sunnuntai 5. toukokuuta 2013

Laituri 21, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Kanada - Pier 21

Heather lives in countryside of Ontario, Canada and the nearest big city is Toronto. She sent me this interesting card of Canadian Museum of Immigratiom at Pier 21. She wrote that her parents went through Pier 21 when they came to Canada. 

A Half million service person left here to fight on the European front, though not all would live to see Pier 21 again. Cheering crowds often welcomed home those who did.

Received on: 18 Mar, 2013
Distance: 6,252 km (3,885 miles)
Travel time: 11 days
Thank you Heather!

Between 1928 and 1971, over one million people passed through the immigration facilities at Pier 21 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Many of these immigrants were leaving behind difficult lives and hoping for something better in Canada: some were fleeing poverty and political oppression in their own countries, while others came to seek a new life for their families.

My childhood friend Matti went through Pier 21 in 1956, he was six years old.
I wonder what was in his mind then, was he  excited or afraid.
 He and his family settled in Sudbury, Ontario and Matti still lives there.

Pier 21 is now an immigration museum with a variety of interesting exhibits chronicling the experiences of the new arrivals.

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