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The 128 feet (39 m) long Douglas fir log was transported from British Columbia by the Canadian Pacific Railway to the Bay of Fundy, where it was put aboard a scow and sailed to Digby. The parade was improved in 1995 for the 21st G7 summit.
It was floated to shore and loaded onto three CPR flatcars, arriving in Halifax on August 4, 1947. Three functional areas were designated to accommodate different needs and uses: St.
At the north end of the Grand Parade is the Halifax City Hall, the seat of municipal government in Nova Scotia's Halifax Regional Municipality. Centrally located in Downtown Halifax, the square remains an important civic space used for numerous events including musical performances, political demonstrations, the annual New Year's Eve celebrations, Remembrance Day ceremonies, and Christmas tree lighting.
The first contingent of British settlers in Halifax arrived in June 1749 and completed 300 houses by October 1749.
Following the completion of the building, Keating completely redesigned the layout of the square to more suitably reflect its new civic role.
He built a circular carriage drive that began at Barrington Street and looped in front of City Hall.
Dalhousie claimed to lack the funds to upkeep the space while the city claimed it could not take responsibility for the square without undisputed ownership of it. Keating suggested building a new city hall at the south end of the site.
Public opinion preferred the Dalhousie site, at the north end of the square. An impressive new edifice was designed by Edward Elliot. The cornerstone of the new city hall was laid in 1888.
The plan stipulated a church at one end of the square (opened 1750), and a courthouse and prison at the northern end. Shortly after arriving in Halifax, Governor Cornwallis ordered framing from Boston for the construction of a church.
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