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Pieces of History at Our Halifax Hotel
Submitted by on Jan 10, 2012 - 3:24pm
Our historic Halifax hotel is one of the original railway hotels in Canada. The 82-year-old historic gem is situated in the Halifax Seaport District along the beautiful Halifax waterfront. Many Haligonians, Nova Scotians and Canadians have treasured memories and shared stories of the old dame.
The Westin Nova Scotian was reopened in 1996 after New Castle Hotels & Resorts purchased the property and invested millions into updates, renovations and repairs. View the article featuring the grand re-opening of the Nova Scotian and highlights the excitement of former General Manager, Peter Semadeni.
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With views of Cornwallis Park and George’s Island, the Westin Nova Scotian boasts a beautiful & unique combination of history and modernity for Halifax accommodations. To book your Halifax vacation to the Nova Scotian, make your reservation today!
History at our Downtown Halifax Hotel
Submitted by on Nov 21, 2011 - 12:23pm
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Mr. & Mrs. Pitt visiting the Nova Scotian
Tony Pitt came to Halifax, Nova Scotia by train from Ontario with his father in 1936, he was 11 years old. Mr. Pitt's Dad, Robert, came to the Nova Scotian from the Chateau Laurier in Ottawa (another CN Rail hotel), and he was Resident Manager of the Nova Scotian from 1936 to 1941. Mr. Pitt's mother & sister followed shortly and they took up residence in the hotel's apartment on the 5th floor.
Historic postcard of the Nova Scotian & Pier 21
At 86 years old Tony told me stories of his time living in the Halifax hotel as though it were yesterday. He remembers looking out at Pier 21 daily as a young boy and going to & returning from WW ll through that very building. Mr. Pitt and his wife, Muriel spent their wedding night at the Nova Scotian in 1948, they still have their bill the room rate was $10!
The Nova Scotian bill from 1948 from Mr. & Mrs. Pitt wedding night
Mr. & Mrs. Pitt stayed with us the Nov. 11th weekend. They have been back to Halifax many times over the years visiting friends. By the end of our conversation I wanted to adopt them as my grandparents!
To hear more historic stories from Mr. Pitt and his time at the Nova Scotian, view his documented stories on the Westin Nova Scotian YouTube Channel.