Power of Place

On the Vibrant Halifax Waterfront

Queen’s Marque, located in the absolute centre of downtown on the vibrant Halifax waterfront, in a part of our city rich with the legacy of resilient and ambitious Nova Scotians who formed deep connections with the sea and the land to survive and prosper.

From brave maritime adventurers to bold entrepreneurs, the distant echoes of those who shaped our future are felt today in who we are and who we aspire to be.

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Born of this Place

Queen’s Marque could not exist in any other place – it is truly “Born of this Place”.

Inspired by history and tradition, drawing on the talents of local architects, consultants and builders to tell the story of Nova Scotia through form, materiality and craftsmanship.

Nodding to our past, yet completely contemporary.

Democracy of Place

Balancing built forms with wide-open space, Queen’s Marque extends a warm welcome. Concerts, exhibits, festivals and events, a significant art collection and a burgeoning culinary scene – together create a place of community and gathering.

North and South Gates

The North and South Gates are the entrances on either side of Queen’s Marque, leading from the George Street and Prince Street Plazas into the centre courtyard called Rise Again Square.

Each curved entryway is clad in Muntz metal, a metal that was originally used to protect the hull of ships on long ocean voyages.

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The Bosque Gallery

The Bosque Gallery is a raised granite area inside Queen’s Marque that sits under twelve Autumn Blaze maple trees, a symbol of refuge and resilience.

Search the ground for Maritime symbols engraved on Muntz metal tiles and locate an original survey marker found during an excavation in the center of the Gallery.

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The Chocks

The North, South and Centre Chocks are three entrances into Queen’s Marque district from Lower Water Street. They are named for the chocks, or supports, that traditionally cradle the hull of a ship.

Pause as you walk through these Chocks to find stories of legendary Nova Scotians etched on the Muntz metal panels.

A Call to the Sea

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There are legendary people who inspire us to see all the possibilities that lie within us, no matter how daunting or impossible our dreams may seem. In 1895, Nova Scotia-born mariner and adventurer Joshua Slocum set off on a solo journey of a lifetime and single-handedly made history.

Joshua set off alone on his adventure from the mouth of Halifax Harbour, using the old Sambro Lighthouse as his departure point to commence an around-the-world journey.  He was armed with only a few charts, a one-dollar tin clock for navigation, and his stubborn resolve. At 51-years old, Joshua set forth, alone, with only the world ahead.

After 46,000 miles, and just over three years, Joshua returned safely to Newport, Rhode Island on June 27th, 1898, as the first person in history to circumnavigate the earth alone. Joshua’s account of his epic journey, Sailing Alone Around the World, published in 1900, was an instant bestseller.


Nova Scotia’s fishing industry hit hard times at the end of the First World War in 1918 while prohibition hit hard across North America. Impoverished coastal communities dependent on fishing for survival saw some fishermen turn to rum-running as a resourceful, although illegal, way to economically weather the storm.

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Rum running came naturally to Nova Scotians who, for the last two centuries, had carried goods to ports along the Eastern Seaboard of the United States.  Now, however, their cargo included heavy kegs of rum, whiskey, and wine bottles wrapped in burlap bags.

Nova Scotia fishermen could make $35.00 a month when times were good. It was a lot of money and fortune was swift, but the risks were far greater. Rumrunners could be caught in unpredictable weather or run afoul of the law and be imprisoned. Despite these dangers, some 500 vessels in the Maritimes were engaged in rum-running by 1922.