10 things you didn’t know about Halifax, Nova Scotia: part II

[continued from part I]

No. 6 – Dal: A piece of Scotland

My University in Halifax, Dalhousie, was actually founded and named after George Ramsay, the 9th Earl of Dalhousie in 1818.

Ramsay was born in Dalhousie Castle, in Midlothian, and attended the University of Edinburgh (boo).

Dalhousie University was modelled after the University of Edinburgh not only in aesthetics, but also in principles: lectures were open to all, regardless of race, sex or nationality, just like the University of Edinburgh.


No. 7 – Titanic


Halifax has a very close history with the Titanic as it was one of the first cities to receive the distress calls and send help.

While the Cunard liner Carpathia took the survivors to New York, the dead were taken to Halifax.

A really poignant and cool historical place to go is Fairview Lawn Cemetery. Here you’ll find the gravestones of many of the deceased, most of which are unnamed.

There’s also a Titanic Museum at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic which is well worth a visit!


No. 8 – Keith’s.


The classic brown-glass bottle and green label Keith’s IPA is hands-down the most consumed beer in Nova Scotia, and for good reason!

Alexander Keith was a brewer who founded the historic brewery in Halifax after he emigrated to Canada in 1817. That’s right, the beer is older than my University!

However, Keith was actually a Scotsman! Born in Halkirk, Caithness.

He died on December 14th 1873, and tradition in Halifax is to visit his grave-site and ‘skulling’ a can or bottle of Keith’s and leaving it at his grave.

Thank you, Mr Keith.

No. 9 – Pier 21


Halifax was basically the centre of immigration to Canada from Europe. Pier 21, which is now the Canadian National Museum of Immigration, was where all of the boats would dock and thousands would enter Canada ready to make their new lives.

So much so, that 1 in every 5 Canadians in related to someone who entered through Pier 21.

Cool, eh?

No. 10 – Beauty


Halifax, and Nova Scotia in general, has been scientifically proven to be the most beautiful place on Earth.

Okay, maybe not quite true, nor a fact, but it is my opinion.

After having spent a year there, I am still amazed by the beauty of Nova Scotia – its serenity, its ruggedness and it’s elegance all at the same time.

I mean, where else do you get views like the picture above?


Until next time,



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