Point Pleasant Park

Trail Summary

· Popular place to walk your dog, go for a walk or jog with friends/family.

· Gravel paths throughout with well marked maps.

· Old fortifications and ocean views make it an easily accessible place to escape the city.

     Located in Halifax’s South end, this 185 acre park is the cornerstone of the city.  It has been the #1 spot for Haligonians to walk the dog (off-leash friendly), go for a jog, or a bike ride (Mon-Fri only).  The park began as a fortress due to its key location to defending the city and the harbor. Its military use ended in 1866 but the old British fortifications can still be seen today.


     With great views of the mouth of Halifax Harbour and the NorthWest Arm, there are plenty of places to sit and enjoy a  good feeling of serenity even without leaving the city.  The park’s “Black Rock Beach”, where pirates were once hung, now enjoys a much more peaceful purpose, and even has lifeguards on duty. 


     The park can be fairly crowded at peak times, but in general it is a calm experience.  Whether you want to grab an ice cream cone and take in a play at Shakespeare by the sea, or just take the family for a nice Sunday stroll, this is the place to be in Halifax. The heart of the city resides in Point Pleasant Park and is well enjoyed during every season.


     Recommended Reading: “ Halifax: Sights of the City”.

Point Pleasant Park Photos

The heart of Halifax

Difficulty: Easy to difficult (distance)

Setting: Forest, oceanfront, historic sight.

Facilities: Bathrooms, food, parking.

Interpretation/Signage: Good.

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