Sept. 9, 1945: Canada!

 Relatives awaiting the arrival of Canadian soldiers from overseas aboard the troopship S.S. ILE DE FRANCE , Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, June 1945.  LAC.

Relatives awaiting the arrival of Canadian soldiers from overseas aboard the troopship S.S. ILE DE FRANCE , Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, June 1945. LAC.

Sept. 9 — The last few days nothing of special interest has occurred. The sailing has been smooth. Last night was very foggy and wet but not rough. At 1:10 P.M. land was sighted and at 3:30 P.M. we docked in Halifax harbour. Sunday afternoon — everybody out. Cars strung along the docks and pleasure boats in harbour. A brass band came out in a boat to meet us. A Pipe Band was on the dock.

We are now waiting to disembark. The Halifax draft goes off first, then at 7:30 P.M. we follow.

Met Eva Waymark on board this morning. We will be heading towards Calgary some time this evening. I cannot realize it — but on Thursday I hope my wanderings will be over. At 6:30 P.M. we disembarked and got aboard our special train. Every coach is a 1st Class coach. I believe it will be a grand trip across Canada.

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About Rob Alexander

I am a writer, photographer and historian and the author of The History of Canmore, published by Summerthought Publishing of Banff, AB.
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