A moving Celebration at Pier 21

Halifax, NS

June 13-16, 2019
In 1925, CN engineers finalized Pier 21, in Halifax, which provided migration and import operations in a changing transatlantic world. Active as a port terminal until 1971, Pier 21 saw many waves of immigration, serving as a revolving door to trade, transit, and cultural transitions to more than a million European newcomers as they made their way west on our CN trains.

Experience 100 years of CN

As we retrace our tracks, we are posting up in Halifax for 4 days to give the public a chance to interact with everything CN. Join us in unpacking the chapters of our history, which features the people who have shaped us, the landscapes that have provided space for us, and a hands-on conversation about train safety and the future of rail transport.

Daily schedule

  1. Private event – Partners and clients 3 p.m. - 8 p.m. Thursday, June 13th
  2. Private event – School groups 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Friday, June 14th
  3. Free public event – 10 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
    Saturday, June 15th
  4. Private event – CN Family Day 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Sunday, June 16th

Saturday, June 15th, 2019

10:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
The Moving Celebration is opening its doors to the public with a series of interactive exhibitions to explore, placing you in the hands of CN guides, available at your disposal to walk you through every chapter of our exhibit. Hear their stories and stick around for a show by our special musical guests. Due to limited capacity, guests will be admitted to the event on a first-come, first-served basis.

Port Cities

Since their debut, Port Cities have emerged with a collection of pop songs, showcasing their devotion to songwriting. In 2016, Port Cities won Casino Nova Scotia's third annual Artist in Residence competition. They continued to explore and evolve their ambitious pop sound with songwriting that blends jazz, R&B, and rock ‘n’ roll melodies.

The Railroad in Song

Inspired by an installment of works entitled, American Dreams, Thomas Hellman spins tales, stories and anecdotes of CN in a soundscape of words, harmonizing history with blues, folk, and gospel tunes. Accompanied by multi-instrumentalist composer's Erik West and Olaf Gundel, the trio will be traveling along The Moving Celebration, giving us not one, but two chances to tune in every day they perform.

Photo credit : Sophie Dalbou

Eric Paul Parent

Welcoming you at the doors will be our MC, Dr. Eric Paul Parent, who brings more than 30 years of experience in the fields of theatre, tourism, and culture to The Moving Celebration. With an extensive background in pedagogy and immersive tourism, Dr. Parent will be the liaison between guests and exhibits, bringing you closer to the heart of CN's history.

Photo credit : Jean-Sebastien St-Pierre

We will be at Pier 21

1055, Marginal Rd
Halifax, NS
B3H 4P7, Canada
Parking availability
Little Obie, our scale train, will be on site to bring people from the parking lot to the site entrance.
We have designated parking spots near the entrance for our guests with disabilities. We will also have ramps located throughout the site to access the containers.
Public transit
The best way to access the site will be by car. Look into grabbing a taxi with Yellow Cab: 902-420-0000, or Casino Taxi: 902-429-6666

Special events

In addition to the public event, we have set aside some time for special audiences to engage with this exhibit. We are transforming our containers into a series of experiences specially crafted for children, schools, and camps in the community – and for those who have worked by our side, we have something for you too.

A special thanks from CN to you

CN wants to thank you, our employees, our partners, our families for being there and to celebrate the centennial together. Get in touch with us to find out what we have planned for you.

Bring your school or camp group

We have set aside a special day just for kids to learn about trains. If you are interested in bringing your class or camp group, get in contact with us to reserve a spot and learn more about the events.

Tree Canada collaboration

In honour of CN’s 100th anniversary, CN and Tree Canada are providing CN EcoConnexions Legacy grants supporting green space initiatives in each CN100 ─ A Moving Celebration host city. Trees displayed at each CN container village will become part of the city’s urban canopy, complementing its CN EcoConnexions Legacy project.

Questions about the event?

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