Quinpool District

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Quinpool District
Community
Oxford Theatre, on Quinpool Road in the peninsula's West End
Oxford Theatre, on Quinpool Road in the peninsula's West End
Country Canada
Province Nova Scotia
Municipality Halifax Regional Municipality
Community council Peninsula Council
Planning Area Halifax Peninsula

The Quinpool District refers to a commercial district of Halifax, Nova Scotia, encompassing the eastern portion of Quinpool Road as well as the streets directly north and south of it. Prominent landmarks on Quinpool Road include the Holiday Inn, the Oxford Theatre, and an eclectic variety of local businesses, including many popular Chinese and Greek restaurants.

Quinpool Road runs from the Armdale Rotary through Connaught Avenue, terminating at what is known as the Willow Tree, on Robie Street - an unusual five-way intersection named for the prominent tree that once grew in the median. The street is commercialised from Connaught Ave to the Willow Tree, and this portion is unofficially part of Highway 102. It is also part of the Nova Scotia provincial road system, meaning that the Province of Nova Scotia pays the Halifax Regional Municipality in part for snow clearing and maintenance.

While the street is an important commercial district in Halifax, it also forms a major boundary between the city's working class North End and wealthier South End, both physically and socially. Quinpool is also the heart of the city's middle class West End neighbourhood. The area was also home to two longtime rival high schools, Queen Elizabeth High School and St. Patrick's High School until their merger as Citadel High School in September 2007. St. Patrick's High School has since been renamed the Quinpool Education Centre, hosting a number of educational programs and social services.

The name Quinpool dates from at least 1808 and is believed to come from an Irish widow named Quinn who lived by a stretch of water in the Northwest Arm known as 'Quinn's Pool'.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 'Quinpool Road', Cyril Burne, Halifax Street Names: An Illustrated Guide, Shelagh MacKenzie editor, Formac Publishing Halifax, 2004, ISBN 0-88780-652-X, page 129.

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Coordinates: 44°38′45.32″N 63°35′41.61″W / 44.6459222°N 63.5948917°W / 44.6459222; -63.5948917