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Fun Facts

Did you know that one in five Canadians have a connection to Pier 21?

Did you know that Winston Churchill disembarked at Pier 21 during the Second World War?

Did you know that one million immigrants passed through Pier 21 between 1928 and 1971?

Did you know that the Scotiabank Family History Centre has access to arrival and departure sources going back to 1865?

Did you know that the Scotiabank Family History Centre holds immigration records from 1925-1935 on microfilm?

Did you know that the immigration hall at Pier 21 held two hundred people?

Did you know that sausage was the most popular item for immigrants to try to smuggle into Canada?

Did you know that many immigrants were given free corn flakes when they arrived at Pier 21 and that most people had no idea what to do with them?

Did you know that one of the Sisters of Service who welcomed people to Pier 21 spoke seven languages?

Did you know that Pier 21 had detention quarters, a dining room, nursery, and hospital?

Did you know that the Nova Scotian hotel and the train station were once connected to Pier 21 by long pedways?

Did you know that almost half a million Canadian service personnel left from Pier 21 to serve in the Second World War?

Did you know that Canada's population grew as a result of the Second World War because 48,000 war brides and their twenty two thousand children immigrated?