Nova Scotia

Titanic events good for N.S. tourism

All the Titanic events in Halifax over the weekend have meant a boost for tourism in the province.

All the Titanic events in Halifax over the weekend have meant a boost for tourism in the province.

The Nova Scotia government estimates about 9,000 people attended events over the weekend to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the luxury liner, while another 4,500 people watched on-line.

Halifax was a focal point on the weekend of events that marked the sinking of the ocean liner on April 15, 1912, on its maiden voyage.

Recovery missions were launched from Halifax, and 150 Titanic victims are buried in three cemeteries in the city.

The weekend of remembrance proved to be good for local businesses at a time of year which is generally quiet.

The Halifax waterfront was bustling all weekend with tourists taking in the sights and sounds of the Titanic commemoration.

Jenna-Rae Isaman and her parents travelled from Calgary.

"I've been obsessed with the Titanic for a very long time, since I was little," Isaman said Sunday. "It's a really interesting story."

They visited the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and the Fairview graveyard. But their trip included more than just the centennial observances.

"We're going to Peggy's Cove and Lunenburg today," Isaman said.

Kathleen Reid and her husband came from Ontario to take in the Titanic ceremonies, but are staying to do more.

"We've never been down east and it was one place in Canada we always wanted to come to. So this, for us, is really a double event," she said.

Hotels in the city were also busy on the weekend, as were many restaurants.

Christine Murphy, manager at Murphy's Restaurant on the Cable Wharf, said it was a welcome boost.

"Well, it's been great for business and the weather hasn't hurt, either," she said.

Murphy hopes it's a sign of things to come.

"Usually this time of year in April, it would be very quiet. We just wouldn't have that traffic that we had this weekend. It's been a good kick-off to the season and hopefully it'll continue."