War Brides National Historic Event
Halifax, Nova Scotia
1055 Marginal Road, Pier 21, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Historic Sites and Monuments Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. H-4)
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Contributions of the some 48,000 war brides who came to Canada as a direct result of Canadian participation in World War II
Existing plaque: Pier 21 NHSC 1055 Marginal Road, Pier 21, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Between 1942 and 1948 some 48,000 women, accompanied by 22,000 children, mostly from Great Britain, landed here at Pier 21 as wives of Canadian servicemen stationed abroad during the Second World War. The high number of these wartime romances prompted the federal government to provide the new spouses with transportation to Canada and information about their adopted country. Across Canada, war bride clubs helped the women adapt to new customs and surroundings. In the succeeding generation, the war brides collectively strengthened many Canadians' emotional links with Britain.