Nova Scotia Provincial Heritage Fair 2020 update

April 2, 2020

In light of the provincial decision to close public schools until at least May 1 and cancel field trips for the rest of the school year, the 2020 Nova Scotia Provincial Heritage Fair as we know it is also, sadly, cancelled. 

Every year, schools across the province hold fairs featuring heritage and history-themed projects by students in grades 4 to 9. Winners go on to participate in the Nova Scotia Provincial Heritage Fair, held over two days at Saint Mary’s University with educational workshops, a banquet, awards and a public showcase. This year’s event was set to take place on June 4 and 5.

Students who have already been hard at work on their Heritage Fair projects should not lose hope, however! We are pleased to announce some great options for sharing your research:

Canada’s History Society is hosting a 2020 Virtual Heritage Fair on Instagram from April 15-24; Canada’s History Society is continuing its annual Young Citizens video program (the deadline is June 8); and Kayak magazine has organized an Illustrated History Challenge for budding writers and artists.

Last but not least, we are now planning to host our first Nova Scotia Virtual Provincial Heritage Fair in early June! For updates, watch this space and follow us on social media. Details coming soon … in the meantime, check out highlights from 2018 and 2019 in our Provincial Heritage Fair photo gallery.

We also encourage you to learn more about Africville, the 2020 honouree for the provincial Heritage Day and the Heritage Fair. The close-knit community was built on the shores of Bedford Basin by descendants of the Black Loyalists and Black refugees who came to Nova Scotia in the late 1700s and early 1800s. See the Nova Scotia Heritage Day website for information and videos.