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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.

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.

2015 Memorial Service

Join us at the 98th anniversary Memorial Service to be held on Sunday, December 6, 2015 from 8:50 to 9:20 a.m. Click here for event and program details.

Grant Application

The Grants 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.