York Redoubt National Historic Site is one of Halifax’s less busy but no less impressive pieces of history. It is a great place for a stroll, picnic, or adventure with the kids. It’s a great option for getting off the beaten path for a family friendly getaway. It offers spectacular views of the mouth of Halifax Harbour, the lighthouse at McNabs Island and the Atlantic ocean.
The walking trails go from the parking lot up to a lookout tower where you will have the best vantage point of the entire area. The walking trails used to extend down to the waterfront via a tunnel that has now been left in disrepair and closed. The waterfront fortifications have also been left in disrepair and are now fenced off, closed, and partially bull-dozed. Unfortunately. walking to the waterfront is done at your own risk, and requires a couple of detours (see map).
Everywhere you wander on this site of only a few hectares, you will see some cool military earthworks, buildings or cannons, all rooted in different eras of naval history. History permeates the soil here and it’s easy to get lost in your own contemplations of the area's historical and natural splendor.
Aside from being a great spot to find the extensive information available about the site’s rich history, it also happens to be a fantastic place to enjoy the outdoors and take in some great views of the mouth of Halifax harbour and the ocean beyond. There are picnic tables and many benches to watch the shipping and boating traffic while the kids play in what I always viewed as the city’s greatest imagination adventure park when I was a child growing up in Halifax.
Recommended Reading: “Halifax: Warden Of The North”