Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada became Norfolk’s sixth sister city in April 2006. Like Norfolk, the Halifax Regional Municipality has a regional economic development partnership, a vibrant tourist and cruise industry, hospitals, universities, libraries, museums, theaters, and numerous multicultural festivals. Halifax is considered the technological center of the four Canadian Atlantic Provinces and has a strong military presence, especially naval. In fact, like Norfolk, it has its nation’s largest naval installation.
Norfolk Sister City Association oversees multiple programs with counterparts in Halifax, including:
- The exchange of city mascots in 2007. Norfolk received a seven foot lobster from Halifax and Norfolk sent a Mermaid to Halifax named Elizabeth after the Sovereign of Canada, Queen Elizabeth II and after the Elizabeth River which rolls past Norfolk.
- Coordinating cultural and economic development programs between Norfolk and Halifax agencies
- Norfolk’s participation in the 100th Anniversary of the Canadian Navy in Halifax during June and July 2010
- Continuing port visits by visiting warships
- Adult delegation exchanges
- June 7-11, 2012 Halifax delegation to visit Norfolk, during OPSail 2012
- July 19-23, 2012 Norfolk outbound to Halifax
- July 2015 Nova Voce, Nova Scotia’s Provincial Men’s Choir tours Norfolk
- September 2015 reception held about the HMCS Halifax – focus is economic development
Halifax in the News
Theodore Tugboat, Ambassador of sixth sister city Halifax, visits Norfolk, VA (May 2012)
“Sister Cities Around the World” Video (June 2010)
Halifax receives Norfolk Mermaid “Elizabeth” (September 2007)
“Peggy the Sea Sister” sets sail from Halifax to Norfolk, VA (April 2007)