Canadian Museum of Immigration at PIer 21

Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 in Halifax, Nova Scotia recently celebrated its official reopening with the unveiling of Canadian Immigration Hall.  It’s a spectacular place to visit in combination with the refurbished Rudolph P. Bratty Hall, and the facility is one of Canada’s six national museums.

I attended the opening ceremonies with my mother, the widow of my father, John LeBlanc.   Read about his role in founding the museum  here and here.  He would have been so proud of the achievements of so many, in particular the late Ruth Goldbloom, in the realization of this dream.

DRUM! part of outstanding musical performances at reopening event

DRUM! part of outstanding musical performances at reopening event

Halifax Boys Honour Choir perform at opening ceremonies

Halifax Boys Honour Choir perform at opening ceremonies

Mum and I in front of Wall of Service  - Dad's name on top left

Mum and I in front of Wall of Service – Dad’s name on top left

In the new exhibit, visitors learn about the Journey, Arrival, Belonging and Impact that immigrants have faced and personal stories reflect each theme.  It’s difficult not to be moved by the stories of bravery and courage and I left the exhibition area with tears streaming down my face.

Canadian Immigration Timeline

Canadian Immigration Timeline

On Canada Day, July 1, 2015 the Museum will offer free admission.  It will be a great day to visit especially with the nearby Canada Day Kitchen Party at the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market that will feature jumping castles, carriage rides, a petting zoo and much more. Read about that here.

Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

 

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