Georges Island: The Keep of Halifax Harbour
Georges Island: The Keep of Halifax Harbour

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Georges Island has long stood guard in Halifax Harbour. Used in the seventeenth century as a place to dry fish by a nearby Acadian/Mi’kmaq village, the island came under control of the British with the founding of Halifax in 1749. The first wooden battery, established in 1750 and rebuilt as a stone fortress in the 1790s, was continuously modernized and manned by both British and Canadian soldiers right up until the Second World War.

The historical tour describes the fascinating evolution of Georges Island, from the site of the town’s first goal and quarantine station, to a detention center from which Acadians awaited their fate. Further chapters describe the features that bring the island to life, such as secret tunnels, ghosts, and the lighthouse that still guides ships to port. Includes over 150 photos, paintings, maps, and contemporary letters.

Updated edition Oct 2014