Halifax Explosion

The morning of Tuesday, December 6, 1917 dawned clear and unseasonably warm in Halifax. The events of that day left a lasting imprint that will forever shape our city’s history.

Our collection

Our collection includes numerous items about the Halifax Explosion:

See photos

Flip through image books that document the aftermath of the explosion. 


Historical records

We also maintain a variety of historical records about the Halifax Explosion at Central Library:

  • City Council Minutes
  • City Directories
  • Vertical Files
  • Newspapers on microfilm
  • Periodical indexes and databases

You can also download a list of select resources about the Halifax Explosion that are included in our collection.

Remembering the legacy

Halifax North Memorial Library

In 1964, the Halifax City Regional Library Board received $100,000 from the Halifax Relief Commission to support the building of a library in the north end of Halifax which would commemorate the victims of the 1917 Halifax Explosion.

Learn about the history of the Halifax North Memorial Public Library, opens a new window.

The branch also features a Memorial Book "Halifax Explosion, 1917." Produced in 1966, it contains a calligraphic listing of all those known to be killed in the tragic explosion.

The 100th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion

In 2017, Halifax Regional Municipality commemorated the 100th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion with a series of programs, cultural events and commemorations.

For more details, visit 100years100stories.ca, opens a new window.

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