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Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

  • 1055 Marginal Rd. Map It
  • Halifax
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 05/06/2016

Fodor's Review

Affectionately dubbed "Canada's Front Door," Pier 21 served as the entry point for nearly a million immigrants—refugees, evacuees, war brides, and others—between 1928 and 1971, and in a country where the population has still not reached 36 million, it's a significant number. It's now a national museum, and in honor of the huge contribution that these immigrants have made to Canada, it has been expanded and redesigned. The Canadian Immigration Hall showcases the benefits immigrants have brought to Canada's culture and economy, while other areas cover the history of immigration in general terms and the role Pier 21 played during World War II. A highlight of the museum is the personal stories collected from immigrants, offering insight into their quest for a new life. The Scotiabank Family History Centre is often buzzing with new generations of Canadians discovering their genealogy, while temporary exhibitions highlight issues such as asylum seekers, peace through diversity, and the foreign cultures that continue to enrich Canadian life. The museum also offers a work-experience and mentoring program to help ease newly arrived immigrants into the workplace—your guide might have his or her own personal immigration story to tell.

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

Published 05/06/2016


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