Halifax’s Northwest Arm: An Illustrated History

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A hardcover illustrated history of one of Halifax’s most iconic areas. From its early mapping in the 1600s to early industrial and military uses and its modern-day recreational uses.  Very well illustrated to convey the corresponding stories.

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Approached from the mouth of Halifax Harbour, the Northwest Arm is a narrow channel, enclosed on either side by tree-covered hills. Halifax residents have enjoyed its tranquil beauty for more than two hundred years and have used the area for industry and pleasure. Streams that course down to the shore have provided power for mills, while fishermen filled their boats with seafood. Quarries on the western side have supplied stone for roads and fortifications around the harbour. Today, the shores of the Arm are lined with houses and private wharfs where once were rambling country estates.
This lavishly illustrated book rediscovers the history of the Arm, including the prison at Melville Island, now the Armdale Yacht Club, the park and Memorial Tower given to Halifax by Sir Sandford Fleming and villages that grew up on this picturesque corner of Nova Scotia.

Halifax’s Northwest Arm‘s subtitle, An Illustrated History, is well earned. All 72 pages are graced with vintage photographs and reproductions. (Atlantic Books Today)

“There is enough history in this book to keep the general reader happy. … The illustrations … convey the flavour and the beauty of the time and the place.” (Terrence M. Punch The Chronicle-Herald)

About the Author

MICHELE RAYMOND and HEATHER WATTS have researched the history of both sides of the Northwest Arm. They have been involved in the Mainland South Heritage Society. Raymond started the Urban Farm Museum and helped organize the restoration of the Northwest Arm ferry.

1 review for Halifax’s Northwest Arm: An Illustrated History

  1. Rated 5 out of 5


    Coming from someone who grew up near “the Arm”, I found the book very interesting. All kinds of great history about the Arm that I had never heard elsewhere.

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