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Thursday, December 6, 1917, dawned bright and clear in Halifax. That morning in the Narrows of the Harbour (the straight of upper Halifax Harbour where it connects with the Bedford Basin), the SS Mont-Blanc, a French cargo ship fully loaded with wartime explosives, collided with the Norwegian vessel SS Imo. A resulting fire on board the French ship ignited the cargo and caused an explosion that devastated the Richmond District of Halifax. Approximately 2,000 people were killed by debris, fires, and collapsed buildings, and an estimated 9,000 others were injured.

Commemorative Emblem

In October 2015, Regional Council passed a motion to have a commemorative emblem developed for use as a visual identity and recognition of the projects surrounding the 100th anniversary. The emblem will reflect the municipality’s commitment to the significance of this commemoration and will be featured at special events, projects and official communications in the year leading up to and during 2017. Share your ideas and help shape the emblem design.

100 Year Commemorative Event

Wednesday, December 6, 2017, will mark the 100 year anniversary of this tragic event. The Municipality is working with the Halifax Explosion Anniversary Committee to create a meaningful commemorative event. Details will be shared as they become available.

Grants Program

The first intake of the Grants Program is now closed. Applications may be accepted again at a later date depending upon funding. This grant program will provide community organizations and associations the opportunity to pay tribute to community resilience and resurgence. The program will focus on education for children and youth, ethno-cultural communities, interpretation, exhibitions or displays, and ceremonial or dedication events.

Fort Needham Memorial Park Master Plan

Learn more about the master plan concept for the park. The Master Plan balances the needs of the local community for recreation space with the significance of the park as a regional and national memorial for the Halifax Explosion.


Learn more about what happened on the day of the explosion, who survived, the relief efforts and how Halifax rallied to rebuild our community.