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 Society Events  

   Annual General Meetings

   International Trails Day

   Kinmount Experience

   Log Kiosk at Markland

   Markland Visitors

   Special Events


 Archival Projects  

   1874 St. Patrick's Passenger List

   1878 Census

   1879 Arrivals

   Settlers, Farms & Lots

   Single Men & Women

   Some Notable Settlers

   Ancestral Gallery I

   Ancestral Gallery II




The Log Cabin
   Map & Directions



   Books & CDs

   L'berg Heimskringla News


   Newspaper Article Links:

  A real-life Iceland saga that did not end well (Herald News)

  Icelandic roots strong in Markland (The Weekly Press)




The Icelandic Memorial Society of Nova Scotia was incorporated on July 29, 1998 to educate the public about Nova Scotia's Icelandic past. By sharing the history of the Icelandic settlers in Nova Scotia during the late 1800s, we hope to assist and encourage their descendents and others to preserve this part of Nova Scotia's heritage.

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Dolly Belmore was one of the founding members of the Icelandic Memorial Society of Nova Scotia, formed in 1998. She served as chair from 1998 until 2008. Dolly spent many years researching and preserving the history and stories of the Icelandic settlers of Markland and was passionately committed to the restoration of the old settlement. Her longtime dream was to have a log cabin built there to honour the Icelandic pioneers and serve as an interpretive site. Memorial money from the Estate of Dolly Belmore was used to provide seed funding for this project.

It gives the Society great pleasure to dedicate the log cabin to Dolly Belmore in recognition of all the work she did for the Icelandic Society and the Icelandic people.

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The Settlements

Markland Settlement Lockeport Settlement
Map of the settlement and one of the old home sites.


The last two houses that were built by the Icelandic settlers.

The information contained within these pages was researched by Don and Leona Gislison of Toronto, Ontario, Dolly Belmore of Caribou Mines, J. Marshall Burgess of Halifax and Harlen Redden of Middle Musquodoboit, Nova Scotia. Additional material and photographs have been supplied by descendents of these early settlers.

To see the counties and parishes these families came from, visit Halfdan Helgason's "The Emmigration from Iceland to North America".

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The Society acknowledges the support provided by:

Millennium Bureau of Canada Halifax Regional Municipality
2000 Committee
Millennium 125 Commission

and the Members for the projects that were undertaken.

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updated May-31-15



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