Halifax’s Pier 21 became Canada’s newest national museum — the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, dedicated to the recognition and celebration of immigrants’ and new Canadians’contributions to this country’s cultural history and heritage. The Pier 21 site had opened as an immigrant centre on March 8, 1928, processing over 1.5 million immigrants coming to Canada, including over 64,446 war brides and their children between 1942 and 1948 alone, as well as 3,000 British evacuee children and hundreds of thousands of refugees. Pier 21, along with the
Ocean Terminals, was also the departure point for 494,000 Canadian servicemen and women heading to Europe during the Second World War. It closed on March 28, 1971. (Also see Ruth Miriam Goldbloom, August 29, 2012.)