Nova Scotia Archives

Halifax and Its People / 1749-1999

V-E Day Rioters Walking along Salter Street between Hollis and Barrington Streets, May 1945


Halifax's celebration of the formal end to war in Europe on 8 May 1945 started off peacefully and in an orderly fashion – but ended up in rioting and general disorder beyond the control of both civilian and military police. Windows in over 200 businesses were smashed and as the day progressed, widespread looting took place.

Date: May 1945

Reference no.: David Hall Nova Scotia Archives accession no. 1981-412 no. 8  / neg. no.: N-1404