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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.


100th Anniversary Commemorative Year - Call for Survivors

Are you, or is someone you know, a survivor of the Halifax Explosion? If so, the municipality wants to hear from you. Please contact Jennifer Weagle in the Municipal Clerk’s Office at 902-490-6517 or

The municipality would like to give formal recognition to all remaining living survivors at a commemorative ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary later this year.

Definition of “Survivor” - Person/s who were living in the communities of Dartmouth and Halifax on Dec. 6, 1917.

100th Anniversary Commemorative Emblem


Halifax Explosion Logo The commemorative emblem has been developed for use as a visual identity and recognition of the projects surrounding the 100th anniversary. If you would like to use the emblem on any print, digital or online promotion tied to commemorating the anniversary, please contact us at

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. If you are planning to attend this event from out of town, book your accommodations in advance.

100 Years 100 Stories

Remember and commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion by submitting stories, photos and scheduled events.

Commemorative Emblem

The emblem reflects the municipality’s commitment to the significance of this commemoration and will be featured at special events, in projects and in official communications.

Halifax Explosion 100th Anniversary Grants Program

The 2016 program is now closed. This grant program provides community organizations and associations the opportunity to pay tribute to community resilience and resurgence. The program focuses on education for children and youth, ethno-cultural communities, interpretation, exhibitions or displays, and ceremonial or dedication events. See the list of grant recipients.

Fort Needham Memorial Park Master Plan

Work has begun on the much-anticipated revitalization of Fort Needham Memorial Park. Learn more about the implementation of the master plan for the park; it 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.

Origins of United Way Halifax trace back to Halifax Explosion