halifax. (The train itself is stationary, but these oral histories are definitely moving.) The museum's many hands-on displays have built-in kid appeal, and special activities, like having "passports" stamped at various stations, are designed to engage young visitors. A research center, a gallery, a café, and a gift shop are on-site as well.

Sight Information


1055 Marginal Rd., Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3H 4P7, Canada

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902-425–7770; 855-526–4721

Website: www.pier21.ca

Sight Details:

  • C$8.60
  • May–Oct., daily 9:30–5:30; Nov., daily 9:30–5; Dec.–Mar., Tues.–Sat. 10–5; Apr., Mon.–Sat. 10–5

Published 07/22/2015


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