Across Canada by the CPR
View of Halifax, with tug "Ragus" in foreground, NS, about 1917
Wallace R. MacAskill
About 1917, 20th century
Silver salts and transparent ink on glass - Gelatin dry plate process
8 x 10 cm
Gift of Mr. Stanley G. Triggs
© McCord Museum
Keywords: Cityscape (3948) , harbour (624) , Industry (942) , Photograph (77678) , view (1387)
"Halifax, N. S. : Capital and commercial centre of the picturesque province of Nova Scotia, Halifax is charmingly situated on one of the most magnificent natural harbors of the world. It is one of Canada's two Atlantic winter ports, with important trade to Europe, the United States, the West Indies, etc., and is also a large naval and military station. It is strongly fortified, chief of the fortifications being the Citadel, elevated 256 feet above sea-level, and commanding the city and harbor. Halifax was founded in 1749, when 5,000 British immigrants established themselves in an enterprise promoted by the Earl of Halifax. It speedily became a great naval station, from which campaigns were launched against the French and the "Thirteen Colonies." When the independence of the latter was acknowledged, Halifax grew suddenly by the immigration of some thousands of United Empire Loyalists. (Population 72,000.)"
Excerpt from "ACROSS CANADA BY C. P. R.", Section 1--The Maritime Provinces; booklet, McGill University Illustrated Lectures, 1928.