One of the most significant recent developments on the Halifax Waterfront is that the Maritime Museum and HMCS Sackville, along with our Foundation and Develop Nova Scotia have agreed to work together to create a new precinct in the heart of the Waterfront we’re calling the Canadian Maritime Heritage District.
What does this mean? Well, at it’s most basic level it means that the four anchor partners are acknowledging our shared commitment to celebrating the many ways that the lives, and livelihoods, and culture, and passions of Nova Scotians, Maritimers, and Canadians have been affected since forever by living by, and working on, the sea.
It also means that we are committing to work together to make the territory that we share along the Waterfront a hive of maritime activities, fascinating exhibits, wonderful story-telling, hands-on exploration, boat building, public access to the water, sea music, and visiting ships: in short, the “must-visit” place on the east coast of Canada, if you want to immerse yourself in our maritime culture and heritage.
Our Canadian Maritime Heritage District will reflect the contributions of Mi’kmaw seafarers, and those who arrived later and worked as mariners, fishermen, sailors, and others who made their livings on or from the sea. It will also recognize the sacrifices and triumphs of the many service men and women, and Merchant Mariners who contributed to victory in WWII in the critical Battle of the Atlantic.
Our District will also work with contemporary ocean industries in Atlantic Canada to help the public understand their continuing contribution to the economic and social vitality of our city, province, region, and country.
We’re just getting started. Watch us grow!
At it’s most basic level, the Canadian Maritime Heritage District is about acknowledging our shared commitment to celebrating the many ways that the lives, and livelihoods, and culture, and passions of Nova Scotians, Maritimers, and Canadians have been affected since forever by living by, and working on, the sea.