History of Develop Nova Scotia

History of Develop Nova Scotia

Building on the value of the waterfront since 1976

The province of Nova Scotia has always recognized the value of its spectacular waterfront spaces. In 1976, the Waterfront Development Corporation took on the task to create experiences and opportunities and invest in infrastructure at the water’s edge. The Corporation began with a focus on the Halifax Harbour, but in July, 2018, Develop Nova Scotia was formed with a new pan-provincial mandate to develop strategic economic infrastructure to support inclusive economic growth in Nova Scotia.

A brief history of the Halifax waterfront

The waterfront has always been the historical core of commercial and naval Halifax: a bustling working harbour in a growing city. The post-WWI downturn in traditional waterfront activity was followed by containerized shipping growth, which led to property deterioration as businesses moved elsewhere in the harbour. Over this same period, Halifax declined as a fishing port. In 1960, a Harbourfront Highway proposal was replaced by a community that was looking for a more progressive strategy for their waterfront. To view an in-depth look at the history of the Halifax waterfront, click here.

Waterfront Development is born

Three levels of government came together to develop a plan that would generate economic and social property on the waterfront. The committee became a Crown Corporation with the mandate to redevelop and revitalize the lands surrounding Halifax Harbour (and any other lands designated by its shareholder, the Province of Nova Scotia), and was named Waterfront Development Corporation. Since 1976, Waterfront Development has worked with partners on a number of key development projects, including Marriott Harbourfront and the award-winning Bishop’s Landing in Halifax. Today, Develop Nova Scotia has a province-wide mandate with the same basic principles to capitalize on Nova Scotia’s wealth of waterfront assets, and ensure residents, visitors and entrepreneurs have access to the spaces in a well-planned and inclusive manner. See Projects.

NEWS

Opening Celebration of New Queen’s Marque Public Space

Almost 9,300 square metres (100,000 sq. ft,) of accessible and engaging public space is now open as part of the Queen’s Marque district on the Halifax waterfront. Representatives from The Armour Group, the Province of Nova Scotia, Halifax Regional Municipality…

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Evergreen Festival returns to Halifax

November 18, 2021 – Halifax, Nova Scotia: The Evergreen Festival will be making spirits bright throughout the Halifax region from November 26 – December 19, 2021. The four-week festival is a chance for people to safely enjoy a collection of…

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Develop Nova Scotia builds things. And how we build them matters as much as what we build. We engage Nova Scotia’s diverse communities to lead and support projects that contribute to authentic, inclusive, sustainable places where people love to be.…

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Peggy’s Cove Viewing Deck Opens

A new viewing deck along the Peggy’s Cove coastline opened today, October 18/21, with community members, guests and project partners on hand to celebrate. The 1,300 square metres (14,000 square feet) of new, accessible public space provides the opportunity to…

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Halifax Waterfront

Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre to host Weekend of Reconciliation on the Halifax Waterfront

The Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre (MNFC) will host a series of events on the Halifax Waterfront to mark the inaugural National Day of Truth and Reconciliation.

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TIANS and the International Union of Painters & Allied Trades Step Up to Support Peggy’s Point Lighthouse

The Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia (TIANS) is pleased to be working in partnership again this year with the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, District Council 39, Atlantic Provinces; the Federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO); and Develop Nova Scotia to oversee the restoration and painting of the Peggy’s Point Lighthouse in Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia.

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Proposed Seawall Trail in Northern Cape Breton

The Seawall Trail is a proposed five-day, 48-kilometre wilderness hike in Northern Cape Breton, anticipated to  attract enthusiasts from around the globe and help establish Nova Scotia as a world-class hiking destination. Led by the Seawall Trail Society – a registered…

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Patio Lanterns Festival

The Patio Lanterns Festival will bring musical activity and live performances to patios, streets, and indoor or outdoor public spaces across the province throughout the summer and fall months.

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Join our Team - Marketing & Communications Officer

Our people are a passionate and industrious bunch of placemakers. We’re engineers, planners, architects, designers, program developers, property managers, storytellers, creatives, pragmatists, stewards of public investment, believers, dreamers, doers. We all work closely with community to ensure good ideas are…

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New Vice President, Planning and Development

Develop Nova Scotia is thrilled to welcome its new Vice President, Planning and Development Tanya Davis.  Tanya is a skilled leader and city builder who excels at bridging the gap between planning and engineering and bringing teams together to deliver…

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