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In 1901, Sydney was a town in the midst of a remarkable transformation. Just a decade earlier, it had been what one historian has generously called a "sleepy colonial town." At the end of the 18th century, though, the coming of the steel plant would…

Melville Island is not, in fact, an island, but a small peninsula that juts into the Northwest Arm. Today it is the home of the Armdale Yacht Club, but its history - and that of the small peninsula to the east, known as Deadman's Island - must be…

If you turn west at the main entrance to Dalhousie's Studley Campus, the Henry Hicks Building rises up at the end of University Avenue, its tower something of an imposing structure that looms over the campus. This building, when it opened in 1951,…

On the northern boundary of Sydney, adjacent to the steel plant property, is Whitney Pier, a community that has traditionally been home to plant workers. Whitney Pier is known for being a remarkably diverse community, the product of an early-20th…

Just off Route 239, overlooking the south arm of Sydney Harbour, you can pull off the road and enjoy and picnic and a hike in Petersfield Provincial Park. The park gets its name from the Petersfield estate, the grand home built by industrialist and…

Today, Beechville is a small rural community just outside of Halifax; many Haligonians probably know it as the place where the popular Beechville Lakeside Timberlea (BLT) recreational trail originates. Less well known, however, is the fact that…

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Historic Nova Scotia

Historic Nova Scotia is a free app that allows you to explore Nova Scotia’s rich history. Developed by a number of cultural heritage organizations in Nova Scotia, Historic Nova Scotia is a mobile application that provides an interpretive view of many aspects of the region’s history. Each point on the interactive GPS-enabled map includes historical information about the site along with historic images and other digital resources from Nova Scotia’s cultural heritage organizations. Read more About Us