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Halifax's Northwest Arm

An Illustrated History

By Heather Watts and Michele Raymond, Preface by Janet Kitz

$14.95 Hardback
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Series: Formac Illustrated History

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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.




Chapter 1: Early Settlement on the Northwest Arm

Defending the Town
Melville Island Prison
The Western Shore
The Penitentiary

Chapter 2: Country Estates

Belmont and Winwick
The Bower
Bircham, Bloomingdale and Fairfield

Chapter 3: Parks and Pleasures

Tourist Hotels
Fleming's Legacy
Churches on the Arm
Melville Cove
Downs' Zoological Gardens
Boating, Swimming and Skating
The Waegwoltic Club
Saraguay Club


"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

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Publication Details:

Binding: Hardback, 72 pages
Publication Date: 27th October 2003
ISBN: 9780887806063
Format: 9in x 8.25in
More than 100 full-colour illustrations

BISAC Code:, HIS006000, HIS006020
Imprint: Formac


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