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Point Pleasant Park
Vacation Travel Guide

Discover forest trails, harbor views, wartime heritage and Shakespeare at this peninsula park that sees the forest meet the Atlantic Ocean.

This rolling public park on the south tip of the Halifax peninsula is a hidden treasure. Point Pleasant Park is partly forested and faces the Atlantic Ocean on three sides. It sits on 190 acres (75 hectares) and is a favorite for hikers, joggers, picnickers and their dogs. This seaside woodland is a worthy destination for a short visit or the whole day.

The park was badly damaged during a Hurricane Juan in 2003 but has recovered to its original best. Come to see cultural, historical and natural attractions. Walk along the seaside trail that loops south past the Point Pleasant Battery and Naval Memorial. Learn about some of Halifax’s military history by visiting Fort Ogilvie and the old artillery batteries. Turn inland and you’ll find the Cambridge Battery, home to Point Pleasant Park’s popular Shakespeare by the Sea productions. Check the park’s website for concert details.

Enjoy a prime example of Atlantic Canada’s natural beauty on one of Point Pleasant Park’s many hiking and walking trails. Maps can be found at the park entrances.

The park is a favorite local spot for many artists, birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts. Choose from any number of picturesque spots to sit and view the surroundings. There are benches and tables dotted along the paths to take in the harbor vista or enjoy a picnic. Seek out Black Rock Beach on the west side, a favorite for visitors to relax by the water and look out to McNabs Island.

The park’s perimeter measures two miles (three kilometers), and covers a diverse terrain of rocky beach, grassy hills and pine and spruce woods. Visit in June to witness Halifax Regional Municipality ceremoniously pay one shilling in annual rent to the Government of Canada, honoring a lease negotiated in 1866.

Reach the park from downtown in 15 minutes via Halifax’s cheap and frequent buses. If you’re bringing your car, there are three different parking areas for your convenience. Entrance to the park is free and park staff keep the site operating safely until late at night.

Top Hotels Close to Point Pleasant Park

The Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites
The Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites
4.5 out of 5
1515 South Park Street, Halifax, NS
The price is CA $89 per night from Jan 19 to Jan 20

Located in Downtown Halifax, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Halifax Public Gardens, Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk, and Halifax Citadel. Scotiabank ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,368 reviews)

"Clean, professional and a great location. Highly recommend."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 13, 2021

The Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites
Prince George Hotel
Prince George Hotel
4 out of 5
1725 Market St, Halifax, NS
The price is CA $93 per night from Jan 22 to Jan 23

Located in Downtown Halifax, this eco-friendly hotel is steps from Scotiabank Centre, Halifax Town Clock, and Grand Parade. Halifax World Trade and Convention ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,057 reviews)

"First time staying at the hotel. It was a great experience, we will be returning."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 12, 2021

Prince George Hotel
The Westin Nova Scotian
The Westin Nova Scotian
4 out of 5
1181 Hollis St, Halifax, NS
The price is CA $79 per night from Jan 19 to Jan 20

Located in South End, Halifax, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk and Pier 21 National Historic Site. Discovery Centre and ...

4/5Very Good! (992 reviews)

"The staff are always friendly. The rooms are very clean."…"

Reviewed on Nov. 25, 2020

The Westin Nova Scotian
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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The Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites
The Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites
4.5 out of 5
1515 South Park Street, Halifax, NS
The price is CA $89 per night from Jan 19 to Jan 20
The Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites
Prince George Hotel
Prince George Hotel
4 out of 5
1725 Market St, Halifax, NS
The price is CA $93 per night from Jan 22 to Jan 23
Prince George Hotel
The Westin Nova Scotian
The Westin Nova Scotian
4 out of 5
1181 Hollis St, Halifax, NS
The price is CA $79 per night from Jan 19 to Jan 20
The Westin Nova Scotian
Four Points by Sheraton Halifax
Four Points by Sheraton Halifax
3.5 out of 5
1496 Hollis St, Halifax, NS
The price is CA $79 per night from Jan 22 to Jan 23
Four Points by Sheraton Halifax
The Sutton Place Hotel Halifax
The Sutton Place Hotel Halifax
1700 Grafton Street, Halifax, NS
The price is CA $129 per night from Jan 21 to Jan 22
The Sutton Place Hotel Halifax
Sunny 4bedroom walk everywhere
Sunny 4bedroom walk everywhere
Halifax, NS
Sunny 4bedroom walk everywhere
Cambridge Suites Hotel
Cambridge Suites Hotel
3 out of 5
1583 Brunswick St, Halifax, NS
The price is CA $90 per night from Jan 19 to Jan 20
Cambridge Suites Hotel
Hotel Halifax
Hotel Halifax
3.5 out of 5
1990 Barrington St, Halifax, NS
The price is CA $72 per night from Jan 29 to Jan 30
Hotel Halifax
The Hollis Halifax a DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel
The Hollis Halifax a DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel
4 out of 5
1649 Hollis St, Halifax, NS
The price is CA $88 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
The Hollis Halifax a DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.