Residents and visitors to Halifax are used to seeing cruise ships lining the waterfront in the summer months. Many are eagerly awaiting their return when tourists can sail into port once again.
A new modern apartment building that resembles half a cruise ship is due to start going up on the Halifax waterfront in 2021. The project is anticipated to take about two-and-a-half years to construct. The development is being built by Southwest Properties which developed neighbouring Bishop’s Landing.
The property will have more than 200 apartment units and thousands of square feet for retail and restaurant space. More importantly there will be public areas maintained on the waterfront and around the building.
The new development is named Cunard and will be built between Bishop’s Landing and the Nova Scotia Power office building.
Who was Cunard? Sir Samuel Cunard was born in Halifax and founded the Cunard Line. In 1840 the line’s first steamship, the Britannia journeyed from England to Halifax with Cunard and 63 other passengers on board. It marked the beginning of regular ocean going passenger and cargo service.
Cunard Line still visits Halifax today. It was quite the site in the summer of 2019 when Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 and her sister ship Queen Elizabeth both were in port together for the first time.