Old Pictures of Halifax Nova Scotia

Miscellaneous Photos


Some of the photos below are my own, others are from the HRM or Provincial archives (used with permission) and others have been sent to me from visitors to this website who share my vision of sharing these images and glimpses into the city's past.

If you have photos tucked away in a family album or in a shoebox in your attic, consider taking them out and sharing them with Halifax History enthusiasts all over the


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Photo courtesy of John van Gurp. John describes the photo:

"This was on Duke Street where my father had his shop "Vangurp Electronics", previously occupied by Halcraft Printers founded by the late Leo Arkelian. This Duke Street location is somewhere in the Scotia Square block today."

Photo above courtesy of Stephen Archibald

Construction of an extension to the Dresden Arms Motor Hotel (c. 1966) Note the Park Victoria building under construction in the background.

Photo above courtesy of Eric Keeble

The Dresden Arms Motor Hotel (5530 Artillery Place) opened in the early 60's. In this photo from the 80's, you can see Park Lane under construction in the background.


Natal Day Soapbox Derby

Undated (prob. early 70's)


Used with Permission

"Colonel Ernie" Edwards met Colonel Harland Sanders in the 50's and the Town & Country Restaurant at 6310 Quinpool Road became the first restaurant in Nova Scotia to serve Kentucky Fried Chicken. It was a very successful franchise and continues today at that location under the KFC logo/brand.

If I had a Time Machine...

Louis Armstrong ticket donated to halifaxhistory.ca by Gerry Marshall. Gerry informs that the line up that night included: Louis Armstrong-trumpet and vocals, Jack Teagarden-trombone and vocals, Cozy Cole-drums, Earl "Fatha" Hines-piano.

The Majestic Theatre opened in 1918. Below is the playbill for "Erstwhile Susan". A handwritten note on the back page states

Click on the thumbnails below for a full-size view.

Ads in the booklet include: Ben's Bakery, Cousins Dry Cleaning, The Green Lantern Restaurant, Kinley's, The Western Meat Market, Rosebank Park Lots and Boutilier's Fish Market.

Playbill courtesy of Colin Nordqvist

Brunswick Street Streetscape at the foot of the Citadel/ International Naval Parade in background.

Undated (mid 1960's)

Contributed by John van Gurp

If you have any additional details about the Naval Parade or the photo in

21 Lady Hammond Road

Lady Hammond Road looking West - you can see the old Coca-Cola plant down the street to the left. Andy's became Cousin's Restaurant which is still thriving on this corner.

For a little history of Cousin's Restaurant, look here:

331 Dutch Village Road

I'm not sure exactly where this would have been on Dutch Village Road. If you have any details or information about this

Unknown date - although the cars visible in the background ('63 Chev/'64 Comet) suggest the picture is probably from the mid 1960's (thanks Greg)

Near the Moirs plant, 128 Argyle St., Halifax

Natal Day Parade - 1953

Contributed by Steve Smith

Natal Day Parade Reviewing Stand - 1953

The helpful folks at hfx.general have identified the location as Spring Garden Road in front of the Sacred Heart School

Robie Street @ Young Street

A few notes on this picture from the helpful folks at hfx.general and visitors to this website:

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