Harbour Festival Promises Something for Everyone

first_imgNova Scotians now have somewhere to find information about the province’s newest festival. A new website — www.HalifaxHarbourFestival.ca — provides a central location for visitors and residents alike to learn about all the activities and entertainment being offered at four venues as part of the Halifax Harbour Festival, Saturday, Sept. 17 and Sunday, Sept. 18. This year’s festival, with the theme “Discover Your Harbour,” features waterfront-based activities in Bedford, Dartmouth, Eastern Passage and Halifax. “The Halifax Harbour Festival offers Nova Scotians the opportunity to discover their harbour. By participating in activities and events along the waterfront, we can all celebrate the harbour’s contribution to the economy of the province,” said Bill Campbell, acting president of Waterfront Development Corporation Limited. “Each venue offers different programs, so people can begin to explore and experience all the various aspects of our active, vibrant waterfront.” A project of Waterfront Development Corporation Limited, the festival will be an annual event celebrating the harbour. This year, daytime events are planned at DeWolfe Park in Bedford, Alderney Landing in Dartmouth, Fisherman’s Cove and McCormacks Beach Provincial Park in Eastern Passage, and the Halifax Harbourwalk in Halifax. “Partners like the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Alderney Landing, Fisherman’s Cove, Pier 21 and the Halifax Port Authority are bringing some really fun and exciting programming to the festival, all in the spirit of the festival’s theme, Discover Your Harbour,” said David Harrison, chair of the Harbour Festival steering committee for the WDCL. The Halifax Port Authority has extended its annual Port Days conference to offer free tours of the Port of Halifax seawall, ocean terminals and south end container terminal on Sunday, Sept. 18. “The Port of Halifax is a major economic contributor to this province, but not everyone knows exactly what we do here,” said Karen Oldfield, president and CEO, Halifax Port Authority. “The Halifax Harbour Festival is an excellent opportunity for us to share our story.” The Halifax Harbour Festival also offers the chance to discover the harbour by boat. Tickets will be available for narrated harbour shuttle tours, making the 45-minute crossing between Halifax and Eastern Passage from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. both days of the festival. Festival organizers have also focused attention on the environment. Waste separation will be available at all four locations and interactive exhibits will help promote environmental sustainability. Among the exhibits planned for Queens Landing in Halifax are Halifax Regional Municipality’s harbour solutions project, Environment Canada’s One Tonne Challenge, and the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup administered by Clean Nova Scotia. For details on activities taking place during the festival, or to register as a volunteer, visit the festival’s website at www.HalifaxHarbourFestival.ca or call 902-422-5115. Waterfront Development Corporation Limited is a provincial Crown corporation that plans, co-ordinates, promotes and develops properties, events and activities on designated waterfronts around Halifax Harbour.last_img

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