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The Halifax Explosion of 1917


Thank you for visiting this site and taking the time to explore a dark and tragic event in Canadian history.

This website is dedicated to giving visitors an overview of the Halifax Explosion, which took place in Halifax Harbor on December 6th, 1917. The explosion which took place on that day would be remembered in the annals of history as the largest man-made explosion to occur until the detonation of the atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 28 years later in 1945.

This page is dedicated to the over 2,000 people who lost their lives in the disaster, the over 9,000 injured, and all those who helped in the recovery efforts or were forever impacted by its events.

This disaster was also the subject of an iconic episode of Historica Canada's Heritage Minutes.