Halifax & Boston
The connection between Halifax and Boston is similar to a sibling relationship. Boston receives their Christmas tree from Halifax every year as a thank you for Boston’s role in supporting Halifax after the December 6, 1917 explosion that killed almost 2000 people. Boston’s medical ships arrived well before the Canadian government reacted, and Halifax has been forever grateful.
Halifax and Boston were sister cities of the British expansion into North America, and there was strong sentiment to invade Halifax and bring it into the American colonies during the Revolutionary War. That it remained British-controlled created some separation, but eventually the cities proximity and cross pollination of people moving from one to the other brought them closer.
Halifax receives the Boston feeds of a couple of news channels and follow all of the major Boston sports teams, making them more familiar with Boston than Boston is with Halifax, but the bond is strong both ways. Part of my family came through Halifax as well, so I’ve always thought of it as a home away from home. It’s been over a year since I’ve been in Halifax, and I think I need to remedy that soon. Nova Scotia keeps calling to me. I need to return the call.