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.