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Why doesn’t Halifax have an aquarium?

With Halifax’s seaside location and the critical role the ocean plays in our culture and economy, it’s surprising Halifax doesn’t have an aquarium

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Halifax Magazine

With Halifax’s seaside location and the critical role the ocean plays in our culture and economy, it’s surprising Halifax doesn’t have an aquarium

With Halifax’s seaside location and the critical role the ocean plays in our culture and economy, it’s surprising Halifax doesn’t have an aquarium.

While aquariums may be viewed as a tourist attraction, they can be much more. “The most successful aquariums are those that understand how to integrate education, research and environmental components into an attraction,” says Darlene Grant Fiander, the president of the Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia, in an email.

With institutions such as the Bedford Institute of Oceanography and Dalhousie University, there would be an exceptional local knowledge base upon which to draw from. (According to Nova Scotia Business Inc., Nova Scotia has the world’s highest concentration of PhDs in ocean-related disciplines.)

Fiander thinks an aquarium could be a big draw. “We… have a unique biodiversity here, a strong fishing, naval and coast guard heritage, and having an authentic aquarium experience that showcases all this could substantively increase visitation,” she says.

For its part, the provincial government says it is happy to discuss any project that will bring more visitors to Nova Scotia. That being said, the province currently does support “a popular aquarium as part of the Nova Scotia Museum,” says Patrick Sullivan, CEO of the Nova Scotia Tourism Agency, in a statement. The Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic in Lunenburg features a two-metre, 22,700-litre tank. The museum attracted over 80,000 visitors last year. Boston’s New England Aquarium has a 757,000-litre tank and attracted almost 1.4 million visitors last year.

  • Pelley

    This idea, unlike many others I hear being thrown around these days, has merit and great value (as it would benefit many sectors & society). I think that the Province and City should explore this further.

  • The HRM Parent team

    On our “HRM Parent” Facebook page, we often ask parents what they think is missing in the city for families and, hands down – an aquarium tops the list! It would be an amazing attraction to add to our city.

  • Jay Loxton-Jacklin

    I moved here “Halifax” from a small city of 70k from ontario and as an advanced aquarist/hobbyist I thought for sure Halifax would have a huge indoor aquarium dedicated to the sea and freshwater life around, as well as some exoctic(s) I was very surprised to learn there wasn’t one and also to learn there is not much of an aquarium society out here either. it is rather a shame I think Halifax needs a huge indoor aquarium

  • Nicole

    I think this is a wonderful idea. I was just searching for aquariums in Nova scotia, thinking there would be something, but there really isn’t, quite sad.

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