Province/Territory: Nova Scotia

Where Canada's immigration story began

  • 1000000 people have passed through on their way in or out of the country
  • 1 in 5 Canadians have a connection to Pier 21xx
  • 48000 war brides joined their spouses in Canada via Pier 21

The starting point for so many of Canada’s immigrants, Pier 21 is a National Historic Site and Canada’s Immigration Museum. Imagine how it felt to stand on a gangplank on the cusp of a new future. Find your family’s name on a ship’s roster in the Immigration Database. Shed a tear over the atrocities that led your ancestors here or the calls of duty that sent them away. In photos, see the mix of hope and fear in the eyes of refugees, the vacant stares of soldiers finally heading for home and the anticipation of military service personnel on their way to war. Be transported in time. Understand how a nation of immigrants comes to be.

Why you should visit
  • Search ship rosters in the Immigration Database for your last name—and find it!
  • Look out at the waters that brought your ancestors to North America.
  • Run your fingers across the names inscribed on The Wall of Honour and the Wall of Service.
  • Become a part of the Pier 21 legacy with your own story.
  • Tour the last standing immigration shed in the country.
  • Learn about the one million immigrants, refugees, war brides, evacuee children and displaced persons who came through this gateway between 1928 and 1971.
  • View the multimedia presentation Oceans of Hope.
  • Walk alongside an interpreter who can explain it all.


Visitor information
  • Hours & Admission Prices.
  • Wheelchairs are available upon request, free of charge on a first come, first served basis. All floors of the museum are wheelchair accessible.
  • The elevator floor numbers are shown in Braille.
  • Subtitles can be provided for the multimedia presentation Oceans of Hope & Guide dogs are welcome.
  • On site gift shop and research assistance available.
When to go
  • The museum is open year round.
  • In addition to permanent exhibits, special events are common.
Need to know
  • Children are welcome in the general exhibits but check the website in respect to special events.
  • You can contribute your own family stories and photos.
Getting Here
  • Halifax is located on Nova Scotia's southeast coast.
  • Pier 21 is located centrally within walking distance of the Farmers' Market and other attractions.
  • Parking is available on site.
  • Public transportation is available with Halifax Metro Transit.